Wisconsin Life # 903: Adventure Awaits

October 20, 2022


Angela Fitzgerald gears up to attend EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture in OshKosh. We explore the many opportunities that EAA offers from high flying arial shows to the GirlVenture Camp which introduces young women to the world of aviation. She talks to Deborah Rihn-Harvey, a camp organizer, to learn about the camp’s goals, and how it helps young women to experience the world of aviation.

The EAA is not the only aviators in Wisconsin as Zoe Davies shares her story of being an aviator in the United States Air Force. She calls herself a Sconnie girl and is happy to be back home. Growing up in Wisconsin Davies has always been on a mission. She spent 15 years, away from Wisconsin after graduating high school, and attending the Air Force Academy. Today Major Zoe Davies is a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot stationed at Truax Field in Madison.

Then, we meet Kyle Martin who is a painter who has dedicated his work to his late father. Martin is a landscape painter who shares his art skills, knowledge and technique with people all around Wisconsin, and beyond its border. You can find and follow Kyle online or meet him in person at one of his workshops, or at his biggest annual event, Fall Art Tour, that takes place the third weekend of every October.

Moving from the natural landscapes to one sculpted by hand, we meet Lee and Sue Mielke. They are a brother and sister who have taken their old dairy farm and converted it to something with a lot more color. The Mielke’s farm is a peony farm with row after row of the colorful flowers with about 150 varieties and about 2000 plants. It all started from just one peony and a chance encounter.

Finally, we go from the colors of nature, to colors from a can as we meet artist Liubov Szwako. Szwako is more well know in the Madison community as Triangulador, a name that pays homage to his Hispanic roots as well as his style of art. He shares the challenges that he has faced with being a street artist and an immigrant.


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