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The Janesville Art League (JAL)
The Janesville Art League furthers community interest in the visual fine arts. The over 100-year-old club is open to anyone with a desire to support the arts and to further enhance their life and knowledge of the arts.
The JAL Purpose:
A. encourage Community interest in the visual arts
B. develop appreciation and recognition of the artists
C. encourage adn support art education and training
D. collect, display, educate and conserve works of art
E. provide programs, trips, workshops and access to artist teacher classes
Most JAL meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday – call for more information: (608) 754-4544.
Raven’s Wish is an art gallery and custom frame shop serving the south central Wisconsin and north central Illinois area. The artwork of more than 25 local and regional artists is on display and includes glass, woodwork, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, photography, and acrylic, watercolor, and oil paintings. Over ninety-five percent of the artwork offered by the gallery is made by Wisconsin artists and all of the work is created in the USA. Raven’s Wish is located on West Milwaukee.
Watercolor and Graphics
Illustrator, graphic and fiber artist
James Richter – ARTRICHTER.com
Beloit Janesville Symphony
Beloit Janesville Symphony (BJS) Organized in 1953 as a volunteer orchestra, the Beloit Janesville Symphony has grown to more than 70 professional musicians and nine staff. It now serves as a major cultural resource to the citizens of the Stateline area by providing a rich variety of orchestral music and related cultural outreach activities to the public, the schools, and other institutions in the service area, while providing an opportunity for talented musicians from a 40 mile radius to participate together in a meaningful orchestral experience. The orchestra performs classical concerts in Beloit and Janesville, free summer patriotic Pops Concerts, a Winter Pops Concert, a Holiday Concert and three student concerts each season. For more info: (608) 363-2554.
Edgerton Performing Arts Center
Located at 200 Elm High Drive, Edgerton, the Edgerton Performing Arts Center (EPAC) is owned and operated by the Edgerton School District. A pre-K – 12 facility, all grades see performances in music and drama, along with lyceums on various subject matters. In 2004, the Wartmann Endowment for the Performing Arts (WEpac) was conceived with a mission to provide a diverse selection of quality, affordable entertainment to the Edgerton community. For more info: (608) 884-9402 extension 210.
Janesville Performing Arts Center
ince 2004, the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St., Janesville, serves as the premiere performing arts and entertainment center for the greater Janesville area to enhance the quality of life for current residents and future generations. They offer a diverse mix of performances by local groups and professional touring acts. JPAC is also the home to the United Arts Alliance Hall of Fame and is located in the historic Marshall building. The Gallery houses a rotating art exhibit of works provided by members of the Janesville Art League as well as doubles as a meeting, special event, and smaller performance space. JPAC is proud to be “Fostering a Creative Community”. Tickets are available for all JPAC performances by visiting the Box Office during normal Box Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am-5pm andFriday 10am-1pm. Ticket reservations can also be done over the phone by calling (608) 758-0297 or online at www.janesvillepac.org.
Rock Valley Chapter of Badger Chordhawks Chorus
The Badger Chordhawks was established in 1949. The Rock Valley chapter strives to be a widely-recognized, ever-growing, singing fraternity of men who are drawn together in fellowship by sharing their music with the public and by their enjoyment of singing in the barbership style. They pursue musical excellence by providing educational opportunities through choral singing, quartetting, gang-singing, wood-shedding, and participating in competitions. They share their style of music with the public to entertain, to recruit new members, to promote charitable causes, and to preserve the barbershop style for future generations. The Badger Chordhawks welcome al visitors and prospective members each Monday 7-9p.m. at the Gathering Place located at 715 Campus Street in Milton.
Choral Union was founded in 1881 and has performed annual concerts since 1919. The group’s mission is to perform the great choral masterpieces and to continue the choral tradition. Choral Union is a community chorus, bringing together singers and instrumental performers from area communities to learn and perform fine music. Membership is open to anyone interested in fine choral works.
Fran Thorpe Peyer owns Empire of Janesville, LLC which offers vocal, guitar, piano,trumpet, music theory and acting classes and tennis classes. Former President of our local music club, MacDowell Music Club, Fran still performs locally, she has performed in Europe the Middle East and in New York City, her hometown.Fran has been a private performing arts instructor since 1981.She began her performing arts career at the age of 3. She has directed and performed in many musicals and some film and TV and worked on various CD’s as producer and songwriter. Fran teaches not only the technical aspects of music, but also the heart of performance. She is currently taking students from the age of 3 years old and older and adults of all ages. Contact her at 608-756-8169 or look for her on Facebook. Empire of Janesville, LLC is located in the Divas Building, downtown Janesville, Wisconsin. Hours by appointment only. 6 South Jackson Street/Suites 300 & 302/Janesville, WI 53548
HeatWave, the Rock County 4-H Show Choir, is a 30-member group representing twelve 4-H clubs from around the county and is open to anyone 13 years or older who is enrolled in the Rock County 4-H program. HeatWave was founded to provide a positive learning experience for 4-H youth interested in the performing arts. The group teaches performance skills, develops talent, encourages cooperation and creativity, and expands leadership and communication skills. Member involvement includes choreography, vocal development, fund-raising, costume design, and prop building. The season runs from late spring to early fall. For more info: (608) 876-6311.
