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Caffeine Fix: Brewed Awakenings

Posted on Jan. 7, 2019 by Kate Youdell

In my first post, I wrote about the merits of Seth’s Coffee and Seth’s Drive Thru, best for when you need coffee in five minutes or less, or if you have a car and feel like venturing off campus. For those of us who don’t have a car and often search for an excuse to READ MORE

Listening Party

Must see music this season Jazz at the Trout: Katie Ernst January 17 Jazz at The Trout Season IX celebrates “Women do Jazz,” featuring the virtuosity and versatility of the women of jazz throughout the season. Opening performance, 6:30pm. Concert at 7:30pm. The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton. 733-4089. Kathy Mattea January 19 Grammy Award-winning READ MORE

Dance & Performance

Explore the art of movement at these events Nina Martin and Shelley Senter February 18 These two formidable and renowned dance artists who have collaborated together as part of Lower Left Performance Collective for over two decades will share their powerful presence. 7pm. Warch Campus Center at Lawrence University, Appleton. 832-6749. Ragamala Dance Company’s Sacred READ MORE

Exhibit Focus: Menominee Clans Story

A new longterm exhibit on the Menominee Clans Story is coming to the Oshkosh Public Museum’s Winnebago Room this spring. The exhibit features more than 30 meticulously hand-carved and painted wood figures created by Menominee elder and traditional craftsman James Frechette Jr. The figures, which stand between 12 and 20 inches high, and the setting READ MORE

Nature & Outdoors

Don’t let winter temps keep you cooped up indoors Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe January 18 Enjoy a one mile snowshoe or 1.5 mile ski trail illuminated by moonlight and hot chocolate after your hike! No registration required. 5-8pm. Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton 731-6041. Candlelight Snowshoe Hike January 19 Come out to snowshoe under the READ MORE

De Pere Public Art

De Pere residents and visitors may have noticed that downtown got a little more colorful recently. Five murals were completed this summer as part of Definitely De Pere’s Downtown De Pere Mural Project. The project’s goal is to create public art that celebrates the city’s history, reflects its current culture or points to its future READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

Four limestone columns were salvaged from the former First National Bank building on Main Street in downtown Menasha before it was demolished in 2014. The century-old columns have been repurposed at a waterfront park on Menasha’s Mill Street. Tom Lange took this photo of the park on New Year’s night in 2018 as the much-touted Super READ MORE

Good Viewing

Two films and a natural wonder offer a visual delight  The War to be Her  December 19  In Waziristan, Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban and disguises herself as a boy so she can play sports. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed and death threats force Maria to leave READ MORE

Five Must-See Exhibits 

Storytellers: Wisconsin First Nations Portraits Thru December 16 This exhibit features photographs of tribal leaders who were featured in Wisconsin Public Television’s Tribal Histories project. These leaders were recorded in the regions that native people have called home for centuries, the programs feature rich retellings of the challenges, triumphs and time-honored traditions that have shaped READ MORE

Art Focus: exterior • anterior • interior

Life is a constant state of transition. A new exhibit at the Feather & Bone Gallery in Appleton, titled “exterior • anterior • interior,” celebrates this perpetual flux with work by artists Nadia Juhnke of Green Bay, Karla Lauden of Menasha and Devon Minor of Oshkosh.  The grouping of their work is a visual transition. 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

Gregory Frederic

Haitian-born, Green Bay-residing painter Gregory Frederic describes his work as a hybrid of styles.  “It’s almost like if Salvador Dali had a baby with Picasso,” the 31-year-old says.  Frederic paints in mostly acrylics and uses objects like hair combs to create texture on his canvas. Modern eclectic with bits of surrealistic cubism, Frederic’s work is READ MORE

Mary Catherine Baird

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

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

The Place We Call Home

Photography by Jordan Ashwood Thirty-five community leaders, advocates and disruptors share their insights on the Fox Cities Anniversaries are a time of reflection. As FOX CITIES Magazine celebrates its 35th year, we look to the community to provide thoughts, insights and hopes for the Fox Cities in the years to come.  Maria Van Laanen  Executive READ MORE

Pastry Chef Approved Recipes 

Upgrade your holiday bake-a-thon with these cherished recipes from professional pastry chefs.  Kari Mueller  Pastry Chef, SAP Brunch, Bakery & Brown Bag Every year around the holidays, Kari Mueller and her mom look forward to making their infamous pecan rum cake. It has been a family favorite as long as Mueller can remember. “We only READ MORE

Historic Holiday Decor

Borrow ideas from history for a time-tested holiday look  From Christmas trees to cornucopias, many holiday decorations trending today are variations on styles from decades gone by.  “People today have simply built on the traditions of the past,” says Ann Sager, a volunteer at Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton.  Debra Daubert, curator at the READ MORE

Sounds of the Season 

Composer Maury Laws set the tune for television’s most beloved holiday programs  For music fans worldwide, Appleton resident Maury Laws embodies the spirit and sounds of Christmas. Laws served as musical director for the 1964 animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – the longest continuously-running Christmas special in history. Laws also composed, arranged, orchestrated 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

Worth the Drive: Sheboygan 

Sheboygan is called many things – the Spirit on the Lake, the Malibu of the Midwest, the Bratwurst Capital of the World – but “boring” is never one of them.  Located about 70 miles southeast of the Fox Cities, Sheboygan sits on the shores of Lake Michigan about halfway along the state’s eastern seaboard. This READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Shawano 

Shawano County is known as “Wisconsin’s Playground” due to its abundance of outdoor recreational options. Just a scenic 60-minute drive north of the Fox Cities along Highway 47, Shawano is where many residents consider Wisconsin’s “up north” begins.  From snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter to boating and hiking in the summer, Shawano offers READ MORE

Restaurant Crawl

Three progressive dinner itineraries for meals on the move  You may have heard of (or participated in) something called a round robin where groups of friends or neighbors visit each others’ homes for one course of a multi-course meal. This concept can easily be applied to a night on the town, hitting several restaurants in READ MORE

Big Wave 

It’s the Swimsuit Issue, dude  Photography by Aaron Jankowski  Hair and makeup styling provided by Shear Chaos Salon & Barbering Co., Appleton  FOX CITIES Magazine was born in the ‘80s. What better way to honor our 35th year than with a throwback to the early days, complete with big hair and boomboxes? Six community members READ MORE