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Author: Amelia Compton Wolff

Exhibit Opening: Broken Hearts 

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Celebrate the seedy side of love this Valentine’s Day at “Broken Hearts,” an art exhibition debuting February 1 at artlessBastard in De Pere. The show will present 2-D and 3-D works of art in all mediums, from painting to mixed media to drawing. Themes will revolve around love lost, found and abandoned; young love and READ MORE

We Are Here

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Artist Rob Neilson has been commissioned to create two permanent public art pieces inside the new Fox Cities Exhibition Center, which will debut January 11. The first piece, titled “We Are Here,” is an installation made from 10,000 photographs of Fox Cities residents. From a distance, the 7- by 10-foot installation will appear as the faces 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

Aluminized Holiday

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In 1959, Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc developed the Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree, a “space-aged” design that became an instant classic. This holiday, more than 40 different sizes, styles and colors of vintage Evergleam aluminum trees will return to the city where they were originally manufactured over 50 years ago. “Evergleams On Eighth,” a community event that runs from November 17 READ MORE

New Fest Alert: Homeland Experience

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Homeland Experience presented by Fox Communities Credit Union is a free, two-day music and visual arts festival and the newest addition to Cory Chisel’s festival series. The festival will take place in Green Bay on September 15 and 16 and will center on music and visual art pairings of nearly 40 national artists. Chisel, a READ MORE

Mile of Music: Final Frames

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The sun has set on the fifth year of Mile of Music and it’s all kind of a blur. Here’s a gallery of some favorite moments of the weekend. Happy reminiscing and we will be counting the days until Mile 6. All images by Mary Catherine Baird of Two Otters Photography.

Stacks & Steeples

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Stacks & Steeples, a new original music series, is rooted in Green Bay’s history of blue collar work ethic and “drive to create something when we want it,” says Brian Simons, lead instigator of Stacks & Steeples and Brown County Library executive director. “If you look at Green Bay’s skyline, it’s smokestacks and church steeples,” READ MORE

Let It Flow Art Exhibit

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Visual art and original music will collide at Let It Flow, a limited-run art exhibit at Rock Garden Studio in Appleton’s historic Edison Center. From digital art and photography to painting and sculpture, the exhibit will feature works created by more than 25 local artists as well as several visiting pieces from artists in the READ MORE

Mary Catherine Baird

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Sprawled across Mary Catherine Baird’s gray hoodie in white script is a Mother Teresa quote, “Love begins at home.” Baird interprets the quote to mean it’s necessary to establish a foundation of love and charity at home before it’s possible to spread that kindness throughout the world. In this context, “home” can be a family 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

Irish Eats

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St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, but you don’t have to wait until then to devour these dishes inspired by the Emerald Isle. Irish Burger Spats, Appleton The Irish Burger, served year-round at Spats in Appleton, should be on every Hibernophile’s bucket list. (It was featured in Yahoo Travel’s “50 Most Over-The-Top Burgers in Every READ MORE

Artists to Watch 2018

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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, www.eye.photos “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

Fusion Foods

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The mouth-watering marriages of unexpected culinary pairings Colliding two unrelated ingredients takes guts – and sometimes a little blind faith. When it’s not ending in complete and abject failure (remember Swedish Fish Oreos?), the results can be heavenly (hello, pancake cheese curds). This lineup of unlikely culinary duos proves that some ingredients are just better READ MORE

Great Steaks 

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The finest cuts and where to find them The Fox Cities lie in the heartland of a state where taverns literally raffle off cuts of meat, so it’s safe to assume our obsession with steak is real. Wisconsin’s enthusiastic meat culture has not left the Fox Valley untouched, as evidenced by the abundant selection of READ MORE

Faith in the Fox Cities

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Photography by Graham Washatka, Graham Images and Photography  Six faith communities kindly and bravely opened their doors, offering us a look at some of their most sacred moments. They represent the vibrant and complex tapestry of philosophies that exist in the Fox Cities. While we have barely scratched the surface of our religious landscape, the glimpses of God encountered at READ MORE

Naughty or Nice

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Decadent holiday treats and health-conscious counterparts Real talk: no one is starting a diet during the holidays. November kicks off the season of culinary decadence, and hey, we are fully on board with that. But for those who want to indulge a little more strategically, there are nice (or “nicer”) alternatives when you’ve overdone it READ MORE

How to Hygge Your Home for the Holidays

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Even with 4,000 miles between us, Fox Cities residents and people from Denmark have something in common – we both endure some of the longest, darkest winters around. When it comes to winter coping mechanisms, our Danish counterparts have an edge in the concept known as hygge (pronounced hoo-guh). Danes developed hygge as a way READ MORE

Out on the Tiles 

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Liven up your living space with the latest tile trends   Holding Pattern From arabesque to houndstooth to plaid, patterned tiles have proven to be one of the year’s most popular trends with boldly patterned floors leading the pack. With a heightened interest in craftsmanship, patterned tiles with a little worn texture create old-world, handmade READ MORE

Homegate Zone 

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Recipes for an at-home tailgate party Watching a Green Bay Packer game at Lambeau Field is an experience every Fox Citian should have at least once, but sometimes home is the only place you want to be. Skip the lines, stay warm and save some money by hosting your own tailgate party right at home. READ MORE

Shock Value 

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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