We recently caught up with Mosaic member NEWDO, the Northeastern Wisconsin Dance Organization, and learned more about their wonderful organization!

What is the mission of NEWDO?

The mission of NEWDO is to promote professional-level works of classical dance for the community of Northeastern Wisconsin. NEWDO produces the annual Green Bay Nutcracker Ballet at the Meyer Theatre, the annual community Spring Ballet, and the local Emerging Choreographers’ Showcase.

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We are so excited about the wonderful community partnerships you have built, can you tell us more about them?

NEWDO provides opportunities for performers of all ages and abilities to perform on stage in high level productions. We bring back dancers originally from the Green Bay area who have gone on to work professionally in their field and our productions use dancers from studios all over the community. We provide a Summer Intensive and a Young Choreographers Showcase for dancers from many different studios, bringing together like-minded peers. Currently we are partnering with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay to provide outreach to the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay and the Kroc Center for ‘Dance of the Hours’ which will take place in February 2016. And in April of next year, the Boys and Girls Club and Aldo Leopold Community School will share the stage with local studio dancers.

Your organization has such an important impact, can you explain how you engage with the community?

We provide the experience of professional level dance. Besides our outreach with Aldo Leopold, Boys and Girls Club, and the Kroc, we also provide tickets to our events to Families of Children with Cancer, the Girl Scouts, and Oneida Nation. We perform a special community Nutcracker show for these groups in order to reach as many audience members as possible, to provide the magic and artistry of dance to as many of our neighbors as we can. This year, we’ve also extended our community show to ambulatory nursing homes!

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NEWDO continues to grow as a dance organization, can you tell us about any future goals?

We plan to develop and promote our Young Choreographers Showcase, grow our local Summer Intensive, provide scholarships for dancers to pursue further study, and to continue to partner with local arts nonprofits because we believe we are all stronger together!

We believe everyone should have bragging rights, can you tell us about something you are especially proud of?

We had a successful first year bringing in professional dancers from Carolina Ballet to teach our Summer Intensive to a group of very talented young dancers. We are also very proud of the money raised through Indiegogo to partner with the Civic Symphony to perform a concert with them in February 2016.

Our readers love interesting facts, can you give us one about NEWDO?

Our Sugar Plum Fairy is a HUGE Packer fan! Every Sunday matinee, she takes her final bow decked out in Packer gear. Of course, the crowd goes wild!

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One last thing, are there any shows coming up that we should know about?

Our Nutcracker will be held at the Meyer Theater on November 27th at 7:00 pm, November 28th at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm, and November 29th at 1:00 pm. You can call the Ticket Star Box Office 920-494-3401 or purchase tickets online www.meyertheatre.org

We recently caught up with local Mosaic member artist Joy Kruse at Artstreet and learned about her artistic background!

When did you decide to become an artist?

Looking back on my life I have always been an artist. I loved art in school and went to UW-Whitewater for art my first year in college. All of the art classes I took, however where 2-dimensional. I just did not excel at that and eventually left art behind for a nursing degree. I had never been exposed to 3-dimensional art. When I started working with metals it was by accident, just to make one silly project. That was all it took. It has been a natural progression of learning and doing for the past 14 years.

Joy Kruse

Joy Kruse

That’s incredible! Who would have thought, an RN to a jeweler! How did you gain all of the training and knowledge you have as a jeweler?

I never had any idea I would become a jeweler. I have learned the jewelry trade on my own with the exception of a few workshop weekend classes. For the past 14 years I have done both jobs but recently I just hung my hat up as a nurse and only work at my own business. I simply ran out of time to do both and my jewelry work is wonderfully busy.

Ocean Jasper - Joy Kruse

Ocean Jasper – Joy Kruse

What a wonderful thing to keep you busy! Are there certain themes that are found often in your pieces?

Most of my work is inspired by nature. The unusual stones I incorporate into my pieces are works of art themselves. I am just honoring them. When I make my best pieces it’s like being in a trance. I’m completely focused on the process and when it’s finished I often cannot believe what has come from my own hands.

Joy Kruse

Joy Kruse

So besides nature, are there any artists or places that inspire the pieces that you create?

I cannot say that other artists inspire my work. I love other artists work, and I often buy and wear other artists work, but I try not to examine it or let anyone’s work influence my own. That being said, it is pretty much impossible to achieve. Everything has been done. I was at the Field Museum in Chicago staring at a pair of earrings made thousands of years ago, and they were so similar in design to something I had made the week before, I just chuckled to myself. As an artist almost everything can inspire your work. There is inspiration everywhere you look in shapes and colors and meaning. I keep a note card in my purse and I write things down as I think of them or see something striking. Traveling really helps refresh your eyes. I don’t get to do that very often but when I do I can tell it’s like pushing a restart button.

