Cherries Jubilee: Celebrating 21 Years of Public Art in Sturgeon Bay
We’re excited to announce our 2021 Public Art Project, Cherries Jubilee! We’re celebrating 21 years of public art in Sturgeon Bay in the best way possible – with cherries! This unique collaboration of art and community has been created to beautify the streets of Sturgeon Bay until September. Artists from across the Midwest have been dreaming of Cherries Jubilee since January and cannot wait to show off their amazing work.
All 25 cherries will be auctioned off on Saturday, September 18, 2021. You'll once again be able to bid on your favorite throughout the summer using the link below. You’ll get notifications if someone outbids you, and you can even watch the live auction on September 18 from the Handbid app if you're unable to join us in person.
Pick up a Cherries Jubilee Walking Map at the Destination Sturgeon Bay Welcome Center or download one electronically here. You can explore Downtown Sturgeon Bay and the Cherries with the family or on your morning walk.
For more information on the Cherries Jubilee Street Art Project, Celebrating 21 Years of Public Art in Sturgeon Bay, call 920.743.6246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To bid on any of the Cherries, please visit the Handbid website! The auction will close promptly at 5:30 PM on Saturday, September 18, 2021.
All cherries will be on display on the Streets of Downtown Sturgeon Bay now through Saturday, September 18, 2021.
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Nicolet National Bank for their incredible support of Sturgeon Bay Public Art! We couldn't do what we do without the support of our community partners and we are beyond grateful.
Quantum PC Services
619 N. 8th Avenue
Cherries, lighthouse beacons, steel shipbuilders all come together in this sculpture. A small reflection of the diversity that make Sturgeon Bay special.
Monticello on Jefferson
715 Jefferson Street
Cherry Sunset Fading into Indigo Sky
Nicolet National Bank
236 N. 4th Avenue
For my cherry, I have chosen to create a soft, seascape that transitions from sunset to night around the cherry as the background. The focal point of the background is the infamous Sturgeon Bay North Canal red lighthouse enhanced by a glowing full moon. I have chosen colors of an autumn sunset including crimson red and a vibrant orange to offset the deep indigo sky. In the foreground I have created a design inspired by Art Nouveau. The design wraps around the lower half of the cherry with the line work dipping down to the bottom of the cherry. I have chosen golden greens, soft reds, and warm pinks to create a romantic interpretation of cherry blossoms, cherries, and Echinacea. In the foreground I have created a design inspired by Art Nouveau. The design wraps around the lower half of the cherry with the line work dipping down to the bottom of the cherry. I have chosen golden greens, soft reds, and warm pinks to create a romantic interpretation of cherry blossoms, cherries, and Echinacea.
Cutting Boards and More
368 Jefferson Street
A glimpse of the picturesque view with the textures, and colors of a bay, in Door County.
Wherever the Wind Takes Me
On Deck Clothing Co.
265 N. 3rd Avenue
The invitation to participate in the Cherries Jubilee event came out in October of 2020. The relentless pandemic was bringing a daily dose of the shutdowns and lockdowns. The political climate was endlessly caustic. I was very tired of being safe at home and longed to be somewhere else. Anywhere. This cherry illustrates a world of interesting places to go and some unusual ways to get there. Don't get lost: the copper sturgeon on top just might point you in a dangerously new direction. Bon Voyage!
Door County Eye Associates
165 N. 3rd Avenue
The medium I used in the painting of my “Cherry” project was acrylic paints and varnish. Acrylic is a plastic based paint and is weather and fade resistant. The varnish is applied for further protection.The technique would be much the same as that which I use in my watercolor paintings...realistic and depicting the actual scene/subject matter. The title “Cherry-Go-Round” is the brainchild of my wife, Carol. Together we decided on a merry-go-round theme, considering the configuration of the form, thus the “Cherry-Go-Round” name. Personally, I have been primarily a watercolor and pen and ink artist for many years here in Door County. So working with acrylics has been exciting and refreshing. My career was an art director, designer and illustrator with ad agencies and my own studio in Milwaukee, WI. I retired and moved to Sister Bay in 1999 with my wife Carol, a realtor, and operated a gallery for 7 years. Now I am living and working out of my studio in Sturgeon Bay and loving it.