Janesville Little Theatre
Janesville Little Theatre is Wisconsin’s oldest community theatre group. Founded in 1928, the group has continuously presented the classic comedies and dramas of Broadway. In addition to thought provoking contemporary plays, JLT is now back on the stage where they began at JPAC. Season tickets are available. As a community theatre, auditions are open to anyone interested in acting or any other facet of theater production, such as lighting, costumes, make-up, and set design. For more info: (608) 752-4084.
MacDowell Music Club
The MacDowell Music Club supports the musical culture of its members through monthly programs, provides a venue for members who wish to perform, sponsors the Jr. Federated Festival, presents music scholarships for talented local youth, and supports other musical concerts and organizations. The MacDowell Music Club of Janesville was organized in 1903, and has been a member of the State and National Federation of Music Clubs since 1928. The group meets monthly at the Woman’s Club, 108 S. Jackson St., Janesville.
SpotLight on Kids/footlight productions
SpotLight on Kids’ mission is to make the performing arts come alive for the community, children in particular, by educating young people in all aspects of the performing arts. Performance and production opportunities are offered to alow children to acquire new skills and to achieve confidence through exploration of the performing arts. SOK assists area educators in making the arts come alive for their students through the theatre, creative dramatic workshops, and storytelling. For more info: (608) 758-1451.
Studio Allegro opened in downtown Janesville in September of 2005. The studio, located at 216 W. Milwaukee, is home to five Yamaha Grand Pianos from Ward Brodt, including a Disklavier. The teachers use the curriculum of N. Jane Tan’s method, “The Well-Prepared Pianist” which focuses on teaching students to play the piano without tension in their wrists and hands. The goal is to teach students to play the piano musically and artistically from the very beginning lessons. One key element of the curriculum is a five piano ensemble, called Piano Teams ™. These are comprised of five people playing music that has been specifically composed for five pianos. Ensemble playing provides the social element of fun and camaraderie for piano players of all levels and all ages. For more info:608-754-2065, or cell 608-931-6087.
Teresa Nguyen, Musician
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tess/99657633765?fref=ts
Teresa is a local singer/songwriter/guitarist. Her styles include blues, jazz, adult contemporary as well as many original songs. “For me music is peace. A lot of heart and soul goes into my songwriting and I thoroughly enjoy performing, both as a soloist and with my talented musician friends. I believe that the fine arts are the heart and soul of life, and hope to continue working with the UAA to promote the arts in Rock County.” Teresa performs solo and with her band Emerald City. Available for weddings, private parties and special events.
Theatre Unlimited, Inc.
Theatre Unlimited, Inc., a theatre group dedicated to bringing high-quality musical theatre to southern Wisconsin, performs a variety of musicals from classics to contemporary, from Broadway to Disney, from adult productions to children’s shows. Since 1992, TUI has performed in various venues throughout Rock County. Today, TUI makes its home at JPAC. They present live entertainment performed by the community for the community. Local actors and musicians have presented numerous hits over the years, and have dedicated the proceeds of several shows to various other non-profit community agencies. Open auditions are published in the Janesville Gazette and the public is invited to get involved on stage or behind the scenes. For more info: (608) 346-2413.
UW-Rock County – University Theatre
Composed of UW-Rock County students and community members, the University Theatre stages two productions per year in addition to their annual 24-Hour Theatre Festival. University Theatre presents a mixture of children’s theatre, dramas, comedies, and large and small-scale musicals.
Yuri Rashkin, Composer, Musician
Hedberg Public Library
The Hedberg Public Library, in Janesville, is a cultural center for the community providing people of all ages and backgrounds free access to the arts. Among the offerings are monthly exhibits by local artists on the library’s art wall, case exhibits that may feature 3-dimensional art, a permanent collection of art on display throughout the library, special exhibits, performances for children by musicians, storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, magicians and others; films for children and teens; and workshops for children and teens that focus on the arts, crafts and music. JATV-12, Janesville library-operated cable-access channel, features programming on the local arts scene as well as an event calendar. The adjacent Downtown Riverfront Park Project, which the Friends of Hedberg Public Library are helping to spearhead, already includes many sculptures and a performance backdrop for outdoor programs.
The Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501 (c) 6 Corporation. Our mission is to lead, support and promote the convention and visitor industry in this area by promoting Janesville as a prime visitor destination thereby creating economic impact and enhancing the quality of life for Janesville residents.
Rock Co. Historical Society
The Rock Co. Historical Society includes historic sites, archives, museum and more including arts programs. The Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center features a gift shop, staff offices, conference room and education rooms. Visitors are welcome Monday -Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The museum center is housed within the remodeled home of Stanley Tallman, grandson of William M. Tallman. The RCHS Archives and the Rock County Genealogical Society can both be found at the Wilson King Stone House. Open Wednesday – Thursday, 9 am – 3 pm. Please call ahead. (608)752-5891 The official site of Janesville’s Award Winning historic house museum is the Lincoln-Tallman House. Tour all five levels from basement to cupola of this Italian villa style mansion where Abraham Lincoln was a guest in 1859. Also located at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Janesville, the Frances Willard School is open during the spring, fall and during the 4H Fair in July, for third-grade school groups. For more info: Rock County Historical Society P.O. Box 8096, Janesville, WI 53547-8096 (608) 756-4509.
Sterling North Society
The Sterling North Society in Edgerton, WI was organized in 1989 to preserve and promote the literary legacy of Sterling North, among them his well-known book Rascal, A Memoire of a Better Era. In 1992, the Society purchased the Sterling North childhood home and began a drive to restore the property to its 1917 setting. Today, the home serves as a literary center and museum with programs available to schools and the general public.
This vibrant University of Wisconsin campus in Janesville enrolled a record 1,300 students in Fall 2012. The campus offers an Associate of Arts and Science degree that is guaranteed to transfer to any UW campus and is the foundation for more than 200 bachelor’s degree majors, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree and several collaborative bachelor’s degrees. The UW-Rock County campus is also a cultural center for the community and home to the Theodore Robinson Art Gallery and the Kirk Denmark Theatre where University Theatre holds its productions, vocal music students perform concerts and host a Madrigal Dinner, and students and the community participate in the UW-Rock County Youth Orchestra, UW-Rock County Concert Band, UW-Rock County Chamber Orchestra and the UW-Rock County Big Band. UW-Rock County also hosts a Performing Arts Series and Lecture Series each year that features films, performances and lectures from a wide range of genres and campus and community groups hold a variety of events that are open to the public. For more information, call (608) 758-6565 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
JATV-12 is Janesville’s award-winning local public access television station which has been on the air since July 1997. the mission of the station is to provide information, educational, and entertaining local programs that reflect the community and the area. Training and equipment is available for local arts groups to tape events for television broadcast. The Community Calendar is available to promote the local arts events. JATV viewers appreciate programs featuring area orchestras, bands, choral groups, artists, writers, and entertainers. For more info: (608) 758-6618.
Stitch ‘n Bitch (SnB; SnB II; and Stitch ‘n Assist)
Janesville Area Stitch ‘n Bitch
The normally solitary act of knitting has become more communal with stitchers who gather together each week at 3 locations: Basics Natural Food Coop, 1711 Lodge Dr., Janesville, from 6-8p.m. each Thursday and Stitch ‘n Bitch II (SnB II) every Monday 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Speak Easy, 19 N. High St., Janesville. If you’re specifically interested in learning to spin, knit, or crochet, OR you’d like to buy some FOs (“Finished Objects”) visit Stitch ‘n Assist, every Saturday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 22 N. Main St., Janesville, from 10a.m-Noon. Enjoy coffee, dodging skeins of run-away yarn, stitching and conversation. Even new knitters who aren’t yet consumed by the growing popularity of the art – or other needleworkers who crochet, embroider, cross stitch, etc. – can enjoy an time spent stitching with others providing the further opportunity to learn and get advise. We welcome all ages and genders of needle-crafty people with different levels of expertise. Join us for Stitch ‘n Pitch baseball games, field trips to area fiber farms, as vendors at the Janesville Farmer’s Market, and much more. For more information visit us on Facebook at or at our website on Ravelry.com or call 608-752-9248,
In addition to its member groups, the United Arts Alliance has many artists and other individual members who appreciate and wish to participate in, support and promote the various arts in the stateline area. Several of them take an active role in the organization including in leadership positions. Other individuals provide vital financial support with their memberships, participate as special event volunteers or provide support by attending the activities of UAA member groups. The United Arts Alliance appreciates the support of all its members and invites the public to join them in their mission of “fostering an improved awareness and appreciation of the arts” For more info: (608)752-9248 or P.O. Box 8132, Janesville, WI 53547-8132