Can You Write a Book in 30 Days?– National Novel Writing Month 2013

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but could you be writing the first draft of the next Harry Potter by the end of this month? That’s the hope for everyone participating in November’s National Novel Writing Month, known simply as NaNoWriMo to fans. Creative thinkers across the world come together and try to “win” by […]

Coffee Shops, Baristas, and the Downtown Appleton Art Scene

Starving artists and coffee shops go together like, well, biscotti and café au laits. While “coffee shop art” doesn’t always have the best connotations (did anyone else think of this sketch from Portlandia), I’ve been surprised and delighted at the range of skill displayed in downtown Appleton coffee shops over the years. ACOCA, Aspen Coffee […]

6 Northeast Wisconsin Artists You Can Meet at Artstreet in Green Bay

Downtown Green Bay will become one gigantic art show this weekend as Artstreet 2013 takes over. It’s a celebration of all things creative. There will be live music and other performances, art projects for young and old as well as artistic edible creations and ethnic cuisine. But the big draw is the more than 200 […]

Houdini Plaza Opens At Last!–The New Face of Downtown Appleton [Infographic]

After months of looking like the set of a post-apocalyptic movie, Houdini Plaza is finally done! Does anyone else hear the Hallelujah Chorus? Appleton celebrated accordingly with a rockin’ summer party that included an illusionist, a speech from Mayor Tim Hanna, and live music from the cover band RPM. Armed with an iPhone camera I […]

Gallery Nite: A Trolley Tour of Green Bay’s Art Scene

Hey Wisconsinites, you don’t have to take a weekend trip to Chicago or New York to find culture.  Instead, you can hop on a trolley in Green Bay for Gallery Nite and have access to local artists and their work, food tastings, and live music – all for free.

A Look Inside the Mind of De Pere Children’s Book Illustrator Nick Patton

As an up-and-coming artist specializing in the illustration of children’s stories, Nick Patton has plenty of favorite illustrators. But that’s not who he really wants to work with. Patton would prefer partnering with some even more imaginative minds. He says the most creative people in the world have very distinct characteristics. “They live in the […]