CREATE-ing Urban Artistry
Attendees of the Phantom Gallery enjoying the artwork. Photo by Maggie Marquardt.

CREATE-ing Urban Artistry

The fourth installment of the Phantom Gallery Party series was held on Sept. 8 from 7-9 p.m.

CREATE Portage County is a non-profit organization that focuses on the arts and creativity of the local community.

This event features an interesting twist. CREATE turns old rough spaces into temporary art galleries for one night only and holds the location of the gallery a secret until the day before.

The gallery was held in The Vetter Building. The building was home to The Vetter Manufacturing facility, the area’s original window manufacturing plant.

“It adds to the excitement – people tend to enjoy the reveal of the location a little bit more when they don’t know where they’re going,” said Greg Wright, executive director of CREATE.

This year’s gallery, titled WILDLIFE, showcased life and landscape in contemporary, colorful and abstract works. One of the artists on display was watercolor artist Jane Barnard. Barnard is a professional artist as well as a teacher, member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, the Door County Art League and Wisconsin Visual Artists.

One of the installations at the Phantom Gallery. Photo by Maggie Marquardt.

One of the installations at the Phantom Gallery. Photo by Maggie Marquardt.

The Phantom Gallery Party series this year is helping to kick off the upcoming Federal Duck Stamp Contest that will be held in the Edna Carlsten Art Gallery inside the Noel Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 16.

As a part of CREATE’s goals, some of the artists’ pieces at the gallery were up for sale. Any revenue that was generated will go towards promoting creative place making, supporting people who create and to grow creative arts and entertainment experiences.

“We’re specifically trying to bring in programming that typically happens in urban communities,” said Wright.

The intersection of wildlife, environmental concerns in the form of art is an interesting approach.

Carina Crowe, junior graphic design major, said, “Art attracts people to look at and take interest in the topic. Pictures will attract people a lot more than a big wall full of words.”


Kirby Lichon


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