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Artist Spotlight

Jeff Farber

Posted on Sep. 30, 2022 by Ryan Mares

Former art teacher Jeff Farber took many of the lessons he learned during his time as a teacher to help contribute to his current work: making art out of broken video game consoles, controllers and accessories. Farber would teach during the day and repair old video game systems as a side business. As he came READ MORE

Katie Meznarich

Posted on Sep. 1, 2022 by Ryan Mares

Fox Cities resident and self-taught jewelry maker Katie Meznarich gets her motivation from how people react when they see her unique pieces created out of designer wallpaper. “People always say ‘Well, that’s different.’ That’s the reaction I want. There’s a lot of jewelry, but I want people to have something… where they say ‘This is READ MORE

Ger Xiong

Posted on Jul. 31, 2022 by Ryan Mares

UW-Whitewater alum and Hmong artist Ger Xiong loves that he can contribute to his culture with his artwork. “What I really wanted to do … was document our history within the United States with objects,” Xiong says. Using multiple mediums such as metalworking, textile work, and cross-stitching, Xiong creates pieces that describe his Hmong-American experience READ MORE

Amanda Zehren

Posted on Jun. 1, 2022 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): I am most known for my sidewalk chalk murals, nature photography and acrylic nature paintings. How do you describe your art? My art is colorful, full of life, educational and uplifting. Were you always interested in following a creative path? I knew I wanted to be an artist when my first grade teacher READ MORE

Marcia Dalton

  Art medium(s): Acrylic and mixed media paintings How do you describe your art? My studio is a “lab” because I’m passionate about experimenting with texture. I try new techniques to  invite people into my creations where they can explore, not only their eyes, but with their fingertips, too. As an eco-artist, I strive to READ MORE

Adam Zins

Posted on Apr. 4, 2022 by Grace Olson

Art medium(s): I mainly work with acrylic paint and oil pastel, but also graphite and colored pencil. How do you describe your art? I would call it contemporary realism. Were you always interested in following a creative path? Yes, I have always liked art and pursued it in different mediums. What does your “day-in-the-life” as READ MORE

Misty Nagan

Misty Nagan Art medium(s): Vintage silverware How do you describe your art? Upcycling vintage silverware into wearable art, as a third generation silverware artist! Were you always interested in following in your mother and grandmother’s footsteps? Oh gosh, no, I never was interested, lol. The first time my grandmother showed me her jewelry I thought READ MORE

Jessica Dawn Engel

Rural Central Wisconsin native Jessica Dawn Engel has been focused on art from a young age. “While I may have started out as a young girl drawing in a sketchbook, my passion for art and different art mediums developed rapidly,” Engel says. “Although self-taught, my peers were quick to see my talents and I became READ MORE

Irineo Medina

UW-Oshkosh alum and Appleton artist Irineo Medina has always been interested in public art and community service. “I graduated and moved to Appleton and wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with a Bachelor of Fine Arts,” Medina says. “So, I started knocking on doors. My first opportunity was painting the Love mural on READ MORE

Jenna Kast

Jenna Kast has been creative and artistic since childhood, and this has inevitably led to her becoming an emotion and inspiration-driven local abstract artist. “After earning my degree in Advertising and spending years working in Marketing, I began painting again as a hobby and distraction from my anxiety issues,” Kast says. “Having been a lover READ MORE