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Artists to Watch 2019

Art authorities share their picks of local creators to keep an eye on this year Nikki Hessel executive director, Future Neenah Recommendation: Stephanie Harvey, www.toolegittoknit.com “I have had the pleasure of working with Stephanie on several occasions, and continue to be genuinely inspired by the evolution of her art. Her unabashed use of bright color, READ MORE

Kai & Hall 

Two tragic tales of national celebrities who met their demise in the Fox Cities  A Hawaiian musical sensation and an Australian boxing champion – what could they have in common? They both met their untimely fates in the Fox Cities and are buried at local cemeteries. These are their stories.  The Guitar King  In an READ MORE

Tools of the Trade

It’s easy to appreciate a beautiful painting, a stunning ballet or moving musical performance, but we often overlook the artistry that takes place behind these creative expressions. Four craftspeople offer insight on the art of producing the tools artists use to create their masterpieces.  Fine Art Materials Manufacturer Shannon Piette, executive director of the Richeson READ MORE

People, Places & Things: Our 12th annual photo contest

GRAND PRIZE WINNER “Lawrence Memorial Chapel Sunset” Hongwu Zhao, Neenah Photographer Hongwu Zhao took this grand prize-winning image of Lawrence University Memorial Chapel last July just as the summer sun was beginning to set. “The beautiful Lawrence Chapel was standing there quietly against this glowing colorful background,” Zhao says. “It was magnificent scenery and a magical READ MORE

The Electric City 

Kaukauna’s art community is on fire and here’s why   When you imagine the arts community in the Fox Cities, your mind probably goes to places like the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, maybe the Trout Museum of Art, and definitely Mile of Music. Because many of these popular art institutions are located in established READ MORE

Six Places to Experience Vintage Fox Cities

Posted on May. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

The Fox Cities offer many unexpected ways to experience local history, and not just at museums either. Whether you’d like to add a historical perspective to your exercise routine, you’re looking for a new hairstyle or if you’re down to imbibe at a local bar, here are six ways you can have a great time READ MORE

Rock Solid 

Posted on Apr. 1, 2018 by Cody Wiesner

Northeast Wisconsin quarries provide the world with dependable, durable limestone Geology affects us every day – societally, historically, as consumers and even as drivers. Yet the age-old stones underground that quarry companies manufacture to cover our roads and landscape businesses and houses are often the subjects of mystery. According to Joanne Klussendorf, geologist and director READ MORE

Artists to Watch 2018

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

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