Monday, March 31, 2008

Entry Deadline!!!

Entry deadline for two different WVAG shows is April 1st, so be sure and get those forms in.  Note:  Christine has a new address to send them to (It is on the forms) which is a post office box.  It will be more secure than her great big box by her studio.  Address entries like this:

(Put name of show here)
c/o WVAG
P.O. Box 0833
Wausau, WI 54402

*Cultural Center/Creatures 2008 Show:  Bright yellow green entry form with artistic statements and check attached gets mailed to Christine. White consignment form, which can also list up to 8 prints, cards, or jewelry (if you wish) for their gift shop should be dropped off with your three to-be-judged entries on one of the drop-off dates listed.

*Trig's Cellar 70/ Floral 2008:  Pastel green entry form gets mailed to Christine.  No artistic statements will be printed, and no entry fee for this exhibit.  The show will be judged, but there will be no prize money.  2 pieces maximum and drop off of artwork is on Sunday, April 20, between 5-6pm.

Additional detailed information is on the forms you have received.  If you have other questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me and I will try and answer you.  Good luck everyone.

Sincerely, Peggy

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Rapids All Creatures Great and Small Info and Instructions AND and some new opportunities from Betsy Popp

Information for the All Creatures Great and Small - Rapids Show.
The white inventory form for the All Creatures Great and Small show in Rapids should not get mailed in with your green entry form, check, and artistic statements.
The white inventory form should be brought in when you drop off your art work in Rapids.
Here's the new opportunity -
After you fill out the inventory form with up to three entries for the Creature can submit up to 8 other CREATURE pieces.........providing they have the creature theme.
These pieces will be put on consignment thru the Rapids venue......when you bring in your entries for the Creature show you can bring along your other creature pieces (up to eleven total)......the entries for the show will be the art work juried for awards...the addition pieces brought in with a creature theme will be put on consignment through the Art Center.
These additional pieces can be cards (appropriately displayed in card sleeve), prints(appropriately shrunk wrapped), ready to frame shrunk wrapped originals that would fit in a print bin, or jewelry.......only two maximum of the same item (ex. two cards of the same thing - don't bring in 20 identical cards)....and up to eleven pieces total including your Creature entries.
Christine does not have to know what your consignment items are as long as they are presented professionally and have a creature theme.
Get in your entry forms and write those artist statements............

Call to Wisconsin Artists! From Peggy McDowell

Call to Wisconsin Artists

Hidden River Art Festival
Friday, September 19–Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts 

Dear Artists,


There are only 15 more days until applications are due for this year's 2008 Hidden River Art Festival. Your applications must be postmarked by April 11, 2008.

Named the best festival for artists,” the Hidden River Art Festival is a great opportunity for artists to exhibit with some of the finest artists from Wisconsin. Awards include a Joanne Johnson Best in Show $1,000 and an opportunity for an exhibition in the Wilson Center's Ploch Art Gallery, Juror's Choice Award of $500, and a People's Choice Award of $250.  

Click here for an application (PDF)
Click here for an application (Word document)

General Information: (262) 781-9470
Box Office: (262) 781-9520
Fax: (262) 781-9198

The Hidden River Art Festival is hosted by The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts 
with the Brookfield Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, City of Brookfield and Town of Brookfield.

Festival of the Arts Stevens Point Info from Deb Wolf

Hello all members of WVAG~ I am a newer member and also have been working very hard to present the 36th Annual Festival of the Arts in Stevens Point. 

This is a day not to miss!
Visit our website for all the Exhibiting Artist information & slide show.
Hope to see you there! Stop in & say HI at the Silent Auction Tables~

Deb Wolf

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Waupaca Fine Arts Festival Entry form

Sharon sent me an entry form for the blog.  Another great chance to get your work out there!
Right click and download the image.

