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Your Guide to Vacationing on Madeline Island

Finding Inspiration in Thin Places What’s Inside . . . Map & Business Directory of Downtown La Pointe and Madeline Island

By Cindy Bielke According to ancient Celtic wisdom, “Heaven and earth are only three feet apart. In ‘thin places’ that distance is even smaller.” While “thin places” can occur anywhere — from a moment of grace in a difficult relationship to a crowded football stadium filled with like-minded fans — they most frequently are associated with beautiful landscapes.


Playing on the Island 4–6

Enjoying Art on the Island 7 – 10, 14

Relaxing on the Island 11

Good News on the Island 12 – 13

Events Calendar 15

I’ve always felt that this island is a thin place. Madeline’s wild beauty helps to lift the veil separating us from our spiritual and creative selves. Like in the Celtic metaphor, it is a place for many where the boundary between the sacred and the everyday “feels thin.” Is it any wonder that so many talented artists make their home here? They surely find creative inspiration in the rugged rocks, sandy beaches, magnificent trees and “awayness” of it all. One of my fondest treasures is a stunning pastel painting of the beach at Town Park created by Denise Bunkert, a talented Twin Cities artist and dear friend. Denise captured those awe-inspiring and fleeting soft-as-a-petal moments when sky and water merge into oneness, delicate shades of blue and pink intertwining as the sun slowly fades for the day. Could there be any more perfect manifestation of a thin place anywhere? Of course, for many visitors Madeline Island simply offers the opportunity to retreat. Here we can step away from most of the rules of daily life. We find places on this small and mostly undeveloped island to breathe freely, to relax and to play, to explore and create, to pray, meditate or simply, to be. (continued on page 14)

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SHOPPING 2 Marv N Stewart Ferry Landing 3 Mission Hill Coffee House Lakeview Place on Main Steet 4 Island Store 804 Main Street 4b Island Hair Studio 804 Main Street 4c Mad Isle Middle Road 5 Lori’s Store 284 Middle Road 6 The Sugar Shack Candy Store Lakeview Place 7 Waterfront Gallery & Frames by James Main Street 8 Bremer Bank Lakeview Place 31 Madeline Island Candle Co. Middle Rd.

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 19 Adventure Vacations 260 Middle Road 20 Apostle Islands Kayaks N690 Main Street 21 Madeline Island Yacht Club Main Street 22 Big Bay Town Park Big Bay Road, 7 miles from town 23 Big Bay State Park Hagen Road, 7 miles from town 24 Madeline Island Skate Park Middle Road 25 Motion To Go Lakeview Place 26 Madeline Island Golf Club 498 Old Fort Road 27 Madeline Island Ferry Line 100 Main Street R Restrooms G Gas Station ~2~

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CULTURE & ARTS 9 Bell Street Gallery on Madeline Island 807 Bell Street 10 Madeline Island Heritage Center 100 Island Lane 11 Madeline Island Museum 226 Colonel Woods Avenue 12 Madeline Island School of the Arts 978 Middle Road 13 Island Carvers Main Street 14 La Pointe Center Art Guild & Gallery Lakeview Place 15 Katherine Parfet Studio Middle Road 16 Woods Hall Studios & Gallery Main Street 17 Madeline Island Music Camp


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freshwater lake in the world and the third deepest, containing three quadrillion gallons of fresh water. Not surprisingly, its nickname, Gitche Gumee, means “big water.”

Island Magic: A Billion Years in the Making Exploring the natural wonders of the Apostle Islands — including Madeline, its crown jewel — can keep you busy for many years. There are 22 islands in the archipelago, 21 of which make up the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Madeline Island is the only island on which it is possible to own private land. The town of La Pointe was established on Madeline Island in 1834. The geology of the Apostle Islands dates back more than one billion years. The gorgeous red sandstone caves, pillars, sea stacks and cliffs were once flowing sand settling in this part of the Superior basin. After the last glaciers receded, Lake Superior battered the rocks into the formations visible today. The most impressive sand stone formations and sea caves are found on Sand Island, Meyers Beach (mainland), Devils, Stockton, Oak and Madeline Island. These islands amply demonstrate that geology still is a work in progress. For more than one thousand years, the islands provided a home for Ojibwa Indians who excelled at fishing, growing corn, berries, squash and harvesting wild rice. In the 17th century, the French began occupying the territory. They dominated the fur trade and settled a trading post called La Pointe. Lake Superior is the greatest of the Great Lakes, with an abundance of natural resources. At 31,700 square miles, Lake Superior is the largest

In 1855 the Sioux Saulte Marie lock and dam system opened Lake Superior’s waters to the rest of the world. Six lighthouses sprung up in the Apostle Islands to support the shipping, logging, mining, farming and fishing industries. Remnants of this era can be found throughout the islands. Snorkeling ship wrecks, climbing lighthouses and exploring the living quarters and tool sheds of the historic Manitou Fish Camp are just a few ways to enjoy the relics offered by the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Life on the Island Today Some 284 people live on Madeline Island year round. In the summer, the population swells to around 2,500 people. Madeline Island bridges the gap between wilderness and the “creature comforts of modern civilization.” For the unitiated, downtown La Pointe is the street you’ll find after you leave the ferry dock. Curious day-trippers and dedicated mall shoppers be warned: this is not the place to come if you’re looking for hordes of tourist traps and T-shirt shops! The vibe on Madeline is considerably more laid back and unique. Here, visitors can find a cornucopia of local art, food, music, and artistic and cultural experiences, from live music at Tom’s Burned Down Café to “fresh art made daily” at the Bell Street Gallery. (See “Enjoying Art on the Island” stories for more about island

