A newsletter for artists of all genres, arts organizations, teachers of the arts, supporting businesses, and patrons throughout Northeast Wisconsin



Town Meeting

March 12, 2018

4:30 - 6:30

Fox Cities Exhibition Center

NEWAA is thrilled to be serving as hosts for The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB)'s Town Meeting | Appleton on Monday, March 12! The public is welcome to join us from 4:30-6:30pm at the recently unveiled Fox Cities Exhibition Center (355 W. Lawrence St.) with a pre-reception/tour at NEWAA's new headquaters/gallery at Foxley's (623 W. College Ave.) from 3:30-4:30pm. Join us to hear about local arts happenings and issues as the WAB creates its FY19-21 Strategic Plan. Facebook event link where you can RSVP:    

Artist Spotlight Q&A

This month’s featured artists are Carol and Roy Toepke  click here for more.

Business Spotlight

This month’s feature is with KPM Arts Consulting LLC. Click below to watch.


#NEWAA is focused on promoting and uplifting artists within our 18 county region. To enhance our efforts to help artists thrive, we have some exciting new opportunities in store! The NEWAA Marketplace, which will be launched in March, provides NEWAA Premier Members the opportunity to present and sell art on our website. This online platform will reach art lovers and collectors across the globe. NEWAA will take care of all the logistics required to sell your art, from online sales to shipping. We will handle every aspect of the sales process to ensure a smooth and quality experience for both seller and buyer. Stay tuned as we get ready to unveil this exciting new online market... more details to come!

Great Things are Happening at NEWAA!


Fairytales are mythological in nature with esoteric meaning cloaked in allegory, myth, parables, and symbolism. Mark your calendars for the opening reception of NEWAA artist Shanna Koltz's 'Shattered Fairytales: A Unique Twist on Current Issues', an interactive photography, live art exhibit and book signing coming up Friday, May 18 from 5-9pm at NEWAA's headquarters at Foxley's Gallery (623 W. College Ave.). This emotionally immersive exhibit will feature stunning multi-layered photography art, live models, elaborate costumes, immersive sets, character role-playing, book signing with the artist, and more... not to be missed! (Not for young children.) Shanna is a conceptual portrait photographer with a focus on storytelling.

Avant Garde

Fashion Challenge

April 14

NEWAA is partnering with Creative Downtown for an Avant Garde Fashion Challenge happening in conjunction with the annual Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, April 14th from 9am-noon. Show location TBA.

This challenge (similar to Project Runway…but Appleton-ized), is now accepting application submissions. We are seeking fashion designs inspired by Downtown. The first round of applications are due by March 23 and include a design sketch/concept. From there we will be selecting the Top 8 submissions to create their look and walk the runway on April 14!

June 9 NEWAA Outdoor ART Market - Call for Artists

Reserve your vendor booth now for The NEWAA Electric City Art Market. June 9th from 1-9pm in Downtown Kaukauna (2nd and Main St.) $40.00 per booth. Must bring your own tent and displays. Rain or shine. 60 booths available.

We are also soliciting visual and performance art (live art, spoken word, poetry slam, dance, improv/comedy, micro theatre, etc.) for the event's '2nd Street Stage' & 'Bistro Stage' areas featuring live acoustic music performances.

Despite the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance is still a work in progress for artists, musicians, writers, and performers. For many artists and creative professionals trying to survive by working the "gig economy", health insurance is difficult if not impossible to afford and thus many go without.

NEWAA is looking into addressing this basic needs gap by exploring the possibility of offering a group/association health plan for our members seeking an alternative to plans available via the ACA. We are encouraged by our initial conversations with regional healthcare experts.

At this point, we are not certain if a group plan outside of the ACA/Healthcare.gov would be any better or more affordable than individual health insurance people could get on their own. Certainly, more education and better communication ought to happen in regard to options that already exist.

Perhaps providing an easy to understand explanation to those we serve as to navigating the system would be a good starting point. We could then look into possibly creating new options where it makes sense. We will keep you all posted as things progress!

                                                                                                      Jean Detjen

                                                                                                      Executive Director NEWAA

Her work has been featured in magazines, at museums and shown internationally. The artist has had her stunning work featured in The Louvre in Paris and is a 2018 Fox Cities Magazine 'Artist to Watch.'  She currently resides in De Pere, Wisconsin and her studio (Studio Rouge) is located in the Downtown De Pere historic Main Ave District.  'Shattered Fairytales' will run from May 18-June 14.

Art with Rosa J -  Paper Art Workshop  March 24th

Join us for a hands-on guided Paper Art Workshop led by artist Rosa J. Limited spots are available for this fun craft workshop where you will get to take your creation home with you afterward! (10 "creation station" spots are available - first come, first served.)

This is a family-friendly, FREE event. Kids 12 and over only. (Donations gladly accepted.) Project craft supplies will be provided by NEWAA.

Artists Workshop

April 28

Presented by Frank Juarez, this workshop will teach artists 6 points to effective self promotion. Frank Juarez is a gallery director, art educator, artist, author, presenter, and arts advocate living and working in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He has presented at local universities, colleges, galleries, and artist groups on the Business of Art | Art of Business. More info coming soon.

Art on the Town

NEWAA + Foxley's Gallery will be bringing all kinds of live art experiences to you during Creative Downtown Appleton's 'Art on the Town' happening the 3rd Friday of each month from 5-8pm. Stroll College Avenue to explore and enjoy rhythm & music, performing arts, visual arts and more. Take the time to enjoy the art of food & beverage while you are out! 'Shattered Fairytales' kicks-off NEWAA's May 18 featured art walk experience with hours at Foxley's gallery extended until 9pm that evening (not suitable for young children). Stay tuned for more details we have planned each month featuring exciting live art of all kinds!

Don't miss emerging artist/curator Tyla Hilfreich's 'The Shadow: Spooky, Sordid & Scandalous' pop-up art show featuring NEWAA artists happening at the No Idea? Downstairs Bar (below Bazil's), 109 W. College Ave. in Downtown Appleton.

Artwork will be open to view Wednesday, March 28 - Saturday, March 31 with live-performance infused Art Parties Friday & Saturday, March 30-31.

Artist lineup TBA. Adults only, 21+.

Suggested $10 donation at door to compensate participating artists.

March, 2018                                                                                                                      ISSUE 3

The Shadow: Spooky, Sordid & Scandalous (Art Show)

March 20 - Fresh Take

Tune in to WHBY Radio's Fresh Take program Tuesday, March 20 at 9am to hear NEWAA executive director Jean Detjen and artist Tyler Hilfreich, co-chair of Creative Downtown Appleton, talk with host Josh Dukelow about the local and regional creative economy. The program will also include discussion about Arts Day (March 21 in Madison) and the potential impact of arts policy changes in our state. Live-streaming link: http://www.whby.com/freshtake/