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Dylan is the owner of Dylan Overhouse Productions, a local photography and video production company in La Crosse. Dylan got his start as a concert photographer as well as being a documenter of places and events. You can often find Dylan, camera in hand, standing at the foot of a stage. He’s been invited to shoot major music acts including Shinedown, Atmosphere, the Cold War Kids and more. Although stage photography is an important part of Dylan’s work he produces portraits, scenic landscapes, and artistic pieces. It’s likely you’ve picked up a local magazine with some of his photography work (including this one), but it is the artistic imagery he’s created that he is most proud of. “I made a 360 degree panorama of downtown La Crosse at 4th and Pearl... I learned this process where you can wrap a panorama into a circle and kinda make it look like a little planet. So I took that idea and chose an iconic spot downtown that I thought would work, and it just came together. It eventually won an award from Artspire and it was hung up at City Hall for a year, so that felt really great to just be recognized for my work.”, he said. Dylan realized fairly young that storytelling through the lens was where his passion lay. “I became really curious about how everybody sees things differently, as a kid I remember back in 5th grade we read the book Holes, and throughout the book I had imagined this environment and these characters and I thought that was just the way that they were. So after reading the book, we watched the movie, and it was completely different than I could have imagined. That is when I realized I was watching someone else’s vision... From then on, I really wanted to show people how I see the world,” he said. While live music photography is where Dylan got his name, he’s been moving into video production for local musicians. His first project was with popular local musician, Andy Hughes. “(He) reached out to me with a couple songs and out of the three that he sent me, I chose this song “Little Miss America” because the deep message behind it really

“I really wanted to show people how I see the world”

stood out to me. So we went with that and took his song and created a visual story to it,” said Dylan. “Most often the artist has a loose idea of what they want and I try to take that idea to the drawing board and really just build from it, and try to create an entertaining story.” Dylan Overhouse Productions has an exciting year ahead with collaborations and new projects on the horizon. “I work with a small group of people capable of taking on large media projects. We are the middle of shooting a music video for Gregg Hall and The Wrecking Ball, which will be wrapping up pretty soon and then we are going to carry that energy over

and continue to work on some commercial and tourism related content throughout the rest of the year while we continue to grow together as a team and hopefully continue to expand,” said Dylan.

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Dining Farm to table, fresh ingredients, locally sourced and seasonal menus abound in La Crosse dining options, so does delicious comfort food and some of the best burgers around. Dinner and a drink before a gallery show or a concert is a great way to spend an evening. Places to settle in for your favorite cocktail are in no low supply in La Crosse. Let’s take a look at some of the best choices for an evening out. For fine dining there are some fantastic options. Pogreba Restaurant’s menu is a “melting pot of international influence” with old favorites and new choices that change with the season. La Crosse Distilling Co. focuses on fresh first, with authentic dishes reflecting what is produced by the region’s farmers. If you are looking for a unique lunch, then Culina Mariana is where to go. Set in the hills just south of La Crosse at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the beauty of the spot alone is worth


the short drive. Vegetarian options and gluten free doesn’t have to mean limited choices, David Reay’s has got your back with so many delicious options. Speaking of gluten free, Big Al’s has one of the best gluten free pizzas out there, plus it’s one of La Crosse’s most iconic pizza restaurants. If it’s pizza you crave this is the spot. For a to-go that meets your dietary needs, plus is oh so good, try the People’s Food Coop’s hot deli. Some prime burger locations would be Burger Fusion, where you can try some award winning



Creative Sometimes you just want to get in there and get creating yourself! Even if you don’t think you have any artistic talent, you might just surprise yourself. Plus, you’ll have a lot fun doing it.

burgers, and Howie’s where you’ll quickly discover why this historic spot has stayed popular for so long. If you like American Food with a side of bourbon or craft beer, then The Crow would be where to go. For an Irish pub with hearty pub fare to go along with your Guiness, we suggest Dublin Square. And if you would like to check out a piece of the local craft brew scene, Turtle Stack Brewery, is right downtown La Crosse and just around the corner from The Pearl, where waiting in line for the perfect ice cream cone is a local summer tradition.

