Paintings and Drawings in UU Gallery for August

An exhibit by Glenn and Marty Gerber of Sturgeon Bay will be shown in August at the UU Gallery of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in north Ephraim.  The Gerber’s are retired from a thirty-two year career of teaching art in Racine schools. Glenn paints mainly in acrylic and Marty’s works are in graphite and pastel.

Glenn’s professional career began with a BFA degree from Layton School of Art and a MS degree from UW Madison.  He has exhibited his work in shows on a local, state and national level receiving numerous awards in competition at all levels as well as having pieces in private collection.  At the present time his work is on display in a retrospective at the Racine Art Museum. His works are shown regularly at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay and the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim.  He also is represented at the Paint Box Gallery in north Ephraim.

Marty’s art education was completed with a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has participated in local, regional, state and national shows for forty years. This summer her graphite drawings were included in “Drawings – A Group Invitational” exhibit at the Miller Art Museum.

The Gerbers moved to Door County in 2000.  Glenn states, “I moved to Door County to revel in the making of art.  The forces of nature have always been a fascination. I enjoy different styles of painting and the opportunity to depict various forms and compositions that nature presents to us, the viewer.   I am inspired.”

Marty states that “curiosity pulls me forward to create and look at the world. Door County offers me a wide variety of opportunities for curiosity. I particularly like to study flowers.”

The UU Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1 – 3 pm and Sunday from 11:00 until 12:30.

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Swanberg Headlines August Poetry Reading

Christine SwanbergChristine Swanberg is the featured reader for the UUFDC Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, August 13 at 7 pm.

Swanberg has won many poetry awards and was nominated for a Pushcart. A teacher for forty years, she now gives workshops and readings around the country and was a regular presenter for The Clearing in Door County, WI for several years.  Gardening, horses, traveling, music, animals, and romantic love are passions that inform her work.

Christine Swanberg has published hundreds of poems journals such The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Louisville Review, and Spoon River Quarterly. Among her collections are The Tenderness of Memory (Plainview, 1995), The Red Lacquer Room (Chiron, 2000), and Who Walks among the Trees with Charity (Wind, 2005), and The Alleluia Tree (Puddin’head Press).  An internal chapbook, Sonnets and Other Incantations, is forthcoming from Minotaur.

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Double Feature for August Movies That Matter

On Tuesday, August 19 at 4:30 pm, Movies That Matters will screen two related films, King Corn and Big River. Together the films focus on the hidden costs of industrialized agriculture.

King Corn is about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In this film best friends from college on the East Coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. The film features Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Earl Butz, former US Secretary of Agriculture.

In Big River the friends return to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has had on the people and places downstream. In a journey that spans from the heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, they learn that the pesticides they sprayed, the fertilizers they injected, and the soil they plowed now lead to new questions, explored by new experts in new places.

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UU Gallery Exhibits Photography by Sharon Auberle

The UU Gallery features photography by Sharon Auberle for the month of July. With a deep appreciation of the environment and years of living in the Southwest as well as Door County, Auberle’s affinity for photography and writing seem only natural.

Auberle enjoys enhancing her photographic images through various digital, as well as physical applications–hand tinting, watercolor, colored pencil and beeswax. When not out taking photos or writing, she may be found hanging pictures and poems at her website Mimi’s Golightly Cafe (

Auberle is proud to be called a tree hugger: “I strongly believe in the power of art to bring peace and healing to our planet. If with my words, or images, I can help someone to know a river or a mountain, a bird or a tree that they might not otherwise notice, it’s a start. I believe what we know we will begin to love, and what we love we will want to save.”

Her work has been featured in exhibits in Door County and Madison, Wisconsin, and Flagstaff, Arizona, as well as in on-line magazines. Auberle’s most recent exhibit was a collection of tree photos, along with her haiku, in the lobby of Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.  She is honored to have a piece on exhibit now in the juried Hardy show, as well as a photo in Cheryl Parker Stidwell’s Portrait Invitational. Auberle’s photo-art may be found in two of her books which feature poetry and photos combined:  Crow Ink and EVErywoman; as well as her most recent book — Wind Where Music Was with poet Ralph Murre.  She has also partnered with poet Jeanie Tomasko in a book titled Sharp As Want, as well as a collection, with Tomasko, of art postcards.

The UU Gallery is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. Gallery hours are 1-3 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 11am-12:30 pm Sunday; and by appointment at 854-7559.

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