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Wisconsin Artist Marcia Sparks Gets Frank About Art

 

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Can you spot the Wienermobile and Wisconsin’s favorite Badger?

You might have heard that I’m a big fan of the Wienermobile, and I noticed my favorite hot dog is often the subject of artwork from Wisconsin artist Marcia Sparks. Her whimsical style made me smile and wonder how she became a fan of the mobile. Well, she happens to be an artisan at Wisconsinmade.com so I called her up and grilled her about hot dogs, the Dane County Farmers’ Market, and Wisconsin pride.

 

A: Why do you think people are so proud to live in Wisconsin?

M: I’ve lived in the Madison area for about 14 years now, and you’ve got the city, but you’ve also got camping nearby. The cities in Wisconsin aren’t huge but they are nice and have plenty to do. I also like the icons like the Wienermobile.

A: I spent a year driving the Wienermobile and everyone has a Wienermobile memory. When was the first time you saw the Wienermobile? What do you like about painting it? 

M: I grew up with the Wienermobile commercials, the songs on TV, the contests, and the Wienerwhistles, it was always around. Spotting the Wienermobile driving around town is like being blessed! I like using the Wienermobile in my art because it’s so versatile, I can picture it doing so many things, plus it’s comical and makes people smile.

The Mayor of Madison wanted to get some trolleys in the city, and I sent him a Wienermobile print and said that we need Wienermobiles instead of trolleys! How cool would it be to have a Wienermobile pick you up from the airport? He wrote back and thanked me.

wisc-art-2A: Too bad he didn’t follow through with that. So do you like hot dogs? What toppings do you like on your hot dog?

M: I like mine Chicago-style, with everything!

A: What are some of your favorite spots around Madison either for art inspiration or just to hang out?

M: The State Capital building, the Capital Square, and State Street- where ever things are going on. I frequent the Old Fashioned after the farmers market. It’s a great place to beat the heat.

A: You sell your art at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. What’s your favorite food at the Farmers’ Market?

M: I like a food cart called Ingrid’s Lunchbox, it’s usually parked in front of the Veterans’ Museum during the Farmers’ Market, they make fabulous breakfast crepes. Ernie’s kettle corn is another favorite.

You can find Marcia’s art at the Dane County Farmers’ Market or online at Wisconsinmade.com.

Note: Images are published here with Marcia’s permission, please respect her work and ask before using.

Wisconsinmade.com Post-Season Party Raises Spirits When Green Bay Packers Fumble

How to find comfort when the Arizona Cardinals bump the Green Bay Packers out of the play-offs: gather with good friends to eat fine food. That’s what we who are Wisconsinmade.com did last evening at the home of Linda Remeschatis, founder of our 10-year-old Internet company. The party was a celebration of the hard work we all did to get gourmet Wisconsin foods, books, art, music, crafts, and Wisconsin clothing to people across the country who value the high-quality products created by Wisconsin artisans. 

Even though initially planned as a post-holiday season, company party, the party fell on a Packer Sunday, so in true Wisconsin-fashion when we entered the house Sunday afternoon, we took our seats in front of the TV. Ready to recreate with beer, wine and pickled herring rollmops, we fixed our eyes on our team. Not all of us were true Packers fans, however. An Illinois-transplant was present; he’s the spouse of one of our newest, prized Wisconsinmade.com co-workers. He’s a die-hard Bears fan and initially stood uncommitted to either Packers or Cardinals. But our pro-Packers exuberance rubbed off on him so that at the game’s final heart-breaking fumble, he too felt our pain. 

I’ll tell you now, it’s a good thing we had all that great, gourmet, Wisconsin food to eat. It was prepared by the Wisconsin artisans with whom we partner. The smoked pheasant, duck, and salmon raised our spirits despite the Cardinals’ repeated scoring. We savored the Wisconsin, artisanal cheeses, summer sausages, creamed herring, and cranberry chutney delivered to our tongues on Potter’s amazing organic crackers. We dined on salads, party meatballs, and shrimp. With such a scrumptious spread, nobody could get too down about the fate of our Green Bay Packers. Yes, it was the great food and fine company which kept our spirits high during that roller-coaster of a football game.

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Midwest Folklife Festival Celebrates Mulit-Cultural Art, Music and Food in Wisconsin!!

What fun we had at the Midwest Folklife Festival in Dodgeville, Wisconsin! The young-at-heart were dancing polkas, accompanied by three generations of musicians.folklife-festival-1 

Next the Southern Wisconsin Old Time Fiddlers’ Association entertained the crowd. Inside the Farewell Hall we enjoyed Bosnian folk dancing.

Working up an appetite, we had our choice of the usual Wisconsin fare, brats, hot dogs, and pulled pork. But keeping to the festival’s international theme, the treat of the afternoon was Italian ices loaded with fresh, pureed fruit!

Next we strolled through the Folk Village’s fruit orchard, stopping to chat with artists under white, open-aired tents who were showing eager listeners how to create a variety of musical instruments and traditional crafts representing cultural heritages well-alive here in the Midwest. Tani Diakite played music from Mali for a young dancer and her family.  

Nearby, Ghana musician and instrument maker, Djam Vivie, gave impromptu drumming lessons.

We saw Ojibwe flute maker, Frank Montano, Norwegian hardanger fiddle-maker, Ron Poast, and Hmong instrument maker, Dang Yang. 

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