Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stevens Point Festival of Arts

Members .....  Deb Wolf would like to share this info on the Stevens Point Festival of the Arts.
For those of you who might be interested, the links are below.
Happy Holidays ........  Sharon
Subject: Stevens Point Festival of the Arts

Hi Sharon,
I'm wondering if you could send a notice out to the guild members to see if anyone (YOU?) would be interested in submitting  by January 15th deadline for the 37th Annual Festival of Arts scheduled for March 29, 2009 in the Noel Fine Arts Center at UWSP.  I am on the council & looking for new blood all the time!
FestivalOfTheArtsStevensPoint.org will link directly to the UW system as http://www.uwsp.edu/cofac/foa/ 
there is an Artist Information page with a Prospectus for downloading.
If anyone has any questions the email  is PointFOA@gmail.com
Thanks & I wish all a Happy Holiday!

Deb Wolf

Friday, October 31, 2008

Artist Help

Help is needed to paint the set at Wausau West for this up-coming play.

If interested in helping, go to Wausau West High School on Saturday Nov 1st at 10:00 am

Nov 6-9:West fall musical-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat- Auditorium    Thur-Sat 7:30PM Sun 1:30 PM

Next Exhibit info and News

Due to the up-coming holidays there will be NO Guild meetings in November or December.

What could possibly be our most thought provoking exhibit since "Mattie's"  Peace on Earth is the next exhibit! ....


Postmark Deadline for entries is :  Saturday November 15th
Deliver artwork Tuesday December 2nd, 5-6pm .. Marshfield Clinic-Weston Center, 1st floor
Pick up artwork Tuesday March 3rd, 2009, 5-6pm

Your work must include an artist's statement (YOUR words about the piece)  or ....
A favorite Lyric, Poem, Quote or Biblical/Spiritual Verse, etc, which inspired you to create the piece or that has 
a connection with your piece.

All statements must be emailed to me so the text is available to be formatted without the addition of anyone having to re-type them.   It can be in the body of the email or in a WORD document (BEST option) and attached to your email.  Also include a hard copy (a print-out) of your statement when you mail in your entry form.  Please make sure that your entry form is completely filled out ..... Title, Medium, Price, Dimensions.  All of this info is necessary for the tags and brochure to be printed.  Info missing from entry forms causes someone to take the extra time to hunt down this info.  Utilizing the CHECKLIST at the bottom of the entry form should prevent you from missing any information.

Please keep in mind, many hours volunteered by many members are essential to put on our great exhibits.  
Thanks to everyone for all their efforts and for sharing their creativity with so many. I am very proud to be among so many talented and wonderful people! 

Best wishes ....... Sharon L. Dowis

Sunday, October 26, 2008

2008-2009 Exhibit schedule Part 1

As Always anything you double click on will show up in a different window and be printable so if you lose a form you can use these............
I had to make the entry in two parts so be sure to keep scrolling down  for more forms and entry info    

As Always anything you double click on will show up in a different window and be printable so if you lose a form you can use these............

2008-2009 Exhibit Schedule Part 2

Kidz Entry Form

Flyer from Reaching New Heights Show

Meeting Minutes for October Meeting

Membership Renewal Time!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

October Meeting...

Please attend if you can .........

Thursday October 16th meeting at Marshfield Clinic-Weston Center, 1st floor conference room
5:00 - 6:00pm social hour
6:00 - 8:00pm meeting  ..... 

Award certificates for ACE have been mailed out.   Don't forget to redeem them; they expire Oct 31, 2008!

Up-coming shows will be discussed.

Hope to see you there!

Sharon L Dowis

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Trigs Winners announced!!

The winners in Trig's 2008 "Fur, Fins & Feathers" are:

Best of Show - Richard Eyre - "Taking Flight' - Photography

Award of Excellence - Patrick Plunkett - "Mon Cat" - Abstract Metal Sculpture
Award of Excellence - ChandraLyn - "Fishing for Compliments" - Glass Sculpture

Honorable Mention - Bruce Westberg - "Canadian Goose" - Colored Pencil
Honorable Mention - Bonnie Kostrzak - "Milkcan Habitat" - Oil on Canvas

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who entered.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Deadline Extended!!!