art and artists.) A spirit of curiosity and willingness to explore off-beat businesses, such as the delightful Woods Hall Collective over by St. Johns United Church of Christ or the Island Carvers, will reward you with charming and totally unique treasures you won’t find in any shopping mall or cookie-cutter tourist shop, not to mention the chance to relax and chat with local folks and artisians. You’ll also find two serviceable grocery stores, a great coffee shop, a local candy store, a place to rent mopeds and bicycles, and other practical and fun shops to meet most of your needs. (If you really need something and one of the businesses doesn’t have it, most likely somebody nearby knows where to find it . . . just ask!) Creature comforts aside, Madeline provides numerous ways for visitors to enjoy its natural splendor. If you don’t want to venture deep into the island, just walk a short half mile (right turn from the ferry landing) on Main Street to Joni’s Beach, a great spot to swim or watch the sun rise or set. If you’re up for a hike, check out the trails. With trailheads on two of the islands main arterial roads, The Capser Trail is a step into the lush interior of the island within walking distance of downtown and the ferry. The gravel trail winds through the woods, starting at about one-third mile from the ferry on Big Bay Road and ends about one mile up Middle Road. (Playing on the Island, continued on page 6)


• Breathtaking lagoons, dunes &

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sandstone bluffs • Northern boreal forests • 60 campsites plus picnic tables, grills, drinking water & restrooms

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‘Make a Scene’ on Madeline Island with a Spinscape™

A Spinscape™ is interactive art that lets you and others create unique scenes by arranging objects (such as stones, sea glass and other found treasures) onto a miniature spinning landscape. Purchase an 8," 11" or 14" Spinscape at Bell Street Gallery and receive a FREE Starter Kit with special items to start your Spinscape. Then explore the island and gather up more natural items to ‘Make a scene!’ Woods Hall sells Lake Superior agates and other trinkets. Smooth stacking stones can be found at the Town Park beach, as well as beach glass (if you’re lucky), pine cones, driftwood and more. Take home a true Madeline Island memory. It’s fun for all!

Adventure Vacations Boat Charter, Kayak Tours, Surf and Beach Shop

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Further in, the Nucy Meech trail, an undeveloped but well-worn path, branches off and arcs deeper into the beautiful quiet before rejoining the Capser. There are several benches to stop and rest on along the way. Also, towards the Middle Road, there’s an overlook of tall grasses and wetlands. For a modest entry fee or with a Wisconsin State Park sticker, The Big Bay State Park offers more than nine miles of trails, several scenic picnic areas and many breathtaking views of Lake Superior. There’s also a campground, which includes some electric sites (some rough), hot water and showers. Campsites are available by reservation. At the neighboring Town Park an expansion is underway, which will soon add more campsites, hot water and showers.

More Ways to Play on the Island Families with younger children will want to explore the Madeline Island Historical Museum up the hill from the Ferry Dock. History unfolds at the museum in displays describing Native American life, the fur trade and arrival of missionaries, 19th century fishing, logging, brownstone mining and local maritime lore. A lively musical slide show introduces the visitor to the “Story that is Madeline Island.” The gift shop offers books, crafts, jewelry and gift items rooted in the island’s history.

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Huge double greens add a new dimension to your golfing experience. Pro shop, driving range, practice green, rental clubs and refreshments also are available.

When the water beckons, kayaks and canoes are an obvious answer. Apostle Island Kayaks ( offers kayak rentals and tours for all ages. To rent a canoe, paddle or rowboat at Big Bay Town Park lagoon, call Bog Lake Outfitters at (715) 747-2685. When you’re ready for a bigger adventure, consider paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving. Experienced guides and all the equipment you’ll need for any of these activities are available through Adventure Vacations (visit or call 715-747-2100).

A 1.5-mile barrier beach rims the interior of the bay, and connects the state park to the Big Bay Town Park. Nestled in the trees along the beach is a boardwalk over fragile plant life and foliage, which also offers glimpses of Big Bay lagoon. There’s also the lagoon ridge trail, which runs along the hill overlooking this tiny lake in a lake, and acts as another connection between the two parks. Rough campsites are available. Thanks to Karen Nicholas for her considerable contributions to this article.


If you prefer a less strenuous waterbased outing, consider a sailboat cruise offered by Animaashi Sailing Company or Catchun-Sun Charters. Boat tours and fishing excursions also are available through Adventure Vacations. Golfers will appreciate the Madeline Island Golf Club (, which features an 18-hole, Scottish links-style course designed by

Inline skating fans should plan to be on the island on Saturday June 16 for the 3rd Annual Apostle Island Inline Marathon. Creative types and families can turn exploring the island into a fun scavenger hunt with the help of a Spinscape. The spinning art platforms (available for purchase at Bell Street Gallery) are a fun way to arrange and display all your Madeline Island Golf Club nature finds — Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and they make a wonderful and Where every green unique souvenir is an ‘island’ green when you head home.


Check out his live chainsaw sculpting demonstrations every Saturday between 1–3 pm during July and August.

