PEEPS Show? Maybe you’re thinking of the naughty kind, but me? I’m thinking of an art competition featuring those colorful sugar-coated marshmallow chicks and bunnies.
The Racine Art Museum (RAM) has taken PEEPS to a new level with its Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition, now in its 8th year. I visited on opening day this year and was dazzled by the entries. Clever artists used the favorite Easter treat to create scenes, paintings, accessories, and quilt squares.
The museum dedicates a special room for the exhibit. Visitors are given a ballot to vote for the “PEEP-le’s Choice” Award. Let me tell you, it was a tough decision with 131 entries. There are two categories: Age 13 and under…and everyone else. The creativity was boundless: Scenes from local Wisconsin, inspiration from movies and television, even a few political statements. Quilters made squares to celebrate the PEEP legacy. Famous artists’ works were rendered in PEEPS: Warhol, Seurat, Bob Dylan. Even the kids’ entries were great!
The 2017 PEEPS Exhibition is open April 6-23. Admission to the museum is $5. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm. Closed Mondays.
Can’t get to Racine, Wisconsin? Visit the RAM website for photos, or plan for 2018. The staff at RAM told me it gets bigger and better every year.
Come for the PEEPS, stay for Racine
The museum also has a fantastic collection of teapots (real and whimsical) as well as original WPA artwork. Racine itself is worth a day or two. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous office building for the SC Johnson Company and his last “Prairie” home, Wingspread. Tours are free, but you’ll need to reserve a spot. And they fill up quickly.
Racine was once a shipping port on Lake Michigan, but eventually lost out to Milwaukee and Chicago. Its prosperous history is seen in the lovely manors and downtown shopping area. Enjoy the beaches…and be sure to eat some Kringle, Wisconsin’s state pastry.