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Artist Thomas Jewell will hold a “Skies Across America” show through Nov. 27 at the Jones Family Gallery in the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Ave., Fort Atkinson.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov.27 during regular library hours.

The show is comprised of paintings Jewell has created over the past 18 months from on site sketches he made during family trips.

“I have always had the idea to do a series of paintings featuring the meeting of sky and land. The sky is the dominant aspect of each piece,” Jewell said.

“I invite everyone who enjoys original art and the beauty of the “American sky as it meets the landscape” to come see my paintings from across 22 states. The location of each painting will be identified as to its location within the specific state.”
 
Jewell's general philosophy for his paintings is to capture the mood or feeling of a place or moment in time.

“I relish the play of ever changing light.  I look for that magical moment of when sky, land and light come together in a dazzling display of beauty.  I want the viewer to be able to feel the mystery of the atmosphere.”
 
Jewell's work has been exhibited throughout Wisconsin as well as several other states. His paintings have received several awards over the years and are included in numerous corporate and private collections.

Jewell continues to do private commission work and plans for future shows and gallery exhibits.  He continues his affiliation with Oil Painters of America and Visionary artists.

WALWORTH COUNTY TODAY -- Black Point Estate is partnering with Horticultural Hall once again on their popular winter lecture series, Veranda Views from the Hall. Kicking off the series this year is a program by Wisconsin author and storyteller Rochelle Pennington on the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald .

No other Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of three-story buildings. The Edmund Fitzgerald remains the largest shipwreck on the Great Lakes.

Pennington delves into the various theories and opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to solve the mystery of what led to the demise of the 29-man crew.

Audience members will be led from the launch of the ship to its final radio broadcasts, and from the Fitz's discovery on Superior's bottom to the raising of artifacts from its watery grave.

This program also includes a complete circle tour of Lake Superior's extraordinary shorelines.

Pennington is an award-winning newspaper columnist and bestselling author of ten books including "Highlighted in Yellow" co-authored with H. Jackson Brown, "The Historic Christmas Tree Ship," "An Old-Fashioned Christmas," and more. Her work has been included in multiple bestselling series over the past two decades.

“Rochelle is both a lively storyteller and an entertaining lecturer so we are thrilled to bring her back to the Lake Geneva area,” Black Point Director David Desimone was quoted as saying in a news release.. “Last year’s program on maritime archeology drew over 150 people and we expect a similar turn out for this program on the fascinating story of the Fitzgerald."

Additional programs in this year’s series include Doll Play, A History of Doll Houses with Wisconsin Historical Society curator Leslie Bellais; Wisconsin Supper Clubs with author Mary Bergin and filmmaker Holly Deruter; Pabst: The Man and The Mansion with Pabst Mansion executive director John C. Eastberg and The Impact of World War One on Milwaukee with Milwaukee County Historical Society archivist, Kevin Abing. More information about each event will be released as the program date approaches.

If you go

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
 
Cost: $5. Reservations can be made by calling Black Point Estate at 262-248-1888.
 
Where: Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147
 
For more information on any of these programs, please visit Black Point Estate at www.blackpointestate.org. To purchase tickets please call 262-248-1888.

Monday, 14 November 2016 14:18

Lakeland Players presenting 'Broadway Santa'

ELKHORN -- Don't miss Lakeland Players' up-coming production of the children's holiday musical, "Broadway Santa."

Join this hilarious holiday excursion as Santa and Mrs. Clause and the rest of the North Pole gang make Broadway history performing  Santa's  stage play.

With show tunes and punch lines to spare, this production is sure to be a hit.

Thirty-three talented young actors will perform this delightful musical, singing and dancing their hearts out.  

Amberleigh Aller of Lake Geneva, is directing as well as choreographing and overseeing the musical direction of this fun filled show.  

Jessica Shaffer of Elkhorn will be assisting her. Linda  Kouzes of Delavan is the producer.

IF YOU GO

What: "Broadway Santa"

When: 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and Nov. 27; 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4

Where: Walworth County Performing Arts Center (The old Sprague Theater), downtown Elkhorn

Tickets: $10 and can be purchased at The Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 262-812-3866 to  reserve at the door, or order on line at www.lakeland-players.org

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Theatre Unlimited’s upcoming production of “My Fair Lady” will be a homecoming, of sorts, for a Janesville native.

Aly Bitter, who now lives in Astoria, New York, will return to Janesville to perform a starring role as Eliza Doolittle.

“My Fair Lady” will be performed Sept. 16 through Sept. 18 and Sept. 22 through Sept. 25 at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

JANESVILLE -- Chalk artists from throughout the area will be showing off their creative drawings this coming weekend. The annual Art Infusion will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Firehouse Park, located on North Main Street in downtown Janesville.

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:18

Crisscross the county for festival fun

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Music takes center stage on the village square when the East Troy Bluegrass Festival kicks up its heels Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

The East Troy festival is among one of four fun events planned next weekend. There’s also Darien Corn Fest, the Taste of Lake Geneva and the Whitewater Main Street Festival to squeeze into your social calendar.

Friday, 02 September 2016 12:07

Photographer reflects on his famous father

WALWORTH  COUNTY SUNDAY -- On the outskirts of Walworth, off the shoulder of U.S. Highway 14, just over the railroad tracks, across the road from a storage unit and pier service and sharing the lot of a propane gas distributor, sits a small nondescript building. The sign says “Thompson Art Gallery,” which is owned and operated by Bruce Thompson and his wife, Joan.

Upon entering the building, however, the space blossoms into a habitat of beautiful images of stunning landscapes: lakes, rivers, pastures and woods in every season. The far wall is covered with the works of renowned impressionist painter, and Bruce’s father, Richard Earl Thompson.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The Coburn Company’s new location has some mooving and udderly quality artwork hanging on its walls, thanks to some talented local artists.

The company, which manufactures milking equipment and agricultural supplies, recently commissioned Studio 84 students to produce cow artwork to be featured in a hallway gallery. Thayer Coburn, co-owner, said they commissioned the students to submit artwork because of their support for Studio 84, which offers art programs for people with disabilities.

Friday, 12 August 2016 14:49

New JPAC director has hometown roots

JANESVILLE -- A Janesville native has returned home from the bright lights of Los Angeles to lead a local arts program into the future.

Nathan Burkart, 30, recently was named the new executive director for the Janesville Performing Arts Center, replacing Beau Bisson, who left the job in February after being in the position for about a year.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Frank Breneisen takes his art with him wherever he goes, and the retired art professor has made stops around the world, teaching in England on a Fulbright scholarship, building playgrounds in Kenya and exploring rural Romanian villages on foot.

Breneisen’s artistic talents are as varied as his travels: drawing, painting, print-making, photography and ceramics, but there isn’t a field he isn’t at least willing to try -- even architecture. After spending decades heading the art department at Morningside College in Iowa, Breneisen is back home in Fontana, where he spent his teenage years. He and his wife, Jennifer, remain involved in the community, living in a house he built himself, complete with a wide-ranging art collection and a basement studio, dubbed Frog Hollow Pottery.   

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