Spring may still be alluding us where Mother Nature is concerned. But the season's spirit of creation and new expression is alive and well among area artists and performers despite the chilly temperatures.
A quick look around town finds new shows and exhibits opening, music being played in a variety of venues and both new and familiar faces offering their talents for us to enjoy.
Among them is Alisa Cameron, a local gospel artist who recently released her second CD, titled "Rainbow After the Storm." You may remember reading about Cameron's debut as a solo recording artist, back in 2008, with her CD "Seasons." Cameron's voice received national radio airplay with that release and she has since been busy writing and recording songs for the new CD, which she says has a more upbeat, praise style. "These are triumphant songs that help us see that after you go through the storms of life, things will change."
Cameron, who has weathered her own intense storms, says each song on "Rainbow" has a story to tell. And she hopes listeners will find them uplifting and encouraging. The project has been a fulfilling one for the vocalist, who said she is already looking toward the next CD. "It is my passion," she said. "I love to write and sing." "Rainbow After the Storm" is available at Racine's Barnes & Noble bookstore. For more about Cameron and her music, go to www.alisacameron.com
Silver and pearls
Meanwhile, Emily Jones emerged from the winter with two national awards for her jewelry designs. Jones, of Downtown's Art Metals Studio, received the awards from Jewelers of America, a national trade association, for a bracelet she designed using sterling silver and black, freshwater pearls.
The awards - which recognize creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design - were given to Jones at JA's New York City trade show, which took place in February/March. The Racine designer competed among more than 50 jewelers from around the nation for the honor. And her bracelet, which also won an award in the 2010 Wisconsin Jewelry Association design competition, is just one example of the 2005 Park High School graduate's creative skills. To see some of Jones' work, stop in at Art Metals Studio, 332 Main St. For more about the studio, visit: www.artmetalsjewelry.com
Who says you have to be young to be a prodigy? There's a group of visual artists at the Spectrum Gallery who are out to show that child prodigies aren't the only ones whose talents deserve attention. The word prodigy, after all, is defined as an extraordinary, marvelous, or unusual accomplishment, deed or event. And age only applies when the word "child" is put before it.
Their exhibit, called "Middle-Aged Prodigies," features "prodigious drawings, oil and watercolor paintings, mixed media and photography" by Terri Aaen, Cait Dallas, Sonja Sinclair and Denise Zingg. And while some feel their artwork should last forever, it will probably be on display through May 15, according to Spectrum, in the DeKoven Center.
You can check it out on weekends between now and then. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and by appointment (call 262-634-4345) or "by serendipity."
Lee Roberts is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Journal Times. Scene & Heard appears every other Thursday. Lee can be reached at (262) 631-1755, by email at email@example.com and by mail at 212 Fourth St., Racine, WI 53403.