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Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

New spot just off the Ozaukee Interurban Trail

The cultivation of today’s bicycle-commuter generation is showing an upward trend by all the restaurants and cafes setting up shop near bike trails. Like Cedarburg’s newest restaurant, The Hub, located just off the Ozaukee Interurban Trail (OIT), restaurants are positioning themselves...
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009
The organized objections against the presidential school address on right-wing talk radio have been nothing less than a hate campaign. “The thing that concerned me most about it was it seemed like a direct channel from the president of the United States into the classroom, to my child,”...
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

September Marks a New Era for Milwaukee's Symphony Orchestra

If there’s one thing that leads to the creation of a good orchestra, it’s bad weather. For Edo de Waart, new maestro for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin’s blustery, frigid winters have helped nurture a body of musicians with the potential to one day become a world-class...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

Why are Gov. Jim Doyle and Mayor Tom Barrett so dead-set on taking over Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)? Two words: power and control. But the power and control won’t shift to the mayor and governor. It’ll shift to the ones holding the purse strings—the conservative suburban...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

A “Council Place” on “Good Land” Near the “Gathering Place of the Rivers”

Even before they arrived in Wisconsin, Europeans had already begun to alter the lives of American Indians in the region. Farther east, the Algonquin-speaking tribes and their French allies were in a fierce war with the Iroquois (a confederacy also referred to as the Five Nations that was originally...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009
When a Wisconsin newspaper is looking for a sleazy, tabloid headline, it’s hard to top “Girl, 13, Accused of Killing Man After Fight Over Milk.” Talk about a media bonanza. You have a 13-year-old “Bad Seed,” the same sort of evil, subhuman child who recently terrified audiences and appalled adoption...
09.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Peggy Sue
Marcia Theel wears several hats at the now renamed Woodson Art Museum. First, acting as Associate Director, and also as Public Relations Director, Theel has served the museum since September 1977, beginning only one year after it opened in 1976. Originally built in 1931 by Ben Alexander for his bride, the large brick mansion on four acres eventually came to the family of John and Alice F...
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

Plus: Board President Bonds releases an accountability report

Opponents of a mayoral takeover of the Milwaukee Public Schools said the change would not help the district compete for federal money, nor would it improve student performance or accountability. At a press conference at City Hall on Monday, opponents of the takeover said the attempt to replace the...
08.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Peggy Sue
Kay McKinley Arenson became Director of Marketing and Exhibitions at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin approximately two years ago. With the completion of the recently opened exhibition "e.co.tiv.i.ty: environmental art in process," Arenson breathes a sigh of relief. Besides working full time for the school, Arenson also works as an artist. After being a photojournalist in print and broadcast media during her first career, she started painting ten years ago. Cottage Row Gallery, also in Fish Creek, represents Arenson who chooses to use pastels for her figurative subjects that portray light and movement, liveliness, on paper. After a full week finalizing the details for these land installations and an opening reception for the Art School, Arenson discusses the process in creating an environmental exhibition of this scale. Q: What inspired this art exhibit and how did you choose the artists? A: Karl Saliter contacted the school through the mail, and I knew this artist to be incredible. During the same time, Dan Engelke approached the committee for a proposal [to show his work]. We all thought this would work well. Wouldn't it be great to celebrate process? But Karl would have to travel, and Dan would be highly visible in the park [Peninsula State Park]. Then I thought what about the school's gallery? I contacted Bill Mckee with the express interest of him showing work in the gallery. As we began to put the exhibit together, documentation became an integral part of the show, so part of the gallery is used for documentation [how the work came to be]. Q: Why was the exhibit so timely? A: It was serendipitous that the park [Peninsula State Park] was celebrating its 100th anniversary. Land art is done outdoors, its venue working with the natural landscape. Installations are also very timely right now. All though, in installations per se there usually is an element of technology involved. It's actually all very contemporary, although ancient cultures have interacted with the landscape since the beginning of time. Q: Was the school involved in acquiring permission for harvesting the materials or placing the sculptures in Tennison Bay? A: The artists did all that by themselves. There were permits to be acquired by the DNR and from the park. There had to be specifications for the sculptures placed in the water. When harvesting [by hand] the Honeysuckle roots and branches from the park, Bill did get the park's permission. But he was just doing something the park does anyway. This whole process [curating the exhibit] began at least two years ago. And it has been rumbling around in the minds of the artists for a lot longer than this. Q: What excites you personally about the exhibit? A: It's the fluidity. The process part that you can't predict. It has to do with the unpredictability, the passion, the element of surprise. You need to trust the process and when you trust it, it is successful. The process is just as satisfying as the completed exhibit. People need to know these ideas are rumbling around in the brain for years, both as an artist and curator, from beginning to end. Its important to reveal this to the community. Q: Do you have a favorite piece in the exhibit? A: The community's reaction to these pieces, the exhibition. There has been so much in favor of the exhibition, so it has been very exciting to see their reaction that goes beyond the walls of the art school. We had a packed house for the panel discussion, the artists talking about their process. You need a passion for this. Being invited into the process, being welcomed. There's so much joy in the process of creativity so you want to share this. That's what was funny about the name

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