Quick Kicks: Art events crowd the calendar
This weekend and next weekend feature at least three events involving art: Evansville's annual art crawl, the UW-Rock County Foundation's Taste of Culture and a student art display put on by the Friends of Oak Hill Chapel.
Art crawl is Friday
Some 25 artists will show their work—from paintings to handmade textiles and jewelry—in downtown Evansville during the annual Evansville Art Crawl on Friday, April 25.
The art crawl runs from 5-9 p.m. Participants who get all 20 businesses to punch their stamp cards can enter a drawing for a gift basket valued at $400. Stamp cards are available at Creekside Place, 102 Maple St.
The event wraps up with the drawing and live music by John Masino and Brian Bebe at the Night Owl, 19 E. Main St.
For information, call Lisa James at 608-516-4864 or Margaret LeMay at 608-882-1400.
Taste culture at Pontiac
Art, food and music intersect at the UW-Rock County Foundation's annual Taste of Culture, set for 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 Pontiac Drive, Janesville.
The fundraiser will feature several new artists working in a range of media, including watercolor, acrylics, photography, silverpoint and silk painting. Local artist Claudiadair Fitzgerald will receive the Life of an Artist Award.
Tickets are $50 per person. Call 608-758-6565, ext. 390, or visit rock.uwc.edu/foundation.
Art show helps chapel
The Friends of Oak Hill Chapel will offer a student art show and membership drive Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, to raise money for restoration work.
The art show, which will display work by local middle and high school students, is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days at the chapel, 1725 N. Washington St., Janesville. Chapel giftware also will be on display.
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For information, call Richard Snyder at 920-382-1807.
UW-W honors veterans
UW-Whitewater's Music Department will pay tribute to veterans with a concert of music by American composers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main St., Whitewater.
UW-W's Concert Band will perform four works, including two—“Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew” and “Suite Francaise”—that honor World War II veterans.
The symphonic wind ensemble will play several pieces, including Samuel Barber's “Commando March and David Gillingham's “Heroes—Lost and Fallen.”
Admission is free, and the event includes a viewing of a student mini-documentary featuring Fairhaven residents who are World War II veterans.
Spring has sprung
Dave Bendlin of the Rock County Conservationists will show evidence of spring on a wildflower walk set for 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Devil's Staircase area of Riverside Park, located on North Washington Street, Janesville.
The walk is sponsored by Friends of Riverside Park and Janesville Leisure Services. To register, call leisure services at 608-755-3030. To learn more, call the friends at 608-563-4454.
Artists sought for Paint-In
The Geneva Lake Art Association needs artists for its annual Paint-In on June 14-15 in downtown Lake Geneva.
The registration deadline is May 12. Registration forms are available on the association's website, genevalakeart.org. For information, call Pam Ring at 262-203-5264.
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Explore the food carts
Advance tickets are available for the popular Isthmus a la Carts, a May 9 celebration of Madison-area street food in Olin Park, on the shores of Lake Monona.
From 4-8 p.m., foodies get unlimited samples from Madison's best food carts, including, Banzo, Natural Juice, SoHo Gourmet Cuisines and Saigon Sandwich. Craft beers and sodas also will be on tap, with proceeds supporting the Alzheimer's Association.
Advance tickets are $20. To get them, check out isthmusalacarts.com.
Museum offers kite-flying weekend
A southeastern Wisconsin historical site is set to celebrate its spring opening with a kite-flying weekend.
Old World Wisconsin is set to open to the public Saturday, May 3. The site plans to kick off its “Spring Into the Past” weekend series that day by helping visitors build 19th-century paper kites and letting them fly. Kite-flying will continue Sunday, May 4.
The next weekend features sheep-shearing demonstrations and hands-on wool spinning. The weekend after that, visitors can help plant heirloom gardens, and the next they they'll get a chance to sample early German, Irish, Norwegian, Finnish and Polish immigrants' favorite seasonal foods.
Old World Wisconsin features dozens of historic buildings relocated from around the state. The site is located just outside Eagle in southeastern Wisconsin.