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Art Walk Reimagined for It’s Third Year

DefinitelyDePere_FINALBY Patrick Mares

Art Walk De Pere celebrates its third birthday this summer and Allyson Watson, executive director of Definitely De Pere was on hand to tell us what we can expect from the program’s latest outing.

Allyson: This is the third year of the downtown Art Walk series. And we’ve got some big expansions of it this year.  First of all, we squeezed them all into the nicest window of weather. We experimented a little with the dates in the first two years and we found that no matter what we do, anything before Memorial Day does not seem to cooperate with us from a temperature standpoint.  So we have consolidated all the dates between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which is what a lot of people identify as the summer in Wisconsin.

And we’ve expanded the dates.  It was three the first year, four the last year, and now we’re at six.  So It’s actually going to be every other weekend throughout that window with the exception of the week of the Fourth of July.

What we’re doing on the nights we don’t  have art walk, is that we’ve actually launched a collaboration with the Mile of Music.  It’s a new music event called EastWest Music Fest, where we’ll feature original musicians from the Midwest and nationally that will play in downtown De Pere Venues.

Anyways, back to Art Walk, not to totally sidetrack you.  It’s on those Friday nights, those six of them.  The Fridays are going to be May 29th, June 12th, June 26th, July 17, July 31, and August 14.  And those all run from 5-8 in the evening on Fridays.

The Scene: How many artists do you have right now?

Allyson: This is a number that changes throughout the summer. My impact and my relations are with the artists I recruit.  At the moment we’ve got about 50 artists that we’re featuring, and it’s a wide range of mediums.

Another change that we’ve made is that it is going to be exclusively on the east side of downtown De Pere.  It just seemed to work better from a walkability standpoint. We tried doing it on both sides of the community the last two years and we never really had the traffic, walking-wise, that we needed on the west side.  So we’ve decided to consolidate the event in a smaller geographic area.

ArtWalkC_TransparentWith that we think that it makes that a little bit more walkable and easier to see more venues in that three-hour timespan.
The Scene: That makes a lot of sense. It definitely was a little hard to get over to both sides on foot.  It also felt like there was a bit of a low density on the west side last year.

Allyson: Yeah, exactly, exactly.  And unfortunately, there is very little we could do. We obviously encourage our businesses to participate.  But if it’s not a good fit for their business- or one of the challenges we face on the West side is obviously we’re very resteraunt heavy.  And that’s dinner-time on a Friday.  So it’s a little hard to ask resteraunts, “hey can you give up table space and expect all these people who aren’t buying dinner to come in and look at art really quick?”  It works a lot better for retailers we’ve found, and also cafe-style things where it’s also a less of a sit-down location.  So just based on the business mix on the east side,  we think that this event is a good fit.

But the opposite is the music event which is more sit-down restaurant, bar oriented.  We think it’s going to perform very well for the West side.  So it’s just recognizing what works, what doesn’t work and adapting the event over the years.

The Scene: Are there any other changes we should know about?

Allyson: Well we are really excited.  This is our first year selling major sponsorship on the event.  So our presenting sponsor is Starry Realty.  And we’re really excited about the businesses that chose to come on as sponsors.  Some of them have really cool rehabbed spaces.  Especially the Starry’s: they actually bought and rehabbed a historic building on North Broadway over the last year. It used to be A’s Restaurant.  And I think personally their building in and of itself is a work of art and obviously a real estate office.  I guess it’s open to the public and you could poke into the office at any time, but it’s kind of a unique twist on the art walk, that we have historic businesses participating where people actually get to go in and experience these historic and architecturally artistic spaces that they might not have got to experience otherwise.

And with the bringing on of our major sponsorship level it also gives us the chance to market more heavily throughout the area.  Not only in the De Pere Market, but also through the businesses that have a Green Bay presence too.

The Scene: Will the Artists actually be stationed within the buildings like Starry Realty in addition to out on the streets?
Allyson: They will, they will.  They are one of the participating venues so they will have an artist on hand.  I don’t think offhand that they’re doing all six of the evenings, and that’s something we encourage all our attendees to check online.  And night-of we have banners out at the places that are participating.  So obviously with six nights not everybody does all six of them.  So there are some businesses that are doing three of them.  Some are doing four.  It’s just whatever works with their availability.

