Plen Air Artists at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse  

Location: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

Description: As the dawn of the 20th century arrived, Fish Creek and Ephraim’s town-folk packed picnic lunches and visited the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse on Sunday afternoons. Climbing into horse-drawn wagons, families arrived for an afternoon in the sun, sitting on the bluff above Green Bay. Constructed of Milwaukee City cream brick, the lighthouse in the woods was a charming destination, a social event.

Today, the idyllic history, beauty, and magic of the lighthouse continue through paintings created by the Door County Art League. And on Sunday, August 22nd from 4:30 – 6 pm the public is invited to share the in the charm of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and view the paintings of 11 painters created this summer during two plein air sessions.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to capture history on canvas,” said JoAnne Rosenfeld, Door County Art League executive board member. “The lighthouse is such an important part of Door County history, and to capture the story of the keepers and the light is very rewarding.”

Organized in 1986, and incorporated seven years later, the Door County Art League membership is dedicated to developing an active community involvement in the field of creative arts. “Membership is open to artists and all other persons interested in and supportive of the visual arts in Door County,” said Rosenfeld. “And we are very supportive of emerging artists. We have really grown, currently we are 300, and keep growing. That reflects are contribution to the arts community.”
Meeting monthly April through October, the Door County Art League features guest speakers and/or demonstrations. Each year the membership contributes to designated fundraising projects, as well as critiquing sessions. “We are especially proud of the Door County Master Artist Award which we present to a local artist each year,” Rosenfeld added. Margaret Lockwood was the 2009/10 recipient; former recipients include Ed Fenendael, David and Jeanne Aurelius, and Franne Dickinson.

En plein air, a French expression that literally means “in the open air,” is a form of painting that utilizes nature light. Plein air painting has continued to grow since artists Monet, Renoir, and Pissarro popularized the art form in the 19th-century. In the fashion of the impressionist painters, members of the Door County Art League participate in plein air experiences throughout the summer.

“It was so exciting to arrive on a summer morning and be greeted by artists painting on the lighthouse lawn,” said Patti Podgers, curator/manager of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum. “Their work is lovely and we are delighted to have the artists capture the history of our lighthouse on canvas. We hope everyone will stop by to see the paintings and visit our Lighthouse.”

The Door County Art League operates a gallery at the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek. The gallery is open daily 10 – 5 pm mid-May through mid-October. Participating plein air artists include: Connie Glowacki, Gay Hatfield, Ruth Sandor, Randy Rasmussen, Pat Olson, Jane Delcarson, Barbara Kenyon, Penny Pfister, Barbara Timmerman, Karen Shanahan, and Dianne Saron. Their paintings will be available for purchase throughout the exhibit which will continue through October 17. To learn more about the League, visit or contact JoAnne Rosenfeld at 920-559-7530.

Start Time: 4:30 p.m.
Date: 08-22-2010
End Time: 6:00 p.m.

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