Door County art galleries and schools are steeped in history

Ephraim Shores Resort Door County art galleries

The art community continues to thrive on the Door peninsula

For over 100 years people have flocked to Door County from Chicago and other metropolitan areas for its natural beauty and a way to escape the heat of the summer. The landscape was a retreat and creative inspiration especially to artists and art instructors.

One of the first summer art colonies was started in Baileys Harbor by Art Institute of Chicago professors Frederick De Forest Schook and Frederic Victor Poole after receiving funding through the Soldier Rehabilitation Act of 1918. The colony attracted the attention of locals as the soldiers’ art spread throughout the area. Famous filmmaker and artist Madeline Tourtelot began establishing art schools in Door County in 1943 which later became the Peninsula School of Art in 1965.

In addition to the natural beauty, the Door County art galleries and schools are also an attraction to the area for many visitors. Ephraim Shores has been providing a place for art enthusiasts and budding artists to call their summer home away from home for years.

Door County art galleries showcase artistic expression

Now a hub for creatives, the peninsula is full of galleries displaying artists’ work. There are a plethora of local artists that own and operate Door County art galleries that showcase their craftsmanship and artistry along with pieces by artists from all over the world.

Door County art galleries and schools range from fine art painting, pottery, photography, sculpture, furniture, glass, mixed media and more. If you are looking to purchase a piece of art, interested in visiting a gallery , or wanting to try your hand at some new artistic endeavor, there is an experience that will suit you in Door County.

With a rich history in art, Ephraim was one of the first places in Door County to offer art classes, and today still boasts many local art venues. While you can’t visit all of the Door County art galleries in a single trip, you can enjoy a few with each visit. Call us to book a stay at Ephraim Shores for next season to get a chance to appreciate the variety of Door County art galleries, studios and schools.

Ephraim Shores Resort: A waterfront Door County resort for the whole family

Located in downtown Ephraim, with a private sundeck overlooking Eagle Harbor, Ephraim Shores Resort is the family-friendly resort for groups of all sizes. From our many room types to our beautiful waterfront location, Ephraim Shores has everything your family needs for the perfect vacation. Some of our amenities include an indoor pool and hot tub, and bikes for our guests to use. Contact us at 877-854-2371 or visit our website at to make your reservation.

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