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Kandis Elliot understands she has an “old-timey” job. Back in the 1800’s scientists relied on artists to illustrate textbooks and wall charts, but in the digital age, much of that work has been replaced by photos. Elliot is one of the few biological artists left, and she believes her paintings bring plants alive in a way that could never be achieved digitally.
Kent Knapp has been studying blacksmithing since he was 19 years old. He worked with a master blacksmith for a few years in Milwaukee and now runs a traditional blacksmithing business that involves his wife and 4 children. A huge part of the draw to this art form for the family is Kent’s love for Milwaukee architecture and its rich history with iron. Now Kent expresses his passion for Milwaukee’s history by designing his own ironworks.
Tracy Mullaney and Christi Pfaff have almost nothing in common. What they do share is a passion for clog dancing. That love of dance has been enough to serve as the base of their lasting friendship and business.
We generally think of skillets as utilitarian objects, the work horses of the kitchen. But they can also be works of art. Producer Erin Clune brings us the story of a Madison artist making something beautiful out of the functional.
For more than forty years, Wisconsin-born artist Dennis Pearson’s brightly-colored “Beasties,” fiberglass make-believe animals, have been spreading cheer in yards around Wisconsin. Producer Nancy Camden found out the story behind the beasts.
If you take a stroll through the streets of downtown Appleton, be sure not to miss the unusual manhole covers on College Avenue. Designed by a Lawrence University artist and his students, and cast by Neenah Foundry, the manhole covers are an example of public art with a social purpose.