Creative people have long been drawn to beautiful, wild places so it’s no wonder that dozens of artists of all sorts have chosen to live and create their art amid the inspiring natural splendor of Lake Superior and Madeline Island. This is good news for visitors who enjoy seeing art — as well as those who may be looking for a special souvenir, memorable gift or fine art to display at home or in their island retreats. Madeline Island is replete with highquality, locally created Diane Marie Art Guild oil, watercolor and pastel paintings, sculptures, woodcarvings, clay works, candles, handmade jewelry, rugs, shawls and greeting cards. You can even find two islandbased childrens books written by local writers.

Find the Magic Island Carvers Chris Thompson and Ken Peterson opened the doors of their studio/ gallery in 2005 and the wood chips have been flying ever since. Chris primarily spends her time in the studio carving magical fairy creatures and gnomes, which allows Ken to venture outdoors to transform ordinary stumps of wood into interesting and popular sculptures with only the use of a chainsaw for his artistry.

A new draw this year is a delightful fairy garden they have established just outside the gallery’s front door, across from the Pub and the Madeline Island Kristin Lein Inn on Main Street. The fun Woods Hall landscaping feature includes fairies, gnomes and colorful fairy houses painted on rocks. The gallery is open Tuesday–Saturday in June and from Monday–Saturday in July and August, but visitors can drop by any time to see the fairy garden!

Art with Heart Many island artists lack private gallery or studio space. Happily, that’s not a problem Hilary Olander-Quamme Art Guild thanks to the generosity and foresight of former St. John’s United Church of Christ on Madeline Island pastor Otto Schroedel, his wife Velma and island resident Tom Woods. The three teamed up, along with island residents who provided free labor, to build and open Woods Hall in 1955. (In the early 1960s the Woods family donated a two-story studio addition.) Today, Woods Hall is a thriving community ministry providing a creative outlet for all islanders and visitors who want to make Katherine Parfet useful art. In addition to

providing weaving and pottery studios, Woods Halls operates a sales outlet for the crafts during the summer. A percentage of the profits funds the cost of operating Woods Hall with the rest going to the artisans.

Woods Hall is the place to visit if you’re looking for a unique hand woven rag rug or a wide variety of clay pots and artistic objects. Handmade jewelry, polished rocks and candles also tempt visitors. Woods Hall is next to St. Johns United Church of Christ across from Joni’s Beach in downtown La Pointe. Cynthia Daizell Woods Hall

You Art to be Here Don’t miss the La Pointe Art Guild and Gallery in the big blue building just off Main Street (between Mission Hill Coffee and the moped rental shop). Small but delightful, it showcases local and regional artists in a variety of medium. One-ofa-kind jewelry, paintings and sculpture, along with locally made cards are available in its Backdoor Gallery.

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Michelle Auger Turtle Tracks Studio

Contemporary Clothing designs by local designer Kathy Dawdy, under the label Kate Johannsen

Creating Craft and Community for 55 Years

Now found at Woods Hall and The Lapointe Art Guild, on the island, Kelly & Crew on the mainland and Local Motion in Uptown Minneapolis

Featuring all Madeline Island made products: Hand-made rugs, runners and shawls t Hand-thrown pottery Hand-fabricated and assembled jewelry t Locally-themed cards A large collection of Lake Superior agates and other local stones Organic soy candles Open Memorial Day – Labor Day / Mon–Fri: 11–5 / Sat: 11–6 / Sun: 11– 2 Open September – October 10 / Thurs–Sat: 11–5

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Works by: Steve Hemmingway (far left) Grace Hogan (near left) Steve McHugh (below)

Stellar Northern Artists Showcased at Bell Street Gallery Eye-catching works from an eclectic range of north-inspired painters, glass sculptors, jewelry makers and potters can be found at Bell Street Gallery (across the street from Tom’s Burned Down Café). Here is a bird’s eye view of some of the treasures at Bell Street Gallery and the artists who created them. “My paintings are my expression of love for creation,” Tourdot explains. “They also are prayers of invitation for others to nurture that same care and mindfulness within themselves.”

PAINTING Ginnie Cappaert, a full-time artist for the past 14 years, has signature status in the National Watercolor Society and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Her oil paintings are minimalistic landscapes in which she combines colors and textures in a playful style. “The peaceful, power and beauty of the landscape has always intrigued me,” notes Cappaert. “It is not a specific time or place, but an overall serene feeling of nature that I am trying to create.”

Mary Johnston paints mystical landscape oil paintings. Born and raised in Duluth, she draws inspiration from the water, sky and forest surrounding Lake Superior. “I have lived in a number of places in the U.S. over the years, but the scenes from the Great Lakes region continue to be the main focus of my creativity,” says Johnston. “I own a piece of heaven: a cabin on beautiful Eagle Lake on the Pike Chain in Iron River, Wisconsin, where my family and friends love to spend time. There is never an end to my artistic inspiration there in the forest.”

Fred McCormick also finds creative inspiration in the woods, both on the island of Mount Desert in Maine and near his Wisconsin cabin. McCormick has been drawing and painting since age 7, and formally studied art at Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He has worked in a number of media — oil, watercolor, acrylic and pencil — and has received numerous awards, including second place in the New Jersey ~8~

Fred McCormick Miniature Art Society’s national competition and an award of merit in the Arts for the Parks national competition sponsored by USArt magazine.

