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Archives: January 2016

Farm to produce new crop of filmmakers

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Carolyn and Wyatt Kuether have a vision to help foster youth in Wisconsin. A farm in the Village of Kossuth could grow that plan into a remarkable concept. “We were looking for something within that area,” notes Carolyn, former company manager of the York Theatre Company. Wyatt is an actor from MTV2’s “Guy Code” and READ MORE

­Novel urban market adds arts appeal

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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First came Pulse Young Professionals Network, next came an urban market known as, The Artery, which continues to pump new vision into the Fox Cities art scene. “It’s one of these things when you have this idea, but don’t know if anybody will think it’s cool like you do,” says Adrienne Palm, director of Leadership READ MORE

New arts space, shop brings creative verve

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Kate Mothes
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The two-story brick building in downtown Hortonville looks much like any other mid-century municipal building. Until recently, it was the police station for this village of less than 3,000, about 15 minutes west of Appleton. But in the last year, Standard Projects, located at 111 S. Nash St., has already established itself as an original, READ MORE

Group aims to attract people downtown

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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As the old adage goes, “Two heads are better than one.” After taking note of what the Fox Arts Network, otherwise known as FAN, had done for arts groups in the area, the Trout Museum of Art approached Appleton Downtown, Inc. in spring 2015 about creating another networking opportunity. “They came to us and said READ MORE

Area festival is one to bookmark

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Bookworms of all ages can find something to enjoy in the Fox Cities Book Festival. Returning April 18-24, this year’s event is expected to draw 40-45 authors, shares Jeff Kuepper, immediate past president of the board. “If there’s anything that’s formulaic about the festival it’s that we look at different genres and ages,” adds Kuepper. READ MORE

Libraries provide creative outlet

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. From Scarlet to Canary to Denim to Burnt Umber, there’s a hue fit for everyone and libraries are taking notice of the craze catching the attention of an older generation. “If the other night is any indicator, it has become a multigenerational program,” says Elizabeth Eisen, adult programming librarian READ MORE

Cooking Creations

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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From a culinary theatre to a kitchen that could be part of your home, there are a variety of cooking demonstration opportunities and classes encouraging foodies and newbies, to roll up their sleeves and whip up delicious recipes — an art in and of itself. “Things that you used to learn at your mother or READ MORE

Theaters bring fairy tales to the stage

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Whether it’s the spirit the of a girl who goes from wearing tattered clothing to a ball gown, the nostalgia of curling up to hear “In the great green room …” or learning life lessons from familiar characters, the magic of fairy tales continues to intrigue generation after generation. During the first half of 2016, READ MORE

Furniture finesse

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Rounded edges, smooth lines, intricate handiwork, keepsake stitches, bold patterns, touchable textures, simple stains, colorful hues and memorable etchings. A favorite piece of furniture can include some or all of these things. Whether it’s a naugahyde keeper or a turn-of-the-century heirloom filled with stories, one man’s trash can be another’s treasure. Breathing new life into READ MORE

Sculpture to celebrate ‘spirit’

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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Pride. History. Heritage. These three words resonate in the Spirit of the Rivers sculpture being created by artist and Manitowoc native R.T. “Skip” Wallen. “It answers that question of the untold story,” explains Joe Metzen, co-founder and vice president of the board of the 501(c)3 nonprofit formed to fund the project. “It’s an opportunity to READ MORE