Art galore at the Kettle Moraine Art Tour

Even the trip there is an art treat

(Published October. 12, 2006, 8:38 a.m.)

By Donna Lenz Wright

Even the trip to the various art studios on the Kettle Moraine Art Tour is an art-filled treat this weekend, Oct. 14-15. The eighth annual tour winds through the hills and bright autumn colors to six different studios featuring artwork from 19 different artists, both professional and hobbyists.

Something new this year is the inclusion of music into the tour. Musical concerts and acoustical performances will take place at various tour locations.

Reflecting the introduction of music to the tour, art will include an incredibly rare 1955 Viennese Bosendorfer Imperial Concert Grand Piano restored by Bob Hohf at Hohf's Piano Workshop, along with jewelry by Sherida Wank and paintings by a new exhibitor to the tour, Alice White.

Wank's intricate and detailed jewelry is inspired by ancient jewelry, archaeological finds, Roman coins, Egyptian treasures, ethnic and tribal jewelry, Mexican silver and African goldsmithing. Some of White's paintings are nostalgic scenes with lifelike detail.

Another musical addition is Brian Hoeppner's handmade guitars with performances by Hoeppner himself at the 1860s timber barn, which is the home and art studio of Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken. They will display their works in wood, embroidery and oxidized metal. Other artists' work at this location include ceramics by Susan Hanna, glass by Ellie Burke and felting and weaving by Donna Tronca.

Hoeppner's guitars are works of art in themselves, even before they play music. Rauschke's sculptures are graceful, playful, imaginative, highly detailed worlds in miniature. Wiken's metal works of nature fit into the Wisconsin landscape perfectly. Her life-sized metal sculptures, created by plasma-cutting, are purposely designed to fool the eye. Popular species include wolves, cats, wild turkeys, crows, goats, sandhill cranes, even full-size buffalo. Hanna's earthenware pieces both serve functions and work at artistic centerpieces with their many-layered glazing techniques. Burke's glassworks are multidimensional pieces incorporating animals, shapes and curves. And Tronca's felting and weaving is not only the scarves and mittens that one may imagine, but freestanding artwork.

The Composite Clay Studio will display works ofJeff Noska and Barb Reinhart and their beautiful examples in paint, sculpture and functional ceramics, ranging to all ends of the art spectrum. Noska uses wood-fired glazes on functional pottery based on the shapes and colors he sees in the Kettle Moraine countryside. Reinhart translates male and female forms into her favorite medium, clay.

The William Lemke Studio will feature Lemke's award-winning landscape photography from around the world and includes close-up photographs so three dimensional in appearance that it's hard to believe they're really one-dimensional. Also at this location will be functional stoneware pottery by Richard Csavoy including mugs, cups, bowls, chip-and-dip sets and all things functional and all of the pieces that pottery lovers enjoy. Glass art by award-winning Sharon Fujimoto that's colorful, simple and complex simultaneously and sculptures by Tom Wargin that an eye could stare at for hours and still see new things in them will also be viewable here.

Windy Oaks Aquatics will feature the metal sculptures of Marilyn Buscher, "the Pond Lady," inspired by Wisconsin's natural things nestled around her ponds and aquatic nursery.

Midland Studio will feature the fluid glass creations of William Zweifel that are hard to believe are actually made of glas (who would have guessed that someone could weave glass?) and pottery and mixed media art by Donna and Al Benedict which one has to see to believe in its complexity and intricate patterns.

The tour runs for the entire weekend, Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, call 495-8003.




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