The Art Scene in Southeastern WI

by Melanie Hovey, Director of Lemon Street Gallery, Kenosha

Fall is a great time to visit Kenosha and Racine! Our arts alone will keep you busy for a weekend or more, especially if you bring along your walking shoes or a bicycle. Come see all the arts on one Great Lake!

Kenosha’s visual arts are accessible by car, but most can be enjoyed with a leisurely, scenic bicycle ride. All venues offer free admission and free parking. Stop by the Kenosha Visitor’s Center, 812-56th Street, www.kenoshacvb.com, for an Outdoor Public Art Guide and information on the venues listed below.

Anderson Art Center, 121-66th Street, features regional and national shows in a mansion on Lake Michigan. Call 262-652-3993 for hours, as the gallery is closed between exhibits. www.andersonartscenter.com

Gallery 716, 716 – 58th Street. New kids on the block, David and Alexander exhibit a fine mix of works by local and regional artists. One thing that makes their artist receptions the best, is the fact that they are located next door to an awesome wine shop, Sommelier, who brings over incredible wines to sample.

Kenosha Public Museum, 5500-1st Ave, is a fine art, natural history museum on the shores of Lake Michigan. Along with their permanent art collection; KPM will host a September thru October 6th exhibit of works by the Kenosha Art Association. www.kenosha.org/museum

Lemon Street Gallery & Artspace, 4601 Sheridan Road, is an artist’s collective gallery and visual art center exhibiting the work of WI and IL artists. This October is, “Side by Side: An Exhibit Honoring Heritage.” See a working stained glass studio. www.lemonstreetgallery.org

Niemi Sculpture Gallery, 13300-116th Street. Sculptor, Bruce Niemi offers an afternoon in the country featuring his own work, as well as that of regional and national sculptors. See him at SOFA Chicago November 10-12. www.bruceniemi.com

Pollard Gallery 516-56th Street, features a lifetime of work by internationally acclaimed Kenosha artists, George and Nan Pollard; he is a portrait artist and she illustrates children’s books.

Racine’s downtown art scene thrives with more than 15 galleries and the Racine Art Museum, all within walking distance! Though none exhibit Wisconsin artists exclusively, all include some of us all the time. Join them on gallery nights when every gallery, boutique and restaurant is open, and there’s live music in the air! The next one is Saturday, November 18th, 5-9pm. If you can’t make Gallery Night, make your first stop at the Racine Arts Council, 505 Sixth Street, and Lorna or Michael will help you find your way along Main Street and Sixth Street. Hours vary greatly among galleries. To make the most of your trip, visit Thursday thru Saturday. RAM charges an admission fee, and street parking is metered. All other venues are free. www.racine.org/arts