Five Unique Ways to Experience Local Art

by Courtney Cerniglia

The arts are alive in the summertime here in the Fox Cities! We’re seeing a comeback of in-person classes and events in the art community. Check out these five unique opportunities to experience the arts in a way you maybe haven’t before. Not comfortable in person yet? No problem. Most of these activities have self-guided options as well. 

Tour the Barn Quilts 

Did you know students at Menasha High School have been painting barn quilts since 2014? The students pair up with local farm residents to paint unique quilt emblems for display on their barns. Students have painted over 65 quilts that can be viewed throughout the Fox Cities. Email for a copy of the map created by former student, Bailee Koepsel. 

Take a Class with the Artist in Residence

The Appleton Public Library continues its Artist in Residence Program this month with featured artist Elyse-Krista AnnaMarie Mische. Her work focuses on mortality, memory, and time concepts, but in a whimsical manner. You’ve likely seen her work around town in the form of print and sculpture. As part of the Artist in Residence program, Mische will be leading a Soul Vessel event at the library on August 11th at 12pm. In this class, Mische will discuss the traditions of soul vessels and how to create your very own version. Register online at

Visit the Returned Metamorphosis Sculpture

From 1985-2010 many remember the Metamorphosis sculpture by Richard C. Wolter installed at Houdini Plaza in Appleton. The 5,000-pound sculpture paid tribute to Harry Houdini, the famous Appleton-native magician. Its disappearance wasn’t a thrilling magic act for the local arts community, unfortunately, and many were happy to see it reappear this spring. Now stationed at the start of the new Lawe Street Trestle Trail bridge, it’s a great sculpture to visit before heading out for a stroll along the trail system.

Take the Kids to Create Art in the Park 

The ARTS Incorporated is a local nonprofit committed to serving youth through art and music. Their monthly Art in the Park events are family-oriented arts classes to help inspire creativity while enjoying the warm summer weather. This month, join them on August 15th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Telulah Park in Appleton to create sculpture, paintings, and tie dye! 

Make A Lighthouse Charm 

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is excited to bring back in-person classes and events! This month, they’re making lighthouse glass charms for Art Activity Day. The event is hosted on August 7th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No registration is needed, and you can drop in anytime. Projects are $15 each and if you’re not comfortable with the in-person option just yet, take home kits can be arranged by contacting the museum at 920-751-4658.