Waupaca Art Show, April 27-May 2, 2008

Sponsored by the Waupaca Fine Arts organization, this annual art show runs from the last Sunday in April through the following Thursday. Artists from the upper Midwest, Wisconsin and the local area take part in this juried show at the Waupaca EXPO, near the intersection of Hwy. 10 and 54 on the west side of the city. Hours:  April 27, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.; April 28-May 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; May 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sharon Dowis Exhibits in Oklahoma City

Two pieces I had juried into a fine art show called "Oklahoma Friendly, a National Juried Exhibition, April 1st - 26, 2008"  

"Day Of Rest Gathering - Life's Harvest"
This piece was in the 2007 Culture and Agriculture Show.
It was also exhibited in the guild's 2008 Peace on Earth" show where it received an Honorable Mention award.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Official WVAG Website update

THE NEW WVAG WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!! View it here… This is just the test server until it is done and ready to move over to the WVAG’s web hosting server.


Please look over the following webpage list and e-mail Mark at with any information or suggestions that you can provide in order to get our new website up and running!


This is what we need…


HOMEPage – This is what people will see first. We need a defining image, slogan,  mission statement or brief description.


ABOUT USPage – A lengthier description of the WVAG. It’s history,  something VERY descriptive and informative to entice viewers to want to know more about us…or to join!


GALLERYPage – Photos of Art Show Winners (well, their art too). Featured Artist of the month. An online, virtual gallery that we can use to promote and possibly sell our artwork!!!


ARTISTSPage – This will be an online, visual WVAG Artist directory so I need input from EVERY MEMBER!!! I need a name, photo of artist (head shot at least), photo of one or two favorite pieces, a biography and list of awards. We can put a link to artist’s website if one is available under that artists listing.


SHOWSPage – This is where we will put up a schedule of upcoming shows as well as slide shows of artwork shown, movie files, interviews with artist’s, judges, etc., so we have a visual documentary of the WVAG art shows.  I need help from anyone willing to put in the time to get photos down to small file sizes (yet the highest quality possible) so these load fast.


FORMSPage – This will be a repository for ALL Forms from the WVAG so we don’t have to do as much mass mailing of forms. It doesn’t have to be just the Art Show Forms. It can be used for all kinds of forms, info sheets that might normally be mailed, or even member questionnaires, etc. We can use the money saved and put it to better use. This won’t replace the mailings entirely. I would encourage as many of us as possible to use the Forms page to not only save money, but save time for those who do all this work now. They will be in pdf format so anyone can download them. I need electronic files of all forms sent to me. They can be in Word or the like as I can convert them to pdf for the Forms page.  Eventually I would like all of our forms available to be electronically submitted so we do can do away with all of the paper. Yeah, I know…some people haven’t moved into the digital 21st century yet and can’t handle going paperless. I hold out hope for it though. I suggest that we create and mail a form for EVERY MEMBER to fill out where they explicitly require forms be mailed to them, or will download them.  That will take all the guesswork out as to who needs them mailed.


BLOGPage – I see this as the lifeblood of our group as we only meet once a month and Rick is doing a FABULOUS job with it!!! If we move all of our forms to the FORMS page, Rick won’t need to be bothered with those.


LINKSPage – Any Suggestions for the Links page would be welcome. We have some on there now, but I would like to have this page categorized so that this page can serve us all for many things. We can use it to post links to Art Supply dealers online, Art Museum websites, Art Instruction websites, etc. Really any kind of info related to Art that can help us as artists!!!


CONTACT USPage – Obviously this will be limited to and e-mail addresses. But if anyone would like to take on some more responsibility it would probably be appreciated.


Again, this website can do some great things for the WVAG, but it’s only going to be as good as the members want to make it. I’m a full time artist and I have limited time to work on it. If anyone has an interest in helping to work directly on this website, including photo editing, data entry, updating and maintaining it, I would love it!  You only have to have a computer, broadband internet and an interest in helping out and I will train and work with anyone who wants to contribute. It’s not that difficult…just time consuming.


The possibilities are endless.




