Pair of Art Shows

10/2/2020 - Meridith Jumisko

Arts & Culture
Masters of Their Era - Prints from the Ronald L. and Mary K. Ruble Collection at Kenosha Public Museum
Winter Juried Show at Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha

Taking social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions into consideration, arts and cultural spaces in Kenosha have been steadily re-opening to visitors. The Kenosha Public Museum and Anderson Arts Center have special limited-time-only art shows going on right now.

Through October 30, the Kenosha Public Museum will have on display Masters of Their Era - Prints from the Ronald L. and Mary K. Ruble Collection. The show, curated by Ronald L. and Mary K. Ruble, features prominent regional and international artists significant to the advancement of modern printmaking. Some of the artists include: Sigmund Abeles, Leonard Baskin, David H. Becker, Robert Burkert, Warrington Colescott, David Driesbach, Robert Indiana, Ed Paschke, Judy Pfaff and June Wayne.

A really cool thing about this show? Selections from the show, along with additional prints, will be donated to the Kenosha Public Museum! And that’s not all!! In gratitude to the Rubles for their dedication and generosity, the Kenosha Public Museum South Gallery will be renamed the Ronald L. and Mary K. Ruble Gallery. General admission to the Kenosha Public Museum and all exhibits are free; donations are appreciated. Details>

Meanwhile, the Annual Winter Juried Show at Anderson Arts Center is taking place October 11, 2020 - January 10, 2021. More than 80 artists from Wisconsin and Illinois entered over 160 submissions in a variety of media and methods to showcase their work in this historic mansion. Also, the Area Artist Group galleries will host their show titled “Tinsel and Garland” and the resident artists at the Kemper Center’s Lakefront Studios will host their inaugural exhibition. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. Details>

Here’s a quick snapshot of more cultural offerings:

The Civil War Museum and Dinosaur Discovery Museum are open to visitors. Like the Kenosha Public Museum, there are temporary hours and new visitor policies due to COVID-19.

The Kenosha History Center remains temporarily closed, however watch for an announcement soon on a new way to access many of their gift shop offerings.

With its 80th season disrupted by the pandemic last spring, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra is back for a new season. October 10 is its first concert – which will feature a smaller orchestra in a smaller setting.

Lemon Street Gallery has updated its hours. You can now stop in Fridays and Saturdays 11am-5pm, Sundays 11am-4pm, or by appointment. 

Lakeside Players is planning its return to providing live entertainment at the historic Rhode Center for the Arts. Currently, the first production listed on its calendar is “A Christmas Story” in December.

Fusion, an intimate performance space showcasing local and regional talent, has a full lineup of events scheduled in the coming weeks.

Blue House Books has expanded into a fully stocked, full-service independent bookstore inside Kenosha Creative Space.

Pollard Gallery hasn’t re-opened yet, but displays art for sale on its Facebook page.

The Kenosha Art Association has a full lineup of classes this fall, including scarecrow making, watercolor painting, drawing, needle felting, and making jewelry.

ArtWorks is open with in-person events. The annual Monster show happens in October. Inside this gallery/art shop you’ll find The Pencillarium, which is a seller of new and vintage pencils.

Comedy Shows continue on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Kenosha Comedy Club inside Wyndham Garden – Kenosha Harborside.

Alpaca Art offers Grab & Go Paint Your Own Pottery Kits, while Pinot's Palette offers Curbside Take Home Paint Kits. Both also are open for in-person painting.

As always, keep an eye on our website, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest info on attractions, events, and locally owned restaurants and shops in the Kenosha Area.

View this list on our website for changes to services at Kenosha Area tourism businesses due to the pandemic. It’s always best to contact a business directly for any restrictions they may have. While in Wisconsin, individuals are still required to wear face coverings when indoors, with some exceptions. We ask everyone to please adhere to social distancing and health guidelines. 

Meridith Jumisko

Public Relations Director, Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

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