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The status of the Art Gallery during the COVID 19 Corona Virus Pandemic

29 May 2020 – We regret to report that we have decided to close the Art Gallery (and the Bed & Breakfast) for the remainder of 2020. We have made this decision in concern for our own health and well being, as well as the health and well being of our community and of those who visit Door County.

Many businesses in Door County are attempting to re-open for business. There are now well thought out guidelines for safely running a B&B and gallery. We are in complete agreement with these guidelines. However, we feel that these recommended safeguards make it nearly impossible for the two of us to peacefully and securely operate our business. In addition if we are to adhere to these guidelines any friendly personal contact with our customers will not be possible.

Here are some examples of the recommended operating guidelines. In the Gallery we could not allow any customer to touch any fiber item until they were purchased. Any item which is touched by a customer must be steam cleaned before it can be returned to the inventory. This would be a major task and would not be good for the items to repetitively cleaned. We would need to maintain significant social distance from all of our customers. This would make discussing our fiber projects difficult and would limit our abilities to display our activities.

It should be obvious that most friendly, enjoyable moments that we used to be able to share with our customers will not be possible. We should point out that the two of us fall into the pandemic’s high risk category. We do not wish to place either ourselves or our guests at any risk from needless exposure to a virus which is currently a dangerous threat.

In the near future we are going to attempt to offer many of our Gallery’s products online. If and when that comes to past, we will post that information here and on our Ewe Turn blog. We will also try to post any other relevant information to our Ewe Turn blog as events may change.

We hope that you can understand our concerns and will be supportive of our decisions. We look forward to seeing our friends and customers as soon as life becomes safer for all of us.

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Welcome to Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery, founded in 1982. The gallery is housed in the old granary and machine shed. Much of the building’s original character has been retained even though its functions have been changed. The Gallery is open from mid-May until mid-October. Hours are 12-5 daily (closed on Tuesdays). From mid-October until mid-May our yarn and roving is relocated into the B&B, where we are open by appointment or happenstance. Special events are scheduled during the season. Throughout the season more detailed discussions of activities related to the Gallery will appear in the Ewe Turn Blog. The Gallery offers for sale a selection of original fiber artwork and pottery, created by a number of artists and fine crafts people. A variety of handmade fiber articles, naturally colored and/or naturally dyed yarns, and roving for handspinning and felting are always on display and available for purchase. For a more detailed description of the yarns and roving that we offer for sale go to our Mercantile page. Most of the fiber work is created by artists who reside in Door County, Wisconsin.

Entrance to Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery
View of the gallery from the vegetable garden
The Gallery and sheep barns provide a background for the vegetable garden. In the vegetable garden we also grow marigolds, cosmos, dyers coreopis and other plants suitable for dyeing our yarns.
Display of yarn for sale in Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery
Loom and yarn in Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery
In addition to displaying fiber art and photography, the Gallery is also the summer and fall studio space for spinning, weaving and other fiber related activities of owners Gretchen and Dick Regnery. Dick is a weaver; Gretchen is a spinner, felter, weaver, knitter and dyer. Together they create one-of-a-kind articles featuring wool from the flock of white and naturally colored Corriedale sheep.
Display of naturally dyed yarn for sale in Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery
weaving project on the loom
Fiber activities are usually taking place when the Gallery is open. Dick may be weaving on his 60 inch Glimåkra countermarche loom. Gretchen may be spinning or plying yarn either on her Watson or Lendrum spinning wheels, spinning with a drop spindle, or perhaps carding wool or dyeing yarn or fleece.
Artist painting an image of the flock on pasture
There are often art related activities taking place in the gallery or on the gallery grounds. Activities might include spinning on either a wheel or drop spindle, weaving, plein air artists painting on location, a dye pot working to produce beautiful fiber and yarn, or a wet felting project in process of completion.
Yarn drying just after being dyed
Yarn drying just after being dyed
Gretchen dyeing yarn with indigo
Above is a sampling of yarns that have all been naturally dyed, some using plants and mushrooms found on the farm. It is an ongoing project that has just begun to scratch the surface of color possibilities that will complement the wool that our sheep produce for us and for so many other fiber artists.