Amanda Soine

April showers bring May flowers and a new art opening at The Raw Deal. Every month The Raw Deal acts as a laid-back art gallery, which allows local artisans and students in the Menomonie area to showcase their own original work. April was dedicated to University of Wisconsin–Stout’s very own art metals students, and the month of May is no different.

The theme for May is “Morning with the Stars,” which was inspired by 10 advanced painting students and their original paintings. The Raw Deal’s Operational Manager Amber Georgakopoulos is excited about this exhibit and exposing the talent of these artists to the community.

Georgakopoulos hinted that while the theme seems to relate to the stars, each painting is different in its own right. It was a bit of a challenge coming up with a collective theme that accurately described the work of the 10 different artists. The artists decided to just go for a title that seemed engaging and interesting while leaving something to the imagination.

Everyone at The Raw Deal is ready to embrace the warmer months ahead, and this new art exhibit is something you will not want to miss. “Morning with the Stars” will be decorating the walls of the building on May 1, and the opening will be on May 16 from 6 to 10 p.m.

If art is not your thing, then come for the live music that will take place during the opening. The Raw Deal barista Alex Ert will be performing with some friends from 6 to 8 p.m., and The Cheating Hearts will take the stage from 8 to 10 p.m.

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