“Chalk Talk Kenosha” makes its way to Madison

Do you remember the community art project that was on display in various business in downtown Kenosha last summer?  Well, it has made its way to the state capitol art gallery in Madison.  See below for some pictures:

What are you

In a photograph a young woman holds up a sign that reads, “A man robbed me and put a knife to my kid’s neck.” With her hair pulled back in a practical ponytail and chips evident in her brightly colored fingernail polish, the young woman poses purposely for the camera. But is her message a plea for help, some kind of message the viewer is supposed to act upon?  Written in chalk on black construction paper, this chilling statement is a response to seemingly simple request:  Describe an incident that changed you. The request, stark response, and subsequent photograph are all part of a “chalk talk” workshop conducted at the Kenosha Literacy Council.

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Peanuts . . . naturally

Traveling-exhibits-PNThe Kenosha Public Museum will host a new exhibit starting on Saturday, January 26th.  It’s called “Peanuts . . . Naturally.”  Featuring the comic cartoon artwork of Charles M. Schulz, it’s a light-hearted look at Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations.  The exhibit will be on display in the Touhey Gallery until April 28th.  There are also Peanuts items for sale in the gift shop.

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Other Kindness Week activities

Kindness WeekIn addition to the Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration being held today at the Marigrano Auditorium at Gateway Technical College, 3520 – 30th Avenue, at 12 noon, there are other Kindness Week activities planned throughout the upcoming week:

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The Kenosha Unified School District Theatre presents “Dessa Rose,” a musical drama about a white woman and a black woman in 1847, at 6 pm, at Bradford High School, 3700 Washington Road.  A discussion on race relations in the community will follow.  There is a $5 admission fee.

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“Around the Corner with John McGivern”

McGivernThe City of Kenosha will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern” on Milwaukee Public Television. The public is invited to attend a preview of the program, hosted by McGivern, at 7 pm on Monday, January 21st, at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 – 56th Street.

The program will be presented at 7 pm on Thursday, January 24th, on Channel 10. The show will be repeated at 8 pm on Friday, January 25th, on Channel 36.

McGivern, an Emmy-winning actor and broadcast personality, explores communities and neighborhoods in the area during a series of 13 half-hour shows this season. An interview with Mayor Keith Bosman is included in his
presentation on Kenosha. Other highlights include the area museums and businesses, the downtown district, charter fishing, and Velodrome bike racing.

Louisiana travelogue on Friday


Another travelogue in the Kenosha Public Museum’s 76th annual season will be shown on Friday, January 18th, at the Reuther High School Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.  It’s entitled, “Hello Louisiana/Bonjour Louisiane, presented by Monty and Marsha Brown.  They will be narrating the digital presentation.  It starts at 7 pm, and it’s free and open to the public.

Other upcoming travelogues include:

  • February 8, 2013 – The Heart of San Francisco, by Sandy Mortimer
  • March 8, 2013 – Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Marlin Darrah
  • March 22, 2013 – The Great Trans-American Train Ride, by Doug Jones

A travelogue is a professional 90-minute presentation shown on a big screen with one intermission.  It documents interesting places around the world, describing art, music, architecture, culture, and history from a first-person perspective.  Travelogues are produced in an enhanced digital format and narrated live by the filmmaker.

Travelogues open the world for people of all ages, enhancing student classroom experiences and enabling adults to relive (or plan for) vacations and business trips around the world.

For more information, call (262) 653-4140, or visit:

Legosaurus labs

Tomorrow, on Saturday, January 12th, at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, there will be five Legosaurus Labs sessions.  The museum is located at 5608 Tenth Avenue.  Times for the labs are 11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, and 3:45 pm.  The 11:15 am session is full.  There is still space available in the other four sessions.

Join father and son Lego builders David and John Xandegar in a 30-minute Creativity lab using some of their more than 1 million bricks to create your favorite dinosaur.  The Xandegars will provide assistance and some instruction during the labs.  Three winners will be selected from all the participants, and the winning creations will be on display at the DDM.  Only the three winners will get to keep their creations.