Crazy for Quilting
Bay Shore Inn
Community Foundation Square, 222 N. 3rd Avenue
Susan Loesl is an Adaptive Art Specialist/Art Therapist living in Pella, Wisconsin. Most of her 35-year career was in the Milwaukee Public Schools, adapting art tools and projects for students with disabilities, ages early childhood through high school. She has shared her adaptive art strategies with art and special education teachers throughout Wisconsin as well as nationally at conventions. Additionally, Susan has chapters in 4 books regarding adaptive art. In 2020, she received the Wisconsin Art Education Association “Wisconsin Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award” and was recognized through the National Art Education Association in 2015 for Lifetime Achievement. She has exhibited in juried art shows, and in the “Paint the Bay” Plein Aire events during the Maritime Week at the Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. he Victorian Crazy Quilt is a fascinating part of quilting history with an emphasis on melding together seemingly unrelated and ordinary fabrics into ornate and treasured heirlooms. In creating the painted fabrics for this artwork, I wanted to bring out colors and patterns that reminded me of the fabric stashes given to me by my mother and grandmother. The bold colors and stitches play on the surface in soft flowing bands. Combining paint and quilt imagery, this artwork speaks brightly to the connectedness of each of us to one another. The needle and thread represent the ongoing process of continuing to find connections through our shared stories. In my work as an artist, I create images that reflect impactful connections to my life experiences and seek other’s connections to my work.
Put A Cork In It
Cornucopia Kitchen Shop
139 N. 3rd Avenue
Wine! This is the ultimate bottle from the Midwest's Napa Valley! To be shared with friends and family, or kept all for yourself. This project, by far, has been the most fun that came out of 2020 for me! It has been a labor of hard work, love and stories shared over virtual happy hours. At first I thought that I would be able to manage all of these corks on my own, but I quickly ran out and had to turn to family and friends. SO many corks! A special thanks to all who donated corks that they had been saving for their own craft projects to my cause. See if you can find where yours are! Even after receiving all those corks, it was still not enough! So to answer the question, "How many corks are there?" I have to respond, I don't know... a LOT!. In true fashion of 2020, I had to go online and order more than 750 corks to be delivered to my front door. I hope that helps when you start counting all of them! In addition to my appreciation for all the cork donations, I want to thank my father for his fabulous welding skills. He was able to take my idea of a wine stopper and carefully customize the stand to this cherry to look like it is a partially enjoyed bottle of wine. The bottles of wine that were completely enjoyed and then melted down to creat leaves are thanks to Barb and Doug Henderson from Thimbleberry Designs. From the virtual classroom that came about in 2020 to the streets of Sturgeon Bay! Cheers!
Steel Bridge Creative Foundation
Tambourine Lounge, 59 N 2nd Avenue
My cherry design for 2021 comes on the heels of the super tumultuous 2020. A year that showed us challenging situations leading to protests, disastrous environmental fires and hurricanes, and a pandemic that rocked our world. But, artists found ways to try to unite communities. There were mass chalk 'taggings' of sidewalks and countless inspiring murals popped up in cities worldwide. My cherry design depicts my love for Door County and how I would spread that message to others, painting the town in graffiti.
Cedar Crossing Restaurant & Bar
112 N. 3rd Avenue
David came to Sturgeon Bay from Southern California when he was stationed here for his last tour of duty with the Navy. With his 40+ years of experience as a welder he utilizes his talents to create functional and decorative pieces of art and furniture. Working with metal, stone and other natural materials, David creates one-of-a kind, hand-crafted pieces for his clients. His work can be seen throughout Door County both on commercial buildings and private residences. After retiring and moving to Sturgeon Bay, he was especially inspired to create Street Art as a means of giving back to the community. His design for the cherry is based upon old world techniques utilizing hand wrought steel. In addition, David’s cherry has a powder coat finish rather than paint, for extra durability in the Door County weather.
Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort
Marketplace by Bliss, 58 N. 3rd Avenue
Prunus Weldius is a species of prunus in the subgenus weldius. It is closely related to the cherry prunus rusticus but not as dark, textured and acidic. Prunus Weldius is sometimes mistaken for the Prunus Stainlessium, a more lustrous fruit that is a bit more tart. The Prunus Weldius is the rarest and most colorful of the metal cherry classification. So rare is this class that they are not even found in Door County (or totally made up by the artist).
13 N. 3rd Avenue
I have been teaching art at Sturgeon Bay Schools for 27 years. I love to draw, paint, throw on the wheel, and mainly work with mixed media. I am inspired by color in nature and I thought that this modern impressionistic style would be a great way to celebrate the beauty that I see here in Door County! I love to play with the values and use bright colors to 'pop' out at the viewer to help show the excitement of the garden environment. I hope this interpretation can bring a glimpse of joy and happiness to our surroundings.
Chocolate Covered Bliss
Emily Anne Paul
Door County Candy
12 N. 3rd Avenue
As we all know, cherries are a staple in Door County, as well as, a tradition. Another traditional staple we all love, is the presence of the sweet shops in almost every town. As kids, we loved to visit these shops while traipsing around town on our bikes, walking the streets window shopping as teenagers, and finally as adults, bringing our own kids into those same shops to share the sweets that bring back fond memories. My cherry honors both traditions that locals and tourists alike make a part of their memories. Chocolate Covered Bliss was created using simple yet effective materials to show the chocolate being poured on by a spoon. I hope it brings you memories of times spent in some of our beloved shops, sampling goodies and sharing with those you love.
Sweet Treasures of Door County
Stangel Accounting & Tax
354 Michigan Street
Sturgeon Bay Shipyards
ERA Starr Realty
14 S. 3rd Avenue
Shipbuilding has been an integral part of Sturgeon Bay since the 1850's. Whether building military vessels during WWII, recreational yachts, or repairing ships from around the world, artisans employed at the shipyards have exhibited their artistry and talent on each vessel. Additionally, shipbuilding has had a significant role in the development of Sturgeon Bay. This piece, "Sturgeon Bay Shipyards", was created to honor this rich shipbuilding history. It is an original oil painting sealed with a protective coating.
Cherries & Crows
Holiday Music Hotel
30 N. 1st Avenue
Door County crows are curious, courageous and playful and their iridescent black feathers look stunning against bright red cherries and glowing green leaves. In dreams cherry trees represent sweetness and a reminder that not everything in life must be serious, which the trickster nature of the crow also embodies. Both tree and crow are dear to my heart and the essence, for me, of Door County.
The Joy of Koi
Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center
107 N. 1st Avenue
“The Joy of Koi" was inspired by my daughters' lifelong dream to have a koi pond in the backyard. Unfortunately this never happened, so creating this mosaic sculpture was my closest attempt at making this dream turn into a reality. Over 3,000 pieces of glass were used to create this mosaic cherry that depicts a koi pond. Each piece of glass is cut and shaped by hand and carefully cemented to the cherry form. As you will notice, there are nine koi. If you look closely, every koi fish has its own uniqueness to it - representing that they each bring their own personality and value to the overall scene of the pond. The final touch to the cherry is a stained glass koi leaf (a new art medium for me). Local skilled welder Dylan Antholt designed, fabricated and attached the leaf to the stem.