ArtPOP has classes, plus a pop up artBAR for make and take projects. You’ll also find local artists are spotlighted in the shop. All Glazed Up - Creative Canvas & Board is where you can paint your own pottery, try your hand at fused glass and jewelry, even tie dye. Stop by for a canvas class, or just stop in and get artistic.

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. STUDIO H . E . A Ashton Hall

On St. Andrews Street on the Northside of La Crosse stands the iconic La Crosse Footwear building, also known as the old Rubber Mills. For decades La Crosse residents were employed in the making of rubber boots in those sprawling connected buildings. Now the building is home to a motley group of businesses; Pearl Street Brewery, Carbon Cannabis, La Crosse Mail & Print, Boot Hill Pub, and many more. There are even luxury apartments in the building. It is also home to A.E.H. Studio Gallery, owned and operated by artist Ashton Hall. Ashton is a La Crosse area local, whose oil pastel art you may have seen in the La Crosse County building, or hanging in the Heider Center in West Salem, or you might have taken a stroll down the Alley of Murals downtown and spied one of her creations. She has played an active role in the local art community and decided to take it one step further, opening her private studio into a public art gallery. Ashton stated, “The minute I saw this space, I thought this is a gallery, this is not just a studio...I thought it was really crucial to bring the public in this space and have open hours, because why not invite them in to see what you’re creating, what you’re doing.” A.E.H. Studio Gallery is a place for Ashton to display her own work, and the work of other artists. Visitors to the space can expect to find not only oil pastels, but art work in multiple mediums, from several artists. “So many artists asked to be part of the last exhibit, called the Five Love Languages… I wanted to invite the (art) community in and give them a chance to sell their work, and just have it be seen and interact with people. It’s big for an artist’s confidence, an artist can gain a lot of confidence talking to people about their art,” said Ashton. “I really like making different works in series. So I always try to challenge myself by making themed exhibits and most of the Gallery is themed exhibits,” said Hall. One of her current themes displayed in the Gallery is called Colors that Define Us. “I made pieces based on an artist, musician or arts advocate in town. I had them tell me what their


favorite color was, what is their eye color, what is their shirt color, and what is their home color,” Ashton stated. “Then I was forced to create an abstract piece based on their answers,” she said. As the gallery is her studio, it gives a visit to the space the feeling of an art crawl, “Walking through an artists space during open hours is so much fun, because you can see what they’re working on”, said Ashton. You’re not only going to see works in progress, but it’s likely you will catch her brush in hand.

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“Gold Heart gives us the opportunity to show whatever we want, and do whatever we want.”


eart Tatto H d l o o Missy Hoch

La Crosse’s Northside business district along Caledonia Street went through a revitalization a few years ago, changing its name from Old Towne North to Uptowne, and seeing an influx of new businesses filling the storefronts. The businesses are thriving and the community has embraced the Northside’s “downtown”. Among the shops you’ll find antiques and candy, wine and aquariums, all in small local businesses that you can feel good supporting. One of the newest businesses to join Uptowne is Gold Heart Tattoo. Owned and operated by tattoo artist Missy Hoch. Raised across the river in the bluffs of La Crescent Minnesota on an organic farm, Missy is now an in demand local artist,


whose canvas could be you. There is currently a six to nine month waiting list to get a tattoo from Missy. It was growing up on the farm, Hoch Orchards, that Missy first saw a farm hand with the type of tattoos she would someday create. “This guy was the only person I had seen that didn’t have an anchor or a pinup and he had these really interesting tattoos… I saw that you literally can put anything on your body. To me, the way art is, is that it can go in any format, so I have always seen tattooing as an art form,” said Missy. As the world of tattooing has moved into a fine art form, people travel distances to get a tattoo from a favorite artist. “New techniques are developing every day, I mean there is such a saturated market that the amount of things that people are doing with tattoos are wild... It’s just going to inch its way harder and harder into the art world,” said Missy. Gold Heart Tattoo is unique in the area as it is also an alternative art gallery where artists are welcome to paint

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or draw directly on the walls. “Gold Heart gives us the opportunity to show whatever we want, and do whatever we want, in the space. Huge walls, gallery lighting, (artists can) do whatever they want and nobody is telling them not to. So I feel like it’s a unique opportunity for artists to just kinda propose anything and not have to worry about marketing to a specific gallery,” she said.