Holly Marie Tourdot

Holly Marie Tourdot has been painting for more than 30 years. Through her art Tourdot seeks to illustrate the beauty of nature so that her creations engender a feeling of appreciation, joy, and a profound sense of responsibility for the earth. Her understanding of humanity’s reliance on the planet for food, shelter, and inspiration is reflected in her Sleeping Dogs series.

Annie Harris has been a summer resident on Madeline Island since 1978. During the winter she lives in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Both locations offer beautiful views of the water and lovely sunsets that have influenced her paintings and color palette. She notes,“Since I began spending time on Madeline Island, I searched for a medium that could convey the beauty of the natural environment . . . Through watercolors and acrylics I can create works that both reflect and abstract their natural environment. It is my hope my paintings will give a unique and personal experience to the viewer, just as Madeline Island has given each of us a unique and personal experience.”

Steve McHugh is not just the owner of Bell Street Gallery (along with his wife, Mary), he is an avid painter, photographer and potter. The McHughs live on Madeline Island, which provides a constant stream of seasonal artistic inspiration for Steve’s abstract art works involving a unique combination of gunpowder

and mixed media paintings. His paintings are not about imitating a “picture” but rather a snapshot of the moment in time when he is inspired to create. “This event, this moment of inspiration, is what I’m trying to share,” explains McHugh. “I strive to have the colors interact with each other. The textures and spontaneous interactions of color are direct from my soul and heart. What’s happening at the outside edges is just as important as the center of the piece as they reveal the layering that goes on as a part of the process. My technique is to apply acrylic paints and charcoal to paper using putty knife, roller and paintbrush.”

Paul Tourdot brings an interesting and unique perspective to his impressionist-style paintings: he was raised in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Brooklyn, Wisconsin where his mother once taught. A stint in the U.S. Army also gave him opportunities to observe rural areas in Europe. Now he brings that same fascination with country life and landscapes to his work in Northern Wisconsin and on Madeline Island. “I’m especially struck by the Island’s quiet beauty in winter and the magic that is called Lake Superior. If there was ever something to paint, this is it,” says Tourdot.

as key elements of her creations. Westfield also uses metal clays to create her line of bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

Britta Lynn Kauppila is a Duluthbased jewelry designer and metal smith with Lake Superior roots. All of her designs are handmade with fire and hammer. Kauppila earned a bachelor degree in art from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with concentrations in jewelry and metals. “I love the relationship between the maker and the materials, where human hands manipulate and shape metal to become something very soft and delicate, yet substantial,” she says.

Paul Tourdot

JEWELRY Grace Hogan is a year-round resident of Northern Wisconsin. She uses rocks, beach glass and other natural objects from the shores of Lake Superior to create her signature jewelry. “The natural phenomena of the earth, which are normal and usually unnoticed, are the intriguing, tiny objects found when gazing down. My fascination with the ground and the things we stomp over in our everyday lives has extended into my work. I create a new realm for these objects in order to transform society’s generalization of them into precious and obvious matter,” she says.

Suellen Soucek is a full-time resident of Madeline Island and she has been creating her wire wrapped earrings, necklaces and pins since she moved to the Island. She uses found objects and beach glass as her materials.

Candy Westfield lives on 80 acres of beautiful land in Northern Minnesota. She designs her jewelry around the North woods and Lake Superior (using beach rocks)

Gallery Hours:

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All of our artwork is handmade. The materials and artists’ creative process are clearly visible: from a potter’s thumbprint to a painter’s brushstrokes to the finely crafted silver of a piece of jewelry. These are the things that make each piece of artwork special and offer a tangible connection to the artist who created it. And that is where the ‘magic’ is. Contemporary fine arts and crafts created by local and regional artists. Inspired by Madeline Island and the greatest of all lakes — Lake Superior. Hand Painted s Hand Thrown s Hand Blown s Hand Carved s Hand Crafted

Kathy Dawdy is the creative genius behind the Kitschygumi label, which includes her original clothing and jewelry design collections. Dawdy’s highly recognized original jewelry design lines are Kathy Dawdy handcrafted in sterling silver, gold-fill, bronze and gemstones.


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Michigan native Steve Hemingway lives in Minnesota but fly fishes the Brule River. He is an accomplished artist in all media, specializing in ceramics with a focus on extensive detail and the raku firing process. The forces of nature Candy and diverse cultures Westfield influence Hemingway’s work. He often creates pieces related to the seasons, migrations and geography of areas he visits.

Hemingway’s work is filled with native American legends, imagery and patterns.

with strong and perennial professors, made a fruitful place for trying lots of ideas and techniques,” he adds.

“As a natural progression, the clay becomes a canvas for me to present an idea, emotion, or metaphor as a three dimensional work of art,” he explains.

In the hands of Amy von Bargen, pottery is both about functionality and beauty. She carefully constructs and forms each of her creations into soft shapes.

“I choose to roll each slab by hand and use ribs to compress Peter Jadoonath has a the clay for greater strength. very different approach This creates a very tight to his work with clay. and smooth surface. Surfaces “My introduction to clay are deliberately marked to is more a coincidence of enhance the pot’s construction circumstance than an and shape. The glazes I use intentional choice,” he says. Peter Jadoonath intentionally highlight the “My continued involvement markings, firing to a matte or with clay is driven by an addiction to semi-matte finish that absorbs the challenge of negotiating aesthetic light . . . I intend for my pots to be elements, instinct and sturdiness used in the everyday traditions of in making interesting functional life. They add beauty and a sense of pottery.” occasion and ceremony in their use,” explains Von Bargen. Those circumstances included earning a bachelor of fine arts degree Ken and Pat Larson, proprietors of Larson Clayworks, live on 80 acres from Bemidji State University, of the original family homestead and which Jadoonath describes “as being is widely know to be prime wood tick surrounded by crisp sun bleached and mosquito country in the summer summer lakes in the summer and rolling seas of snow drifts in the winter. This environment, combined (continued on page 10) ~9~

which is similar to batik or a scrafitto technique in which the image is etched through black slip to the white clay beneath. The sculptures are hand-built earthenware, brushed with terra sigillata and fired in pine needles and sawdust.

