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Dovetail Gallery & Studio

7901 State Highway 42
Egg Harbor  Wisconsin  54209
United States
(920) 868-3987
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Midwest Living Review

Maggie Ginsberg-Schutz
Don't miss the egg-centric hidden treasures in this small, quirky lakeside art gallery in downtown Egg Harbor.

At first glance, this historic dovetail log home looks and feels like your average sunny, lakeside art gallery, but inside, it’s a beautiful treasure trove of the odd and the “egg-centric.”

Seek out the owner, decorative egg artist Kathy Mand Beck, who will happily describe how she scouted this location from Milwaukee back in 1993 "because there weren't any eggs in Egg Harbor." She’s extensively renovated this 1873 building to showcase its old tamarack beams, exposed log walls and original hardwood floors. 

The offerings are lovely: Kathy's eggs, carved using a 425,000-RPM air drill, her husband, Tom Mand's copper sprinklers, and works from dozens of other artists across mediums including copper, painting, jewelry, polymer clay, glass and wind sculptures. This variety allows for a rich shopping or browsing experience, but also makes it easy to miss a few key treasures camouflaged amidst all that art. Be sure to ask about the 70-million-year-old Hypselosaurus dinosaur egg, the only prehistoric egg on display in Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Public Museum. It's real and was featured in the Jurassic Park movie. Also on-site, a 100-year-old Faberge Easter egg and Kathy's 500-egg museum-grade collection that includes 72 rare, federally protected wild bird eggs.

One last thing: Don't forget to let Kathy know where you're from; she keeps a pinprick map of the world on the wall.

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