These sessions are open to children ages 5 to 12 with an adult.  The cost of each session is $5, or $2 for Friends of the Museums.

Kenosha artist’s work debuts on national TV program


Katie Dylewski (photo courtesy of Joe Barr)

Back in November, we reported on a Kenosha artist who had created an incredibly detailed painting of TV personality Anderson Cooper.  Katie Dylewski usually works with with oil paints and sometimes watercolors, but a while back, she decided to try experimenting with a different medium: brewed coffee.  Dylewski had created a whole series of coffee-painted work before getting the idea to paint a portrait of Cooper, after watching his TV show, “Anderson Live”, this past summer.

The Cooper portrait was part of a show that Dylewski had at the Pollard Gallery in downtown Kenosha in September, and a photograph of the painting was included in a Kenosha News story.   Unbeknownst to Dylewski, a local resident saw the News’ photo and “tweeted” about it on Twitter, “CC-ing” the “Anderson Live” show.  After seeing the Twitter post, it only took about an hour for the show’s producers to contact Dylewski and interview her about the portrait, asking if she would be willing to ship it to them to possibly be featured on the show.

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Museum gets in on Second Saturday events

Second Saturday with the City

The Kenosha Public Museum will start to participate in the Second Saturday events that have been taking place in downtown Kenosha.  The first of the events will be held this Saturday from 6 to 9 pm.  It’s called, “Hot Jazz on a Cold Night.”

In conjunction with Downtown Kenosha Second Saturday, enjoy great exhibits, music and refreshments at the museum.  This month, it’s antipasto and art!  Come and hear the jazzy sounds of Synergy, have appetizers, and help create an indoor public art mural.  You can also visit the museum exhibits.

Tickets are $20 per person, or $15 for friends of the museums.  Two drink tickets are included in the ticket price.  Call (262) 653-4140 for tickets.


Two other upcoming events include:

  • February 9 – Kenosha Public Museum – It’s Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown!  From jazz to ragtime to pops, Preludio Strings sets the mood with music.  Throw in chocolate treats of the delectable kind, and the celebration begins!  Also, be sure to check out the “Peanuts. . .Naturally” exhibit.
  • March 9 – Civil War Museum – The Luck o’ the Irish – A bit o’ blarney, the lilt of Irish music, and light refreshments by Ashling on the Lough will have your Irish eyes smiling!  Be sure to see the exhibit, “Keith Rocco:  Capturing the Past.”

BeExposed! to the Arts at the Rhode – holiday concert and art celebration

On Friday, December 21st, starting at 6 pm, at the Rhode Center for the Arts, located at 514 – 56th Street, in Kenosha, the Kenosha Art Association will be presenting The Kal Bergendahl Project Holiday Concert and Art Celebration.  The suggested donation is $5.

Come and enjoy a jazzy mix of your Christmas favorites performed by the Kal Bergendahl Project (KBP). Founded in the fall of 2005, the KBP steps into the worlds of vocal R&B, pop, and smooth jazz, creating a unique and interesting blend of music that attracts a wide audience. The group’s sounds are reminiscent of David Sanborn and Kirk Whalum on the jazz side and Norah Jones and John Mayer on the pop side.

Melodic variety is a key element of the KBP’s style, as a live show features pop and soul vocal melodies incorporated with instrumental melodies led by the saxophone, guitar and bass. This variety creates an intriguing musical texture that can be led by any member in the band.

The Kenosha Art Association’s mission is to promote art, art education, and art appreciation in the greater Kenosha area.  Visit their website at:

Kenosha symphony concert

K Symphony Logo

Join the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra for their 73rd performance season of
“A Tradition of Musicianship” with their new conductor, Robert Hasty.  The concert will take place on Sunday, December 16th, at 3 pm.  It’s called “Holiday Fare,” and it will be held at the Historic Reuther Auditorium, 913 – 57th Street.  The concert features classic holiday songs (and classical music), a visit from Santa, a delicious bake sale, plus… take your ticket to Mangia restaurant before or after the concert for a free glass of prosecco wine!  Cookies, wine and Christmas music – sounds like the perfect way to celebrate a Packers victory!

