Grand Opera House

Author: Amelia Compton Wolff

One Forty Main 

Downtown Menasha gained a new arts hub this winter. One Forty Main, a three-story collaborative art space, has taken up residence in Menasha’s former City Hall building.  “We have this beautiful palette in the heart of downtown. It’s our canvas to let our creativity unfold as we get more collaborative mojo flowing,” says curator Jean READ MORE

Return to Nam

In February 2019, 52 Northeast Wisconsin veterans participated in Return to Nam, a first-of-its-kind Old Glory Honor Flight.  Old Glory Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that provides WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans with air transportation to Washington, D.C. so they may visit memorials built in their honor. These trips typically occur in READ MORE

Dine Out. Do Good. 

Fox Valley Restaurant Week returns September 19-25 with nearly 20 area restaurants offering price-fixed three-course menus for lunch and dinner. Lunch is offered at $14 and dinner is offered at two price points, $26 or $36. The weeklong event allows restaurants to showcase their standout dishes as well as experiment with cutting-edge recipes before adding READ MORE

Parade of Homes Virtual Tours

The Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities (HBA Fox Cities) is launching a virtual Parade of Homes on June 10.  “This is a virtual online event where consumers will be able to do walkthrough tours of properties from the comfort of their own home,” says HBA Fox Cities Director of Marketing and Business Development 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

Shall We Dance?

Eight community members will hit the dance floor on October 27 for the 11th annual Shall We Dance event. The dance competition fundraiser benefits the Sexual Assault Crisis Center-Fox Cities which provides free crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for people affected by sexual trauma and exploitation. Each of the community members have been partnered with READ MORE

River Bookends

Art and science intersect in “River Bookends: Headwaters, Delta and the Volume of Stories in Between,” an exhibit running through November 4 at UW-Fox Valley’s Aylward Gallery in Menasha.  The exhibit is a collaboration between UW-Fox Valley art professor Judith Baker Waller and James A. Brey, a former UW-Fox Valley geology and geography professor and READ MORE

Miron Donates Jones Park Amphitheater 

To honor the company’s 100th anniversary, Miron Construction Co., Inc. is donating the new Jones Park Amphitheater to the City of Appleton. Miron served as the construction manager for the adjacent Fox Cities Exhibition Center and is also handling renovations of Jones Park.  Tim Kippenhan, Miron vice president and COO, says the company began planning its 100th READ MORE

Make the Most of Fox Valley Restaurant Week 

Fox Valley Restaurant Week debuts on Thursday and participating restaurants are busy preparing for the event which runs through September 26. Twenty-six restaurants from around the Fox Valley will offer fixed-price, three-course meals for lunch and dinner, with $1 from each plate benefiting Volunteer Fox Cities, a nonprofit organization that connects volunteers to community needs. READ MORE

Artiphix: An Ever-Present Art Gallery 

Art has hit the streets in Artiphix, an initiative spearheaded by Alex Schultz who also serves as president of the arts advocacy organization Sculpture Valley.  Artiphix gives art lovers the opportunity to purchase original, locally-made art from a vintage 1970s-era cigarette machine. Schultz bought the machine during an auction at Shenanigans in Sherwood after it 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

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

Living it Up Downtown  

The Fox Cities are experiencing a downtown housing boom  By Amelia Compton Wolff with research assistance by Zack Dion Appleton resident Abigail Kuehl lives downtown with her husband and three children. Two years ago, the family of five sold their home near Appleton West High School and moved into the Historic Fox River Mills Apartments READ MORE

Mac and Cheese All-Stars 

The weather outside is frightful, but mac and cheese season is sure delightful  By Amelia Compton Wolff and Claire Diamond  When it comes to winter comfort food, macaroni and cheese is king. From spicy andouille sausage to brewhouse beer, mac and cheese preparations in the Fox Cities run the gamut. Here are six versions that READ MORE

29 Reasons to Love the Fox Cities

We are head over heels for the place we call home. Here’s the short list why, with one reason for each day of this February leap year. 1. No one thinks twice about pushing a stranger’s car up an icy hill. A lovely side effect of being a procrastinator when it comes to car maintenance READ MORE

Artists to Watch 2020

Art authorities share their picks of local creators to keep an eye on this year    Frank Juarez Gallery Director, Frank Juarez Gallery Recommendation: Tony Conrad, tonyconradart.com “Tony Conrad’s way of connecting life, painting, and being in the moment has influenced how he communicates the world around him allowing time to slow down and to READ MORE

Filling the Gap 

Nurse practitioners increase health care access for patients in Northeast Wisconsin  Five years ago, Anna Frederickson of Kaukauna had a change in her family’s insurance coverage. No longer able to afford the family plan insurance premiums, Frederickson was referred to Rachael Cabral-Guevara, a board-certified family nurse practitioner with Nurse Practitioner Health Services (NPHS) in Appleton. READ MORE

Rose, Bud, Thorn 

Five community leaders weigh in with their greatest achievements – and biggest challenges – of 2019  Every year has its ups and downs. FOX CITIES Magazine asked five community leaders to share their rose, bud and thorn from 2019. The “rose” represents a great achievement, the “bud” an area of potential and the “thorn” a READ MORE

Decked Out: Holiday Cheese Board Edition 

We’ve all seen them on Pinterest – epic cheese and charcuterie boards overflowing with a bounty so great it makes your mouth water. From gift exchanges to cocktail parties, the holiday season presents many occasions for designing your own picture-perfect spread.  A classy cheese presentation offers your guests the opportunity to casually explore a menagerie READ MORE

Helping Hands

These Fox Citians take giving back to the next level  The holiday season is one of giving, and thankfully the Fox Cities are filled with opportunities to put all that spirit to good use. Take the lead from these locals who give back in big ways. Santa’s Helpers Bob and Donna Stanek volunteer with The READ MORE

Street Smarts

A pocket-sized history of local street names What’s in a name? When it comes to our streets, apparently a lot. Street names are often a window to the past. In the Fox Cities, they run the gamut from the surname of a local inventor to a Native American greeting. Some streets were named based on READ MORE

Spruced Up Spaces

Custom wood furniture and accents add an artistic element to every room of the home Nate Lenz was splitting firewood when he struck gold.  It turns out the log he was about to set a match to was spalted maple, an exciting discovery for a woodworker like Lenz. Spalting, the result of a fungus that READ MORE