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in Northern Minnesota. In the winter, along with making their clay pieces, they like to cross country ski. In the summer, along with making their clay pieces, they like to work in their garden and, if they can work it into their busy schedule, they like to go backpacking in the mountains of Wyoming, Pat & Ken Larson Montana or Utah.

Martye Allen lives and works on Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. She creates functional pots in porcelain and stoneware using both wheelthrown and hand-built techniques. Her designs are created with glazes and a wax resist technique,

“Working with clay, I am fascinated by certain forms, movement and pattern, fusing all three into both the shape of the piece and its decoration. Imagery and the relationship of images on the surface of the piece are my main focus. The greatest sources of inspiration for my drawings are the exquisite, funny animals — both real and imagined — on Mimbres pots from the American Southwest. Cave painting of France and Spain, as well as stone carvings of the Inuit people in Canada, also are strong influences,” says Allen.

JD Jorgenson is a functional potter using local clay and porcelain. He draws inspiration from nature and his surroundings, incorporating them into the work. His specific interests lie in the raw clay, how its surface changes due to atmosphere, flame and ash to create a new form. He works with

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local clay and his hand print often can be found within the glazed surface. “I believe that the line between functional work and art objects should be blurred,” Jorgenson says. “I strive to approach that line as often as possible by creating pieces, which through their everyday use are also experienced as ceramic art objects. My pieces employ subtle brushwork, surface color and occasional slip glazing on simple forms.”

Jonathan Walburg is a resident of Washburn, where he works and lives with his wife and family along the beautiful south shores of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Walburg’s work represents a fusion of Japanese, Korean, and American pottery. It is beautiful handmade work — mugs, bowls, tableware, and serving ware, as well as decorative jars, vessels, garden/lawn and interior decorations — that Michael Tonder is intended for everyday use. “Through my experiences apprenticing in America and in Japan for four years, I strive to bring the best of both to the table,” Walburg says.

Michael Tonder — working with recycled plate glass, kilns, and sandblaster — creates oneof-a-kind glass sculptures. Handcut from flat sheets of glass, each creation is carefully assembled, (continued on page 14)

Inn’s pool (pool use is free for anyone who rents a property through their office or available to all for a small fee), play tennis, or just hang with friends down by the dock.

There are plenty of options for relaxing, dining and sleeping on the island: from luxurious to basic. Visitors who are interested in renting a cabin or lake home should check with the Inn on Madeline Island or Madeline Island Vacations — both represent dozens of rental properties. (See for helpful links.) Before you make your selection, think about what you want to do here. For folks who just want to get away from it all, lodging further away from town offers a quiet nature experience. Families with young children or teenagers might be more interested in housing closer to downtown, where they can bike into town to enjoy ice cream from Grampa Tony’s after dinner, splash around at the


Other options for accommodations include camping at either the Big Bay Town Park or Big Bay State Park, and several comfortable motels including the Island Inn just across from the Ferry Dock.

Available in local shops, via and at!

A word to the wise: make your reservations as early as possible. Madeline Island is an extremely popular summer vacation destination, particularly during the Fourth of July holiday!

the elegant dining room. If you’d like to be more casual, you can order from the same menu while sitting outside on the comfortable patio facing the lake. Kids will enjoy playing shuffle board or splashing around on the beach until the food arrives.

Gourmands will find plenty to love at Café Seiche, one of the very best restaurants anywhere. The food is always fresh and frequently local, and it is prepared with originality and flair. Nothing beats lingering over a delicious meal on Café Seiche’s screened-in porch as the sun sets over the lake.

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Another great dining option is The Pub. If you want to get fancy, plan to eat inside

8FMDPNFUP5IF*OOPO.BEFMJOF*TMBOE§ 8JTDPOTJO«T(SFBU*TMBOE&TDBQF The Inn offers a wide variety of accommodations and resort amenities including a large outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna, as well as three Har-Tru tennis courts, a dock for daytime mooring and a gift shop. Exceptional lakeside dining at The Pub Restaurant & Wine Bar in the spacious dining room, cozy lounge or beachfront patio. For lodging reservations call (800) 822-6315 or visit For restaurant reservations call (715) 747-6315, ext. 2

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A very popular casual dining option is the Beach Club. Our favorite Beach Club choice includes the fabulous fish tacos. Oh, and their cocktails are pretty terrific too.

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Island Market

and General Food Store on Main Street

Specializing in BBQ ribs, fresh steaks & chicken, fresh & smoked Lake Superior fish, frozen meats, fresh veggies, curios and more. OPEN DAILY at 8 a.m. An island business since 1989

If you want to make dinner really casual but still delicious, pick up some of the incredible BBQ ribs or smoked Lake Superior fish from the Island Market and General Store. If you’re lucky, Ed will be in the mood to chat and you will learn some amazing things while Marilyn wraps up your order. Bon appétit and may all your dreams be sweet on the island. ~ 11 ~

Rave Reviews for Our Favorite Island In case you missed it, Madeline Island (and some of its top cool places) has been gaining national attention. Here are highlights from seven recent articles from the past few years.

