Beloit Artist Franklin Boggs featured at Artwalk 2005

BELOIT, Wis.—Franklin Boggs, one of Beloit’s most celebrated and prolific artists over a career of more than 60 years, will be celebrated in this year’s Beloit ArtWalk on May 20 and 21 in downtown Beloit. His works will be seen in downtown venues and will be featured in a show at the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College.

In addition to the works of Boggs, more than 40 artists will present works in 35 business venues throughout the downtown area of Beloit. Retail establishments, galleries, banks, car dealerships and other businesses will present paintings, sculpture, photography, and many other media. Musical groups fill the area with jazz and folk music during the ArtWalk and later as Beloit inaugurates “Beloit After Dark.”

This year’s ArtWalk will get off to a festive start with the opening reception for the Boggs show titled “Franklin Boggs: Local Visions,” curated by Beloit College sophomore and art history major Kara Pallin of Minocqua, Wis. Working with Boggs and his family, she has assembled a number of his works representing various stages of his career. Works will be drawn from Boggs’ personal collection as well as from private collections and the Beloit Historical Society.

The centerpiece of the Wright Museum show will be three of the murals that Boggs created from the Corral Restaurant in Beloit. The large works will be seen together for the first time since a fire caused the demise of the legendary nightclub and restaurant on Park Avenue more than 30 years ago. The murals, painted directly on Masonite board, have been preserved by Jim Patch of Allied Games, the last operator of the restaurant.

With 1,000 visitors expected, the third annual Beloit ArtWalk will offer a number of new businesses and many new artists for visitors to enjoy. Also new this year will be a trolley transportation connecting all the venues and parking areas. The trackless trolley car will whisk visitors from the Wright Museum to the Beloit Daily News and from La Casa Grande on Fourth Street to Bryden Motors on Broad throughout the ArtWalk hours of 4-8 p.m., on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

From the May 18-24, 2005, issue

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