Call (262) 654-9080 for more information.  Tickets are $15 in advance for adults and seniors, $5 for students.  At the door, the prices are $20 and $5.  Visit

Walls of Whittier brightened by new murals

Janette Louden /Joe Barr photo

Whittier Elementary School got to add some great new art to their halls last week, thanks to the talent of Janette Louden, a visual artist and former Kenosha resident.

Originally from England, Louden got her start working as a graphic designer for a firm there, and went on to illustrate characters for educational materials. This particular skill came in handy again after Louden moved to the U.S., and was asked to redesign the Whittier School mascot, Thunder Paws, during the time she lived in Kenosha.

Recently, Paula West, whom Louden used to share an office with, asked if Louden would be interested in painting a mural for Whittier. She agreed, though she says that it took a bit of thought about how best to do it, since she now lives in Minneapolis.

Louden explained:
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Lou Rugani croons at the KAA event last night

/Photo by Margaret Heller

The Pat Crawford Big Band and Lou Rugani provided the entertainment last night at the Southport Beach House for the Kenosha Art Association  (KAA) holiday art auction and dance.  About 100 people were in attendance who enjoyed the refreshments, the music, and who bid on the silent auction items that were donated by members and friends of the KAA.  There was also a 50/50 raffle.  Sincere thanks from the KAA was expressed to all who gave donations to this year’s auction.

Thanks to chairperson Pat Koesser, co-chairpersons Francisco Loyola and Dorothy Thompson, and the dedicted Art Auction Committee, the Pat Crawford Big Band for the great music, Lou Rugani for his crooning, the emcee, Michael Kruger, the kitchen volunteers, and all those who donated food.  It takes a lot of people behind the scenes to make the auction a success.  And, thanks to all who attended.

Proceeds from last night’s auction will be used for community enrichment of the arts, the KAAleidoscope Art Gallery, 5615 – 7th Avenue, in downtown Kenosha, and to offset the cost of adult education classes which allows the KAA to continue to keep class fees competitive.

Kenosha Art Association holiday art auction and dance

The Kenosha Art Association (KAA) is hosting its annual Holiday Art Auction and Dance on Saturday, November 17th, at the Southport Beach House, located at 7825 First Avenue, at Southport Park.  The hours are from 6 to 9 pm.  There will be a silent auction, refreshments, and live music by the Pat Crawford Big Band.  Silent auction items include donated artwork, including paintings and sculptures by local artists, gift certificates, and gift baskets.  The suggested donation is $10.

The KAA was founded in 1950 by a group of Kenosha art lovers united to aid in further development of art and art appreciation in the community.  They are a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote art, art education, and art appreciation in the greater Kenosha area.

Get your tickets by calling (262) 654-0065.  Their website is:

“Yellow Concert” put smiles on faces

Tonight, Christopher LeMark and co-producer Jeffrey Wamboldt hosted a free concert which took place at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1330 – 52nd Street.  It was called the “Yellow Concert,” because there were yellow smiley faces posted on the walls and yellow balloon bouquets placed around the Madrigrano Stage for the Performing Arts.  Most of the performers were also dressed in yellow shirts.  The intent of the concert was to make people smile and know that they are children of God.

Here’s Artemus, opening the concert:

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KUSD Fine Arts and Band Boosters to present jazz festival Nov. 17

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The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) Department of Fine Arts and Kenosha Band Boosters will again present the Annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 17th, at Tremper High School (8560 – 26th Avenue) at 7 pm.

The public is welcome to attend all activities leading up to the evening performance. Tickets for the evening performance are $4 for students/senior citizens, $5 for adults, and $10 for a family pass. Tickets will be available at the door.

