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New spring art crawl to coincide with Evansville energy fair

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GINA R. HEINE
April 19, 2010
— Downtown businesses want to take advantage of extra visitors in town Friday for the annual energy fair by holding the city’s first spring art crawl.

Participating businesses on Main Street will be open from 4 to 9 p.m., with featured artists at each location.


Meanwhile, the eighth annual Earth Day Energy Fair will run from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the field house, 320 Fair St.


“We thought it would be a good way to bring visitors to Evansville,” organizer Jean Wyse said. “Now that spring is here, it’s just another way for people to get out and enjoy the weather and experience the arts.”


Several business owners got together to organize the event, said Wyse, who owns Windmill Antiques, 7 E. Main St.


“We just wanted another avenue of drawing people to visit Evansville and do some shopping,” she said.


The event coincides with the spring art show put on by 14 South Artists in Fitchburg on Saturday and Sunday.


Artists from around the area and state will be on hand Friday night to answer questions about their works, and some stores will offer discounts. Light refreshments will be served.


Energy Fair

Across town, dozens of exhibits, displays and activities will fill the energy fair centering around the theme “Energy, Environment, Education, Evansville and U!”


About 1,800 attended the fair last year, said organizer Jim Brooks of Evansville Community Partnership.


Professor Gizmo, or Gary Krueger of Appleton, will be back by popular demand. Krueger is a retired science teacher who has won recognition for amazing kids and families with his flamboyant on-stage experiments that teach the basics of science, organizers say.


Other features include a live golden eagle from Hoo’s Woods, Discovery World’s robotic show, build your own Super Ball, free small electronics recycling, free document shredding, free native Wisconsin trees and a light bulb exchange. The student-designed high-mileage car will be on display.


The second graders will sing, and the middle school jazz band will perform. Tours of the high school building trades’ energy efficient house and Larson Acres farm will be available.


The Evansville Community School District, Evansville Water and Light, WPPI and Evansville Community Partnership sponsor the event.


Featured Artists

Friday’s art crawl in downtown Evansville will feature the following artists at these locations:


-- Allen Creek Gallery, 137 E. Main St.—Brady Lueck, metal sculpture; Eric Friedericks, wood-fired pottery. The gallery also will hold its spring sale.


-- Art Interrupted, 7 E. Main St.—Greg Rodriguez, oils; Stevie Krueger, sculpture, oils, mixed media; Trent Schmick, drawings; Tanya Peters, oils and various mixed media.


Paint will be provided for guests to contribute on a canvas artwork. Names of contributing artists will be put in a drawing, and the winner will be chosen at 8:30 p.m.


-- Dave Mosher & Associates, 15 E. Main St—Trent Schmick, drawings.


-- Real Coffee at Daun’s, 18 E. Main St.—Diane Dean, watercolors. The coffee shop also will have an open mic night and be open until 11 p.m.


-- Déjà Vu, 18 E. Main St.—Andrea Koser, jewelry.


-- Escapades Adventure in Art And Hair, 125 E. Main St.—James O Slattery.


-- Evansville Floral, 9 W. Main St.—Theresa Tolan, watercolors; Donna L. Kuelz, watercolors.


-- Integrated Art Group, 13 W. Main St.—Jeannie Abel, stained glass; Greg Savchuk, oil paintings.


-- Windmill Antiques, 7 E. Main St.—Ingrid McMasters, spinner of alpaca wools; Mary Ann McKeating, mixed media/welder; Richard Krake, watercolors/oils; Sue Burgener, mixed media; Richard Krake, paintings/drawings.


Shannon Law Office is a sponsor of the event.



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