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Welcome to Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire!

During Creative Economy Week we’ll shine a spotlight on the strong and growing arts and culture economy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. We want to recognize the efforts and importance of the creative class workers that add to the quality of life we enjoy in Eau Claire.

The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce and distribute cultural goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life. A thriving cultural sector leads to thriving communities. The arts and culture sector in the U.S. is a $699 billion industry, providing 4.3 percent of the nation’s GDP. This impact drives economic development on the national, state, regional, and local level.

Monday, May 15 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
State of our Visual Art & Design

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Celebrate the flourishing visual art and design scene in the Chippewa Valley with a night of conversation and drinks. Representatives from visual art and design organizations in the region will reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how the community can continue to promote and advance local visual art and design.


Moderator
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Greg Johnson

Owner, Artisan Forge Studios
Greg is an Eau Claire native and UW-Eau Claire graduate in Music Performance and General Fine Arts. Today Greg is a nationally-renowned metal sculptor and owner of Artisan Forge Metalworks. He bought the current Artisan Forge Studios building on 2015 and offers spaces to local artists... Read More →

Panelists
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Jacki Bindl

Owner, Jacqueline Renee Jeweler
Hello! I’m Jacki, the owner, designer, and jewelry fixer upper at Jacqueline Renee.  What I love to do most is create beautiful jewelry for awesome people.  My love for art started early, but my fondness for metal came from attending UW-Stout and earning a Bachelor’s degree... Read More →
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Dean Glenzer

Owner, D. Allen Signatures
D. Allen Signatures Creates Unique Collections of Modern Industrial Furniture. Handcrafted in Eau Claire, WI using American Steel, Lumber & Reclaimed Wood.
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Thomas Gardner III

Owner, Terra Finis/Owl's Hill
I consider that my function as an artist is to serve as conduit for the everyday wonderment that surrounds us, to bring forth the small magic that exists before our very noses. To celebrate the sacred beneath our fingertips. I see my photography as a celebration of the ordinary becoming... Read More →
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Elle McGee

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Odd Brand Strategy
My name is Lauretta McGee (more commonly known as "Elle"). I'm a co-founder and creative director at Odd Brand Strategy, a design studio based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. My specialties include website design, search engine optimization, social media management, and brand direction. In my "spare time," I enjoy happy hour with friends, thrift store hunting, and thai food restaurants... Read More →
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Julie Pangallo

Executive Director, Sculpture Tour Eau Claire
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Christy Ann Skuban

Owner, Christy Ann Skuban Studio
I received my formal training in fine art and fashion design at The Art Institute of Chicago, Parsons School of Design NYC, and The Art Students League of New York. Before I became an independent artist I was a fashion stylist for visual merchandising for Saks Fifth Avenue NYC. For... Read More →

Sponsors
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Artisan Forge Studios

This concept of a community space was born through the vision of Artisan Forge Metalwork, Artisan Forge Studios has been created as an artists guild, built by creative, innovative and arts driven professionals. Artisan Forge Studios will become a destination for art lovers of all... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Artisan Forge 1106 Mondovi Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54701

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