Festival activities begin Friday afternoon at 4 pm as nine high school jazz ensembles appear in performance/clinic sessions with guest artists. The event resumes Saturday at 8 am at Tremper where five middle school jazz ensembles will appear in performance/clinic sessions. Each band will work with a team of clinicians who are outstanding jazz artists/educators from southeastern Wisconsin, Fred Strum and José Encarnación. The day’s activities will conclude with an evening public performance. The concert will feature jazz bands and KUSD’s alumni/staff band.

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Bus trip: Art in Milwaukee

The Kenosha Public Museum is sponsoring a bus trip on Friday, November 9th, called “Art in Milwaukee.”  It departs from the museum at 9 am and returns at 4:30 pm.

Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum to see “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:  The Treasurers of Kenwood House, London.”  After lunch at Mader’s, tour two galleries of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  The Layton Gallery features, “MKE – LAX,” and the Stevens Gallery features, “Designing Desire:  The Cultural Effects of Marketing.”

The cost is $75, or $65 for Friends of the Museums and includes lunch.  Advance registration is required.  Call (262) 653-4140.

Free museum program

Later on today, at 1 pm, there will be a program at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, entitled, “Caroline Quarlls:  My Independence Day.”  In 1842, 16-year-old Caroline, a light-skinned slave from St. Louis, escaped to Canada.  This is a live first-person theatrical performance based on the letters from Quarlls to Mr. Lyman Goodnow who escorted her from Wisconsin to Canada.  Enjoy the professional performance, ask Quarlls questions of her experiences, and have your photo taken with her.  This program is free and open to the public.

“Yellow Concert” coming to Kenosha

A free “Yellow Concert” will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 1330 – 52nd Street, on Saturday, November 10th.  This is a happy, creative, and artistic concert coordinated by Christopher LeMark.  (You may recall that did an article on him back in September.  Click here if you wish to read about him:  Kenosha, Meet Christopher LeMark!)

Doors open at 6 pm, and the two-hour show starts at 7 pm.  This is a free concert for the entire community of Kenosha, highlighting the talent in Kenosha. This concert will be like a huge high school pep rally with all the trimmings of joy for the town of Kenosha.

Just imagine taking a huge, incredible, yellow, happy face and placing it in a community, and let’s see what happens!

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“Beatles in My Garden” flower show

The Four Seasons Garden Club of Kenosha held their Standard Flower Show at the Kenosha Public Museum this afternoon.  The show was judged this morning, and then open to the public from 1 pm to 4 pm.  The show was themed “Beatles in My Garden,” and the categories were named after Beatles songs.  The Design Division, for example, held classifications such as:  “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Reflective Design,” “Twist and Shout, A Creative Line Design,” “Magical Mystery Tour, Op Art Design,” among others.

Here are some pictures from the show:

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Fall festival

A Fall Festival sponsored by the city of Kenosha will take place from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, October 13th, at Veterans Memorial Park, 54th Street and Sixth Avenue.

Free small pumpkins, provided by Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm, will be distributed to the first 100 children in attendance.  Craft supplies for decorating pumpkins will also be provided.  Members of the Kenosha Art Association (KAA) will offer face painting for children at no charge.  KAA members also will demonstrate pumpkin carving techniques.  Musical entertainment will be presented throughout the afternoon.

This is the first year for the city-sponsored Fall Festival, which ties in with Second Saturday events in downtown Kenosha.



Kenosha, meet Christopher LeMark!

Christopher LeMark

You will not very often meet a young man who has been through some rough patches in his early life who now has his head on straight and focused.  Well, here is such a man.  Kenosha, meet Christopher LeMark.

Christopher was born on January 29, 1979, and was abandoned by his mom with his four sisters in 1982.  He then lived with his aunt and her family for twelve years, and was mentally and physically abused during that time.  What kept him going during that time were his heroes, Michael Jackson, Superman, the Chicago Bears, and his imagination.  “But, now I’m light years from all that,” he said.  “You never know what real love is unless you experience real hate.”

