Quick Response: Artists on the Root River – opening at Black-Eyed Press September 7th, 6-9pm

Artists //  Bob Andersen / Lisa Bigalke / Kollis Branch / Jesus Diaz / Ron Dunnett /Maureen Fritchen /  Elmer Golon / Sharon Giesfeldt/ Maia Hausler / Leah Schreiber Johnson / Kathleen Laybourn/  Francisco Loyola / Janet Mrazek / Dan Nielsen  /  Margot Nielsen / Stacey Piper Milkie / Kate Remington / Jessica Z Schafer/  Kelly Shannon  / Suellyn Scoon / Mary Spence / Mike Spence / Alex Tompsett /  Rebecca Venn / Maggie Venn / Gary Wolfe

Quick Response: Artists on the Root River is an exhibition at Black-Eyed Press September 7 – September 25, 2012.  

Gary Wolfe painting with river mud on facsimile of Indian Trail map of Racine area.

Maia Hausler, installation with modified maps and objects found in river.

Rebecca Venn, Small watercolor painting.

Racine grew up along the Root River, yet today this waterway is largely hidden from view. Many people live within walking distance of the river but don’t realize it’s there. In fact, it is difficult to get a glimpse of the river or find an access point to it.  The Racine City Council adopted the “RootWorks” plan in July to redevelop the riverfront bike paths, public art, and commercial venue, to make it more visible and accessible. What happens when artists spend time on the river and respond to it? Black-Eyed Press and UW-Parkside Gallery invited a group of  local artists to meet at the Root River, learn about its vegetation, paddle around on it, reflect on its history, and respond aesthetically.

Organized by Black-Eyed Press and UW-Parkside Gallery “Quick Response” an informal exhibition of sketches, photographs, constructions, and collages inspired by a canoe outing on the Root River.  The opening with Blues music is friday, September 7th at Black-Eyed Press, 6-9pm.   Bring your thoughts, and memories, and ideas about the River!  Black-Eyed Press is located at 312 Sixth Street, Racine, WI 53403.


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About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

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