Ever-popular Peeps exhibit back at Racine Museum

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RACINE, Wis. (AP) – The Racine Art Museum has opened its most popular community event: an annual Peeps exhibit that centers around the brightly colored marshmallow candies shaped as bunnies or chicks.

All 129 exhibits were submitted by artists and amateurs, the Journal Times of Racine reported. The show opened Friday and runs for three weeks.

Last year’s event drew 4,000 people, and this year’s exhibit was already proving a hit, museum spokeswoman Laura Gillespie said.

“It’s our most popular community event,” Gillespie said. “I think after winter, everybody needs a blast of color.”

This year’s entries include Peeps made up to look like the Beatles.

Another display represents a specific choir at Gifford Elementary School in Caledonia. It was created in part by Angela Janota, the school’s music teacher and orchestra director. Each Peep was crafted to resemble students in the choir.

“Each child in the program has been represented, immortalized in Peep form,” Janota said. “I want them to come and see their own Peep and their own name … As a kid I know how I’d react.”

Alissa Burke, 11, made an exhibit of brightly colored Peep flowers called, “Boupeep.” She said the effort took her five hours to make.

“I just like flowers,” she said.

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