Refuge Journal 27

May 04 2018

Traveller’s Western Movies is out today!

Happy Release Day, Traveller! All pre-orders have shipped out and we’re excited to finally get this album, recorded at the Refuge, into your hands. If you want to pick up a physical copy on vinyl or CD, click here or get them at one of the release shows. The full record will be available digitally on Monday, May 7th on Apple, Spotify, etc. Traveller starts a tour with their first stop at Cranky Pat’s in Neenah tonight! Here are the rest of the dates:

Fri May 04, 2018 – Neenah WI, Cranky Pats
Sat May 05, 2018 – Newark OH, The Ballroom at 31 West
Mon May 07, 2018 – Allston MA, Great Scott
Tue May 08, 2018 – Brooklyn NY, Union Pool
Wed May 09, 2018 – Brooklyn NY, Union Pool
Thu May 10, 2018 – Bristol VA, Radio Bristol
Fri May 11, 2018 – Waverly AL, Standard Deluxe
Sat May 12, 2018 – Nashville TN, The Basement East
Sun May 13, 2018 – Indianapolis IN, HI-FI
Mon May 14, 2018 – Evanston IL, Space
Wed May 16, 2018 – Maquoketa IA, Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

Past Events: Night of Noise

Last Friday was the Day Of Silence, an annual call to awareness about the effects of  bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students. To close out the day we were honored to host a free LGBTQ and allied youth event called the Night of Noise. The event was sponsored by Colors in Bloom, the radical self-love campaign created by Diverse and Resilient along with LGBTQ Partnership, Rainbow Over Wisconsin, and Youth Go. The evening included a youth speak up/out promoting messages of love and acceptance along with performances by DJ Afrekete, Lex Allen, and Taj Raiden. We thought this was one of the most meaningful events we’ve hosted in this space and are grateful to the sponsors, artists, and youth who shared their stories with such courage and inspired us so deeply.

Oliver Franklin Anderson

Artist in Residence

Filmmaker Oliver Franklin Anderson is a current artist in residence at Refuge Foundation for the Arts. He draws inspiration from the wild and rural landscapes of Wisconsin where he lives and works. Oliver’s current film projects include The Night Country, an indie anthology series, and Dream States, a hallucinatory natural history of the ecosystems of the Great Lakes states.

The film below is called Inversion, an impromptu film made by Oliver with the help of Refuge artists Justus Poehls and Frank Anderson. It was created here at the Refuge during the heaviest spring snowfall in 100 years. Inversion will be at Algoma, Wisconsin’s James May Gallery Art of Water Exhibition opening May 5th/6th through May 29th. Come check it out!

Ally Wilber

Artist in Residence

Artist in residence Ally Wilber completed her first mural, inspired by her 2017 piece, “Restraint and Freedom” on the back of Seth’s Coffee in Little Chute, WI. Ally’s proposal for the piece was accepted by Seth’s Coffee as part of the night market, Bazaar After Dark. She painted the mural during the event and completed it in just 3 days. She says the best times to view the reflective gold nature of the mural are between 2 and 7 pm (it glows beautifully around 6:30). We love seeing more beauty in our community!

You can follow her work on instagram and at her website,

Upcoming Events: Feed The Body, Feed The Soul – Cory Chisel and Friends Salute to Tom Petty

We’re excited to announce our next Feed The Body, Feed The Soul event in conjunction with Oshkosh Corporation! Join us May 31st at the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh for Cory Chisel and friends as they salute Tom Petty. Proceeds from the event go toward Feed The Body, Feed The Soul as well as Refuge Foundation for the Arts. Tickets start at $33 and can be purchased here. We hope to see you there!

On this day 83 years ago, the first retreat was held in our building, then called Monte Alverno, on May 4th, 1935 with 23 Knights of Columbus in attendance. The popularity of retreats prompted a major expansion of Monte Alverno in the 1960s to allow 56 retreatants.

Check out this article to learn more!