Just a few hours’ drive north you will find an unexpected and extraordinary destination—the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. Cited as “a gem of a museum” by The New York Times, the Arts Center offers engaging exhibitions, concerts, and art activities for all ages, all free of charge.
On Thursday evenings through August 18, enjoy the free Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series on the Arts Center’s Festival Green. Music genres change weekly, ranging from bluegrass to roots rock to soul to Bollywood, but the family-friendly atmosphere remains the same. (Note: There are no concerts July 14 and 21.)
Midsummer Festival of the Arts, a free annual event, returns the weekend of July 16–17. In addition to 135 juried artists offering an amazing array of original works, festivalgoers can enjoy live music, art making, and a fine selection of local cuisine. Don’t miss the extreme printmaking demonstration! It involves a steamroller and large print blocks carved by participants in a community arts project.
The power and diversity of art created by Wisconsin artists is the focus of this summer’s exhibitions. Featuring recognized and emerging artists, Wisconsin Wild and Tame spans eight galleries filled with sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass works, and fiber art, to name a few. There is even an installation of wall art made entirely of insects!
You will find it all at 608 New York Ave. in Sheboygan. Admission is free.