BY KELLY KRUSE
Be part Downtown Racine’s vibrant art scene on Saturday, April 21 from 4-8 p.m. when Downtown Racine Corporation presents DRAW – Downtown Racine Art Walk – an evening that brings together the visual, performing, and culinary arts in beautiful Downtown Racine.
This special walking tour of galleries and studios is sure to be a creative evening of shopping, dining and fun! See demonstrations by local artists, shop for the perfect piece of art, enjoy live music and sample some of Racine’s finest cuisine. Two pop up wine bars from Uncorkt and hors d’oeuvres from three fabulous restaurants (Asiana, Butcher & Barrel and Out of the Pan) will treat you along the way and encourage you to explore all 11 venues within a four-block area. Whether a date night or a family outing, DRAW has something for everyone to enjoy!
Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue, welcomes the incredibly talented Matthew Urban for a one-night show of his work and special collaborative demonstrations with staff, students and alum of the Prairie School.
little glass bird. artful objects, 232 Main Street, is happy to have jewelry artist, Gloria Anslow, demonstrating her techniques using PMC (precious metal clay).
Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main St., will feature a new exhibit by photographic artist Scott D. Olsen, MyEyes Photography, “A Tour of Black & White Through MyEyes” presented on various media.
Twice Baked Pottery, LLC, 320 Main St, will feature new items including travel mugs and microwave bacon cookers. Watch live pottery throwing demonstrations all evening.
Plumb Gold, 322 Main Street, is excited to present stunning works of “Insect Art” by Chase Cortez. Perfect for the arrival of spring…this young artist cultivates rare butterflies and insects in his home and mounts them to create beautiful and timeless art.
Visit Funky Hannah’s, 324 Main St, for a blast of creative fun watching artists and staff members Joann Haas and Tracy Bernhardt demonstrate torch fired enameling and hot glass beadmaking.
Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, will feature new creations in mokume-gane by metalsmith and jewelry designer Christopher Sklba. This traditional Japanese technique utilizes multi-color metals which are forged to create a variety of patterns.
The Artists Gallery, 401 Main Street, in celebration of its 20th anniversary the gallery will feature student art from the three local high school and art demonstrations by member artists.
Varitay Studios, 410 Main Street, creates art and magic through beautiful authentic images. Tour the beautiful loft studio and learn about how we make that happen. It’s a hike up on the third floor, but totally worth it.
Dimples Fine Imports, 416 Main Street, features the work of artist Vandana Gala from Mumbai, India. Inspired by human ecology, Vandana’s work uses multiple media to create her vision of the relationship between humans, their varied systems of interaction and the environment.
At Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street, the exhibition Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection examines how artists are drawn to depicting wild, dangerous, and sometimes invented animals. A walk through this exhibition is like an art safari of real and imaginary beasts.
Kelly Kruse in the executive director of Downtown Racine Corporation.