Arts & Activities

The creative spirit runs deep on Madeline Island. LaPointe has myriad opportunities to be artistically inspired.

The Madeline Island School of the Arts is a premier art and craft school and noted as one of the top five art and craft school destinations in the country.   Located on a uniquely restored and enhanced Wisconsin dairy farm, the Madeline Island School of the Arts provides workshops in writing, painting, photography, and quilting. The Island has an art and craft tradition that dates back more than three hundred years, during which time three different flags have flown on her shores. MISA’s outstanding workshops with well-appointed studios and lodging, create an experience like none other. Just take the car ferry out of Bayfield, WI and in twenty minutes, you will slip into Island time. If you are flying to Duluth, Minnesota take our airport shuttle to our front door. Let the magic of the Island inspire you!

Woods Hall Craft Shops and Studios opened its’ doors in 1955 as a place for local residents to put their creative energies to work during the winter months. Recently renovated and expanded, it is an artist co-op featuring the work of some 50 local and regional artists, with original design and hand-woven items, rugs, scarves, table runners, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, clothing and more, plus floor looms on display.

Bell Street Gallery is a unique haven of two galleries, open-air pottery garden, Art Bar with wine and beer, and the Island Boutique featuring locally designed and made Island Lifestyle clothing. Gifts, cards, pottery, paintings. All locally created and inspired by Madeline Island and Lake Superior.

 LaPointe Center Art Guild and Gallery exhibits area artists’ work in a variety of mediums. One-of-a-kind jewelry, paintings and sculpture, along with locally produced cards are great gifts available at their Backdoor Gallery. Stop in for some artistic inspiration.

Local artists’ work can also be found at the Katherine Parfet Studio, the Turtle Tracks Studio, and Madeline Island Candles. So stop by to see the magic in their beautiful works. Also not to miss, the Madeline Island Museum, showcasing Anishinaaabeg art and paintings, along with vintage bead work, that reflects the Island’s heritage.

When in session in late June and the month of July, the internationally known Madeline Island Chamber Music provides gifted young musicians with an inspirational place to hone their gifts, and hosts renowned musical ensembles for summer chamber music concerts.

Don’t forget to hop the ferry during your stay to take in Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, for another local cultural treasure. Well-known performers like Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, Shaky Graves, John Butler Trio, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Bruce Hornsy along with local historical musicals make this a highlight of many a Chequamegon Bay visit.