A Place to Go:
Dovetail Gallery/Studio & Egg Art Museum
By Donna Marie Pocius
Special to DoorCountyNavigator.com
As spring and Easter approaches, people's thoughts turn to eggs.
But Kathy Mand Beck's decorative eggs are popular all the time in her Door County gallery, Dovetail Gallery/Studio & Egg Art Museum, which is located, of course, in Egg Harbor.
"Egg art is a memory from a Door County trip. It's a different form of art," says Beck, who began carving and creating with delicate egg shells in 1990 after working in floral design and glass art.
Dovetail Galley has egg sculptures by Beck as well as egg art by other U.S. artists. Egg shells can also be custom made with people's names, wedding and anniversary dates or even company logos.
But egg art is not the only medium for sale in this intriguing gallery which is open year-round at 7901 Hwy. 42 (look for the egg-shaped mailbox).
Also appealing to people with spring fever is Dovetail Gallery's line of copper garden sprinklers handmade in Egg Harbor by Beck's husband, Tom Mand.
The sprinklers come in a wide variety of designs with names like Illusion, Olympian and Wavelength. They stand about 35-inches to 45-inches tall and are made for a garden hose to be connected to them for an artful spray of water.
Dovetail Gallery is all about "a magical blend of art and nature," Beck says. Indeed, the entire feeling at this gallery is magical, friendly, accessible and a tad offbeat-and that's just what Beck was going for.
Pet doves coo in a cage as you browse the collection of egg art, paintings, clay sculptures, batiks and jewelry by many artists.
The gallery is also home to an Egg Museum that includes wild bird, dinosaur and Faberge eggs. The building, which overlooks Green Bay waters, is a compelling attraction itself. It is an 1873 hand-hewn dovetail log home that Beck restored after discovering it on the market in 1992 during her semi-annual trip to Door County.
"I didn't want the kind of gallery with white walls and pieces sitting on a pedestal. This has an ambiance that's warm. It is friendly. That's what I wanted it to be," Beck says.