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Fox Cities Amplified: RJ Nordlund

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I met acoustic singer/songwriter RJ Nordlund at Ambassador, downtown Appleton, at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 4. He would be playing a show later that night there. Once he and his girlfriend arrived with his equipment, they ordered drinks and the three of us sat down on some cushy chairs and couches near the back READ MORE

A Local Development: Jack Richeson & Co.

Posted on Jan. 5, 2018 by Cody Wiesner
Via the Richeson School of Art & Gallery Facebook page.

Art supplies manufacturer Jack Richeson & Co. is now a nationwide name among art retailers, but when it started as a small-scale downtown Appleton paintbrush seller in 1982, it was much like any other local store in the Fox Cities, selling high-quality products to the community. Three decades later, now based in Kimberly, the company READ MORE

Fox Cities Amplified: Scarlet

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A few weeks back, I stopped into Triple P’s in Grand Chute, making a pact with my friend to only stay for one drink. Upon entering the bar, we noticed a band setting up, waiting to start their set until the end of the Badger football game. Still sticking to our guns, we ordered our READ MORE

10 Most-Viewed Stories of 2017

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Images of faith, odd jobs and A-Z pantry staples dominated in 2017. Here are 10 of the most viewed stories of the year on foxcitiesmagazine.com. 23rd Annual Golden Fork Awards No surprises here – our annual readers’ choice restaurant awards was one of the year’s top stories. Splash City For our annual Swimsuit Issue, we asked prominent local READ MORE

Rock On: I Love Rock ’n Roll exhibit

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Marty Granius’ love for music has manifested into a new exhibit on view at The Hang Up Gallery of Fine Art in Neenah. “I really like early rockers,” says Granius, who curated the exhibit and serves as gallery associate at The Hang Up Gallery. “The ‘American Graffiti’ soundtrack is the best of all time.” “I READ MORE

Exhibit Focus: The Art of Collage & Assemblage 

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The Art of Collage & Assemblage, previously displayed at The Arts Mill co-op in Grafton, Wisconsin, is making its Fox Valley debut at The Draw in Appleton now through December 15. The exhibition explores traditional, digital and innovative applications to collage and assemblage works produced using various resources. This includes materials such as magazine and READ MORE

IntoWishin’ Arts Offers Opportunities

Posted on Dec. 6, 2017 by Cody Wiesner
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Jim Weidert of Menasha is crowdfunding a new business, IntoWishin’ Arts, which strives to solve underemployment and lack of arts opportunities for people with special needs. The Indiegogo campaign has a funding goal of $36,000 by December 30, going to support artist workshops for people with disabilities, art supplies, paying staff, an online store, legal READ MORE

Fox Cities Amplified: Kurt Gunn

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I rushed toward Tandem Wine and Beer on College Avenue in Appleton a few minutes late to my interview with acoustic singer/songwriter Kurt Gunn, where he would later be playing a show. I was greeted outside the door by Gunn himself. The first thing he said to me was “maroon and white stripes.” I messaged READ MORE

Five Festive Happenings 

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Celebrate the season at these upcoming events. Light-Up Night November 10 Fox Cities Building for the Arts, in partnership with Appleton Downtown, Inc., kicks off the holiday season with family fun and a lighting ceremony at 6pm. Stroll down College Avenue and enjoy decorated storefront windows. Many businesses will be open with special offers and holiday READ MORE