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Artists to Watch 2018

P ARTS Mark Ferrell Yacth Club

Local artists and art authorities share their picks of creators to keep an eye on this year Linda Muldoon  owner, Coventry Glassworks & Gallery Recommendation: Mark Ferrell, “Mark is a photographer and a mentor to young artists and photographers. His life experiences, compassionate energy and intelligence make him an artist to watch. Mark is READ MORE

Vintage Toys from the Valley

Posted on Dec. 1, 2017 by Cody Wiesner

The Fox Cities were once a toymaking hot spot Toys—they simply don’t make them like they used to. Not only are modern plastic toys a departure from the wooden and fabric designs of yesteryear, but many people aren’t aware that the industry model used to be much more localized. Those who grew up in the READ MORE

Fox Cities Fall Round Up


By Kate Morton & Amelia Compton Wolff Autumn is something to be celebrated in the Fox Cities. We’ve rounded up all our fall favorites, from festivals to food, in one handy guide to help you have the best cider-sipping, sweater-wearing, pumpkin-carving season yet. Pumpkin King For at least the last 15 years, local pumpkin carving READ MORE

Behind the Scenes: Wonderland exhibit 

Posted on Sep. 1, 2017 by Dan Meyer

Kirsty Mitchell’s “Wonderland,” an exhibit of large scale fine art photography, arrived at Oshkosh’s Paine Art Center and Gardens in need of flawless framing. The stakes were high for the first U.S. showing by the England-based photographer. Fortunately for Mitchell and the Paine, Appleton is home to John and Sarah Ranes, owners of The Frame READ MORE

Shock Value 


Contentious art can spur worthwhile conversations When Natalie Halvorsen scheduled a meeting with a friend and creative collaborator in early June, she suggested they meet at the coffee shop four blocks from her home in Green Bay’s Olde Main Street arts district. Halvorsen, an artist and art educator, had hung a display of her monoprints READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Wautoma


Drive about an hour west of the Fox Cities on Highway 22 South or Highway 21 West to get to Wautoma. You’ll know you are getting close when you start to see the hand-painted signs dotted along the highway, each announcing the freshest seasonal vegetables from local growers. Whether it’s asparagus in spring or corn READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Sheboygan Falls

Posted on Jul. 6, 2017 by Dan Meyer

Sheboygan Falls was originally founded in 1835 as the town of Rochester, an industrial settlement centered around three rivers: Sheboygan, Mullet and Onion. The town changed its name to Sheboygan Falls — the rivers kept their names — and has maintained its early history while continuing to move forward today. The Historic Downtown District, centered READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Clintonville

Posted on Jul. 6, 2017 by Dan Meyer

Planes, trains and automobiles all share the spotlight in Clintonville’s history (sadly, there are no John Candy sightings on record). Founded in 1855, Clintonville was added to the Chicago and Northwestern Railway line in 1878. The line ran for more than 100 years before closing in 1995. Clintonville is also home to the Seagrave Fire READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Oconto

Posted on Jul. 6, 2017 by Dan Meyer

Oconto’s fresh forest air and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan capture the essence of Wisconsin’s northern communities. The small town takes its name from the Oconto River, a tributary of Lake Michigan that weaves through the downtown district and much of Oconto county. The city of Oconto was incorporated in 1869 during Wisconsin’s 19th century READ MORE