Fossil Mouth - Joy Kruse

Fossil Mouth – Joy Kruse

One last thing – Any current shows or events coming up that we should look for?

I have a show in Wausau September 12th – 13th. I also teach metals the week of September 14th at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek Door Co. If you want to try your hand at making some jewelry, try a class, you never know!

Check out the rest of the Mosaic Member Artists on our online artist registry!

The idea of art therapy is nothing new. For thousands of years, art has been a major tool in communication and, in more recent years, that tool has been utilized by doctors, psychologists, and therapists as a means of helping people cope with emotional, physical, and mental traumas.

Art allows people to communicate on the most basic level by using their feelings and emotions instead of complicating communication with words.  While it may seem quite obvious how art can help people cope with unexpressed feelings through artistic expression, there are many levels in which art can alleviate stress, pain, and trauma.

For example, The Huffington Post recently published an article titled, “One Daughter Is Turning Her Hoarding Parents’ Belongings Into Beautiful Art.” This article speaks about the emotional rollercoaster a daughter, Stephanie Calvert, faced while living with her hoarding parents in her family’s schoolhouse.

The Old Schoolhouse

The Old Schoolhouse – Photo from The Huffington Post

It wasn’t until recently, when Calvert was told her mother was facing death after a bicycle accident, that she began to face her internalized emotions from her childhood.

Stephanie Calvert

Stephanie Calvert – Photo from The Huffington Post

She returned back to the schoolhouse and dealt with the shame she had felt her whole life because of her parents lifestyle, faced the emotions she had been presented with with the news of her mother’s accident, and tackled the stress of handling the schoolhouse filled with belongings her parents have hoarded for her entire life.

1,000 Prayers For My Mother - Stephanie Calvert

1,000 Prayers For My Mother – Stephanie Calvert – Photo from The Huffington Post

Through manipulating those belongings into beautiful pieces of art, Calvert found peace with unresolved aspects of her past, created beautiful pieces of art for her mother and father with items that held many memories for them, and got to participate in the therapeutic action of creating in general.

Stephanie Calvert

Stephanie Calvert – Photo from The Huffington Post

Creating beautiful pieces of art helped Calvert to cope with her past, present, and her future… How many prescription drugs can say they have the same healing outcome?

Stephanie Calvert

Stephanie Calvert – Photo from The Huffington Post

So next time you’re feeling down, need to relieve some stress, or face a difficult emotion… Create. Make. Build. Express yourself through art and you will find peace.

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JeffStThe highly celebrated arts festival takes stage August 28, 29 and 30 offering a fresh and eclectic mix of visual, performing, and literary arts activities. For 34 years Artstreet has been bringing art out of galleries, museums and theaters to the streets of downtown Green Bay. Taking  art out of its traditional setting to one central public place is what makes the event so popular amongst art enthusiasts. And the events unique ability to expose people who might not normally experience the arts attracts new admirers to downtown during its three day run.

Visitors will encounter exciting new features at the event this year!

The area’s first literary journal, The Quill, will be available at Artstreet. The Quill features fiction and poetry work of middle school, high school and college students from the greater Green Bay area. The aim of the project is to promote appreciation for literature and the art of writing and to encourage young writers to continue their passion for writing by making the art more of a presence in the community.

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New this year, event patrons will have the opportunity to experience literary performance and engage directly with talented writers during intimate stage readings featuring both published authors and aspiring youth writers.

The most notable change at Artstreet will be the event layout which will bring more activities into the streets and out of the parking lots. The enhanced layout will allow patrons to better enjoy the festival offerings as they wander through the art fair.

Artstreet hours have also been updated to extend the art fair into the early evening giving visitors more time to browse the tremendous collection of artwork featured at the event while music will end earlier than in past years in order to coincide with all other event activities.


View and purchase original works from more that 200 fine artists from thoughout the country. The Green Bay Packaging Art Fair represents various media including basketry, ceramics, fiber art, glass, graphic art, jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, paper art, photography, sculpture and woodwork.

Catch a rare and intimate view of artists and their work during the creative process at the Baylake Bank Artist Demonstration Area. A number of artists will bRakuVerticale demonstrating their craft giving patrons the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their work.

Enter to win one of over 100 pieces of fine art, ranging in retail value from $25.00 to $500.00. Art raffle tickets are sold at only $1.00. All artwork is generously donated by Artstreet artists with proceeds supporting Mosaic’s year-round programming directly benefiting artists, arts organizations, and the community.

