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Downtown Racine Art Walk
July 20 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downtown Racine’s vibrant art community will be displayed during the summer edition of the Downtown Racine Art Walk (DRAW) on Saturday, July 20th from 4-8pm.
During DRAW, plein air artists from the Racine Art Guild will be painting scenes throughout Downtown Racine. Plein air involves leaving the four walls of an artist studio behind and painting outside, allowing the artist freedom to paint in the open air. This practice, which was made into a true art form by French impressionists, has been going on for centuries.
Racine Art Guild members Jan Thompson, Jennifer Zygmunt, Janerae Brown, Patti Fallon & Deedee Dumont will be painting throughout Downtown Racine. Interact with the artists as they transform their canvas into the world as they see it. In addition, the following art studios and galleries will be showcasing their own work and artists as well. Visit all the stops along the way and enjoy complimentary wine tasting courtesy of Uncorkt.
Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, will be featuring the work of three new contemporary American metalsmiths: Jen Surine, Peter Antor, and Elizabeth Hoekstra. There will also be new gemstone and metal combinations from their own studio jewelers. See what’s new at AMS as they are celebrating 15 years downtown.
Photographic Design Gallery & Framing, 411 Sixth Steet, is featuring a new line of images by Carol Hansen and Brad Jaeck which are printed on metal. Their brilliance, vibrant colors and detail are unsurpassed by any other medium. This custom artwork will take center stage in any home or business setting. Visit the gallery during the DRAW event to view these luminescent new prints.
Varitay Studios, 410 Main Street, is excited to host Dee Hutch, muralist, designer, co-owner of Root City (Racine themed merchandise) and talented tattooist at Black Hand Tattoo Gallery. Dee will be demonstrating his colorful abstract portrait art “En Plein Air” in the beautiful outdoor space to the south of their studio at 410 Main Street. Be sure to visit their historic third floor studio at Varitay.
Twice Baked Pottery, LLC, 320 Main Street, makes fun, functional pottery right here in Downtown Racine. Visit the shop and discover an amazing selection of mugs, bowls, apple bakers and more.
Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Ave, is the hottest and coolest place downtown. Visit during the Downtown Racine Art Walk and watch local glass artisans turn 2000º molten glass into art right before your eyes. Informative and fun demonstrations are held from 4-8pm. Stop in to see the lovely work in the gallery and be mesmerized by the glass blowing process as artists transform this illustrious material into beautiful art.
Artists Gallery, 401 Main Street, will have member Marc Wollman with his large format box camera set up in front of the gallery, and show you what a photographer sees when shooting with these early cameras. No selfies can be taken with this camera, but they can be taken with this camera in it.
Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street, will offer free museum admission from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm for visitors to enjoy the current exhibitions, all drawn from RAM’s collection of contemporary craft – the largest of its kind in the United States. In front of RAM from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm – weather permitting – RAM Artist Fellowship Recipient, Marilyn Propp, will demonstrate how she makes cotton paper for her work, which will be on display at RAM’s Wustum Museum beginning August 23. Using cotton pulp, she will form round sheets and paint on them with stencils and pigmented pulp, explaining the process, materials, and imagery as she works.
Racine Art Museum Store, also located at 441 Main Street, will host a book signing from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm with Racine’s own, Mark Hertzberg, for his new photography book, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penwern: A Summer Estate. Some of Wright’s lesser-known masterpieces are the more than 40 summer cottages he designed in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario. Among them is this publication’s subject, Penwern, a stunning estate on Delavan Lake in Southern Wisconsin. The 192-page book features Hertzberg’s beautiful color photographs, plus vintage black and white pictures and original Wright drawings. Copies are $29.95, and may be ordered in advance at racineartmuseumstore.org or by calling the Museum Store at 262.638.8200. A limited number will also be available for purchase on the day of the event.