Mark Mittlesteadt - Artist/Owner

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University of Wisconsin Features Angela Youngs Work!!

Gallery 101 in Kleinpell Fine Arts on the UW-River Falls campus will be featuring work by art students Margaret Haden and Angela Young. Miss Haden is displaying highly detailed ceramic works that are inspired by Baroque art and architecture. Miss Young is displaying printmaking and photography imagery which deals primarily with the human figure and human identity. An artist's reception for the exhibition will be Friday, March 28, 2008 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The work will be on display from March 28, 2008 to April 3, 2008. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For further information please contact Margaret Haden at or Angela Young at

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Monthly meeting social hour starts at 5:00 PM on Thursday March 20th  in the second floor conference room.  
The formal meeting actually starts at 6:00PM, but you'll need to get there at 5:00 to get the good cookies.
It's a St Patricks theme so bring a treat to share if you like.  Beverages will be provided.
Topics include the new web site and the new blog! See separate listing here in the blog to find out more about the blog progress.
There will be a discussion about the awards from the Cattails and Flowers show accompanied by the artists descrpition of the work and the judges notes.
Call Weston Center for directions at 715-393-1000 or Click here to fill in your address and get directions from your house!!
Check here next week for info on how the meeting went!!

Since it would appear I am going to have to be in Dallas for training early Friday Morning I have made this sheet available to Christine to copy or pass around at the meeting tomorrow night.  You can click it here or look at it at the meeting but it basically says this.  The Blog is going great..  I think it is doing what it is supposed to which is keep the members informed as to what is going on and what is upcoming and dates and times and where it's members are showing their art and how the current shows are going etc etc.  If you click on the page on the left here it will enlarge and show that I pasted a couple random pages showing the number of "hits" as being an average of 8 per day, and that in the previous 32 hours there had been 25 hits on the blog!  That's really good for a blog as new as ours.  Most had come from Wisconsin but one came from Canada and one came from France!  75% were typed in specifically to see our blog and 25% were gotten to by links from other web sites.  That means there are other sites that link to ours which is crucial for web traffic!  

In a nutshell it is going this well because you send me the updates and images needed to keep it a viable ongoing blog instead of a once a month thing that people tire of checking.

Be sure to click on the "Subscribe" list on the right of this blog to be notified of updates instead of having to check it occasionally.


again and keep me updated as to what's news in your art!



Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Now you can subscribe to WVAG Blog!

I have made it possible to "subscribe" to the WVAG blog.  It was pretty arduous programming but it seems to work pretty well for me.  
I am a Mac guy but it also works on my wifes Yahoo account. 
What this does is puts a RSS "feed" by your e-mail that has all of the additions to the blog in there so you don't have to get online and type the address for our blog in every time you want to see whats up at the guild.
There is a "Subscribe" link on the right side of this blog at the top of the blue bar section.  (You have to scroll down a bit) and then click on it and follow the easy instructions that may vary depending on your computer.
You can even click (in Yahoo anyway) to have it send you a e-mail when there is a new entry.
As you can see it lists all of the entries as separate e-mails (somehow).  Pretty cool really.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Winners announced for Cattails show!!

Here are the Best of Show and Best of Show Runner Up from the Cattails and flowers show.
The full list of winners is shown at the right.
Congratulations to all!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Betsy Popp at Cellar 70!!

Betsy Popp has 37 pieces on display at  Cellar 70 this month!!

Cellar 70 is showcasing the art of member Betsy Popp..............

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Video walkthrough of the whole show!!

Sharon Dowis "Upstream People Gallery" Exhibit

Check out the Upstream People Gallery "Faces" Exhibit of Sharon Dowis Work!
Judges stated the following about her image............

SHARON L. DOWIS of Wausau, Wisconsin has captured perhaps one of the most interesting representations of a cat in the square formatted photograph of “Mr. Beau J.” showing the clever cropping and the fine details of the fur. The cat’s face at the upper left and the flow of the fur and tail make for a rich piece in an unusual composition.