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Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition

The spotlight will be shining on seven of Wisconsin's outstanding cultural artists in the second annual "Wisconsin Folks: Masters of Tradition" concert. Enjoy learning about art forms treasured by diverse cultural communities across the state.

All the artists in "Masters of Tradition" have successfully participated in the Arts Board's Folk Arts Apprenticeship grant program. This juried program supports the passing of knowledge and skills by a master traditional artist to an apprentice of their own choosing during a year of intensive work.

The presentations will start at 2 pm with craft artists demonstrating and displaying their art forms in the Stoughton Opera House lobby. Visit:

Doubek & Apprentice

  • Mardell Doubek (R), cutter of wood type for letterpress printing from Two Rivers, and apprentice Georgianne Liesch (L) of Burlington 

Dylan Jennings 

  • Dylan Jennings, hand drum builder from Odanah along with apprentice Russ Denomie also of Odanah 


Pam Rucinski & Jan Norsetter

  • Pamela Rucinski (L), rosemaler from Oshkosh, and apprentice Jan Norsetter (R) of Verona 


Sidonka Wadina

  • Sidonka Wadina, straw plaiter from Lyons (and 2015 National Heritage Fellow!) joined by apprentice Kathleen Zielinski of Milwaukee

Starting at 3:00 on the Stoughton Opera House stage will be performances by:

Kripa Baskaran

  • Kripa Baskaran, Bharatnatyam dancer from Brookfield, joined by apprentices Drisya Reghuram of New Berlin and Priyanka Iyer of Franklin

Alberto Cardenas & Grupo Recenar


Dylan Jennings

  • Dylan Jennings, hand-drum maker/player and singer from Odanah, featured in the video "Powwow Trail: Keeping the Beat" from The Ways, and joined by apprentice Russ Denomie of Odanah 


Vanitha Suresh

  • Vanitha Suresh, Carnatic singer from Middleton, joined by apprentices Anaka Srinivas and Meera Manoharan

Each of these excellent artists will be joined by their apprentices. A special treat will be Grupo Recenar joining Mr. Cardenas on stage. This group of Spanish-speaking seniors are an outgrowth of Mr. Cardenas' work with his original apprentice, Margarita Sandoval Skare. In addition to traditional songs, they will perform a recent work commissioned by Present Music for its Compose Milwaukee project.

Tickets are available through the Stoughton Opera House box office.