David Frykman / Wood Carver and Oil Painter
Heather Harle Frykman / Photographer
Lucas Frykman / Photographer
Steve Jorgenson / Potter and Sculptor

Heather Harle Frykman and Lucas Frykman/ Photographers

   Being surrounded by the fantastic natural landscape of Door County has allowed us to become full-time nature photographers, showing our work at the Frykman Studio Gallery in Sister Bay. While most of our pictures are taken around the Peninsula, we do take several photo expeditions each year to places like the Smoky Mountains National Park, the Lake Superior shoreline, and Central America. We hope that sharing our photography will encourage others to help protect and preserve the natural vistas and rustic beauty of Door County.
   Although photography has always been an interest of ours, we became professional nature photographers in 2005 when we opened our first gallery in Ellison Bay with Luke’s parents, David and Carole. We’ve been in our new location in Sister Bay since 2008. Our photography has been featured at the Miller Art Museum, the Hardy Gallery and in local and national publications, including Door County Living and Nature Photographer Magazine.
   We use Canon Digital SLR cameras and lenses to capture images and Mac computers as our digital darkroom. Our photos are printed on Kodak Professional photo paper, and our mats are hand cut and sealed into a frame custom built at the gallery using professional techniques and the highest quality, archival materials. We welcome custom orders for any of the images in the gallery, framed to your specifications.

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David Frykman / Wood Carver and Oil Painter

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    David Frykman and his wife Carole live and work amidst the quiet cedar trees on the rocky shores of Lake Michigan in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin. He has been creating his menagerie of characters since watching his mother sculpt small figures for department store window displays in the 1950's.
    David's first career was as a potter, and it was with clay that he developed his facility for bringing life and vitality to his creations. While his choice of materials has now turned to wood, his high standard of craftsmanship...and his fascination with the unlimited potential of human expression remains.
    David's highly original carvings have been reproduced by Coyne's and Company of Minneapolis as the "David Frykman Collection" and cherished by Santa lovers around the world since 1994.
    In 2005, David and Carole, their son Lucas Frykman and daughter-in-law Heather Harle Frykman, opened an art gallery, David Frykman Studio Gallery, in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. In 2008, they moved the gallery to Sister Bay, just 5 miles south.
    Today, the Frykman Studio Gallery features David's wood carved art, his original oil paintings, Door County nature photography by Heather and Lucas Frykman, and pottery and wall sculptures by Steve Jorgenson.

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Steve Jorgenson / Potter and Sculptor

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After many years of visits to Door County, Steve Jorgenson is pleased to bring his sculptural objects and functional pottery to Sister Bay's "Frykman Studio Gallery."

Originally from Seattle, Steve has made his name is Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for thirty years where he has maintained his pottery and sculpture studio and been a member of "The Stoneware Gallery," a co-op of twelve potters.

A B.A. in art was earned at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota studying pottery with Eugene Johnson and sculpture with Stewart Luckman. A teaching certificate in Art Education was completed at Seattle Pacific University. Various jobs including substitute teacher, construction worker, carpenter, and drug and art counselor filled the time prior to moving to Canada to work full time as an artist.

Initial interest in pottery began in an eighth grade ceramics class, and continued to develop through college pottery courses and then while substitute teaching art classes. Some very early design motifs from junior high have subsequently reappeared in his pottery and continue to develop and mature. Current daily studio work includes throwing stoneware clay, painting multiple clay slip colors on the wet pots, and then carving incised designs into the leather hard clay. Pots are glazed in glossy and matte glazes which allows carved designs and slip colors to show through. Glaze firing is done in a gas fired kiln.

"I enjoy the rhythms of the production cycle of making pottery, the repetition of the thrown forms, always striving for that perfect shape or curve, trimming and drawing designs on pots, followed by glazing, firing and anticipating what surprises will appear when the kiln is unloaded. In these endlessly repeated cycles one is always learning, changing and growing creatively."

"Creating sculptural objects has been a part of my life since I was young. Growing up in a family involved in the construction business and surrounded by woodworking tools and unlimited materials, I absorbed my carpentry skills from my father and was using all the major tools to construct all sorts of 3-dimensional objects from very early on."

Now sculptures evolve in a studio filled with random cluttered piles of materials, picture frame mouldings, and interesting odd bits of pieces of wood waiting to stimulate and be transformed into relief sculptures or free standing pieces. Most materials are regularly scavenged from friends, frame shops, my family's fire wood piles and cabinet shop remnant materials. The sculptures begin their growth and develop from some stimulating wood shape or from hand-made tile. Each piece remains unique due to a continually changing inventory of materials.

"Inspiration for my sculptures has always come from either the human form, or massive landscape shapes and the ways in which these forms interact. Playing with the relationships between shapes and forms has always been meaningful to me."

"I take great pleasure in creating beautiful objects from such basic materials as clay and wood, and it is always rewarding to see these objects out into the world to enhance lives."