Learn valuable information about the many cultural opportunities in the greater Green Bay area, including a number of visual and performing arts organizations, as well as social and multicultural groups by visiting their booths on Festival Foods’ Cultural Street.


Bring the kids to the Associated Bank Children’s Area and take part in a variety of art projects such as painting, pottery, self-portrait drawing, and tissue paper mobiles. There will also be face painting, glitter tattoos, and balloons as well as juggling and magic performances and interactive music and dance activities.

Check out the works of youth artisans between the ages of eight and eighteen who will be displaying and selling their artwork alongside seasoned art professionals who participate in Artstreet.

Savor a tempting variety of specialty foods from area restaurants and vendors including filet mignon crostini, barbecue ribs, gyros, Greek shish kebab, egg rolls, bourbon chicken, falafel, and crab rangoon as well as hamburgers, wood fired pizza, hot dogs, brats, cheese curds, fresh squeezed lemonade, roasted almonds, espresso drinks, and kettle corn.

Violin LessonEnjoy remarkable entertainment on the Smet Construction Services Stage highlighting a blend of jazz, blues, and classical music, captivating dance performances on the Prevea Performing Arts Stage, and intimate literary readings on the Book Garden Literary Stage

Artstreet…reimagined and everything you’ve come to expect!

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This month we got our art fix at The Attic Books and Coffee

The Attic provides you with Fair Trade and Organic Coffees and Teas, hand-tamped espresso beverages, a large selection of gently-used books, and an inviting atmosphere to Revive, Refresh, and Renew in… and also a place to view local art!

The current artist at The Attic is Rebecca Steinbrinck with 11:34 Visionography.

The Attic.

The Attic.


11:34 VP

11:34 VP

Gallery Wall at The Attic.

Gallery Wall at The Attic.

11:34 VP

11:34 VP


11:34 VP

11:34 VP



The Attic is currently looking for artists to book their Gallery Wall for 1-2 months at a time. If interested email events@theatticcorner.com  with samples of your work!

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It’s art fair season for a lot of artists and it’s no different for Mosaic member artist, Brent Crabb. We thought we would catch up with him during the madness and see what’s on the horizon for him!

Brent Crabb - Studio Tour

Brent Crabb – Studio Tour

When did you decide that you wanted to be an artist?

Pencil drawing has always been a passion of mine. As a child I took to drawing instinctively and thrived on the mentoring that my uncle, who is also an artist, gave to me.

True Love, Mon Aug 01, 2011, 10:49:53 AM,  8C, 5836x7472,  (162+395), 100%, Small Art 12/1,  1/30 s, R37.0, G30.5, B72.5

True Love, Mon Aug 01, 2011, 10:49:53 AM, 8C, 5836×7472, (162+395), 100%, Small Art 12/1, 1/30 s, R37.0, G30.5, B72.5

Your pencil drawings are so intricate! Can you tell us a little about your background and training?

After high school, I studied Commercial Art and Technical Drafting Design. There were a few sidetracks, but art was always prevalent. I have done illustration and logo work, renderings for developers and real-estate companies, numerous commission drawings and even threw in a few custom motorcycle paint jobs. My favorite throughout this pursuit was working as a monument layout artist.

Parson Brown, Fri Jan 02, 2015, 10:20:01 AM,  8C, 5100x7710,  (526+226), 100%, darkened midto,  1/30 s, R47.3, G38.5, B75.3

Parson Brown, Fri Jan 02, 2015, 10:20:01 AM, 8C, 5100×7710, (526+226), 100%, darkened midto, 1/30 s, R47.3, G38.5, B75.3

Wow! What an interesting variety of projects you’ve worked on! Walk us through your artistic process – materials, style, how long a piece takes to complete…

I use pencils ranging from 9H to 9B to build texture and depth. Blending & erasing creates dark and light values to add softness and dimension. Some of my detailed drawings can take a couple hundred hours… it depends on the size and the subject matter. It takes patience. My style has changed throughout the years; it has gotten more detailed.

Death by Box, Fri Jan 02, 2015, 10:34:00 AM,  8C, 4698x6656,  (526+783), 100%, darkened midto,  1/30 s, R47.3, G38.5, B75.3

Death by Box, Fri Jan 02, 2015, 10:34:00 AM, 8C, 4698×6656, (526+783), 100%, darkened midto, 1/30 s, R47.3, G38.5, B75.3

So what is your favorite subject matter to draw?

My favorite pieces are my personal drawings of my cats as they assist me daily on my drawing table!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I love to ride motorcycles and walk the downtown neighborhoods with a good cup of coffee from a local coffee shop.

