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Arts notes: 'Machines in Motion' nears end, Coventry exhibit features watercolors

1:34 PM, Jan. 25, 2013  |  Comments
Visitors to the History Museum at the Castle in downtown Appleton check out the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion exhibit.
Visitors to the History Museum at the Castle in downtown Appleton check out the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion exhibit.
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"Machines in Motion" nears an end

A reminder that the days of the traveling Leonardo da Vinci exhibit in Appleton are drawing to a close. If you want to check it out, you best do it soon.

On Thursday, the History Museum at the Castle will offer a special event tied to the "Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion" exhibit, which is set to end its stay here on Feb. 3. "Arrivederci, Leonardo!" runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 330 E. College Ave., Appleton.

The event features wine, hors d'oeuvres and time to explore the exhibit. "Machines in Motion" displays the artistry and engineering genius of inventor da Vinci through 40 replicas of his machines, many of which are operable by visitors.

Admission is $20 for the general public and $10 for museum members. To reserve tickets, call 920-735-9370, ext. 104.

Trout displays members' work

The works of more than 65 regional artists are on display in the Members' Biennial Exhibition at the Trout Museum of Art in downtown Appleton.

The exhibition, which showcases pieces by artists who are Trout Museum members, is scheduled to be on display through March 30 at the museum, 111 W. College Ave.

Highlighted in the exhibit are works in various mediums, including ceramics, mixed media, watercolors, oils, photography, woodcut prints, wood carvings, textiles, and colored pencil and ink.

For more information, call 920-733-4089 or visit www.troutmuseum.org.

Coventry exhibit features watercolors

An exhibit of new watercolor paintings by Kaukauna artist Lee Mothes opens Friday with a meet-the-artist reception at Coventry Glassworks and Gallery.

The reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Coventry, 514 W. College Ave., downtown Appleton. Refreshments will be available. The reception also features live music by Toni and Steve Yankowski.

"The Ocean Revisited" is on display at Coventry through March 5. Mothes frequently travels to observe and capture the essence of beaches, surf and sunlight in his art. Mothes' recent trip to Oregon and California inspired these works.

To learn more about the artist and his work, visit www.oceansanddreams.com.

For more information about the exhibit, call Coventry at 920-739-5762.

Museum plans art activity day

The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum's monthly art activity day on Saturday offers Valentine's Day fun for families.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum, 165 N. Park Ave., Neenah. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Highlights include creating a glass pendant ($12 each) and participating in other Valentine's Day-themed projects. The pendant comes with a silver bail so the pendant can be used on a necklace.

For more information, call 920-751-4658 or go online at www.bergstrom-mahlermuseum.com.

Hang Up to exhibit trio

The Hang Up Gallery of Fine Art's upcoming new exhibit showcases the art of Sue Spanbauer, Greg Bracken and Cori A. Bartz.

"Trinity" is on display for the entire month of February at the gallery, 204 W. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah.

An opening reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8, also at the gallery. Refreshments will be available.

The show features Spanbauer's watercolors, Bracken's landscapes and animal portraits, and Bartz's character and illustrative storytelling paintings.

Admission is free. For more information, call 920-722-0481. The gallery is online at www.thehangupgallery.com.

Young composer nationally recognized

Heid Music student Isaac Quinones is one of three young composers chosen to perform at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show, North America's largest musical instrument trade show.

Isaac, 13, a student in Appleton, was scheduled to perform his original composition, "Dishtowel Rag," on Thursday in the Yamaha Booth at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Yamaha provided him with an all-expenses-paid trip to the event.

Yamaha's Junior Original Concert program offers a platform for select Yamaha Music Education Program students to showcase their talents on a national stage.

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