Yahoo! Travel included Madeline Island in its roundup of the “World’s Most Secret Islands” in December 2011 “Midwesterners need not go far for a secluded island paradise. Part of Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands archipelago, Madeline has many trappings of a tropical oasis — sandy beaches, sailing charters, sea caves, cliff-jumping, and even stand-up paddle boarding. No wonder the population swells in summer. Visit in winter and you can make first tracks on a dogsled or see ice caves . . . Kayak to sea caves, historical lighthouses, and a century-old shipwreck with Adventure Vacations or Living Adventure. Raise a glass to live music at the quirky Tom’s Burned Down Cafe. Don’t miss locally caught trout on The Pub Restaurant & Wine Bar’s beachfront patio.”

Budget Travel included Big Bay Beach in a June 2011 article on “Secret Beaches in North America” “. . . the sandstone cliffs and pristine woods enveloping this 1.5-mile pocket of beach make for a lovely hideaway.”

Budget Travel featured La Pointe in a September 2011 article on the “10 Coolest Small Towns in America” “The residents of La Pointe, a quiet, North Woods enclave of artists on Lake Superior, take pride in waving hello to everyone they pass — even when they’re driving.”

“America’s Best Fourth of July Fireworks Display” by Fox News, June 2010 “On the fourth, this town on Madeline Island in Lake Superior “swells with freedom lovers, artists, Native Americans, soldiers, sailors, hippies, writers, musicians, families and a smorgasbord of free spirits in a glorious celebration of America’s Birthday like no other,” says Gary Knowles, noting that a day including a parade, picnic, and other events is capped by fireworks exceptional in part because “an eclectic variety of amplified patriotic rock, country and ballads are interspersed with readings from the Declaration of Independence, quotes from great Americans,” and eventually “the lightshow explodes for about 45 minutes high overhead and is reflected in the harbor.” ~ 12 ~

Travel & Leisure gave a shout out to Tom’s Burned Down Café in a June 2010 article on “Best Beach Bars” “An old tavern burned down in 1992 and was totally destroyed so that only the decks remained. That didn’t bother owner Tom Nelson, who thought, “Do not rebuild it, and they will come.” Nelson pulled in a 40-foot trailer to the decks and began serving beer from the back of the truck. Since then, he’s built more decks and a bar and added a tarp roof and knickknacks. It’s a quirky place that could keep your attention for hours between the bartenders’ stories and the view of kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders on the lake. There’s even a chance of glimpsing the northern lights.”

“Best Weekend Getaway” as noted by City Pages, June 2009 “A good Minnesotan has already ventured to the north shore of Lake Superior. While we are always partial to our home state, you’re missing out if you ignore the southern side of the lake along the Wisconsin border. For the ultimate Lake Superior weekend, head to Madeline Island, just 90 miles east of Duluth. It’s the biggest island in the set of Apostle Islands just off Bayfield, Wisconsin, on the northern point of the state. . . . Most tourists access the island by taking the 25-minute ferry ride. Once you’re on the island, ditch your car and rent a bike to get the full feel of the slow-moving, peaceful, and quaint town. Explore the beautiful Lake Superior shoreline along a city park and state park. Visitors who want to spend time on the water can rent kayaks or canoes, or join tours to see the other islands, sea caves, and shipwrecks.”

Resorts and Lodges highlighted the Inn on Madeline Island as a “Top 10 Wisconsin Wedding Resort in 2010” “Here’s a thought for your Wisconsin wedding that puts you and an entire Lake Superior island at the heart of the celebration. The Inn on Madeline Island isn’t just an inn — you can choose private vacation homes, condos, townhomes and more for any size gathering on your big day . . . Although a variety of accommodations are available all over Madeline Island — which is part of the magic — the staff at the Inn on Madeline Island can arrange every detail of your wedding including lodging, menu options, rentals, central locales for larger groups and even local park rentals.”

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Finding Inspiration in Thin Places

Bell Street Gallery

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Madeline Island is a living, breathing organism. It gives us space to step back, take stock, dig deep and come away refreshed. The late Minnesota writer Bill Holm wrote a lovely book called “The Heart Can be Filled Anywhere on Earth.” And, of course, he was absolutely right. But for me — and a few thousand other lucky folks who travel here every year — Madeline Island is something more: a thin place where we might just catch a glimpse of God, or simply listen for her heartbeat.

Saturday, May 26 4–7pm Peter Jadoonath — pottery Friday & Saturday, June 15–16 Steve Hemingway — ceramics JD Jorgenson — pottery Amy von Bargen — pottery Saturday, June 23 4–7pm Fred Kaemmer — glass blower Martye Allen — ceramics Saturday, June 30 4–7pm Pat and Ken Larson — ceramics Twin Cities artist Denise Bunkert captures the ‘soft-as-a-petal’ magic of the sunset at Town Park using pastels.

