A challenge to try one month of consuming only locally grown art

Locally Grown

by Doug E. L. Haynes

It is time to go on a diet. I challenge you to try one month of consuming only locally grown art. Fear not, what I propose is not a starvation diet. We are fortunate to be living in a locale with a robust crop of young artists and an impressive stand of old growth.

The best place to start this new regime of local cultural consumption is the May show at the Watrous gallery in the Overture center in Madison. This show put on by the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achivement Awards will show the work of all the inductees honored by that institution. Try to catch the talk by Gramme Reid on Friday May 2 at 6:30 or the Awards ceremony on Sunday May 4th at 1:30 What you will see is a broad sampling of artists from Wisconsin who have done remarkable things. Many names will be familar, but come prepared to learn a thing or two. Check out further examples of these artists works and biographies at WVALAA.com.

If after seeing that show, you are still not convinced that we live among giants, take a trip to the Museum of Wisoconsin Art in West Bend, which has a vast collection of Wisconsin art up to 1950.

The next items on the menu should satisfy those seeking more contemporary fare.

Gallery night in Madison is May 2nd. There will be lots of opportunities to sample the local offerings, but you might want to look carefully as some venues will be offering dishes that are not locally grown. You should have no fear of slipping off your diet at the spring art tour in western Dane County. For more info check out www.springarttour.com.

In Milwaukee be sure to stop by Hotcakes gallery before they go out of business on July 3rd.��