February 23, 2017
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Kenosha artist Carlotta Miller poses next to “Moove Over,” which is on display at the UW-Parkside Mathis Gallery as part of the Racine Art Guild Juried Exhibition. The show runs through April 22. ( submitted photo )

Your mid-winter guide to the visual arts

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Retired local educator Carlotta Miller is the artist of the month at Re:Vision Gallery, 4625 Sheridan Road.

Miller, a longtime Bradford High School art teacher and girls’ golf coach, traveled to her home state of North Dakota and brought back visions of her youth in the exhibit “Skyscrapers of the Prairie,” according to Re:Vision owner Marjorie Meyer.

The display will be featured during an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 11).


Opening reception for annual arts show heads Second Saturday

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Pollard Gallery, 518 56th St., is holding the opening reception for its ninth annual Photography & Digital Arts Show from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 14). The free event includes live music by Bill Robbins, Pollard artists and refreshments.

Here is a look at some other highlights for this month’s Downtown Kenosha Second Saturday:

Art show opening reception tonight at Carthage

The opening reception for the Biennial Kenosha & Racine Invitational Show is 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today (Jan. 12) at Carthage College’s H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art.

The show, which opened Monday, features the work of nearly 30 area artists.

Stars, students combine for ‘The Nutcracker’

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The Studio of Classical Dance Arts welcomes two world-class performers, joining a cast of more than 70 students, for its 11th annual “The Story of the Nutcracker” this weekend (Dec. 17-18) at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Racine-based studio is performing 1:30 and 7 p.m. shows on Saturday (Dec. 17) and a 1:30 p.m. show on Sunday (Dec. 18).

Get Out: Carthage delivers annual dance concert

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When a series of movements is choreographed to music, it often produces moments that exist and quickly disappear.

Carthage College presents a collection of works from six choreographers in its fall dance program “Vanishing Point” this weekend at the Wartburg Theatre, 2001 Alford Park Drive. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Trees on Parade returns to Twin Lakes

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The annual Trees on Parade takes center stage beginning Friday in Twin Lakes.

“It is just a nice, old-fashioned community event,” Chamber director Marilyn Trongeau said.

Get Out: Fall in love with the visual arts

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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery opens its season with Milwaukee artist Nirmal Raja’s contemporary look at her Indian heritage in the exhibit “Sifting: A Collection of Work.”

The opening reception is 4 to 6:30 p.m today (Sept. 22) in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for the Arts and Hunanities. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available in addition to a cash bar. The show runs through Oct. 12.

A golden age for cartoonists

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It’s a great time to be a cartoonist.

People hoping to make a splash with original editorial cartoons, animations or comics can now publish their works in newspapers, news websites, blogs, even Twitter.

If you go: Kenosha Festival of Cartooning

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Here is a look at the schedule of events for the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning:

* Starting at 6 p.m. is an opening reception at UW-Parkside for the exhibit “Editorial Cartoonists: Taming the Tigers” in the Mathis Gallery. (The show runs through Oct. 19.)

Cartooning festival begins Thursday

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Editorial cartoons and women in cartooning are the focus for this year’s edition of the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.

The three-day festival starts Thursday with a 6 p.m. opening reception for the show “Editorial Cartoonists: Taming the Tigers” in the Mathis Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road.

Opening receptions, Zine Fest this weekend

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There are opening receptions at Lemon Street, Re:Vision and the Pollard galleries in conjunction with Second Saturday this week. Here’s a capsule look at the visual arts scene as summer prepares to transition to fall:

* Through Aug. 28 — Graphite artist Chet Griffith, mixed media artist Bobby Childers and photographer Eileen Mazurek (Opening reception Saturday).

Despite wind, many enjoy art fair

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Mark Wilson’s stained glass pieces swung perilously in the wind on their racks Sunday.

Still, it wasn’t enough to keep him away from the 52nd annual Friends of the Museums Art Fair at the Kenosha Public Museum.

Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday at UW-Parkside

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London native Tom Bartlett takes pride in crafting some of the most unique utensils on earth.

Meticulously carved spoons, ladles and bowls are among a variety of handmade items on display at the 26th annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday (June 25) at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The free, outdoor event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get Out: Summer visual arts preview

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Lemon Street Gallery welcomes one of its original artists and founding members to the Brick Gallery.

Kenosha resident Diana Becker has a variety of her vivid, acrylic paintings on display and is joined by jeweler Dale Melor and sculptor Robert Melton as this month’s featured artists at Lemon Street, 4610 Sheridan Road.

Good Old Summertime Art Fair is Sunday

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Kenosha Art Association kicks off the outdoor art season with its 41st annual Good Old Summertime Art Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (June 5) at Civic Center Park, located in the 5700 block of Sheridan Road.

The free event features about 70 exhibits, including paintings, drawings, stained glass, pottery, crafts, sculptures and yard art. Racine-based band Inkapirka will be performing throughout the day.

Art in a doughnut shop

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Art can happen anywhere.

And in Kenosha, it happens as much in museums, studios and homes as it does with the deep-fried, sweet and savory smells wafting through the split-level eatery that is Mike’s Donuts & Chicken.

Get Out: Visual arts scene heating up in spring

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Here is a capsule glance of the lineup of spring/summer exhibitions at local visual art galleries:

* Through April 24 — The Brick Gallery has exhibits from mixed media and assemblage artist Missy Isely-Poltrock, porcelain ceramic artist Tom Budzinski and photographer and mixed media artist Mary Mollerskov. (Opening reception is April 9.)

GO Kenosha

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