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John Hambrock at the Kenosha Public Museum

John Hambrock

John  Hambrock is the creator of the comic strip The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee.  It first appeared in newspapers on November 12, 2006, and is syndicated worldwide by King Features Syndicate.  He was at the Kenosha Public Museum this afternoon in the Artist’s Studio talking about and displaying his work.

His cartoon works and the works of other cartoonists are on display at the museum through September 29th.  The name of the exhibit is, “More Than Funny:  Cartoons and Comics From the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.”  Cartoons and comics displayed are from such artists as Hambrock, Dave Coverly, Greg Cravens, Norm Feuti, Stephan Pastis, Hilary Price, and Michael Jantze.  Some of the cartoons even explain to the reader the exact steps the artist takes in developing his/her work.  On the 29th, a  fundraiser auction will be held at the Rhode Theatre, in conjuction with the Festival of Cartooning, auctioning off some of the artwork currently on display.

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New art exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum

The Kenosha Public Museum has a new exhibit, Biodiversity in the Art of Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen on display in the West Gallery through September 16.  These realistic paintings of mysterious and exotic reptiles, amphibians, and other creatures explore the rich variety of nature.  The paintings are exhibited with animals from the museum’s collection.

Here are a few samples of van Kempen’s artwork:

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KAA event at the Southport Beach House

The Jill Plaisted Band

The Kenosha Arts Association (KAA) presented the BeExposed! to the Arts at the Southport Beach House earlier this evening.  BeExposed! was supporting the Southport Beach House awareness effort, and hosting their August Third Friday’s event at the Kenosha landmark.

Trayvon Winters greeted guests at the door with his guitar and a spiritual poem put to music.

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Art fair in Library Park

This afternoon, the Friends of the Museums hosted the 48th annual Art Fair in Simmons Library Park.  There were over 150 exhibitors selling fine art items.

InkaPirka, an Andean folk group, performed on the steps of Simmons Library.  There were also food tents, a kids’ art tent, and a raffle.

The park is located in downtown Kenosha, at Eighth Avenue and 60th Street.

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Kenosha pops concert band joined by Navy band

At tonight’s third week of the 90th season of the Kenosha Pops Concert Band, the theme was “Themes Like Old Time:  An Evening of Standards and Big Band Favorites from Yesteryear.”  The guest vocalist was Lou Rugani.

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Kenosha pops band makes it debut

Last night marked the opening of the 90th season for the Kenosha Pops Band.  There was a free concert at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell in Pennoyer Park, 3601 Seventh Avenue, with a Broadway-themed concert.  The band was led by music director Craig Gall and assistant conductor Garrett Kornman.

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KUSD hands out awards

The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) School Board held a special meeting earlier tonight to make presentations of the 2012 Special Fine Arts Awards and PTA Reflections Awards.  Mary Snyder, school board president, commented that this is one of her favorite nights.  “We love to honor our students and staff who have been so successful in the various programs.”

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It’s raining umbrellas!

A community and alumni celebration was held at the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities Building on Saturday afternoon, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  Parkside invited diverse members of the community to “shower us with their creativity.”  The Shower of Creativity includes artists of all ages who engage their talents for an exhibit that spotlights the Rita as an umbrella organization for the arts and humanities in our region.  Individuals and teams used their imagination to turn white umbrellas into works of art, all displayed in the Rita and Main Place on the campus.

Visitors were given small binoculars in order to view the pieces more closely.  They were also given ballots on which to vote for three of their favorite pieces.  There were 76 in all.

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UW-P art exhibit features work of Eileen Mueller Neill

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside currently has a very interesting art exhibit on display in their Fine Arts Gallery.  It is:  “Eileen Mueller Neill:  Imaginings.”  A reception for the artist will also take place on Saturday, April 28th, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Neill’s framed pictures are hung on the upper deck. Smaller scale and more domestic thematically are her brightly colored constructions. These show diminutive figures set in tiny imaginary worlds — playing among the tendrils of electrical cords, playfully crawling about inside plumbing pipes.  Her work invites viewers into a fantasy world.

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