If you prefer a less spiritual metaphor, ponder these words from an ancient Celtic blessing that, to my ear anyway, perfectly capture the magic of Madeline Island:

Deep peace of the running wave Deep peace of the flowing air Deep peace of the quiet earth Deep peace of the shining stars

Saturday, July 7 4–7pm Mary Johnston — oil paintings JD Jorgenson — pottery Johnathan Walburg — pottery

La Pointe Center for the Arts Established in 1987, La Pointe Center is a non-profit membership organization that supports local arts & community culture HAffiliate members are I HPositivity Children’s Theatre HThe Opera Society HThe Literary Guild HGarden Masters HArt Guild and Gallery, Located along the boardwalk in downtown La Pointe, the Gallery exhibits new artwork throughout the year. Summer hours are: 11 - 3 on Sunday & 11 - 5 Monday thru Saturday

Saturday, July 14 4–7pm Britta Kauppila — jewelry Fred McCormick — paintings Saturday, July 21 4–7pm Holly Tourdot — oil paintings Paul Tourdot — oil paintings Kathy Dawdy — jewelry

Cindy Bielke is a freelance writer and marketing consultant who spends as much time as she can on Madeline Island.

Stellar Northern Artists Showcased at Bell Street Gallery (continued from page 10)

Saturday, July 28 4–7pm Grace Hogan — jewelry Jim Jahoda — water colors Johnathan Walburg — pottery Saturday, August 4 4–7pm Ginnie Cappaert — paintings Candy Westfield — jewelry

then fired in an electric kiln. After firing, the fused glass forms then are carved and etched to completion.

Saturday, August 11 4–7pm Annie Harris — paintings Grace Hogan — jewelry

“Within each form, I employ internal lines, altered surface textures, and light reflection, refraction, and diffusion to create tension, stimulate curiosity and engage the eye. My art reflects many influences, from my experience as a forester and park manager, to my excursions into Minnesota’s Boundary Waters and Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park,” he says.

Saturday, August 18 4–7pm Steve McHugh — paintings Kathy Dawdy — jewelry

Fred Kaemmer has been creating hand-blown glass pieces for more than a decade.

Sunday, September 2 12–4pm Locals Garden Reception

He enjoys forming simple, functional shapes then altering them to create objects of great visual interest and appeal. His combinations of clear and colored glass frit — inside, outside and throughout his vessel forms — make his work distinctive. Kaemmer also is known for his use of metal leaf decoration in his work. He has deep roots in this area. His family maintained an Island home for decades on one of the Apostle Islands (which has since been acquired by the Parks department) and now has a family place on Madeline Island.

Can you find the Big Bay GEODETIC SURVEY marker on the huge rocks overlooking Lake Superior at Big Bay State Park?

Saturday, August 25 4–7pm Carolyn Cone — jewelry

Saturday, September 22 4–7pm JD Jorgenson — pottery Kathy Dawdy — jewelry Saturday, October 20 10am–4pm Fall Fest — Artist Demos

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eventS CalendaR May Saturday May 5 Bell Street Gallery Artist reception with Holly Tourdot (painter) and Suellen Soucek (jeweler)

Tuesday–Sunday, May 15–20 Art Guild La Pointe/Bayfield School Art Show

Saturday, May 26 Bell Street Gallery Artist reception with Peter Jadoonath (potter) and Steve McHugh (painter) Art Guild “Theme” Show Fundraiser Reception 4–7pm

Sunday, May 27 LaPointe Center Wine Tasting Gala at The Pub 2:30–5pm

JUNE Sunday, June 3 Madeline Island Ferry Reduced Ferry Day Madeline Island Museum Visitor Appreciation Day $2 admission Saturday, June 9 Garden Talk at La Pointe Library 10:30am Thursday, June 14 Chequamegon Chef’s Exhibition (Taste of South Shore Restaurants and Cafes) Friday, June 15 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception and music with Steve Hemingway (potter), JD Jorgenson (potter) and Amy von Bargen (potter) Saturday, June 16 Apostle Islands Inline Skate 8am Bell Street Gallery Pottery tent & demo 10am–4pm Island Carvers Chainsaw Demo 1–3pm Art Guild Summer Solstice Show reception 4–7pm Bell Street Gallery Artist reception with music La Pointe Summer Solstice Light Parade 9pm Island Carvers Fire Sculpture 10pm Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Young Artist Concert 11am & 2pm Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Arianna String Quartet Tuesday, June 19 Bell Street Gallery Children Art Adventure Class Wednesday, June 20 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm Thursday, June 21 Madeline Island Museum lecture series: Sherman Edwards, “The House That Sank.” 7pm Saturday, June 23 Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Young Artist Concert 11am & 2pm Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Dinner Concert/Scholarship Fundraiser 6pm Tuesday, June 26 Bell Street Gallery Children Art Adventure Class Wednesday, June 27 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm Saturday, June 30 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with Jim Jahoda (watercolor painter), Holly Tourdot (painter) and Pat and Ken Larson ceramic sculptures with Raku demo firing

Art Guild Reception with Judy Sebranek (painter), Sally Brown (jewelry and ceramics), Barry Grill (wood worker) Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Young Artist Concert 11am & 2pm Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Festival Concert — Enso String Quartet with pianist Zeyda Ruga Suzuki