But on any given night there will be at least 20 venues participating.  I think on the max night we have 25 participating. It fluctuates a little bit, but that is a smaller number than past years.  That’s another change that we are experimenting with this year.  We had a lot of people get back to us with feedback that they felt that they weren’t able to get to a lot of venues because of how big the number was and how short the time window is.  We feel like if we push the event back to 9 p.m. participation would go down.  That’s asking a lot of small businesses to stay open significantly later than their business hours. But by reducing the number of venues, what we’ve actually done is we’ll have a lot of spots that have more than one artist.  So you might go into a shop and they’ll have two artists instead of one this year.  That not only makes it more convenient for attendees because they can see two artists in one place: it also means that those artists and participating businesses will probably get more traffic within that window of time.

MistyNaganMisty Nagan – Silver Wear, LLC
Haven’t you heard all the rage about spoon rings? You have to check mine out, they aren’t your typical spoon rings…I’ve got rings for men, amazing pickle fork rings, & butter knife rings too! Oh, and that’s just rings!! You’ve got to see all the different ways a fork can be transformed into trendy earrings, amazing bracelets, and my favorite: the elephant necklace!

I do custom orders with your own heirloom silverware. You can have pieces made for everyone in the family! Including a cool spoon tie clip for Uncle Lou!

Q: How many years have you been participating at Art Walk? This is my first year, I’m excited!

Q: Could you tell us some of your favorite emotions to play around with on paper? Ooh, that’s a tricky one..I don’t really use paper..most of my ideas go straight into my creations.

Q: What are some of your favorite media to work in? What’s you’re favorite part about working in them? I strictly work with vintage silverware, sterling silver or silver plated: upcycling vintage silverware into wearable pieces of art! Sometimes it’s just a simple “spoon” ring, or a really unique serving piece pendant that I fall in love with.

Q: Do you have any artists that particularly inspired you? What is it about their art that really drew you in? Absolutely! My grandmother has been making gorgeous pieces of jewelry from heirloom silverware for over 10 years. She taught my mom, who then taught myself.

Find me: At Starry’s Reality. Come say hi!

CarolynCarolyn Paplham
[Stop by, because] I’ll have candy! Seriously, I always do. Come for the candy, stay for the art – prints, greeting cards, bookmarks, and sketchbooks. Especially if you like animals and monsters, because I sure do seem to draw a lot of them.

I love stories, and enjoy using drawing as a way to express that love. Therefore, I draw a lot of fan-art. I don’t presently sell prints of said fan-art, but I do keep a bin full of free mini-prints on my table. So stop by and pick something out!

Q: Could you tell me some of your favorite emotions to play around with on paper? As both an illustrator and a writer I’d have to answer with all of them, really. The opportunity to develop characters and visually weave stories is what I love best about art, and with that comes a whole spectrum of emotions to explore. You’re constantly asking yourself “what if?” and then pursuing whatever possibilities come to mind (and in my case, subjecting some poor character to mood swings in my sketchbook).

Q: Do you have any artists that particularly inspired you? What is it about their art that really drew you in? That would be an incredibly long list, and as I spend entirely too much time on tumblr and read too many art books, I’m always adding new artists to my inspiration dossier. However, a few that I find myself coming back to time and time again are Bill Watterson, Chris Ayers, Skottie Young, Tracy J. Butler, and Claire Hummel. All of them are experts at portraying characters full of life and vigor – the kind that could stroll right off the page and you wouldn’t be surprised in the least.

Find Me:
May 29: Klika Shoes
June 12: Café Chanson & Chateau De Pere
June 26: Klika Shoes
July 17: The Studio on George
July 31st: Bonsai Sushi & Asian Cuisine
August 14: Body Talk

I’ll be adding new artwork to my table all summer, so stop by more than once!

ShondaShonda Robb
Hi, this is Shonda Robb. I guarantee I will have a lot to see and a little bit of something for everyone because I don’t just specialize in one type of art. You will find traditional landscape and wildlife work, but also fantasy art and sculpture. I love to meet new people and get feedback on my art. I am a self-taught artist and constantly trying to grow in my craft so what I hear whether negative or positive helps me work to become a better artist.