The postmark deadline for Trigs "Red, White & Blue 2008 - Celebrating Patriotism" show  has been extended to Tuesday Oct 7th.
Due to the height of the art, we are not able to post statements for our shows at Trigs, therefore it is not necessary to include them with your entry form.

This show is from Sunday Oct 12th to Sunday December 7th.  Delivery of work is from 5-6pm on Sunday Oct 12.

If you have work in the Trigs "Fur, Fins & Feathers" show, it needs to be picked up on Sunday Oct 12th 5-6pm.
Winners of this show will be announced next week.

Thank you ..... Sharon L. Dowis

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Red White and Blue Entry deadline

Reminder alert!!
October 1 is the deadline for entries in the Trigs Cellar 70 Red White and Blue show!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

September Meeting

Please attend if you can .........

Thursday September 18th meeting at Marshfield Clinic-Weston Center, 1st floor conference room
5:00 - 6:00pm social hour
6:00 - 8:00pm meeting  ..... 

Awards will be presented to the COLORAMA winners.

If you would like your judge's notes, please attend.

Up-coming shows will be discussed.

Hope to see you there!

Sharon L Dowis

Colorama Winners By Sharon Dowis


Best of Show
Cindy Markowski        "Feathered Nest"    Acrylic

Runner-Up Best of Show
Mary Robinson           "Elizabeth"       Pastel

Embodiment of Spirit
Isabel Goetz                "Connection"       Oil & Liquid Leaf

Awards of Excellence
Sharon Feathers        "The Colors of Fall"                               Mixed Media
Betsy Popp                  "Old Man on the Hill"                            Pastel
Laurie Tenpas            "Song of Summer's Long Gone"         Monoprint (Collograph)
Laurie Tenpas            "Craneberry Float"                                Watercolor & Gouache

Honorable Mentions
Sharon L. Dowis        "Betty's Garden Portal"                         Digital Media
Jean Huntoon            "This One"                                               Watercolor
Joyce King                  " Let's Walk I "                                         Watercolor
Sandra Krumpos       "Just Duckie"                                           Watercolor

Once again, COLORAMA  is a beautiful exhibit.  Thanks to all the members who entered their work!     GREAT  JOB!! 

Set-up of the Reaching New Heights Show

Friday, September 5, 2008

ARTS Night! From Mary Murphy...............

This is a charitable art fair sponsored by the Women's Fund of Portage County.  I will be one of the artists there. 

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Any News?

Your humble webmaster has been really busy flying and vacationing and summering in general.  Any news this summer that we should know about?  

Next date to remember is to get Artwork to the Colorama Show at Reaching New Heights on SEPTEMBER 2ND!
See you all there!

Schedule update for Drop off, Pick up, Entry's Etc

One More!

Apparently I am restricted to 5 images per blog entry but there is another one

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Lighter than air winners and news......

There will be no July meeting.

The due date for the upcoming exhibit at Trigs, "Fur, Fins and Feathers," will be extended.  Watch for a packet of entries for future shows to arrive in your mail.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up and brought awesome food; making "LIGHTER  THAN  AIR"  our BEST opening reception!  I doubt that anyone left the LOFT hungry!

Congratulations to The Winners!!  It's a great exhibit in a beautiful venue!!!!

Deb Wolf ....... "Fired Up II" .... Best of Show
Joyce King .... "What's In The Park" ..... Runner-up Best of Show & Embodiment of Spirit

Karen Aulik-Now .... "Lady Aeronauts" ....  Award of Excellence
ChandraLyn .... "An Uplifting Experience"  ....  Award of Excellence
Nanci  Doering .... "Balloon Rides" ...  Award of Excellence
Christine Kysely .... "Pushing The Envelope" ...  Award of Excellence

Sharon L. Dowis .... "Very High Above The Heartland" ... Honorable Mention
Sally Johnson .... "Flying Into The Past" ... Honorable Mention
Marvin Lattimer .... "Ace" ... Honorable Mention
Theda Neubauer .... "High Over The Forest" ... Honorable Mention

Friday, July 11, 2008

Acrylic Show

Peggy McDowell writes.................

