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Artist Spotlight

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

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

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

Timon Tupper

Posted on Jan. 1, 2017 by Hibah Ansari
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Throughout the hallways of the lower level studios at the John Michael Kohler Art Center (JMKAC), Sheboygan-based painter Timon Tupper has revamped the walls into psychedelic modern grayscale murals. “The people I work with wanted to change up the boring white walls, so they decided to pick a few different shades of gray,” says Tupper, READ MORE

Andrew Linskens

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Whether through animation, performance pieces or paintings, artist Andrew Linskens takes the term “blending” to a whole new level. Linskens’ pieces appear chaotic at first glance, but soon take viewers on an expressionistic roller coaster ride they never want to end. Linskens, a 37-year-old Green Bay resident, dove into art at a very young age. READ MORE

Lisa Thunder

Posted on Nov. 1, 2016 by Hibah Ansari
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Appleton-based toymaker Lisa Thunder has revolutionized the market by creating toys that are fun for children, yet aesthetically pleasing for parents. Her product line, The Homespun Market, is classic, modern and soft, yet refined with a vintage flair. Thunder, a mom of four by day and toy designer by night, creates unique toy food meant READ MORE

Amie Kesler

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Flourishing in an under-appreciated art medium, Amie Kesler is a Green Bay cross-stitch artist hoping to bring positivity into the lives of others with her designs. As a child, Kesler learned the art of cross-stitch from her grandmother. “When I was really young, I was always around it. I actually still use her book,” Kesler READ MORE

Kayla C. Gerrits

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Most people may think of video games as a fun way to pass time and get lost in stories, but for Appleton illustrator Kayla C. Gerrits, they fuel her artistic passion and desire. Gerrits is a digital artist with a diverse array of styles. Always eager to try out something new, her inspirations can range READ MORE

Paul Wiegel

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If you frequent the Princeton Flea Market or Oshkosh Farmers Market, you may have seen Paul Wiegel, founder of the Fox River Poetry Company. He’s the one wearing a Panama hat, hunched over a 1957 Smith Corona Sterling typewriter. A chalkboard sign next to him reads “Poems $5. Any topic while you wait.” “I’m partial READ MORE