Wisconsin artist, educator, and nationally recognized sculptor, Teresa Lind, was "smitten" the very first time she saw an iron pour. While the roots of iron casting are in industrial design, Julius Schmidt, a 20th century artist who mainly worked in bronze, was the first sculptor to utilize industrial iron casting on a small scale for sculptures, with an intent to capture the "machine age" through his work.
Lind, who lectures on sculpture at UW Whitewater, has been conducting iron pours throughout Wisconsin for the past seven years. Her event at the Cedarburg Art Museum on September 10th will be a repeat of last year's very popular event at the same location.
Participants will be able to create their own design in a sand cast; then, Lind and her crew will pour the molten hot iron into the casts to create the metal sculptures, which participants will be able to take home with them. While the event is family friendly, Lind says that participants must watch the pour at their own risk. "Sometimes stray sparks fly outside of the pouring area. My aunt came to the recent Waupaca pour and told me I burned a little hole in her pants!"
The purpose of the workshops is more than making art, Lind explains. "It's really about educating people about how things get cast into metal. We are trying to demystify the process for everyone, and honor our brothers and sisters who work very hard in foundries to bring us all the cast metal products that we interact with on a daily basis: bathtubs, engines, manhole covers, skillets, etc. We are just making it a fun afternoon activity that anyone can participate in. It's really cool to watch, and you get to take home a cast iron piece that you created that day!"
The event, which runs from 1-6 p.m. on September 10th, will feature food from the Anvil Pub & Grill, as well as live music from 3-5 p.m. The cost to participate is only $25/person. To register, click here, or go to the Cedarburg Art Museum website: http://www.cedarburgartmuseum.org, or call 262-377-6123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Cedarburg Art Museum is located at W63 N675 Washington Avenue.
Present Music of Milwaukee Kicks Off 35th Anniversary Season with "Made For Milwaukee"
When people hear the words "orchestra" or "ensemble," the first thought that comes to mind is probably classical music; the works of Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven. Not everyone realizes that there are, in fact, modern-day composers, and that some very notable composers have come out of Present Music in Milwaukee's Third Ward.
Founded in 1982 by Kevin Stalheim, internationally acclaimed Present Music commissions, performs, records, and tours the music of living composers, and has been responsible for over 55 new works from composers around the world by working closely with the world's most exciting and significant composers, while supporting the creation of new ones through the Creation Project.
This year is PM's 35th Season, and they're opening with MADE FOR MILWAUKEE; a celebration of the music premiered by Present Music with works that made local and national history by Michael Torke, Kamran Ince, Jerome Kitzke, and Sean Friar. Guests will then be a part of another world premier: Ryan Carter's On a Better Filtering Algorithm.
There will be activities for the whole family prior to the concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m., including PM's 35 year history through pictures, music, and maps; musical experiments with the staff of Betty Brinn's Be A Maker Space, finding your inner DJ with composer Ryan Carter's interactive app, iMonkeypants, and outdoor dining with local food trucks. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Stick around after the concert to party with Milwaukee's own glam-rock superstars, TIGERNITE, and enter to win a certificate for a Blacksmith 101 Workshop from the Milwaukee Blacksmith.
Made For Milwaukee takes place at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard in Milwaukee. Learn more by visiting the Present Music website (http://presentmusic.org) or by visiting their facebook page. Subscribe to the 2016-17 season or purchase single tickets.
From August 3rd through the 7th, the Ozaukee County Fair will return to its yearly place at the Fairgrounds along Washington Avenue in Cedarburg for rides, food, music, animals, 4-H, a truck and tractor pull, a demolition derby, and more. All of this, at one of the last free fairs in the Midwest. Interestingly, the Fair has not always been free, and it hasn't always been in Cedarburg, either.
While the Fair, which was created by the Ozaukee County Agricultural Society in 1859, was originally held on leased land in Cedarburg, it was moved soon after to Saukville, where it remained until 1890, when the current location was built. The cost of admission was a whopping fifty cents, until 1942, when Fair officials voted to do away with the admission price. Since that time, the Fair has been funded by ticket prices to the Grandstand Shows, such as the Demo Derby and Truck and Tractor Pull.
The big Grandstand Show this year is the Charlie Daniels Band, along with the Whiskeybelles, who will open the show at 7:30. Tickets for this, and any of the other Grandstand Shows can be purchased on the Fair's website.
Hours for the fair are noon to midnight on Wednesday, 8 a.m. to midnight on Thursday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Fairgrounds are located at W67 N866 Washington Avenue in Cedarburg. Find out all of the details at the Ozaukee County Fair website: http://www.ozaukeecountyfair.com/