Sunday, June 15, 2014


The newest art event in La Crosse WI is Artspire, which encompasses art, music, singing, dance, theater and storytelling.  Thank goodness I was able to experience this on our last weekend in the area.

The showcase of the events was unveiling the tromp l'oeil mural done by nationally recognized artist, John Pugh.  This takes up the entire side of the Pump House Regional Arts Center and depicts the lively history of this town.

I have several artist friends that were showcasing their talents that day and stopped to visit with a couple of them.

Joyce Diveley does the most interesting work with her pottery.  I was fortunate in the past to take one of her clay camps, but I think I'll leave this fine work to her.
Laurel Grey used to be a neighbor and it's been fun to watch her artwork expand as she tries new techniques and media.  And to think her very first "art show" was in my house!  She's come a long way since then.

These adjustable pendants are made from microscope slides and rice paper.
I love her dragonflies!
Her creations come with a hand crafted gift box

Behind the Pump House they had a stage with singers and this little lady belted out "Don't Rain on My Parade" in a manner that would have made Babs herself smile. 

Kelly Kreig-Sigman did a storytelling about a madam in the La Crosse area and how this profession also provided a safe haven to victims of domestic abuse, before that term was even coined.  Her costume was lovely but apparently not all that comfortable...who'd a thunk?

I wish I could have taken more of the event in, but that morning there was a bar mitzvah to attend.  What joy to watch this fine young person become a man, he did such a nice job.

Long Live the Queen of Arts


  1. Thanks for sharing this. It looks like this was a fun and interesting event. It is also fun to see you in your element. You are so creative and artistic; it had to be a joyto be there. Hugs.

  2. Oh my, what wonderful crafty things. I love the wall mural. I used to love the craft fairs, but we haven't had many of them around here lately. I think I can understand why "Madam's" costume wasn't very comfortable. It must be the corset. That can't be fun to wear for very long. I do love her hat thought. Those big hats have always fascinated me.

    I'm off now to have a nap. You have a wonderful day, and Happy Father's Day to Left Brain!!!
    Hugs, Edna B.

  3. the art is amazing! you have some very talented friends! :)

  4. We hit the same events... Do we have the same social secretary/ what?

  5. Seems to me you took in a lot. Your post was full of talents and treasures. And, my congratulations to the young man. I have attended a Bar Mitzvah and I know it is not easy to attain manhood. It doesn't surprise me that you have so many artsy friends ... it fits you perfectly. Speaking of artsy ... did I miss the dolls? I guess I should go back and see ... or maybe I will just let you tell me. I am so behind in my blogging. I know I will never catch up, but there are some things I just don't want to miss. So that's it for me this morning, Queen of Artsy ... Hope you have another wonderful week ahead of you and that George is healed and eating normally and Gracie has stopped staying away from him because he smells like a Vet.

    Andrea @ From The Sol