5 Must-See Paintings at ‘Watercolor Wisconsin’

The Racine Art Museum’s annual exhibition is a showcase of local talent.


OUR STATE HAS NO SHORTAGE of talented painters. Want proof? Head to the Racine Art Museum’s Wustum Museum (2519 Northwestern Ave.)  and check out “Watercolor Wisconsin,” a showcase of regional talent, through April 15. More than 100 works are featured by 95 local artists, but we picked out five you absolutely won’t want to miss. 


Lilies in Space by Jean Crane  

This moody floral painting shows off the darker side of watercolor, with the blooms seemingly defying gravity in the night sky. 

Lilies in Space by Jean Crane; Photo courtesy of the Racine Art Museum


Asifiwe by Don Ricchio

Named after the Swahili word for praise, this piece shows a crowd rejoicing outside, hands raised, in beautifully intricate clothes.

Asifiwe by Don Ricchio; Photo courtesy of the Racine Art Museum


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Pondering the Past by Sue Horton 

A weathered man stares past you as he chomps on a pipe and thinks about life. His skin is where the details of this piece shine. 

Pondering the Past by Sue Horton; Photo courtesy of the Racine Art Museum


Spoiled by Lyndsey Standage 

This still life depicts a grapefruit stabbed by a knife so shiny, you might find yourself leaning in to spot your reflection in the painting. 

Spoiled by Lyndsey Standage; Photo by Alli Watters


Braxton by Dan Simoneau 

The shadowing on this portrait makes it so that one eye stares right at you, while the other is hidden in the darkness. 

Braxton by Dan Simoneau; Photo courtesy of the Racine Art Museum

Tickets and more information are available at ramart.org.



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Alli Watters is the digital and culture editor at Milwaukee Magazine. That means that in addition to running this website, she covers art, entertainment, style, home and more for the magazine. It also means she doesn't sleep much.