Penokee: Explore the Iron Hills Exhibit coming to Ashland
The public is invited to attend an exhibit titled Penokee: Explore the Iron Hills June 23, 2012 to February 1, 2013 at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, located 2 miles west of Ashland on US Highway 2. A recent proposal to mine iron in the Penokee Range of Northern Wisconsin stimulated discussion and controversy, bringing statewide attention to this beautiful corner of the state. Sparked by the mining issue, twenty visual artists, musicians and writers from Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan decided to explore their relationship to the Penokees, creating works for the exhibit. The exhibit also highlights the area’s metallic mining history, natural history, geology, and cultural and Native American perspectives.
The opening reception will take place on Saturday, June 23, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A one-hour program will take place during the reception from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Visitor Center staff will welcome visitors, Terry Daulton, exhibit coordinator, will introduce the artists whose works are included in the show and each artist will give brief comments. Joe Rose, Bad River Tribal Elder, will speak about Native American history and use of the Penokee Hills and watershed. Other speakers will include two poets, John Bates (on the ethics of natural resource use) and Diana Randolph. Frank Montano and Andy Noyes will play a collaborative music piece.
The public will be invited to explore the exhibit, visit with the artists, and share light refreshments.