It’s easy to understand why the Wisconsin Lake Superior Byway area is a place where artists of all types choose to live, perform and exhibit. The unsurpassed natural beauty, combined with a pace of life that promotes a real sense of community, nourish the creative mind and soul. Here you’ll find quaint galleries and shops filled with a wide variety of artwork. In addition, a number of artists offer classes and art study tours, and the Madeline Island School of the Arts hosts workshops taught by nationally renowned artisans.
The performing arts delight audiences throughout the year. In summer, a bright blue striped canvas tent houses Big Top Chautauqua. The Big Top produces and presents over 70 shows during the season. National acts, a local professional troupe, concerts, plays and lectures entertain packed houses on the slope of beautiful Mt. Ashwabay. The newly constructed, 145-seat Stage North, on the shore of Chequamegon Bay in the City of Washburn, is a hub of activity all year round. Locally produced plays, concerts, classic movies, lectures, and the Big Water Film Festival, plus live, local music at the Stage Door Bar, enlivens the entertainment scene.