A relatively new arts district in Kenosha will be a big part of the downtown area’s long-running Second Saturday promotion this weekend.
The Union Park Art District consists of four galleries, including ArtWorks, Left of the Lake Gallery, Re:Vision, and its founding member, Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace.
Lemon Street Director Beth Dary says the district came together in part through visioning and lucky timing. "We dug our heels in and said we're going to make this an arts district through the 'adoption' of Union Park," said Dary. "Organically, these other galleries came to this area and it has really been a great way to establish this little district," she said.
All of the galleries loosely ring the park, which is off of 7th Ave. north of the Harborside business district.
On Saturday, the park will host a number of performances, including a drum circle at five, followed by acoustic guitarist Joseph Vigneri at 6:15 and Kenosha’s poet laureate Brent Mitchell at 7.
All of the galleries will highlight new exhibits.
The new district also includes Pete’s Place, a long-time corner bar that under new owners has begun to feature various performing artists. It's also expanded its food offering.