Thursday, December 17, 2009


Please join your fellow Guild Members if you can .......

Holiday Party & Birthday Party for our secretary ChandraLyn (It's a birthday of great significance!!!)

Where: El Mezcal Restaurant in Rib Mountain
3100 Rib Mountain Drive
Wausau, WI 54401-7490
(715) 845-9100

When: Monday Dec 21st @ 5:30

Please rsvp by responding to this email if you can or cannot make it!

Thanks ..... Sharon L. Dowis

ps .....there will be no meeting at the clinic tonight.
Our next meeting will be Thursday Jan 21, 2010 (weather permitting)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pick Up /Drop off change!!

Sorry for the last minute change, but since the weather is already bad in Wausau, and we are getting calls from members in outlying areas, we will hang the Mind Over Matter 2 show on Tuesday Dec 15th.

Please call Christine or myself if that does not work for you and we will make other arrangements. If you have already dropped off your art, we will attend to it possibly this Thursday. Just let us know where you hung it.

None of us should put ourselves in harm's way to get this show hung.

Take care all ....

Sharon 715-297-4779
Christine 715 -571-1320

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mind Over Matter Show

Remember that the 8th is the date to take down Art at the Reaching New Heights Gallery and start the
Mind over Matter show. Hope to see you there!!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Laura Nelke Demo!!

One of our members ..... Watercolorist, Laura Nelke will be demonstrating at the Chestnut Center on Sunday.

Click the link for info about the Holiday Showcase.....

Hope to see you there ... Sharon

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Last Day for Mind over Matter Entries!!

See that counter on the left?


See the Sunday May 31st Blog Entry to get a copy of the Entry form if you need one!
It's the first one on the list. The white one.

Friday, November 6, 2009

WVAG Members Make up 7 of 12 months in the Marshfield Clinic Calendar

Are we good or what?

In this years calendar.....

Betsy Popp
Bonnie Kostrzak
Carol Hettinga
Jean Huntoon (Twice)
Joyce King
Rick Eyre

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mind over Matter

As a reminder ... Entry forms for our next exhibit, Mind Over Matter 2 are due to be postmarked by Nov 16th
(not the 15th since that is a Sunday)

On your entry form, please do not forget to include your price and also email your statements to me, Sharon .. .
Due to time constraints, we cannot guarantee that a hand written statement will be type-set and posted with your art.
When emailing your statements it is very helpful in the making of the tags and the brochure if you include the following:

Also ..... there will be a meeting on Thursday Nov 19th. One thing we will discuss is the take down and hanging of the current/next exhibit on Dec 8th.

Meeting place and time:
Marshfield Clinic-Weston Center ... 1st floor conference room
Social hour 5 - 6pm
Meeting 6 -8pm

We hope to see you there ...

Sharon & Christine

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Hi Sharon,

I'm wondering if the WVAG could send out this invitation for the Festival of the Arts Stevens Point- there is a deadline of November 30 this year.

This is the website for the prospectus & application:


Deb Wolf

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Friday, October 9, 2009

October Meeting

Please attend if you can .....

Marshfield Clinic-Weston Center ... 1st floor conference room
Social hour 5 - 6pm
Meeting 6 -8pm

We will discuss our next exhibit .. "MIND OVER MATTER II" which we will hang on Tuesday Dec 8th.

We will also discuss our website!

Rick Eyre has done much work on the guild's website THANKS RICK!!!!!
Go to ... and check it out. Be sure to share any suggestions or comments at the meeting.

Halloween goodies would be fun to share .... sorry.... no apple bobbing!

Hope to see you then ....... Sharon

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Betsy Popp on The Site!!

Betsy works and instructs in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolor, wood sculpture, and pastels. I like the diversity a variety of mediums has to offer,... believe me I never get bored. I find nature to be my inspiration when it comes to subject matter.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's UP! It's Good!!

The Web site is up The Web Site is UP!!
The internet face of the Guild is operational once again.
This is intended to be the public face of the Guild and a place for people that know nothing about us to look us up online and see who where and what we are.
The blog will continue to be the members link to the guild on a day to day basis and the place to get info on forms, dates to pick up are, drop off art, communicate with each other, comment, see who is up to what, etc.
But web browsers will now have a place to go to see us.
I would encourage all members who haven't yet to get me some info on themselves and their art so I can include them on the "Members" page. It looks great with the stuff we have on it now but it would be nice to have all of us on it so people can see how good we are.
CLICK HERE to see it. Browse around.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September meeting

There will not be a meeting this month.

The next scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, October 15th at 6pm. Hope to see you then.

Thanks ..... Sharon & Christine

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Members ChandraLyn and Rick Eyre Open at Alexander House

Members Rick Eyre and ChandraLyn opened their joint show at the Alexander House In Wisconsin Rapids last night.
A very classy affair featuring great Hors Doeuvres and 2 violinists!
This is a great venue for art with lots of wall space in a home like setting and great counter space for the jewelry.
It is ongoing until October 6th

Friday, August 21, 2009

Meeting last night

Anybody go? I was shooting seascapes in Oregon
What happened? What did we discuss?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lighter Than Air Winners

I updated the winners for the Lighter Than Air show going on now at the Clinic. It's on the right and down a little
Congrats to the winners!!

