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Unique Homes: Obsessive Complectic

This is the latest installment of the Unique Homes series. When I tell you that Kathleen Welhouse used to be an elementary school art teacher and loves to découpage her home, you might have a certain idea of what that would look like. However, when I arrived at her house to photograph it and interview READ MORE

NEW Brew Drive-Thru: Part III

Eight local craft breweries are teaming up to offer a third installment of their popular drive-thru craft beer festival. Appleton’s NEW Brew Drive-Thru is the highly anticipated follow-up to two earlier drive-thru events which brought out hundreds of people to support  Northeast Wisconsin breweries. The NEW Brew Drive-Thru roster includes Appleton Beer Factory, Barrel 41 READ MORE

Unique Homes: An Ode to Nature

This is the second installment in the Unique Homes series, introduced here and continued here. (Full disclosure: The homeowners in this post are my parents – please, dear readers, send me home nominations so that I don’t have to ask any more of my own relatives!) Allison Mischler and her husband Tom have lived in READ MORE

Virtual Fox Cities Book Festival

For over 10 years, the Fox Cities Book Festival has brought local book enthusiasts together by celebrating the works of notable local and national authors. Despite the impacts that COVID-19 has had on local events, the 2020 Fox Cities Book Festival will continue its celebration this year by taking a new, virtual approach to the READ MORE

Hearthstone Historic House Museum Receives 2020 Museum Exhibit Award

Appleton’s Hearthstone Historic House Museum is the recipient of the 2020 Museum Exhibit Award from the Wisconsin Historical Society for its exhibit “Kitty’s Wedding: You’re Invited – The 130th Anniversary of Kitty Rogers’ Wedding.” The annual Museum Exhibit Award is given to only two organizations per year.  “Each year, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s governing Board READ MORE

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Welcomes New Director

Posted on Sep. 21, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Executive Director Jan Smith retired at the end of summer after a nearly 25 year career, at which time Amy Moorefield was welcomed as the museum’s new leader.  When Smith started, the Neenah museum featured a variety of art mediums, but she says the shift to a glass-only focus in 2011 READ MORE

Art that Unites

Downtown Appleton’s latest crop of public art by artist Irineo Medina emphasizes diversity and inclusion. Medina says he wants to use his heart for racial advocacy to uplift marginalized groups.  In June, Medina completed a new mural on South Appleton Street that depicts two outstretched hands reaching toward a glowing sun. The hands are filled READ MORE

Megan Fredrich

Classifying one as an art rebel is a bit redundant – haven’t painters, sculptors and makers long been the rulebreakers of society? But even within art, a practice rooted in creativity and disruption, conventions exist, traditions are followed and classics are celebrated. Megan Fredrich is having none of it. “The art scene is a little READ MORE

Nate DeRidder

Painter Nate DeRidder creates work that functions as both art and activism. Environmental awareness and animal rights are common themes for the artist whose interest was sparked after reading “Food Matters” by Mark Bittman, a book that addresses environmentally ethical eating. “I did my own research after that and from there I researched climate change. READ MORE

Cujo

Sitting at Luna Coffee & Roastery in De Pere on a sunny, but freezing January morning, Jonathan “Cujo” Mojock takes the pen from my hand and scribbles a few notes to himself in my notebook. The notes are topics he wants to be sure to discuss during our interview. “I’ve always needed to pare down READ MORE

Katharina Abderholden

Oshkosh-based artist Katharina Abderholden sees dance in every day movements.  “Dance is just movement with intention,” she says. “You can walk down the street and dance if you move with the intention of taking up space or leaving something behind. If you have intention, it changes the quality of the body which makes it more READ MORE

Patt Huss

After 30 years as a muralist, Kaukauna artist Patt Huss traded in 20-foot ceilings for canvases in 2008. She began painting representational and still life portraits, but Huss’s current passion consists of abstract works made with layers of oil paint and cold wax mixed together.  “I love it because I can build the layers,” she READ MORE

Zane Statz

Green Bay graphic designer and muralist Zane Statz creates work in all shapes and sizes, but his heart belongs to multistory murals.  “My main passion is large-scale work,” he says. “The bigger the canvas, the more freedom I have. It lets me be more creative.” Last fall, the St. Norbert College grad was contracted by READ MORE

