The public is invited to attend an opening reception for an art and education exhibit “Penokee: Explore the Iron Hills.”
The reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at the Mercer Public Library and will feature several local artists discussing their work, live music, and a display of student art.
The exhibit features the work of 20 visual artists, musicians and writers from Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan who decided to explore their personal relationship to the Penokees. The exhibit highlights the region’s metallic mining history, natural history, geology, and cultural and Native American perspectives.
The reception will feature an introduction by coordinator Terry Daulton and comments by area artists including Jeff Richter, Mary Burns and John Bates. John Bates and Mary Burns will also share a brief poetry reading. Students from Mercer School also recently visited the Penokees and recorded their impressions in art and poetry, and a collection of student work will be on display with the Penokee exhibit.
The reception will also feature Frank “Anakwad” Montano and Andy Noyes sharing music that they created for the exhibit. Montano is from Red Cliff and plays Native American flute and guitar. Noyes plays guitar. Their music is inspired by the natural sounds of the Penokees and includes some of those sounds in the work.
“Penokee: Explore the Iron Hills” has been on display around Wisconsin since May 2012. It has been shown at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison, the Center for Urban Ecology in Milwaukee, Lac Court Oreilles Community College, and the North Lakeland Discovery Center.
The exhibit invites the viewer to explore the Penokee Iron Hills and consider ways to balance resource use and environmental protection to support the needs of future generations.
As part of the exhibit, an art trail brochure shares locations where artists drew inspiration, trails and waterfall locations, and encourages people to visit the sites and upload their own impressions, imagery, poems or artists visions to the exhibit website www.penokeearts.wordpress.com.
The exhibit will be on display at the Mercer Public Library until Nov. 30 and will be available to view during normal library hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.
The “Penokee: Explore the Iron Hills” exhibit was developed as a non-partisan project with supportive partners including UW-Extension, USDA Forest Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and The Penokee Education Project. Interpretative text panels and artworks from the exhibit can also be seen on the project’s website www.penokeearts.wordpress.com.
For more information on the reception and exhibit, call the Mercer Library at 715-476-2366 or Terry Daulton at 715-476-3530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.