Art exhibit presents community creativity with PEEPS
It’s that time of year when PEEPS pop up throughout the stores, ready to peek out of Easter baskets across residents’ homes. That means it is time for the annual PEEPS art exhibit as well.
Riverfront Arts Center’s ninth annual PEEPS Exhibit will be open Friday, March 25, and through Friday, April 15.
A PEEPS Party reception will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the center, 1200 Crosby Ave., Stevens Point.
“It’s not only a fun thing for the families to do together, it’s a break from professional artists as well,” said Rachel Widner, director of the Annette and Dale Schuh Riverfront Arts Center. “People get to represent themselves and make what they like.”
The center calls for entries a week before the exhibit goes up, and welcomes any and all from the community. In the past, art work has run the gamut, from movies like “Apeepolypse Now” and “Despeepable Me 2” to pieces depicting location establishments and organizations such as Peeplito’s and the Peepsbyterian Church.
“Sports and pop culture, movies, are popular,” Widner said. “But it’s a pretty broad (spectrum).”
Other subject matter represented such as choirs, piñata peeps and sushi peeps. Chemistry or math education as well as Head Start programs also have been featured.
In previous shows, religious events also have come to life with Peeps, including the Last Supper with pink bunny peeps and the “Peepal Conclave” including the Pope and cardinals.
Songs, words and novels have had their own Peep twist, and the event shows that nearly anything can be sculpted with Peeps.
And it doesn’t have to be “professional,” Widner said.
“Sometimes, art centers and galleries can be intimidating to people who haven’t been in them before,” she said. “This really gives people a chance to experience it who maybe wouldn’t normally come.”
This year, individuals, groups and families – even “teams” of different generations – have contributed more than 60 pieces Widner said.
So what do the pieces embody this year? The community will have to visit to find out.
“I just love this show,” Widner said. “It’s so much fun.”
People’s favorites will be selected by the art center visitors. One vote per person is allowed.
The Riverfront Arts Center will be closed Easter Sunday, March 27, but otherwise is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is closed Mondays.
For more information, email [email protected] or visit the center’s Facebook page at Riverfront Arts Center.