Viterbo University Gallery

With a degree in Fine Art, combining tattooing and the gallery seemed natural to Missy, “When I was in school, my favorite part was the creative energy that people had and then the deadline of doing the show. You have all these ideas, you’re making all these things, but for what? And so, I liked the idea of marrying tattooing and the gallery,” she explained. Gold Heart has new contemporary art exhibits every two to three months with opening receptions. The public is welcome to visit most days.

For a list of current and upcoming shows, visit


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Concerts held at Viterbo Fine Arts Center 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse Get full concert information and tickets at 2:00 pm Simply Sinatra---Rescheduled 7:30 pm Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Tia Murray 7:30 pm Beethoven's 3rd and Celebrating 75 years since the end of WWII 7:30 pm Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2 with local soprano, Katherine Weber 7:30 pm Rising Stars Finals and Sibelius' Three Legends from the Kalevada 7:30 pm Movies at the Symphony opening with the Lord of the Rings 7:30 pm Beethoven's 7th Symphony


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ouse Regio H p nal m u P Arts Center Toni Asher The Pump House Regional Arts Center has been an active hub for regional artists for over 40 years. It’s impressive that an art-based non profit could thrive in a community for so long. It says a lot about La Crosse, the strength of its arts community, and the quality of the programs presented by the Pump House, that it has remained a supported organization since 1979. The building itself is unique and on the National Registry of Historic Places. “The original Pump House was built in 1880, as a water pumping station, hence the name Pump House, it really was a pumping station; and they used it to pump water from the Mississippi River for fire protection”, said Toni Asher, Executive Director of the Pump House. “When you walk in this building, you just feel that this is a special space… They burned coal here to power the pumps, so you’re in a very industrial neighborhood, burning this very dirty material. And yet, they put in this beautiful vaulted ceiling and the angle wood, and it just takes your breath away.” The building is home to three gallery spaces where you will find exhibits from artists throughout the Midwest and around the country. “We have an annual call to artists that goes out in September and is open through January 31st each year. And through that call we receive applications from artists throughout the United States, but strongly from Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota,“ said Toni.. The Kader Gallery is the largest gallery space where artist receptions can easily entertain 200 guests, but it isn’t the only gallery space. There is also a Front Gallery and Balcony Gallery. “The strongest point of the Front Gallery is the black wall. And that wall just

makes artwork pop. Artists plan their exhibitions around having that wall space. And they also have a standard white wall and a wall in the natural tones. It gives artists something to work with,” said Toni. The Balcony Gallery is the one familiar to many La Crosse families as it features student artwork throughout the academic year. Toni feels this can be quite the experience for families. “Frequently this will be their first time coming to an art gallery, and sometimes they are a little intimidated by the thought… but then they get here and they realize how accessible art is and it actually can be a life changing experience. Now when they travel some place and they see that there is an art gallery open that they can go to. They might go and have that experience, because they know from this experience, that it is an accessible activity that they can engage in.” The Dayton Theatre off of the Balcony Gallery on the second floor seats 140 and holds concert series, comedies and film series on the stage throughout the year. There is always something happening on stage, in the galleries, or in a class. The Pump House offers “classes in fun and unusual things,” said Toni. Including the Art of Fly Fishing, Paint and Pours, and an Open Clay Studio, among others.

For a full list of events and classes go to


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Sympho e s s o r C n a y L Orchestra Eva Marie Restel The first symphony orchestra in La Crosse came into being over 100 years ago in 1898 and for the next 40 odd years orchestras came and went. Most lasting a season or two, one lasted fourteen years, but it wasn’t until 1941 when the current La Crosse Symphony Orchestra played its first concert that La Crosse finally had an orchestra that was here to stay. The Orchestra will be celebrating its 80th anniversary next year and it is strongly invested in the community that has enjoyed and supported it for so long. The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra is especially focused on the youth of La Crosse with nearly as many educational programs as concerts in their yearly series. From scholarships, to violin lessons after school, to getting those violins into the hands of kids, the organization educates and instills into young people a love of the symphony. “In my position I can see the opportunity that the Symphony has to bring something.” stated Eva Marie Restel, Executive Director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. “People that might not have the opportunities in music, to grow and get the benefits of music education, which we know... studies are


showing, you will stay in school longer, your behavior is better, your grades are better, you feel more confident… the improvement is remarkable,” she said.

not like that anymore,” said Restel. Young people are always welcomed at the symphony concerts, “Come out. Student tickets are $10 any seat, any concert.”

