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Leif Larson

Posted on Jun. 5, 2017 by Dan Meyer
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Name: Leif Larson Residence: Oshkosh Medium: Acrylic, Watercolor, Ink, Paper Leif Larson’s paintings often depict wild figure narratives in an immediate, eye-catching style. “When it comes to my style, I’ve always walked to the beat of my own drum,” says Larson, a Milwaukee native. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2005, Larson became READ MORE

Creative Preserves

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Q. I like to take advantage of the local pick-your-own orchards, especially strawberries in June. I’m not a jam or jelly person and I don’t can. How can I preserve the berries for use later in the year? – Karen, Darboy A. There are a couple of things you can do besides jams and jellies READ MORE

Elyse-Krista Mische

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Name: Elyse-Krista Mische Residence: Appleton Medium: 2D and 3D Drawing   Experimenting in nearly every art form, Appleton artist Elyse-Krista Mische is a mixed media artist. “I work with most any media,” she says. “My favorite would have to be drawing.” For Mische, drawing isn’t always what it seems. “I turn my drawings into 3D READ MORE

How to Grill a Pizza

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Q. I want to try grilling a homemade pizza. What do I need to know? — Curt, Black Creek A. Pizza of any kind is a favorite for most people and when a pizza is grilled, it gets extra special. An easy way to grill pizza is to convert your grill to an oven. This READ MORE

Homemade Fries How-To

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Q. What’s the secret to homemade fries? Whenever I make mine (which I bake in the oven) they are never as crispy as I would like. Help! – Alex, Menasha A. Homemade fries are delicious, but achieving fries like the ones served in restaurants and other food service outlets are challenging to duplicate. A really READ MORE

Karla Huston

Posted on Apr. 1, 2017 by Hibah Ansari
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The changing seasons bring a surge of inspiration for Karla Huston, Wisconsin’s 2017-18 poet laureate from Appleton. “Sometimes the changing of time and circumstance changes the perspective on what you are writing,” Huston says. As Wisconsin’s poet laureate, Huston is committed to the growth of poetry reading and writing. She will travel the state giving READ MORE

Does glass shape affect taste?

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Q. Does the shape of a wine or beer glass really affect the way a beverage tastes? – Brad, Appleton A. Now this question required me to do an extensive amount of research…just kidding! To answer the question, yes, I believe that the shape of the glass has a definite impact on the level of READ MORE

Rick McKinney

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“I took a circuitous route to get into art, but it’s where I needed to be,” says Rick McKinney, the lead artist of Fired Earth Pottery in Appleton. For the past 20 years, he has turned his passion for clay into something more than a career in art – he works to create what he READ MORE

Jesse Emons

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Jesse Emons, a sophomore at Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, creates art with unique tools, from his cell phone to a plastic bag. He started early – Emons says, “I’ve been creating art since I was old enough to draw.” He draws, sketches and paints, but his favorite medium is digital art. He READ MORE