The book The Artist's Wife by author Betty Bowers provides an inside view of an artist's life and a behind-the-scenes look at the creative community while exploring issues of personal growth, raising creative kids, living in a working artist's household, and learning to appreciate what's good - what's cheap in art. Originally published 25 years ago, the reflections of 'The Artist's Wife' evoke a nostalgic look at the Door County of that period. Surprisingly, most of the artists spotlighted here are still in practice--a testimony to the quality of their work and the vibrancy of the community. These brief essays, while personal and reflective in character, are written with a light hand and kept in focus by the sketch presented of family life in a log cabin situated on 40 acres of meadow in the heart of the Door County, Wisconsin, arts community. All the wild and lovely spots where tourists like to go face similar issues of increasing density of use, abuse of resources and changing the face of local culture. From Cape Cod to the Oregon coast, from the Black Hills to the North Woods, the same issues resonate: preserving the fragile ecology while maintaining the distinctive features that attracted the visitor in the first place.