One of their popular programs is the after school violin lessons at the Boys and Girls Club. Any student can participate, there is no cost, and the lessons are taught by members of the Orchestra. They even give the students free access to the violins, “It’s the Play it Forward part of our program where people donate instruments and we have Leitholds fix them for us.... Or we buy new instruments. So that puts the instruments in the Boys & Girls Clubs and in the schools,“ said Eva Marie.

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra performs at the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center and the 2020-2021 season will be celebrating the works of Beethoven and is entitled Inspired by Genius. The Christmas concert in particular is incredibly popular and it is suggested that you buy your tickets early. Learn more at

Not only does the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra work to put instruments into the hands of students, but they work to educate students about how accessible and enjoyable attending a concert can be. “We offer a 45minute long Symphony for elementary students to come as classes. It’s a really neat program and it talks to students about what’s going on onstage, so there’s some learning,” said Restel. These student focused performances also work on any preconceived ideas the students might have about the Orchestra. “Maybe their Grandmas went, (and they thought it was) something for old people and you had to be super dressed up, and it’s

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calendar of events festivals | craft shows




visual arts

Aug 21

Jim Witter’s The Long and Winding Road

Viterbo University

Aug 22

Steely Dane – The Ultimate Steely Dan Tribute

Weber Center

Sept 15

Candid Camera’s LOL Tour

Weber Center

Sept 16 - Nov 7

Saguaros I Have Met

Pump House Regional Arts Center

Sept 16 - Nov 7

National Parks: Iconic Places and Spaces

Pump House Regional Arts Center

Sept 16 - Nov 7

Passages and ByWays of Nature

Pump House Regional Arts Center

Sept 16 - Nov 7

Protect Pollinators

Pump House Regional Arts Center

Sep 20

Simply Sinatra

Viterbo Fine Arts Center

Sep 30 - Oct 4

The Holy Shroud Replica Exhibit

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Oct 23

Jason Farnham

Heider Center for the Arts

Oct 24

Beethoven’s 3rd

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

Oct 25 - Oct 27

Beethoven Project 2020

Viterbo Fine Arts Center

Oct 30 - Nov 1

Relics of the Shrine Exhibition

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Nov 11 - Jan 2

Ho-Chunk: Math and Art

Pump House Regional Arts Center

Nov 20

Collide Vocals

Heider Center for the Arts

Dec 14

Kat Perkins “North Country Christmas”

Heider Center for the Arts

Dec 18 - Dec 19

Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite 1&2

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

Jan 6 - Feb 20

Dirty Rain

Pump House Regional Arts Center

Please remember to check websites or call in advance for open hours and events.

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Jan 6 - Feb 20

She’s Lost Her Marbles!

Pump House Regional Art Center

Jan 21

Night Fever: The Bee Gees Tribute

Viterbo Fine Arts Center

Jan 21

The Looney Lutherans Comedy

Heider Center for the Arts

Feb 6

Duelly Noted

Heider Center for the Arts

Feb 24 - Apr 10

Land and Patchwork

Pump House Regional Art Center

Feb 24 - Apr 10


Pump House Regional Art Center

Feb 24 - Apr 10

Toy (with) Animals

Pump House Regional Art Center

Mar 1


Viterbo Fine Arts Center

Mar 6

The Four “C” Notes

Heider Center for the Arts

Mar 6

Rising Stars Finals & Sibelius’ Three Lengends from the Kalevada

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

Apr 1

Wild Fire

Heider Center for the Arts

Apr 9

Sinatra Tribute

Heider Center for the Arts

April 13

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Viterbo Fine Arts Center

May 1

Movies at the Symphony: Lord of the Rings La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

June 5

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony

La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

May 19 - July 17

Figuring it Out

Pump House Regional Art Center

May 19 - July 17

Paper Paintings

Pump House Regional Art Center



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