James May Gallery invites the public to join over 100 regional and national artists celebrating “our most vital resource” in the second annual Art of War gallery exhibition spread throughout nine downtown Algoma businesses: James May Gallery, JMG North, Steele Street Trading Co. & Gallery, Jabberwock Gallery and Studio, Clay on Steele, Yardstick, The Algoma Book Corner, Steele Street Hops, and von Stiehl Winery.

The free event focuses on conversation and protection of water, inspired by Algoma’s Lake Michigan coastline. While the galleries will host the artwork for the month of May, there is a reception opening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4 . Friday’s activities include: Water’s Edge Artists-painters for preservation-the plein air painters group will be painting on-site from 9am-dusk; Pay it Forward Ethiopia Food Truck and live music by Levi Zeitler & Chris Ragowski at Steele Street Hops 7-10pm.

The festivities continue Saturday May 5 with all locations open to see artworks. Water’s Edge Artists will continue their plein air paintings. JMG North is hosting free screen printing 10-12 (bring your own shirt), the Algoma Book Corner will have performances of nature readings 1:30-3pm.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matt Wechsler will preview his new film about the issues of factory farms, followed by the award-winning film, Sustainable, at JMG North. “Sustainable” was screened at 20+ film festivals around the world and recently won the 2016 Accolade Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement. Their past work includes the 2012 New York Emmy-nominated documentary “Different is the New Normal”, which aired nationally on PBS and was narrated by Michael J. Fox. They are currently working on a new film called “Right to Harm” about the health effects of factory farming on rural Americans. The film is set to premiere in 2018. https://sustainablefoodfilm.com/

Saturday evening concludes again at Steele Street Hops with the music of Kyle Megna (lead man for Kyle Megna and the Monsoons, a 2018 nominee for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Artist of the Year Award) and Ross Catterton 7-10pm.

Donations are being collected to benefit Friends of Crescent Beach whose mission is To promote through advocacy, education and activities the improvement, support, protection and enjoyment of Crescent Beach. FOCB is the driving force behind the Crescent Beach improvement project, helping the city win major grant funds to control evasive plants on the beach and Infrastructure changes to help drainage issues.

Sponsors for the event include: von Stiehl Winery, Denny’s Supervalu Foods, CTIHospitality, Precision Door Drive, LLC., Wisconsin Public Radio, Artist’s Guild, Dick Blick, Door County Kayak, Forestville Builders, KI, Nicolet Bank, Steele Street Hops, Taste of Ethiopia, Water’s Edge Artists

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