The International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) is now accepting entries to their First Online International Open Acrylic Show.

Submissions must be at least 80% acrylic and the original work of the artist. No work done under supervision or in workshop is acceptable. Two submissions per person. $35 entry fee for non-members, $25 for members. Cash prizes.

Email: artgall@artgally.com

For more information go to:

Deadline: September, 15, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

These are the treats we have so far ....

Veggie tray
Cheese tray
Smoked salmon
Two kinds of brownies
a dessert
Pineapple/Pecan cheese ball
An Hors D'Oeuvre


This will be the best reception the Loft has ever seen!

See you on the 11th!

Happy 4th!!!! Sharon

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Winners of the 4th Annual Hot Air Balloon Show!!

Best of Show .......... Sharon L. Dowis ..... "The Burner"

Runner-up Best of Show ...... Mary Murphy .... "Aerial View"

Embodiment of Spirit ...... Bonnie Kostrzak
 ..... "Cloud Light"

Awards of Excellence

Karen Aulik-Now ... "Balloons Over The Wisconsin Landscape"
ChandraLyn ... "Up, Up and Away"
Heidi Garski ... "Just Ducky"
Isabel Goetz ... "Night Glow"

Honorable Mentions

Karen Aulik-Now ... "Balloon Abstract"
ChandraLyn ... "Soaring"
Bonnie Kostrzak
 ... "Evening Sky"
Mary Murphy ... "Carry Me Along"

Trigs Pick-up

Just a reminder that if you have art hanging at Trigs, pick-up is Sunday June 29th from 4-6pm

Thanks Sharon

LIGHTER THAN AIR opening reception

The opening reception at The CVA for "Lighter Than Air" is Friday July 11th, 5-7pm.  Since this is the Balloon Glow & Launch on the 400 block, it might be well attended.  We would like to have some snacks/food/refreshments; if you would like to contribute please let me know what you can bring.

Thanks ....... Sharon L. Dowis

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Northern National Art Competition

I was 0 for 2 at acceptance in the Northern National Art Competition in Rhinelander.

Anyone get in?

Let us Know!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Drop off Balloon Work!!

Drop off of your BALLOON work to the CVA is Saturday June 21st - noon - 2pm  or  Tuesday June 24th 10am - 5pm.
Don't forget!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

No Meeting in June!

There will be NO monthly meeting for The Wisconsin Visual Artists' Guild on the usual third Thursday of the month; June 19.

Hope to see everyone in July at the "Lighter Than Air" opening at the CVA, July 11!

Drop off of your BALLOON work to the CVA is Saturday June 21st - noon - 2pm  or  Tuesday June 24th 10am - 5pm.

Sharon L. Dowis

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Printing Services Available!!

I would like to offer my printing services available to the membership.

I can print any digital images up to 24 inches wide and 100 feet long on my Epson 7800 printer.  I use Epson Premium Glossy and Hahnemuhle Photo Rag papers.  I also have some 17 X 22 Hahnemuhle "Pearl" paper here I have been using.  So far it's been beautiful.
I use an ImagePrint RIP so the colors are always a perfect match for what the file is.  Please use Adobe RGB  1998 (Pretty Standard) color space if you have that option. 
I can do Glossy paper for 10 cents per square inch and Hahnemuhle paper for 15 cents per square inch.  Files could be emailed or sent via ftp.
I don't have a scanner big enough to do scans of artwork though.  Sorry.
Let me know if you are interested!

Rick Eyre

Here is what Epson says about thier printer......
 Epson UltraChrome K3™ Ink technology represents a defining moment in the history of ink jet printing. Based on our newest generation of pigment ink, Epson UltraChrome K3 incorporates eight new color pigments, including a new three-level black technology, dramatically raising the bar for professional color

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Woodson Art Museum Drawing Workshop available!

