As One with Nature

Jan Forkert’s paintings, enamel wall pieces and jewelry (including her three-dimensional silver sculpture on a two dimensional background of watercolor painting or etching), and her forged silver and enameled copper jewelry will be in our gallery from December 7-29, with an opening reception on the Sunday, the 7th from 12 – 2pm.

Recipient of the Master Artist Award from the Door County Art League in 2012, Jan holds a BS in Art Education and a BA in Fine Arts from UW Madison. She taught art in the public schools for 14 years and later served as Director of the Peninsula School of Art. Her need to explore the possibilities of other forms led her to move from two dimensional watercolor and printmaking to silver and copper jewelry in three dimensions and then on to her distinctive blend of painting and metalsmithing. Her mixed media paintings, enameled landscapes, floral sculpture, jewelry and centerpieces have been shown at the Fine Line Design Gallery in Ephraim, at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, in anniversary shows at The Ridges and The Clearing and in national shows.

Jan’s inspiration comes from both nature and art; they are inseparable in that she sees the world as art. An astute observer of patterns in rock, plant life and water throughout the seasons, she brings a lifelong familiarity with silver and watercolor from her parents’ studios that allowed her an unusual degree of freedom to experiment with forms drawn from nature. She particularly loves the challenge of compressing, twisting, stretching and pounding metal because art, like nature, is for her always in a state of metamorphosis. The thrill of discovery is palpable in her one-of-a-kind work.

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

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“Light Verse with a Topical Twist” at December Dickinson

Mike Orlock

Mike Orlock

Mike Orlock is the featured reader for the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on December 10 at 7 pm.

Orlock, a retired high school teacher and coach, splits his time between Illinois and Sturgeon Bay. He enjoys travel, reading, writing, films, and spending time with his two children and four granddaughters. He has been married since 1975 to his high school sweetheart Liz, his best critic and source of inspiration.

For twelve years, from 1989 to 2001, he wrote film reviews for the Reporter-Progress newspapers in suburban Chicago and was a contributing member of the Chicago Film Critics Association. His short fiction has appeared in TriQuarterly, the literary journal of Northwestern University, and Another Chicago Magazine. He has twice been honored with Illinois Arts Council Awards for his short stories.

Orlock came late to writing poetry, inspired by a course he took in Learning in Retirement taught by his friend and mentor, David Clowers, in fall of 2009. Since then, his work has appeared online in “Your Daily Poem” website, in the WFOP yearly calendars, Verse Wisconsin, the Los Angeles Times, the Peninsula Pulse, and various other venues. He won the Wisconsin Writers Association “Jade Ring” award in 2014 in the Free Verse category and is a member of the Unabridged poetry group in Door County.

He describes his poetry as “light verse with a topical twist.” and subjects include family relationships, his pet dogs, travel, the Door County landscape, politics, retirement, and poetry itself. Orlock explains, “I like poems that are clever and accessible, profound in a funny or poignant way, and I try to write poems that are fun to read or think about.”

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Movies That Matter Explores Hunger in America

On Tuesday, December 16, A Place at the Table will be screened at the UUFDC at 4:30 pm. Please bring a donation of a non-perishable, healthy food item for the local food pantry in Sister Bay.

Hunger. It isn’t just a problem for starving children in a distant third world country. It’s a very real issue for many people here in the United States, the wealthiest nation in the world. Fifty million people in the United States – including one in four children – suffer from hunger and do not get enough to eat on a regular basis to be healthy and active. This film follow three families struggling with food insecurity and ultimately shows us how hunger and obesity pose serious economic, social and cultural implication for our nation and how food access issues could be solved once and for all if the American public decides – as we have in the past – that making healthy food available and affordable is in all of our best interests.

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UU Gallery Features Paintings by Liz Maltman

By Estella Lauter

Liz spent most of her summers in Fish Creek while growing up in Chicago.  After majoring in art history and psychology in college, Liz moved to Door County where she bought an old farmhouse. Later, she and her partner Rick remodeled the original chicken coop on the property to show their art.  Marisch Gallery is open by appointment.

One of Liz’s first jobs was managing the Hardy Gallery.  She owned and managed a women’s art-to-wear clothing store, The Magic Jacket, for many years, sewing clothes and hand-painting them.  This business evolved into decorative painting of furniture and other objects or spaces.  In 2004, she discovered landscape painting “en plein air” and now she paints outside whenever possible, working in pastel, acrylic and oil.  In 2014 she was invited to participate in her sixth Plein Air Festival of artists from across the country sponsored by the Peninsula Art School.  She was also invited to participate in the fifth annual Door Prize for Portraiture at Chez Cheryl in Baileys Harbor and in the Hardy Gallery’s Collector’s Showcase exhibit. She continues to show in local and regional exhibits where she has won awards for both her landscapes and portraits.  Liz also enjoys teaching, especially beginners, at the Peninsula Art School, the Art Garage in Green Bay, and privately.

Her bright and innovative use of color, technique, and pattern express both her enthusiasm for the outdoors and her background in fabric and design.  Because she works en plein air most of the time, her work is directly influenced by the weather, temperature, wind velocity, time of day, etc. She almost never uses photos; the “accuracy” she seeks has more to do with the feeling and sense of a place, the light and atmosphere, than with the actual details of a scene.

Liz Maltman’s show will hang in the UU Gallery for the month of November; gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 1 – 3 pm and Sunday from 11 – 12:30 pm.

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