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The Harry Whitehorse 'Effigy Tree' is in peril

Harry Whitehorse's Effigy Tree is in trouble. Overlooking Lake Monona from Lakeland Avenue west of Olbrich Park, the sculpture has taken a beating from the elements since 1991, when Whitehorse carved it from the trunk of a hackberry tree that had been shattered by a lightning strike. Restoration in 1997 slowed but has not stopped its weathering. >More
 A world of their own

While the two new solo exhibitions at the James Watrous Gallery make use of everyday objects and settings as their starting points, they wind up someplace quite different. In photographer Jessica Jacobs' "Inside Out" and painter Robert Atwell's "Today and Tomorrow," viewers encounter artists who have developed their own visual worlds. >More
 Paper trail

Since completing her MFA at UW-Madison in 1977, versatile artist Jane Hammond has risen to international acclaim, garnered endowments and grants, and seen her work displayed in many of the world's most prestigious museums. >More
 The Wisconsin Pop Explosion says farewell to Madison

Around five years ago, a new series of gig posters started appearing around town. Screenprinted on thick stocks of paper, these bills were a far cry from most of the photocopied flyers taped to kiosks and stapled to telephone poles around town. Advertising The Super Eights at the Catacombs, Charlemagne at the Crystal Corner, and The Paragraphs at the Anchor Inn, among others, they suggested an approach to live music that was both more focused and likewise more playful than your typical club shows. They also were a harbinger of one of Madison's more influential music scenes this decade. >More
 Little Friends of Printmaking introduce Art vs. Craft

The indie craft fair was started by Seattle native Faythe Levine -- yep, her best friend is Andrea Zollo of Pretty Girls Make Graves -- after Chicago's Renegade Craft Fair knocked her socks off. Art vs. Craft enters its fourth year of bringing Milwaukee the very best of indie crafters, designers and artists from around the Midwest and the U.S. >More
 Capitol bus shelters transformed by temporary public-art installation

The artists had one day to execute their vision for their assigned shelter. As you might expect, this constraint has resulted in uneven work. As I toured the shelters on Monday, my own responses varied from "cool" to "ugh" to "hmmm" to "I don't get it, but I like it." >More
 Andy Adams offers a glimpse inside Flak Photo

Flak Photo is a Madison-based online magazine devoted to the distinctive work of photobloggers from around the world. In an effort to convey the thematic and geographical breadth and depth of images featured on the award-winning Web site, editor-publisher Andy Adams shares a selection of photographs by ten Flak Photo contributors. >More
 Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School teaches Madison a lesson

When Angela Richardson and Glenn Watson conducted the first session of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School in Madison on a Sunday in late April, they weren't certain what kind of turnout to expect. >More
 Presenting Lewis Koch's 'Garageography Version 3.0.7'

Those of you misfortunate enough to have missed the visionary Madison-based artist Lewis Koch's most recent garage installation last year -- and those of you who saw it and were sufficiently blown away to now be tumbled by waves of nostalgia at the mere mention of it -- can now enjoy a second look. >More
 Anywhere, U.S.A.

With the summer travel season under way, many of us will be spending time on the highways or in natural places like lakes and forests. Two new side-by-side exhibitions at the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery explore these sorts of American places in ways that are fresh and surprisingly complementary despite their different approaches. >More
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