Hello Wisconsin Visual Artists Guild Members-
I wanted to notify you of a drawing workshop to be presented by the Woodson Art Museum on Saturday, June 28 – first of all it is FREE! Secondly, it will be lead by visiting artist, Terry Miller. For more information, or to sign up call 715-845-7010.

Erin Narloch
Curator of Education

All Creatures Great and Small Opening

Good turnout for the opening tonight with lots of Guild members and lots of art afficiandos showing up to see the exhibit.
Winners were Betsy Popp Best in show for the beautiful wooden birds. Heidi Garski won 2nd, Sharon Dowis and Deann DeLaRonde and Sally Johnson won Awards of Excellence. Paul Murphy won the Judges Choice award.  
Very nice exhibit overall and the  Executive Director Julie Wolcott seemed really happy to have us all there too.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Reaching New Heights show starts today! June 3rd

Let's Flood the Loft with More Than Air

Summer is here and shortly we have the unique opportunity of displaying our work in The Loft at The Center for Visual Arts.  What makes this so very special is that the opening reception will be the night of the Balloon Glow on the square.  The place will be jam packed with people from all over the country in town just for the Balloon Rally weekend.  THe CVA always has a classy reception with great amuse bouches and vino!  We will have the most amazing vantage point as everyone gets ready to enjoy a night of fun!  If you've been a member for a few years you have a chance to show previous balloon work that has already been displayed at Reaching New Heights Gallery.  The place is sure to be flooded!  Let's return the favor and blow them away with our varied and unique creativity!  Christine has EXTENDED THE ENTRY DEADLINE for this show to Wednesday, June 11, so get your entries in!

Heidi Garski

Thanks Heidi!!

Get your stuff to All Creatures show in Rapids!!

Don't forget to have artwork delivered to the WI Rapids Cultural Center (Directions below) .  
The first Yellow sheet in the Exhibits entry below that has all the times and dates available.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Directions to WI Rapids Cultural Center

As the directions go it took me an hour to get there with Google. It took me 35min. with an other set of direction.
after 34 and 10 meet turn left on to O (15min) then turn right to P (5min) till the road ends then take a left back on to 34 into wis. rap.
Then when you are on grand (in town) you can not turn right onto 4th (it is a one way) just go down to 3rd and turn right, and there you are. The Center Wi Cultural Center is to your left.
sally johnson

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mattes....... I need your opinions

Heres the deal.  I submit some prints to the Exhibit X show in Stevens Point.  3 really nice ones.  I get a call that they don't want any of them and come pick them up.  What's up with that? I ask. So I go talk to the woman there, (another guild member) and she says that they are really sticking to the white matt thing.  Plus she said that is the "standard" ( I hate when people use that word). Actually, the submission guidelines said specifically white mattes were strongly recommended.   I read the guidelines I just like to match mattes to the prints.
My question is this,  as skilled artists, do you think I should just bag the "mat matches the print idea" and go with the plain white matt for everything because it seems to be more universally acceptable and indeed may be more saleable because it matches every wall in the house?  Or should I stick with the theory that certain prints look better matted with certain colors?
Please click below where it says comments and let me know what you think.  I just want to do what's best either way, and this is why we belong to a guild isn't it?

Rick Eyre 

Friday, May 16, 2008

Revised Exhibit Schedule

May 15th Meeting..........


Good Meeting last night. Much discussion about who is doing what shows and when and topics ranging from plexiglass and shipping to why we depict the things we do.  For art or for sales or just because we want to.The difference between what judges see when judging and just liking a piece because we just like it.  Lets see, censorship, Meghan Hellroods upcoming book, yes you heard it, she is working on a childrens book, and has started picking up photography.We welcomed a new member!  Another photographer named Mark.  He is going to be at Exhibitour at Inner Piece tonight so stop by if you can.Of the 12 artists at this years Exhibitour, 4 are WVAG members! 

