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Botanical Artist

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scientists relied on artists to illustrate textbooks and wall charts, but in the digital age, much of that work has been replaced by photos.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.

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Milwaukee Blacksmith

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. 

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Clog Jam

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.  

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Watch Wisconsin Life Episode 106

Watch this episode to meet a whole new collection of people who share their Wisconsin lives, including: Chef Tory Miller, Susan Cosgrove who operates Paoli’s one-stop-shop for anything fowl, elite gymnist Marvin Kimble, opera singer and artist Jennifer Stevens, and Lyle Anderson - the official carillonneur for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Watch Wisconsin Life Episode 103

This week, the stories of life around Wisconsin include a trio of Lake Geneva mail boat jumpers, a woodcarver who captures delicate details, the director of Milwaukee’s Latino Strings Orchestra, a Madison photographer who documents the night skies and a roving band of “yarn guerillas” in La Crosse. 

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Feather artist Tom Tyers hand carves and paints feathers that are so lifelike that people often mistake his work for real feathers. Could you tell the difference?

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Woven Together

Jacksonport artists, Sandra and Wence, share the story of how they came to work out of a two-story studio in Door County… and how their artistic relationship led to a surprising outcome.

Produced by Joe Astrouski. 

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Wisconsin Inspires Metal Artist’s Work

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.

Photo: If It’s Hip It’s Here 

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"Beasties" in the Garden

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. 

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"Beasties" and their kin in Wisconsin yards.

Photos: Nancy Camden 

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Jim Moran is the Director of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers.  It’s the largest collection of wood type in the world.

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