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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Art Review

The directions on the Racine Art Museum's website (www.ramart.org) seem to favor I-94, but I prefer the sleepy Highway 32 route, winding south through funky neighborhoods, 1950s motels and cabins set on the shore of Lake Michigan. In any event, the snail's pace put me in the...
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Monday, Jan. 24, 2011
Because Homo sapiens have left their imprint everywhere, ’tis a slippery slope, this thing we call the American “landscape.” Where mountains and plains once reigned, now loom towns and cities, some crumbling and some not. It’s safe to say that much of our...
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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Big Vegetables at Villa Terrace

Believe me, I don’t hand out accolades where none are deserved. In covering both the Charles Allis and its companion Villa Terrace, it’s been a love/not love relationship. Over the course of many visits and many years, I decided both venues lacked fresh ideas, or call it “vigor” if you prefer. So much was...
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Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

Art Review

Mike “Ringo” White’s back yard is a hodgepodge, but on the day I visit in mid-September the bees seem happy to be hanging on profuse clumps of purple aster. Having just returned from one of his part-time jobs, White is munching a cold mixture of instant mashed potatoes and beans. He apologizes...
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Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

Art Review

Sometimes it pays to err… like arriving at the wrong place to view "Wisconsin Photography 2009." Yes, I was at the Racine Art Museum (RAM), a stellar space on Main Street, but, uh-oh: The photography show was at the RAM's venerable Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, a few miles west. No way would I ignore the Main Street venue, so in I went to catch the final day of the amazing paintings and figurative ceramics of Viola Frey. Forgive me, but they...
Gallery Guide
Sunday, July 5, 2009

Easy being green

The newest, Green Gallery East, housed in a ‘50s drive-in pizza joint, sizzles. Its older sibling demands by appointment only trek to 631 E. Center St. Experimental melds with tried and true...
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Art Review

In 1998, Debra Brehmer curated an exhibition called "Sweeping and Cleaning: Order and Chaos in Domestic Life." Included in the catalog was the following line from Emily Dickinson: "God keep me from what they call households." I like households, however, having lived in approximately 40, some shabby and some splendiferous...
Art
Monday, June 1, 2009

Art Review

The idea: Take six Wisconsin-based poets and an equal number of state fiber artists; in a blind exchange, have each fiber artist select a poem and each poet select a piece of fiber art; then each poet writes a new poem in response to the art selected, and each fiber artist creates a new work in response to the poem selected. The disappointing results are hanging in the Great Hall of the Charles Allis Art Museum. You have until July 26 to view 12 poems, 10 quilted pieces and two weavings...
Books
Monday, May 25, 2009

John Updike’s final poems

The number seven is said to be lucky, and it certainly is for the many fans of the recently deceased John Updike, who, in his final seven years, honed Endpointand Other Poems (Knopf). Best known for some 60 books (ranging from poetry to novels to short stories to criticism), his first book of poetry, The Carpentered Hen, was published in 1958...

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