Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center News

Sites in the City of Sturgeon Bay: A Celebration of Art, Talent, and Community

(Story originally posted January, 2016)

It goes without saying — art is a cornerstone of life and culture in small-town Sturgeon Bay, Door County. In a community with a year-round population of just over 9,000 people, you’ll find charming galleries, award-winning theater, festivals, events, and even a museum dedicated to honoring all forms of art. As a new way to express the community’s love and appreciation for art, the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center has launched “Sites in the City,” a light pole banner project that will leave the city awash with eye-catching artwork throughout spring and summer.

Now through February 2, 2016, artists are being asked to paint a picture of what they love most about Sturgeon Bay. The top 25 canvases selected by a panel of volunteer judges will be digitally translated into banners. Appropriate content may include landmarks, attractions, history, and landscapes unique to the community. Local resident, Jeff Olson, recently submitted a stunning painting depicting white pelicans with Sturgeon Bay’s iconic steel bridge in the background, which is the first submission received by the SBVC. “Jeff is a fabulous artist, and we are thrilled with his submission,” states Pam Seiler, Executive Director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. “Our goal with this project is to showcase the treasured and timeless aspects of our beautiful community as well as provide artists with a unique, exciting outlet for their talent and creativity.”

If you find yourself in Door County next summer, don’t forget to tilt your head upwards to take in the stunning “Sites in the City” of Sturgeon Bay. Canvases are currently available to artists for a $50 refundable deposit. For additional information, call the SBVC at 920.743.6246 or download an informational artist packet from our website.