Artists Statements

More on Upcoming shows


Web Site

I have the new site very close to being done. I actually had it online just for a few days as a test and it went very well. I am going to be talking to Sharon on Thursday to get some needed info and after that it should be up and running.
This blog will continue to operate after the site is up to date. This blog is alot easier to update when things change and I can do it from my iPhone when the time comes. This will always be the more day to day routine place to get updates and get forms etc. The web site is more our "Public Face" to web surfers and potential new members and art shoppers.

I'll keep you updated.

Updated Dates

I just did a major update of the dates to remember section on the right and down a bit. It has been a bust exhibit season and some of the listings were over and done. Now they are truly upcoming exhibits only.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

News from Betsy Popp!

Currently I am on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I was asked to come back (I was there Artist in Residence in June of 08) to restore an historical sign within the park.
Most all of the signs have been replaced with smaller, photo images of whatever the sign is describing. This particular sign is the oldest of its kind left in the park. It is a 2 sided 4' x 8' sign that was hand painted and lettered back possibly in the late 60's maybe early 70's - the dates are not for sure as they are still tryiing to find out more information on the sign. I have taken a inventory of the supplies needed to restore the sign and as of yet are still waiting for said supplies. In the mean time I am taking advantage of the beautiful scenery and hiking possibilities that this area has to offer. This past Tuesday I hiked from the North Rim to the South Rim - about 23.5 miles and an elevation change of 8250 to 2400 at the Colorado River and then back up to 6860 feet. Got some great images to work from.

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Showing Art

I have been really dissappointed lately finding out about opportunities to exhibit work right after the show starts. I looked around for the best place to get info regarding places to get applications before the deadline for art submissions. Today I found a couple good ones. Check out the Arts Board directory. They have a list of displays in Wisconsin. Not the definitive end all of places to show art but its got some good info.
Also get a listing on the State Run "PORTALWISCONSIN Site. Just a good free place to list yourself and get some more of your stuff online.
I have also included the Wisconsin Arts Board link at their logo on the right so you don't have to find this post if you want to check back with them.
Anyone else know of a good source for our members to get info on upcoming shows before the entry deadline?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New Web SIte Members Page Info Needed!!

We are rebuilding the WVAG web site from scratch and would like to include a page about our members. Who we are and what we do etc.
We need a brief paragraph from everyone who wants to participate about who they are, what type of art they do, and a small picture of a representative work. If you don't have an electronic file just mail a picture to Rick Eyre and I will scan it for you to get it included.
Mine will look like this.........

Landscape and scenic photography from around Wisconsin and around the globe, featuring diverse images of everything from people to Eagles to Mountains to Lighthouses. 715-842-5892

What could be easier? And then to the right of that there is space for a representative image that I have not decided on yet. I urge you to be a part of the new site and we can get more recognition in the art world and grow and gain the recognition we deserve as a Guild.

To be included in this E-Mail me at with your info and an image. This site will be as good as we make it!



Monday, July 27, 2009

For those members who are interested ....... see class info below ....

Thanks Mary!!!

Sharon .....

Begin forwarded message:

From: Mary murphy
Date: July 27, 2009 8:47:40 AM CDT
To: Sharon Dowis
Subject: Silk Fusion Classes

Sharon, could you forward and email and notice to the blog regarding classes I will be giving on silk fusion? Thank you

This is a 2 day course, all supplies included*. Day one we go through instructions and laying out fabric for 2 items (one flat, one 3 dimensional). Day 2 we finish the pieces with embellishments, sewing or whatever.

Stevens Point, Art Village Sat. Aug 22 Noon-3pm and Sun. Aug 23 noon- 3pm
Contact Kristen at the Art Village for cost and sign-up: 715-345-9500

Wisc Rapids: CWCC Fri Sept 11, 6-9pm and Sat. Sept 12 9-12:00 am
I believe the fee is $70. (*At the CWCC there is a supply list for some basic non-comsumables like ruler, brushes, bowls, etc. given out when you signup, or contact me @

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Congratulations to the following members who will be featured in Marshfield Clinic's 2010 Calendar. Your art will be reaching many!!!


Mandy Kujawa/Photograph, work shown in the RNH 2008 Colorama
Joyce King/Acrylic, work shown in the RNH 2008 Colorama
Sandra Krumpos/Watercolor, work shown in RNH Mind Over Matter
Betsy Popp/Pastel, work shown in RNH Mind Over Matter
Carol Hettinga/Watercolor, work shown in RNH 2008 Colorama

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Our Judge was ............ Karla Mirek

Here are the results......... Congratulations to all!

