“Penokee Impact Statement” exhibit

Sept 3- Sept 28, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 5, 5pm-7pm

Washburn Cultural Center, Washburn Wisconsin.

An environmental impact statement is a tool for decision making, decision making, describing the positive and negative environmental effects of a proposed action. Projects like the proposed Penokee open pit mine however, are driven by deeply held human values and emotional connections not included in an EIS. In this exhibit, five visual artists will share their interpretations of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Penokee Hills.

ARTISTS: Joel Austin, Wesley Ballinger, Terry Daulton, Ann Singsaas, Amanda Szot.

Penokee Impact postcard front


“Bones of the Land” Photo Exhibit at Northland College

January 17 — “Bones of the Land” Photo Exhibition Opens
An opening reception for “Bones of the Land,” a photography exhibition by Washburn-based photographer Bob Gross will be held Fri., Jan. 17 4-6 p.m. at the Dexter Library at Northland College. “Bones” is an exhibition of images featuring a close up view of the rocks and minerals of the Penokee Hills.

“The collection of large-scale prints lies at the intersection between art and science, offering a unique view of the geological formations that have caused so much upheaval,” Gross said. “The exhibit represents both an exploration of light and the ways in which art can illuminate the world around us.” The exhibition will be on display through February 28.

A Few Comments from our Exhibit Log

The following are a few comments by visitors to our exhibit.  They reflect the deeply held values and issues relating to this show from a variety of perspectives.

“Art is a mirror held up to life-too often we are narcissistic.  It is the best artists who make us see the beauty and the flaws.”

“I cannot get enough of this exhibit.  It speaks so lovingly to our home here in the north.  I live in the northern foothills of the Penokees. I have raised my family here.  I do not want to see it degraded by this mine that will create some temporary low paying jobs for the locals.  Thank you to the artists who have contributed to this exhibit.  This is maybe my 6th visit and it never fails to move me.”

“As artists – do they always have to take the purist standpoint?  No one seemed to give a dam about the Penokees before – now that we can have jobs – is it a bad thing?  I support mining.”

“Thank you for this wonderfully educating exhibit.  It gave me much to think about and confirms my choice to live in this area.  I do value it.”

Penokee Show Closes at Mercer Public Library

The Penokee show is taking a much needed winter break.  We closed at Mercer in Iron County on Dec 2, 2013.  We have had the show on exhibit since June 2, 2012 and have been at 6 venues.  These include the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda, the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, Lac Court Oreilles Community College in Reserve, WI and the Mercer :Public Library.  At each venue we have held opening events, and some locations hosted more programming relating to the show.  I am going to post a few comments from our visitor logs.  I want to express thanks to all the venues and most of all to the artists who have been so generous with their time and talent. 


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Penokee Opens at North Lakeland Discovery Center

The show opened at NLDC in Manitowish Waters to a sell out dinner crowd of close to 50.  Frank Montano and Andy Noyes played and poet John Bates gave a brief reading.  Other artists who spoke included Mary Burns, Diane Daulton and Jeff Richter.  The show will be at the Center through the weekend of the Northwoods Fall Art Tour, Oct-11-13, open 10-4 daily.

Frank Montano (right) and Andy Noyes (left)

Frank Montano (right) and Andy Noyes (left)

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Penokee Show Reception at LCO Community College

All photos from this reception were provided by Kelly Randolph

.!cid_FF94EEDC-4177-4E7D-8658-8D99EA07A537  Thanks Kelly!

!cid_F822AF7C-EC5E-4AA9-86C4-5A8EEA843589Diana Randolph shares a few perspectives.


!cid_E200640F-B472-43BD-9751-8F9259CD003B Terry Daulton introduces the show


!cid_540205BA-324C-4B2F-8A9E-A569452EA398 !cid_21CD678C-3501-43AD-A986-50FEBC03EA4FFrank Montano and Andy Noyes

!cid_5EDC24E5-680B-4005-BB03-DEB76043B890Sara Balbin speaks about her work in the show.

Penokee Explore to move to La Court Oreille Community College

2013penokee 016 2013penokee 012  DSCF3671 DSCF3673Next week, July 2, the Penokee:  Explore the Iron Range will be moving to LCO Community College, in Reserve, WI.  Look for more updates from that site as we set up programs and events!