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Artist Spotlight

Kinetic art balances physics, fantasy


Balance. Motion. Energy. Wonder. These are the captivating elements of Dean Flaig’s dynamic mobiles and their stationary counterparts, stabiles. Flaig’s pieces range from abstract forms that utilize color and shape to figures that reference nature, wildlife and objects like sailboats. What most people don’t realize is the physics and engineering that go into creating a READ MORE

Bejeweled in beads and more


After making jewelry for a decade, Lea Peot continues to create one-of-a-kind designs for her customers. Prior to starting her business, she had experimented with bead weaving on a loom, which led to the creation of her now signature pieces — Treasure Bracelets and Treasure Pendants. “These very wearable bracelets and pendants are woven on READ MORE

Appleton illustrated


Downtown Appleton isn’t just a destination for digital illustrator Emily Reetz; it’s also inspiration for her whimsical artwork. Reetz, born and raised in the Fox Valley, is a hometown enthusiast deeply entrenched in the Appleton art scene. Her breakout series is focused on capturing the spirit of the iconic places and spaces of her vibrant READ MORE

Whimsy takes shape


Look carefully at the Rezin Studios logo. Yes, that’s a unicycle. A curious choice for an artist’s emblem? To Sara Rezin, it’s a meaningful symbol. “Balance, whimsy, practice and perseverance — just like riding a unicycle — all play a role in creating my art.” With a background in science and a passion for art, READ MORE

Shiny statements


What began as a rewarding and therapeutic opportunity to create art, grew from a seedling of an idea into a business for glass artist Emilie Steinmann. After cultivating her Japanese education in Asian linguistics and literature, Steinmann decided to pursue another passion by enrolling in E-seed, a business start-up program, through the Venture Center at READ MORE

Leaving people in stitches


Cross stitch has come along way. In fact, for creative artist Beth Hudak it’s a craft that hasn’t outrun its course. “I think it’s taking people a while to not just think of cross stitch as something your grandmother does,” Hudak notes. “What I’m able to provide in cross stitch can maybe clarify what fiber READ MORE

Avocados and studio art classes


In a mysterious white-brick building, nestled behind College Avenue, is an art studio full of metal and wooden sculptures. The creator of these sculptures is Rob Neilson, Frederick R. Layton professor of art and associate professor of art at Lawrence University. Neilson successfully balances being a well-known sculptor, public artist and professor — at the READ MORE

Examining watercolor done right


Anyone who has seen a watercolor painting before can recognize that it is one of the most abstract mediums out there. Adding too much water to the paint causes a runny mess, and not adding enough water makes the paint unusable. Watercolor artist Lynn Artz is able to balance the fine line between watery and READ MORE

Putting the pieces together


Mosaic artist Vicki Menge turns everyday objects into works of art It started with a mirror. Five years ago, town of Greenville resident Vicki Menge was looking to do a mosaic for herself and created a reflective piece to hang on her wall. Soon after, she was hooked on assembling materials to create different forms READ MORE

Artist hopes to leave lasting impression

Charles B. Mitchell; Transition detail

Fifty years of being a professional artist has brought Charles B. Mitchell to some interesting places. Beginning with Saturday classes at the Chicago Art Institute, a young Mitchell began to follow what was destined to be his career path. “It opened up my eyes to see art, not only how it was installed in a READ MORE