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Oratch featured at Cities Wide Art for All

JessicA Oratch of Niagara, Wis., with some of her paintings, which will be available for viewing and purchase at the Cities Wide Art for All event June 27.

NIAGARA, Wis. — Jessica Oratch will be part of the Cities Wide Art for All event

Oratch is the Art for All scholarship winner for 2020. She is a recent graduate of Niagara High School who typically paints in an abstract style.

She uses palette knives to create thick, colorful strokes on usually large canvasses. Oratch has won “Artist of the Month” twice at Niagara as well as an award at the Association of Student Artists Art Show in 2019 and the ASA Scholarship this year.

She enjoys working in many mediums, including acrylic paint, pen and ink, colored pencil, photography and fibers. Acrylic paint is her favorite.

Oratch plans to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering this fall, where she will pursue a degree in user experience design and communication engineering.

With this degree, She hopes to obtain a position as a user experience and interface designer. She will combine the psychological, emotional and practical elements of a user’s understanding of a product to improve their overall experience.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, rather than the traditional Art for All at Iron Mountain’s City Park this year will be a home-based show. Artists will set up in garages or on lawns from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, with two artists to be open Sunday, June 28, as well.

Visitors are invited to drive to the artist’s homes to make purchases. Two or three artists may set up at one house, just like a city-wide garage sale or home and garden show.

Maps will be available on the website at artforallmi.com, at First Bank and First National Bank & Trust, highlighting artist locations in Vulcan, Norway, Iron Mountain and Kingsford plus Spread Eagle and Niagara in Wisconsin.

While grown-ups view the artwork, children are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt, trying to spot a hidden object in each yard. While no prizes will be awarded, the fun is in the searching.

“We ask that visitors wear masks and only touch artwork if they plan to purchase it,” said Lana Frantz, event coordinator.

For more information, contact Frantz at 715-251-1594.

Organizers thanked First Bank-Upper Michigan and First National Bank & Trust for their donation to the Art for All scholarship and Joan Flood and Lynne Wilson for their donations.

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