Keep the Faith

Keep the Faith

Any current or upcoming shows/events we should look for?

I will be in my participating in my favorite local art show: Artstreet in downtown Green Bay August 28th, 29th and 30th.

To see more work from Brent, be sure to stop by Artstreet, brought to you by yours truly – Mosaic Arts, Inc! (Thanks for the plug Brent!)

Check out the rest of the Mosaic Member Artists on our online artist registry!

Graffiti: A subject of debate across countless communities all over the globe.

Is graffiti really the heinous crime that law enforcement makes it out to be? Or is it something that should be celebrated and encouraged?

In our world today, graffiti artists receive plenty of mixed signals. It’s okay to express yourself on the side of this building, but not on that building. We’ll cover the costs for you to tag this space, but we’ll fine you for tagging that space. Where is the line when its okay for some people to get “paid” to create graffiti works, but other people get arrested for doing the same thing.

How can two people expressing themselves in the same way be labeled as two completely different things? Artists and Criminals.

Shepard Fairey's commissioned mural in Detroit - While a warrant for his arrest was issued for 9 other pieces.

Shepard Fairey’s commissioned mural in Detroit – While a warrant for his arrest was issued for 9 other pieces. Brandy Baker/Detroit News, via Associated Press.

If you were to take a survey about graffiti, the majority of the negative responses indicating that graffiti is wrong and that it is a crime would revolve around the legality of the work, the destruction of public property, and the expense to remove the artwork.

But imagine if urban settings had designated spaces for graffiti artists to do their work. It would be legal, it wouldn’t deface any public property, and lastly, no one would want to remove it. By giving graffiti artists a designated space to work without repercussions, we can focus on the positive effects that graffiti has on a community.

The most obvious way that graffiti effects a community is by beautification alone. Graffiti artists have a way of finding the places that need a pick-me-up the most. By taking abandoned spaces and transforming them into colorful works of art, graffiti artists create places that people want to be. They create an atmosphere where people can gather together to enjoy a common feeling of wonder.

Bonnaroo Graffiti Wall. Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed.

Bonnaroo Graffiti Wall. Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed.

Graffiti also allows people to gain understanding from a perspective different from their own. Graffiti pieces express culture, passion, creativity, and freedom (amongst other things). It sparks discussion about current events, addresses controversy and revolution, makes a statement about society, and serves as a creative outlet for thoughts that cannot be put into words.  Graffiti inspires thought and ideas; it visually stimulates the mind.

Banksy. Photo from http://banksy.co.uk/out.asp

Banksy. Photo from http://banksy.co.uk/out.asp

By allowing graffiti in specified locations, you are also promoting and supporting local artistic talent. Not everyone’s abilities lend themselves to stuffy gallery settings. Some artistic expression requires freedom and room to work. By supporting local artists, the overall creativity in a community thrives.  It shows that the community is alive and spontaneous and full of wonder!

Owen Dippie. Radiant Madonna. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Owen Dippie. Radiant Madonna. The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Graffiti is also important because it can bring communities together. Art transforms space. It speaks. It illustrates need. It sparks necessary discussion. It inspires action.

Banksy. Photo courtesy of http://banksy.co.uk/out.asp

Banksy. Photo courtesy of http://banksy.co.uk/out.asp

Take ExhibitBE for example, this community-centered celebration of street art’s transformative energy highlights the opportunity for collective empowerment through creative expression.  After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, local community organization Common Ground organized for over 30 artists to come together to transform the De Gaulle Manor in Louisiana into a space for a temporary art exhibition. The artists created graffiti works that addressed the problems in the area head on and demanded change.

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ExhibitBE “American Gothic” Photo courtesy of http://brandanodums.com/be/

How can we as a society change the way graffiti is perceived? Imagine the creative potential lurking in the darkness! We just need to give it a green light!


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Artstreet has been bringing art out of studios, galleries and museums and into the streets of downtown Green Bay for 34 years. Each summer, the fine arts festival features activities like artist demonstrations, creative children’s activities, cultural displays, edible arts, music, dance, literary and theatrical performances, and of course the opportunity to view and purchase beautiful pieces of art. But just in case that’s not enough to convince you to pencil Artstreet into your calendars ASAP, here are ten reasons why you should buy local art:

  1. Invest in Your Community

Buying art locally contributes to the creative fabric of your community. It builds character and creates an atmosphere that makes people want to stay and put down roots.


  1. Create Jobs & Support the Economy

By purchasing art locally you not only are supporting the character of your community, but the job market and economy as well. Artists are small businesses and by purchasing locally, you support those businesses and their employees, assistants, printers, and framers to name a few. Also, by purchasing work from local artists the money stays in the community, growing the local economy.