Tyla Hilfreich

In many ways, the work of 26-year-old artist and curator Tyla Hilfreich defies definition. The Appleton resident works in a variety of mediums, from printmaking and graphic arts to sculpture made from trash found on the street.  In July, Hilfreich participated in UW-Manitowoc’s Really Big Prints 3.0, a gathering of printmakers creating relief prints so READ MORE

Julie Jilek

By now, Julie Jilek could be considered a founding member of the Fox Cities’ new creative class. The claim would surely cause the Appleton native to blush and protest, but neither make it any less true. Jilek graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, but she spent her childhood growing up in Appleton. READ MORE

Abigale Veith

Art has been a lifelong endeavor for Kaukauna artist Abigale Veith. As a child, she created elaborate dioramas and drew landscapes, but she found her calling in portrait work. “That’s where I started to really love art. I love portraits and the human form, especially the human face,” Veith says. “The human face can really READ MORE

Sam Luna

Sam Luna is probably most known as one half of the acoustic duo FEATherWOLF, but the Arizona native creates as many paintings as songs. FEATherWOLF fans may notice differences between Luna’s music and visual art. “I think my visual art is a lot more chaotic than the music,” Luna says. “I try to simplify the READ MORE

Deck the Outdoors

Spread a little holiday love with a yard that sparkles and shines Christmas lights are getting a workout in 2020. Think back to March when people around the country put up holiday displays to bring a little light to the darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, outdoor holiday decor is lifting spirits READ MORE

The Forever Home 

Universal home design reduces barriers to independent living Forty-year-old Ian Sibley is a U.S. Marine veteran who was injured in a motorcycle accident eight years ago while on active duty. The accident left him a quadrapeligic, paralyzed from the neck down. “Ian had to learn how to live again, but he’s come such a long READ MORE

Office Space Reimagined 

As the nature of work evolves along with the pandemic, so do the office needs of Fox Cities businesses  Amy James recently decided to “home from work,” a concept she believes more businesses will adopt as the current COVID-19 pandemic continues.  James and her husband, Adam, co-own Vision Architecture which employs one other person. The READ MORE

Autumn Abundance 

Five salads to fall for this season  Fall salads? Hear us out. While salads are often touted as summer fare, there’s a lot to be said for the marriage of hearty and healthy. Enter the fall salad. Chock full of wholesome grains, robust root vegetables and full-bodied greens, these dishes prove that a satisfying salad READ MORE

God Save the Stage

Performing arts venues and organizations face upheaval during pandemic Stages throughout the Fox Cities have gone dark. The COVID-19 pandemic has had swift and devastating effects on the performing arts which rely on people gathering, often shoulder-to-shoulder in enclosed spaces. This proves problematic during a pandemic when large groups and close proximity are either discouraged READ MORE

Two Different Worlds

Fox Valley hospitals navigate a new era of health care amid COVID-19 pandemic  The global pandemic has affected nearly every facet of life, including the way health care is administered and accessed. Hospitals and clinics are now grappling with the devastating impacts of COVID-19, while still providing essential care to their communities.  In March, hospitals READ MORE

People, Places & Things

Our 14th annual photo contest GRAND PRIZE WINNER “Sailboats resting at Neenah’s Riverside Park before a busy day” Kevin Abing, Neenah Cotton candy skies at sunrise are one of summer’s sweetest treats. This photo, taken in the early morning hours of July 3, 2019, was captured by Kevin Abing who high-tailed it down to Riverside READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Mayville

Situated along the Rock River in Dodge County, Mayville is considered the gateway to the Horicon Marsh where fishing, birding, exploring and hiking are all at your fingertips. Outdoorspeople and naturalists of all kinds will find recreation and adventure in the area’s abundant environmental beauty, pristine parks and natural resources. In addition, Mayville’s historic downtown READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Plymouth

Touted as “The Cheese Capital of the World,” Plymouth is the second largest city in Sheboygan County and offers visitors so much more than delicious dairy products – although what more do you really need? With as much as 15 percent of the nation’s cheese moving through Plymouth, visitors can expect to find nods to READ MORE

Fox Cities ABCs

Get schooled at The History Museum at the Castle’s newest exhibit From a voting booth to a streetcar motor, The History Museum at the Castle’s newest exhibit allows visitors to discover local history through rarely before seen artifacts that correspond to each letter of the alphabet. Curators waded through more than 20,000 artifacts in the READ MORE