JUly Tuesday, July 3 LaPointe Center Opera Society “The Magic Flute” by Mozart at Library 7pm Wednesday, July 4 Madeline Island Independence Parade down Main Street 10:30am Music and speeches at Madeline Island Museum “A Day On the Green,” patriotic program on the museum lawn Saturday, July 7 Peddle, Paddle, Plod & Plunge (aka P-4) bike, kayak, run and swim in teams or individual competition Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with Mary Johnston (painter) and Jonathan Walburg (potter) artist demos Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers and Bell Street Gallery Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Young Artist Concert 11am & 2pm Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Jorja Fleezanis, violin and Zeyda Ruga Suzuki, piano with Fellowship and Advanced Young Artists 8pm Tuesday, July 10 Bell Street Gallery Children Art Adventure Class Madeline Island Library Story time and art project 11am Wednesday, July 11 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm Thursday, July 12 Madeline Island Museum lecture series: Gene Clark, “Great Lakes Coastal Processes & Shoreline Best Management Practices” 7pm Saturday, July 14 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with Britta Kauppila (jewelry) and Steve McHugh (painter) Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers and Bell Street Gallery Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Prairie Winds Quintet 8pm Sunday, July 15 Madeline Island Music Camp Concerts: Woodwind Young Artists Concert 11am Tuesday, July 17 Bell Street Gallery Children Art Adventure class Madeline Island Library Story time and art project 11am Woody Allen Film Festival “Everyone Says I Love You” Madeline Island Library 7pm Wednesday, July 18 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm Madeline Island Library 6th Annual Madeline Island Talent Show 7pm

Friday–Sunday, July 20–22 Madeline Island Museum “Connecting Cultures: Exploring the Lake Superior Fur Trade”

Saturday, July 21 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with JD Jorgenson (potter), Holly and Paul Tourdot (painters) and Kathy Dawdy (jewelry) Art Guild Reception with Chad Breckenridge (photographer), Hilary Olander- Quamme (jeweler) and Diane Mahn (wood sculpture) 4–7pm Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers and Bell Street Gallery

Monday, July 23–Sunday, August 5 Positivity Children’s Theatre 2012 at the La Pointe School

Tuesday, July 24 Bell Street Gallery Children Art Adventure Class Madeline Island Library Story time and art project 11am

Wednesday, July 25 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm

Saturday, July 28 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with Jonathan Walburg (potter), Grace Hogan (jewelry) and Jim Jahoda (painter) Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers and Bell Street Gallery

Tuesday, July 31 Bell Street Gallery Children Art Adventure Class Madeline Island Library Story time and art project 11am La Pointe Center Opera Society “La Boheme” by Puccini at Library 7pm

august Wednesday, August 1 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm Saturday, August 4 Point to La Pointe Swim — 2 mile open water swim from Bayfield to Madeline Island Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with Ginnie Cappaert (paintings) and Candy Westfield (jewelry) Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers and Bell Street Gallery Tuesday, August 7 Bell Street Gallery Children Art Adventure Class Madeline Island Library Story time & art project 11am Wednesday, August 8 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm Friday, August 10 Sandcastle Day at Big Bay State Park Saturday, August 11 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with Annie Harris (painter) and Grace Hogan (jewelry) Art Guild Artist Reception with Jill Lorenz (ceramics), Pat Juett (ceramics) and Rose Maloof (fiber arts) 4–7pm Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers, Bell Street Gallery and Art Guild Tuesday, August 14 Woody Allen Film Festival “Purple Rose of Cairo” at Madeline Island Library 7pm Wednesday, August 15 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm

Saturday, August 18 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with Fred McCormick (painter) and Kathy Dawdy (jewelry) Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers and Bell Street Gallery

Tuesday, August 21 Madeline Island Library Story time and art project 11am Madeline Island Museum lecture series: John Carlson, “Trapping on Madeline Island.” 7pm

Wednesday, August 22 Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm

Saturday, August 25 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception with Carolyn Cone (jewelry), Holly Tourdot (painter) Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers and Bell Street Gallery

Tuesday, August 28 Madeline Island Library Story time and art project 11am La Pointe Center Opera Society “Tosca” by Puccini at Library 7pm

Wednesday, August 29th Bell Street Gallery Girls Night Out 5–7pm

september Saturday, September 1 Art Guild Artist Reception Autumn Arts show 4–7pm Gallery Crawl with Woods Hall, Island Carvers and Bell Street Gallery Madeline Island Museum concert on the lawn “Ojibwe Music: Traditions and Transitions,” 7pm

Sunday, September 2 Bell Street Gallery Artist Reception in the garden with Steve McHugh (painter), Holly Tourdot (painter), Suellen Soucek (jewelry)

Tuesday, September 11th Woody Allen Film Festival “Midnight in Paris” at Madeline Island Library 7pm

Friday–Saturday, September 21–22 Bell Street Gallery Art and Music celebration JD Jorgenson (potter), Kathy Dawdy (jewelry) plus guest artists and music both days

Tuesday, September 25th LaPointe Center Opera Society “La Rondine” by Puccini at Library 7pm

Saturday–Sunday, September 29–30 Madeline Island Museum – “Honoring the Treaties: Ojibwe Arts Yesterday and Today,” Sunday free admission.

october Friday–Sunday October 5–7 Bayfield Applefest — Visit Madeline Island and miss the crowds

Tuesday, October 9 Woody Allen Film Festival “Hannah and Her Sisters” Madeline Island Library 7pm

Saturday, October 13 Art Guild Artist Reception Fall Fest

Friday–Saturday, October 19–20 Fall Fest on Madeline Island Bell Street Gallery music and art demos Pumpkin Carving, costume parade, children games ~ 15 ~


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