behind the arts 2013 flyer

Get behind the arts on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Now in its third year, get bEHIND the aRTS is a self-guided tour of artists’ studios located throughout Racine and Kenosha. Visual and performing artists will open their private workspaces for a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of their innovative and productive world. Area residents and day-trippers alike are invited to step into the spaces where paintings, poems, photographs, and plays are created––accompanying Southeastern Wisconsin’s in the process from initial spark to finished product.

Over 75 artists at 22 locations in Kenosha and Racine will take part in this year’s tour. Studios of visual artists working in ceramics, glass, metals, sculpture, wood, paint and a variety of mixed media will open their doors. At RAM’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, award-winning artist-instructors will offer a taste of the museum’s diverse art class offerings, including raku demonstrations with Nate Hunter and Marilyn Kemp, jewelry enameling demos with Leslie Perrino, and watercolor painting with Jean Thielen.

New this year, Kenosha Community Media will open their television studios from 11 am to 1 pm where visitors can watch as award-winning RG Productions holds auditions to cast their next season of “old time radio” shows. Also in Kenosha, Skies Fall Media Group’s first Recording Engineer Nick Rad will lead tours of the studio, share how they produce music, and give guests a sneak peak at some current projects. Another first on the 2013 studio tour, the Racine Theatre Guild will offer a rare chance to go backstage with this popular community theater group.

During the popular First Fridays event in Downtown Racine, the event begins at 427 Main Street with a preview exhibition of work by artists included in the 2013 get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour. This free Preview Party, on April 5 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, will also feature performances by local musicians, poets, and puppeteers, emceed by Nick Ramsey of Family Power. The evening promises to be an exciting, fast paced snapshot of Saturday’s Studio Tour with 5000 square feet of art, music, theater, live painting, pottery wheel demonstrations, a cash bar, and free food provided by Wild Root Market. There will also be drawings for a chance to win free art classes and tickets to area performances.

Preview Party Performance Schedule for First Friday, April 5

  • 6:00 pm Manar Mohammad – poet
  • 6:10 pm Christian Dreyer – blues musician
  • 6:40 pm University of Wisconsin-Parkside – theatre troupe
  • 7:00 pm Nick Demske – poet and founder of BONK!
  • 7:10 pm Naomi Marie – indie pop singer/songwriter
  • 7:40 pm Puppet Underground – puppetry
  • 8:10 pm Raffle Drawing – must be present to win
  • 8:40 pm Jennifer Fisher – neo-soul/jazz singer
  • 9:20 pm Big Leaf Linden – 5-piece band blending folk/rock/pop/country/bluegrass/blues

A list of all participating artists and a map of their studio locations is available at With a suggested donation of $5, visitors get a souvenir button allowing open access to all studios on the tour. Kids are free. Maps and souvenir buttons will be available at the Preview Party and on the day of the tour at all participating studios. Visitors may begin the tour at any location. All donations support this and future Studio Tours.

get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour is organized by Art Matters, a collective of Racine and Kenosha artists and supporters of the arts. Formed in 2010 through the efforts of the Wisconsin Arts Board, Art Matters strives to promote local talent, broaden art audiences and educate the public about our region’s creative economy.

Art Matters thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2013 get bEHIND the aRTS Studio Tour: Racine Art Museum, Kenosha Area Visitor and Convention Bureau, Real Racine, Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, ArtBook MKE, UW-Parkside, Mitchell Wagon Lofts, WRJN, Lite Rock 92.1, WLIP, The Historic Arcade Apartments, Kenosha Art Association, Black Eyed Press, envi, Racine Arts Council, Mudhaus, and Wild Root Market.

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