Sturgeon Bay Beacons
Door County Maritime Museum
120 N. Madison Avenue
My love for Sturgeon Bay, and my fascination with lighthouses, is what inspired the design on this cherry. It is a tribute to all of the beacons that have lit up Sturgeon Bay throughout the years. Located just off of the shoreline in Lake Michigan, east of the channel, you will find the North Pierhead Lighthouse constructed 1882. The red lighthouse has guided many ships into the eastern entrance of the Sturgeon Bay Canal. The Ship Canal Light Tower located at the northern banks of the canal, built in 1899, is basically an 8 foot diameter steel tube, located in the Coast Guard Station. The newest of the Sturgeon Bay beacons is the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower built in 2020 located by The Maritime Museum on Sturgeon Bay's west side. This is the tallest structure in the entire county. Dunlap Reef Front Range Light and Dunlap Reef Rear Range Light were located on opposite ends of Dunlap Reef just west of the shipyard. The Range Lights were built in 1881 and operable for 42 years. Removed in 1924, the Rear Range Lighthouse was sold and moved ashore, and today this is a private residence on 4th Ave in Sturgeon Bay. Only a skeletal tower remains of the Front Range Light which is located on the grounds of the Maritime Museum. Sherwood Point Lighthouse, built in 1883, is located in Idlewild at the mouth of Sturgeon Bay. This lighthouse was named after Peter Sherwood, who owned the property where the lighthouse was built. Today this facility is used as a rest and recuperation area rented to active military members. I hope you enjoy my design, each lighthouse was painted with acrylic paint and the entire cherry was sealed in a water resistant varnish. if you would like more information on these beacons visit The Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.
Cherry Sunset Jubilee
Bridgeport Waterfront Resort
50 W. Larch Street
Driftwood Cherry: Washed Ashore
Bay Shore Outfitters
59 N. Madison Avenue
Surrounded by water, Door County visitors may witness driftwood on beaches worn and weathered by the winter ice, rocks and sand. I enjoy working with natural materials I find. Taking pieces of creation and rearranging them into something new. I chose to create the entire cherry and leaf structure with dozens of separate pieces and a custom concrete base resembling a sandy shore. A flickering simulated-fire LED light within the cherry adds unique visual flair.
The Gardens of Door County
Madison Avenue Market
59 N. Madison Avenue
Through color and textures, gardeners invoke emotions of calm, tranquility, and happiness. Gardening has evolved into a form of therapy for our body and soul, and the gardens of Door County are some of the most beautiful in the state. From Sturgeon Bay to Ellison Bay and beyond, beautiful annual and perennial gardens decorate the outside of almost every home, shop, and restaurant.
Kitty O'Reillys Irish Pub
59 E. Oak Street
Cherry Spritz was created using 100% Leinenkugel's bottle caps to form an outline of Door County and some to form the sky and wildflowers. The flowers and leaves are designed to stick out from its surroundings, physically lifting off the cherry to give it some additional texture and pop. I am a long time resident of Oshkosh, WI and have had the opportunity to work on two local projects (Nutcrackers on the Town & Operation Lakefly). I have worked in art with a wide variety of materials, from glass, metals and paints, all from the young age of 13. I love creating bottle cap art to show how something that is very commonly thrown out, can be used to create a work of art.
Timeless Sturgeon Bay
Door County Medical Center
After over forty years of travels around Sturgeon Bay and the rest of Door County, I have memories of places and landscapes I consider "timeless." Visions have been etched in my mind over time which still can be seen in and around the city of Sturgeon Bay. The artwork I created for the 2021 Cherries Jubilee Street Art Project is representative of those places and landscapes.
Open Door Pride
Martin Park, 207 S. 3rd Avenue
An obsession with art and nature has driven my creative endeavors. Painting was my original focus, but a stained glass class began my fascination with glass as a medium. I began using glass in a more fluid manner by treating glass more like paint, and a glass-on-glass mosaic process was born. I learned how to form glass in a kiln. I soon discovered that I could incorporate sculptural elements to my glass work that would result in unusual pieces. My work often represents the many visually fascinating aspects of life.
Flow Blue Cherry
Margaret Lockwood - Over 30 years ago I moved from weaving tapestries to painting. To this day my works on canvas carry the memory of the warp and the weft. I paint atmospheric abstract landscapes inspired by the surroundings of our beautiful Door County. The woods, fields, sky, and water of our peninsula have become touchstones for my paintings, all oil on canvas. They are essentially about color, rhythm, and texture arising from my memories and imagination.