Current Exhibits

Waters Edge Artists
The Art of Preservation


October 1 through October 28, 2017
The Water’s Edge Artists will once again be presenting a
plein air artists exhibition at the Rahr-West Art Museum.
These beautiful paintings are for sale, with proceeds benefiting
the Rahr-West Art Museum and local environmental and historic
preservation stewardship organizations.

Water’s Edge Artists – Painters for Preservation – is an alliance
of plein air artists dedicated to artistically recording historic,
endangered or threatened places.

The Water’s Edge Artists meet monthly to creatively capture both celebrated and humble environmental or historically significant treasures. The group engages with one another and the public, both as individuals and as a whole, through collaboration with and financial support of local environmental and historic preservation stewardship organizations. Through these joint efforts, WEA endeavors to stimulate awareness of the need to protect and celebrate our unique, precious and essential natural resources and historic places.

We humbly thank the Rahr-West Museum and its staff for presenting this exhibit. And a special thank you to our distinguished juror, David Carpenter, member of the Art Faculty at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc.


2016 Best of Show   Lone Silo by Cynthia Tumpach
Randolph-Schroeder

The Art of Tablesettings


October 8 through November 5, 2017
This annual exhibit has transformed into a display far beyond anything Ruth West could have imaged when she introduced
the first Tablesetting Exhibit at the Rahr-West Art Museum
more than 30 years ago.

Originally, this exhibit featured traditional tablesettings of fine china and crystal, but over the years it has taken on a life of
its own. It’s not unusual to find tin plates or coconut shells
in place of china and crystal, the bench of a canoe or a picnic blanket used as the table, and settings such as a frontier
wagon, a jail cell, or a sandy beach.