The Kettle Moraine Studio Tour

Kettle Moraine Studio Tour Combines Local Fine Art with Natural Fall Beauty

The 2013 Kettle Moraine Studio Tour on October 12th and 13th will be the 15th year for this premiere Art Tour of S.E. Wisconsin. This year’s tour will feature seven artist’s Studios at five locations with an additional eight Guest Artists showing their work at the various locations. The Studios will be open from 10 AM until 5 PM both days, and the admission is free.

The Tour is anchored in part by two sets of well-known Wisconsin artist couples, Noska & Reinhart, Rauschke & Wiken.

At Jeff Noska and Barbara Reinhart’s Composite Clay Studios near Dousman, Jeff will be displaying his wonderfully functional stoneware and architectural ceramics while Barbara presents her beautiful figurative sculptures and paintings, fit for home and gallery. Both Jeff and Barbara are Associate Professors at UWW and are active in educating the next generation of potters, painters, and sculptors.

Tom Rauschke and Kaaren Wiken Xn-trix Studios outside Palmyra is the home to Kaaren’s wandering herds, flocks, and packs of metal animals, most native to the Kettle Moraine. In the 1860’s restored Barn, Tom’s shop and gallery is sure to enchant with his latest stories and visions in wood.

The Photo Studio of nationally recognized photographer William Lemke rounds out the nucleus of this long-standing Art Tour. While proficient with both black & white and color photography, it is his work with the landscape in black & white that has made him the “Ansel Adams” of our time.

Of the eight Guest Artists, two will be new to the tour. Stephanie Copoulos-Selle, an Emeritus professor at UWW, will be showing her award winning artist books, prints, and paintings at Composite Clay Studio.

Watercolor artist Tim Gourdoux will be at Xn-trix Studio displaying his most recent series of paintings inspired by the rich hues of the Kettle Moraine. Tim also makes his own custom frames to go with each painting.

Also exhibiting their work at Xn-trix will be favorite Jef Raasch, with his magical ceramic creations that come to life and then transform before your eyes, and Dwayne Sperber presenting ingenious and elegant furniture made from indigenous and reborn trees.

The picturesque and inviting art studio of Mary Nimi is again on the Tour, with her creative approach to multiple medium sculpture, sure to be a treat. Joining Mary in her Studio will be the Tour’s official Gemologist, Sherida Wank showing her latest designs in wearable art.

Also returning to the Tour is the unusual and unique Piano Workshop of Bob Hohf where the art of the piano is more than just in the air. Filling Bob’s studio with color and life will be the plein-air paintings of Thomas Buchs, founding member of the Plein-Air Painters of Wisconsin, and recipient of numerous awards in the field.

Sponsors of the event include:

Palmyra State Bank (www.palmyrastatebank.com),

Prairie Seed Source, North Lake, Wis.,

Accurate Graphics (www.accurategraphics.com),

Window Depot USA (www.windowdepotmilwaukee.com),

Zubird Consulting & Design (www.zubird.com).

About the Kettle Moraine Studio Tour

Artists Tom Rauschke, Kaaren Wiken, Jeff Noska, Barbara Reinhart, and Bill Lemke started the Kettle Moraine Studio Tour in 1999. Over its fourteen years it has featured eleven different artists’ Studios and over 32 different guest artists.

For more information call us at: (262) 495-8003.

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