Kettle Moraine Studio Tour

Join Southeast Wisconsin’s finest artists as they open their private studios for our very popular annual event:

The Kettle Moraine Studio Tour

October 14 and 15,  2017    Daily 10:AM – 5:PM

In it’s 19th year, Southeast Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine Studio Tour has been completely reinvisioned. Adding two new Museum stops, while still managing to reduce the footprint of the Tour, this years Event promises more Art for the mile. The first addition is the Turner Museum in downtown Palmyra. This fine little Museum has long been overlooked as not only a depository for information on the history of Palmyra, but also as a source of inspiration for the future of the area. Two local Palmyra artists, Woodcarver Chuck Kilmer and painter Friedrich Wurzbach will be showing their most recent works in a Gallery of the Turner Museum. Kilmer is known locally for his large carved Easter Island-style heads and fanciful whirligigs, and will be exhibiting along with Friedrich Wurzbach. Fred is a well-known local character, and a chronicler of local stories and his paintings of local scenes tell their own stories. On the Tour weekend the Turner Museum / Carlin House will also be offering a special behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in the back rooms of an active museum.

The 2nd new feature for this year’s tour is the Museum at the Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters between Eagle and Palmyra. Located 5 miles East of Palmyra on state Hwy 59, the Natural History Museum is another undiscovered gem in the South Kettle Moraine. One of the things that makes this museum special are the beautifully painted dioramas that surround and enfold many of the exhibits. These works of art were painted by nationally recognized wildlife artist, Robert Frankowiak, who passed away this past February. If you’ve ever been to the Milwaukee Public Museum, and looked at any of the large dioramas, then you’ve probably seen Bob’s work, it’s bigger than life. Bob often came to the Tour, so we are very honored to be able to present his work as a feature of the 2017 Kettle Moraine Studio Tour. Original prints and paintings by Frankowiak will also be available at the Forest Headquarters during the weekend of the Tour.

Going West out of Palmyra on Tamarack Road will bring you to the Hohf Piano Workshop, residence and Studio of Robert Hohf. An interesting place just by the nature of the work being done there, the audio by-products are equally enjoyable. Bob is a gifted pianist and will play his grand piano upon request. Adding to the experience this year will be the paintings of another Nationally recognized artist, Michael Newhall. Although a Wisconsin boy through and though, Mike is currently living on the West Coast, the abbot of a Zen Temple in the mountains. We are very pleased to be able to present his work on this year’s Tour. We think he’s the best. Also at the Hohf Piano Workshop, showing her latest wonders of gems and metal, jewels and stones, will be the Tour’s favorite Jeweler and Gemologist, Sherida Wank.

A mile and a half South of Palmyra out 3rd street, the scenic Studios of wood sculptor Tom Rauschke and metal artist Kaaren Wiken have been the headquarters for the Tour since it’s beginning in 1998. Rauschke, best known for his creations in wood, will also be exhibiting his extensive work with pen and ink and color. Wiken will be offering a variety of her metal art creations on a limited basis, and will be on hand to discuss what else she’s been up too. Award winning Milwaukee artist and sculptor, Jef Raasch will also be returning to Xn-trix studio, bringing with him his delightful menagerie of ceramic creatures that are much more than they seem. We are thrilled to have Jef back in the Tour. Rounding out the exhibits at Xn-trix will be the ceramic sculptures and functional pottery of local artist and educator, Michael Imes. Michael’s organic sculptures look like they grew right out of the Kettle Moraine, it’s no surprise he’s a local boy.

The Tour for 2017 will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th and is free to the public. The hours are from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm both days. For more information about this year’s Tour, or it’s Artists, please visit our web site at, or call us at (262) 495-8003 Full color brochures with a map are also available.