Q: How many years have you been participating at Art Walk? This is my second year participating in this event

Q: Could you tell us some of your favorite emotions to play around with on paper? It varies from piece to piece usually depending on my mood that day. But in a lot of my work I play with the feelings of nostalgia or longing.

Q: What are some of your favorite media to work in? What’s you’re favorite part about working in them? Although I love working in acrylic and watercolor, right now my favorite media is digital art using a bamboo tablet and programs like Gimp or Adobe Photoshop because it blows the doors wide open on the effects you can do and the detail you can achieve that might be limited with other media.

Q: Do you have any artists that particularly inspired you? What is it about their art that really drew you in? [I’d say] Vincent van Gogh, because of the movement and emotion in his work and Salvidor Dali because of their intense imagery and technical talent.

Find me:
May 29th at The Studio on George
June 12th at Bonsai Sushi & Asian Cuisine
June 26th at Great Harvest Bread Company
July 17th at Freshair Salon
July 31st at Cafe Chanson
August 14th at La Vie Boheme

heatherHeather Peterman

I have no sales pitch besides my smile and bubbly personality . If you like the colors, shapes, sleek lines and flow my work sells itself. Good energy is a constant theme. People should stop by me to share a smile and a laugh. To quote Nigel from Spinal Tap, “have a good time, all the time.”

Q: How many years have you been participating at Art Walk? This is my second year doing the De Pere Art walk

Q: Could you tell us some of your favorite emotions to play around with on paper? My favorite emotions to play with on paper are happiness and joy. I call my “business “ Good Energy Art,” I was blessed with too much serotonin , so I like to share all my good energy and feelings though my work. Even if I am upset, I like to turn those negative emotions into something positive.

Q: What are some of your favorite media to work in? What’s you’re favorite part about working in them? I love to doodle with Sharpies on paper, but my favorite medium are Golden acrylic paints. They are rich and creamy, and acrylic paint is very forgiving. Try not to get stressed while painting, because you can always paint over it. I also have my art printed on fabrics, I sew and paint bags, embroider and make jewelry out of polymer clay.

Q: Do you have any artists that particularly inspired you? What is it about their art that really drew you in? Frida Kahlo, Degas, Dali, Marc Chagall, Picasso, gone, but obviously not for forgotten; current artists Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson, Banksy and all my artist friends. Everyone that does art I feel encourages and inspires other to do the same. Every time I see something I love, it makes me want to paint and share my work.

Find me:
K Sera Salon: May 29, June 26
OX Fitness: July 17, July 31

I also have work at Bonsai Sushi, Koko Sushi, A Bravo Bistro,Gasoline, Frets, and Off the Wall Gallery in Shawano. Or if you’re looking to travel, check out Bascule Wine Bar and Bistro on Taylor St in Chicago. I am also giving the Sturgeon Bay Steel Bridge Fest a 3 by 5 foot painting of the bridge in commemoration of their 10th anniversary.

woodwingShannon Piette
My work explores how we as humans have studied the anatomical adaptations of wildlife and how we have influenced them. Come and explore the wild world as seen through my eyes.

Fellow artist Terry Stanley and I are excited to be a part of this fantastic event and will have an abundance of artwork for visitors to enjoy.

Q: How many years have you been participating at Art Walk? I am thrilled that is my first year participating in Art Walk.

Q: Could you tell us some of your favorite emotions to play around with on paper? Adoration for my subject matter compels me to invoke inquisition within the viewer, prompting them to further explore the human connection to and influence on the natural world.

Q: What are some of your favorite media to work in? What’s you’re favorite part about working in them? As a sculptor I work with a plethora of mediums, including ceramic, wood, and glass. Due to the organic nature of these materials, I am drawn to the reductive process I use to transform them into a piece of art. A sculptor’s greatest tools are his or hands and the ability to manipulate these mediums with your hands grants you a connection to the piece that other mediums do not offer.

Q: Do you have any artists that particularly inspired you? What is it about their art that really drew you in? Glass blower Mark Petrovic and sculptor Bruno Lucchesi are contemporary artists I have looked to for inspiration. Both of these exemplary artists approach their work with such dedication to detail and truly are the masters of their mediums.

Find me: I will be at 100 S Broadway in the Riverside Studio Painters building with fellow artist Terry Stanley.

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