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Northern National Art Competition

The deadline to have things postmarked for the Northern National Art Competition is May 16th!! Three $1000 Awards of Excellence! For info or entry forms contact Gallery Director at 715-365-4556 or kralph@nicoletcollege.edu

Saturday, May 10, 2008

May Meeting info from Sharon......

Please attend if you can .........

Thursday May 15th meeting at Marshfield Clinic-Weston Center, 1st floor conference room
5:00 - 6:00pm social hour
6:00 - 8:00pm meeting  ..... discussion will include the take down of Cattails and Flowers and the hanging of  The 4th Annual Hot Air Balloon Show on Tuesday June 3rd.  As always VOLUNTEERS are needed to accomplish this.

Also...... Entry deadline for The 4th Annual Hot Air Balloon Show is Thursday May 15th (postmarked by.)  Either mail your entry form or hand deliver it at the meeting.

Hope to see you soon!

Sharon L Dowis

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Eagles Video........... Ah the glamour!!

Member Rick Eyre made a video of the process of photographing Eagles in Alaska from packing his gear to printing the final images.
It's all about the glamour and 5:00 AM wake-up calls and having your baggage lost.....................

Vicki Resesch, Nancy Lalaberte and Rick Eyre at Exhibitour

Peggy McDowell just let me know that we have at least 3 guild members exhibiting at Exhibitour this spring. Vicki Resech is  going to be at
LePaul Furs, Nancy Laliberte is going to be at Jankes BookStore, and  Rick Eyres' work is going to be at St Claire Mens wear.
Stop by on May 16th between 5:30 and 8:00 PM and check them out!!
Anyone else? 

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Laura Nelke Awarded Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors membership

Professional Recognition Awarded to Local Artist


Marshfield watercolor artist Laura Nelke has been awarded professional membership in Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors (WP&S).  In order to qualify for membership under the category of “professional” Nelke submitted her résumé and 10 slides of her artwork to a membership jury.  Membership is determined based on the quality of the artist’s work, as well as the artist’s background and level of experience.  The membership chairman who reviewed Nelke’s application was renowned Wisconsin watercolorist Lee Mothes, who pronounced the quality of the work to be “excellent.”


Founded in 1900, WP&S is a non-profit organization of visual artists and friends united to advance opportunities and services for Wisconsin artists and the general public.  Its particular mission is to promote Wisconsin art.  Members are invited to take advantage of valuable programs for artists; they also have expanded opportunities to enter juried WP&S and other statewide exhibitions.


As a watercolorist with 18 years of experience, Laura Nelke’s emotionally charged paintings glow with bold color and light.  In addition to her original watercolors, she offers workshops and instruction.  This summer Laura Nelke will be conducting watercolor classes at the University of Wisconsin-M/W through the Office of Continuing Education and the Art in the Garden program.   


Examples of  Nelke’s watercolor paintings are currently on exhibit at several locations in central Wisconsin.  Three paintings hang in the Marshfield Clinic, Weston as part of WVAG’s Cattails and Flowers exhibit, where Nelke received an award of Honorable Mention.  

Friday, April 18, 2008

Blog Stats Update

Our Blog still continues to do very well. As you can see we are averaging 13 visits per day, and the best part is that 77% of those are new visitors!  That's a very good thing. And I don't know what happened on April 3rd but we got 198 visitors on the blog that day alone.  I think Christine got our name in the paper and that did it.  And 98% of those were new visitors!!

Trigs Cellar 70 Spring Floral Exhibit Update

Remember to deliver artwork on SUnday April 20th between 5 and 6 PM!

Mark Mittlesteadt Sales.....

Congratulations to member Mark Mittlesteadt who sold all 3 pieces of his wok at the Cattails and Flowers Show!  Well done Mark!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Waupaca Fine Arts Festival Entry form

Entry form and fees are due for anyone wanting anything in the Waupaca Fine Arts FestivalAre due on April 16th!!