‘Art of Water III’ Celebrates the Waters of Lake Michigan throughout Algoma

Art Algoma invites the public to join more than 150 regional and national artists celebrating “our most vital resource” throughout downtown Algoma. Art of Water III focuses on conservation and protection of water, inspired by Algoma’s beautiful Lake Michigan coastline and was conceived initially by Kendra Bulgrin of James May Gallery in 2017. The Art of Water includes ideas and personal experiences of water in every locale.

Businesses hosting exhibitions and activities include Amber’s Attic, Art of Water Pop-up Gallery, Book Corner, Bellaluna’s Apothecary, Clay on Steele, Hello Dolly, Hotel Stebbins, James May Gallery, James May North, Robert Ray Gallery, Steele Street Hops, Steele Street Trading Co. & Gallery, and Yardstick Books.

Map of participating locations

The kickoff begins with an opening reception on May 3, 5:30 – 8:00pm. Friday’s activities include Water’s Edge Artists (9am to dusk), a group of plein air painters throughout Algoma. Finished paintings will be on display at Steele Street Trading Co. & Gallery. Families are invited to participate in raku firings at Clay on Steele for a small fee, 5:30-8:30pm. Yardstick Books will celebrate the publication of a limited-edition book that celebrates water in poems, essays, and short fiction pieces written by local and national authors. A special water-themed quilt for raffle is on display at Amber’s Attic 5:30-8:00pm. Tickets for the handmade quilt, donated by the Quilted Fish of Algoma, are on sale during the month of May at Amber’s Attic.  Tickets are one for $5 or two for $10. Food is available at Gourmet Corn Food Truck, 4-8:30pm, and participants can enjoy a fish fry among other supper club classics at Hotel Stebbins 5-9:30pm. Steele Street Hops will host musicians Levi Zeitler and Chris Rugowski from 8:30-10:30pm.

James May Gallery

The festivities continue on May 4 with all locations open to see exhibitions. Activities continue with a special talk, Kayaking the Ahnapee, with Bay Shore Outfitters at James May North, 11am; The Water Poems Reading at Yardstick Books, 1pm; and a Story Board Walk on Crescent Beach featuring a story by local author Janet Tlachac-Toonen. Exhibitions continue at select locations on May 5. Yardstick is featuring a reading from FIGURE 8 by author Jeff Nania at 2pm. All galleries and shops will host their exhibitions for the month of May.  

Donations are being collected to benefit Friends of Crescent Beach whose mission is to promote through advocacy, education and activities the improvement, support, protection and enjoyment of Crescent Beach. For more information visit artalgoma.org.

Quilt to be raffled

Celebrations of water continue in Algoma throughout the month of May. Keith Marquardt and Kimberly Oldenborg from the Wisconsin DNR will present “A Framework for Water Quality Improvement: Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) and the Northeast Lakeshore TMDL” on May 7 at the Algoma City Hall, 6pm. There will be a water themed Algoma Letter Writing Society Meeting on May 19, 2-4pm at Yardstick Books. A presentation “Bridging the Gap: Vital Steps for Invasive Species Management and Habitat Restoration in Kewaunee County” by Kate Nelson, Kewaunee County Conservationist, will be held on May 22, 6pm at Knudson Hall. A film screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, moderated by Jim Kettler, Executive Director of Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, is being held on May 28, 6pm at James May North. “Right to Harm” an exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States, told through the residents in five rural communities including Kewaunee County, will be screened at James May North on May 31, 7pm. A Q&A will follow, moderated by Filmmaker Matt Wechsler.

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