Embrace the Original – The 2021 Summer Northwoods Art Tour

By the Northwoods News Staff

Thirty-eight of the Northwood’s finest artists and galleries are welcoming visitors for a behind-the-scenes view of how their work is created during the 2021 Summer Northwoods Art Tour on July 23rd through July 25th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.


Awaken your sense of wonder and explore the beautiful back roads and charming communities of the Northwoods. Discover where and how artists create and what inspires them. Experience personal encounters with painters, potters, photographers, carvers, jewelers, quilters, weavers, woodworkers, glass artists, printmakers, sculptors and gourd designers in their natural habitat – their studio.

Find unique gifts or something special for your home that will elevate your spirit and your space.

Elude the ordinary; embrace the original. Enjoy it your way. You plan your own custom experience.


The Northwoods Art Tour map showcases the unique sites holding free open houses, and you may come and go as your time and interest allow.

The tour encompasses Iron, Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas counties. You will find Tour locations in the Northwoods communities of Arbor Vitae, Boulder Junction, Eagle River, Irma, Lac du Flambeau, Lake Tomahawk, Land O’Lakes, Manitowish, Manitowish Waters, Mercer, Minocqua, Rhinelander, St. Germain, Three Lakes and Tomahawk.

View the map and descriptions here.

Artists encourage the public to learn about their process, and participating studios and galleries will be providing demonstrations. Artwork will also be for sale at each location.


About the Northwoods Art Tour:

From the Northwoods Art Tour website – The Northwoods Art Tour was the brainchild of charter member Carl Gromoll in 2000. Carl’s original concept was to create a way for the public to find artists who worked only at home studios, and didn’t necessarily sell their work in galleries. The tour would be a good way for people to find these “hidden artists,” see what they do, and how they do it.

That first tour featured 20 artists at 19 locations. Five of these original artists are on the tour this year:  Odonata in Mercer, Manitowish River Studio in Manitowish, Moondeer & Friends Gallery (now in Boulder Junction), Bear Paw Pottery (now in St. Germain), and Carl Gromoll in Eagle River.

The tour has grown over the years, adding a Fall Tour in 2007. The concept has remained the same: to bring artists and the public together in a meaningful way that facilitates understanding through demonstrations and interaction, and builds connections between the artists and the public.

The tour has flourished because visitors have grown to love the rare opportunity to get behind the scenes at the artists’ private studios. Often, art is created in quiet and solitude. The artists of the Northwoods Art Tour are excited to meet you and share their efforts and stories. We look forward each year to answering questions, sharing our processes, greeting old friends, and making new ones.

The 2021 Fall Northwoods Art Tour will be held on October 8th through October 10th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

For more information on either Tour, email Charlene Zindel, President, or call (715) 385-3334.