Scott Maki


  1. It’s Original

Each piece you purchase from a local artist has a handmade, unique feel to it. You can take pride in a piece of art that is one-of-a-kind and join in that feeling of exclusivity that you can’t purchase at a retail store.

Brent Crabb


  1. Meet the Artist

Buying local gives you an opportunity to meet the artist who created the piece you love. This unique experience gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s creative process and allows for you to build relationships. This leads to better service and maybe even the chance to commission a custom piece specifically for you!

Elaine Eikenberry


  1. It’s Affordable

Buying pieces from local artists is an investment. The original pieces you purchase from artists in your community will only grow in value over time, plus since you will know your artist, negotiating prices becomes a lot easier! Local artists want to promote their work and gain visibility so prices are affordable.

Keith Westphal


  1. Curate & Collect

Curating your own collection of affordable, original art is one of the greatest ways to express yourself! Each piece reflects your individuality and identity, and gives you a sense of pride in your décor. Collecting pieces by your favorite local artists means continued support for the arts community.

Rich Theobald


  1. Improve Quality of Life

Purchasing beautiful things enhances the atmosphere in all living spaces, whether it’s in your home, your office, or some other place you frequent. Art brings warmth, humanity, character, and inspiration into spaces, which improves overall quality of life.

Jackie Winslow


  1. Communication

Original pieces of art serve as great conversation starters! Art can spark a discussion about inspiration, expression, experiences, trips you’ve been on, and more importantly, art can communicate when words fail.

Daniel Moore


  1. Enhance Your Well-Being

Not only can purchasing local art enhance your overall quality of life, but it can also enhance your well-being. Being surrounded by things you love gives you a sense of comfort, pleasure, and overall enjoyment. Artists can create a mood or feeling with every piece of art, promoting positive mental health.

Judy Hedblom


  1. Shopping Locally is Fun!

Some of the greatest purchases are found when you least expect them! Taking part in a local art fair like Artstreet allows you to purchase from vendors you don’t normally get to interact with. There is always something new and unexpected around the corner!


See all of these artists and more at Artstreet – August 28, 29 & 30! Visit our website for details.


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Danica Oudeans

Danica Oudeans

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The ARTgarage

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Danica Oudeans @ The ARTgarage

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NWTC Artisan & Business Center Mural

NWTC Artisan & Business Center

NWTC Artisan & Business Center

NWTC Textiles

NWTC Textiles

NWTC Artisan & Business Center

NWTC Artisan & Business Center

NWTC Artisan & Business Center

NWTC Artisan & Business Center

Mosaic Member Misty Nagan, owner and designer behind jewelry business Silver Wear by Misty, specializes in up-cycling vintage silverware into wearable pieces of art. We wanted to get the inside scoop on her unique artistry. Thanks to Misty for answering all of our questions!

Silver Wear Heirloom Jewelry

Silver Wear Heirloom Jewelry

Your pieces are so unique. What inspired you to become an artist and work with jewelry?

I’ve always loved art. This new adventure with jewelry happened a couple of years ago when my mom started creating jewelry from vintage silverware. My grandmother has also been doing this kind of art for twelve years. She started creating jewelry from her very own heirloom silverware set that she inherited from her mother. She wanted to make something special out of it, something that could be used on a more regular basis, rather than being tucked away in a drawer. So she created watches for her loved ones! Everyone loved them so much, she continued to create jewelry pieces from there. My grandmother passed down the trade to my mom, who then showed me the creative process!


A third generation silverware artist… It sounds like a family affair! Does your family inspire your work?

Absolutely. My family’s creations and creativity inspire me along with other unique jewelry pieces I find. I have two boys; ages eight and eleven, who keep me on my toes with all of their activities!


So all of your pieces use vintage silverware? That’s incredible! Do you have a favorite piece?

Yes! All pieces are made out of vintage silverware… even if it doesn’t look that way.  I never thought I would be designing such unique jewelry! But I love every minute of it, and enjoy creating modern and edgy pieces for my trendy customers. Two of my favorite pieces are a fork elephant and a pair of earrings made out of fork tines.

Fork Tine Earrings

Fork Tine Earrings

What do you hope people take away from your work?

I definitely hope that they take away the uniqueness of each piece and the up-cycling aspects of the jewelry line.

Any current shows or events coming up that we should look for?

I exhibit at the Broadway Farmers’ Market each week and am a featured artist in the De Pere Downtown Art Walk Series.

For more local artists, visit our Artist Registry