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Artist Spotlight

Paul Wiegel

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

Beth Servais

Posted on Jun. 1, 2016 by Anh Ta

Whether it is painting, drawing, murals or collage, Beth Servais brings to life her personal experiences and continually draws inspirations from her love for picture books, marbles and nature. Servais’s art not only reflects her stories, but it also brings people together. Servais is truly multi-interested and multi-talented. She started college at UW-Green Bay as READ MORE

The Texture of Community

According to display signs in most museums, art is meant to be seen and not touched. Artist and clothing designer Kassie Herbst disagrees. Herbst, also a painter and photographer, was drawn to knitwear design while employed at Iris Fine Yarns, a yarn store in Appleton. “The owner wanted to bring my patterns into her shop READ MORE

Variety and vivacity

Whether depicting plants, animals, buildings or people, Kathryn Wedge’s paintbrush brings life that is at once soft and vibrant, representational and stylized, to the canvas. With an eclectic background ranging from architecture to graphic design, Wedge melds various influences into one distinct character through her painting. “I have been doing art since I was probably READ MORE

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