Best of Show Christine Kysely "La Ristra" - Digital Media

1st Runner-up Best of Show Betsy Popp "Training Flight" - Wood Sculpture
Embodiment of Spirit

Awards of Excellence Rick Eyre "Corsair" - Digital Photography
Rick Eyre "Egret" - Digital Photography
Nancy McKlay "Night Colors" - Digital Photography

Honorable Mentions H. Barbara "Vista from the Oak (Tree)" - Oil on Canvas
Sharon Feathers "Morning Mist - Nakina, Ontario" - Digital Photography
Patrick Plunkett "Above the Clouds" - Fabricated Metal Sculpture
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

WVAG Episode one. ChandraLyn

This is the episode that is going to air on Public access beginning the week of July 22nd. I have not gotten exact air times yet but I will have them soon and will post them to the blog as soon as I hear them

I originally had a Screen with the show in here but it turns out that YouTube only allows 10 minute shows and this is 27 minutes so........
I guess we'll have to watch it on TV!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

There will be a meeting at the clinic on Thursday the 16th.

Social hour 5 - 6 pm
Meeting @ 6 pm.

Please don't forget ..... the doors are locked at 6pm; so arrive early.

A representative from a local bank will give a presentation on banking through your web site; on-line security, acceptance of credit cards and how to set up on-line sales.

Some Member News .......

Angela Young and Sharon Dowis were juried into The Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. The opening reception is on Tues July 21st at 5pm. There is a $15 charge for this event that includes an hors d'oeuvre buffet, gallery viewing, Judge's presentation and entertainment. This is a very fun and informative event. Call 715-365-4512 for tickets no later than July 17th. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Jean Huntoon, Laura Nelke and Sharon Dowis were juried into the Culture and Agriculture show at New Visions in the Marshfield Clinic - Marshfield. The Artists' Reception is on Sunday August 9th from 1 - 3:30 pm.

Joyce is taking a Tom Lynch watercolor class.

Karen Aulik-Now will be taking a website class at Nicolet College

Betsy Popp is in the Grand Canyon being filmed for "Women Artists of The Grand Canyon" - a video which will play at the Park's Visitor Center.

From Dawn Olson .. "Welcome to the Alexander House Museum in Port Edward on July 17th, from 5-8 for my art opening. We will have great refreshments, wine, and live violin music to enhance the quintessential art viewing experience! If you are interested in applying to exhibit your work here, please contact Everything is covered including color invitations, reception, new coverage and no commission. It is really a wonderful, professional experience!"

Please come to the meeting and share YOUR art news!

Hope to see you there!

Sharon and Christine

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Lighter Than Air

Please arrive with your new work from 4:30 to 6pm. Remember that the doors are locked at 6pm and that we need to be very quiet since patients are still being seen at 4:30.

As usual, we need helpers to take down the art, help with check-in and hang the new art. If you have helped before, you know the drill; if not we will teach you. Call me (715-297-4779) or Christine (715- 571-1320) if you can help.

Thanks ...... Sharon

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Monday, June 15, 2009

R&B Reception

Once again we would like to have treats up in the Loft. Last year for "Lighter Than Air" we had a wonderful assortment.

If you would like to bring anything please email Christine and let her know what it will be.

Thanks ....... Sharon

Sunday, May 31, 2009

If you would rather download these applications as PDF files Click Here 

Here is info and entry forms for the next three planned exhibits ......

In The CVA Loft Gallery.......

"Rhythm & Blues 2009"

June 26th - August 29th 2009


Art Delivery to the CVA - Tues June 16th & Wed June 17th - 10am - 5pm

THEME: Artwork depicting a Musical Theme - Preferably the Blues!

In Reaching New Heights Gallery, Marshfield Clinic - Weston Center........

"Lighter Than Air 2009" (replaces the Annual Balloon and Colorama Shows)

July 7th - December 8th 2009


Art Delivery - Tues July 7th from 5-6pm at the clinic

THEME: Artwork depicting your interpretation of things that are "Lighter Than Air" or can fly.

"Mind Over Matter 2 - The Artist Revealed"

December 8th 2009 - March 2nd 2010

ENTRY DEADLINE: November 15th

Art Delivery - Tues Dec 8th from 5-6pm at the clinic

THEME: Artist's Choice

Here is info and entry forms for the next three planned exhibits ......

In The CVA Loft Gallery.......

"Rhythm & Blues 2009"
June 26th - August 29th 2009
Art Delivery to the CVA - Tues June 16th & Wed June 17th - 10am - 5pm
THEME: Artwork depicting a Musical Theme - Preferably the Blues!

In Reaching New Heights Gallery, Marshfield Clinic - Weston Center........

"Lighter Than Air 2009" (replaces the Annual Balloon and Colorama Shows)
July 7th - December 8th 2009
Art Delivery - Tues July 7th from 5-6pm at the clinic
THEME: Artwork depicting your interpretation of things that are "Lighter Than Air" or can fly.

"Mind Over Matter 2 - The Artist Revealed"
December 8th 2009 - March 2nd 2010
ENTRY DEADLINE: November 15th
Art Delivery - Tues Dec 8th from 5-6pm at the clinic
THEME: Artist's Choice

ANY ???????s
call: Christine @ 715-571-1320 or Sharon @ 715-297-4779

May 21st Meeting Minutes

                                                WISCONSIN VISUAL ARTIST’S GUILD

                                              May 21, 2009  Conference Room

                                                       Marshfield Clinic, Weston
Attendance:  Jean Huntoon,  Sandy Krumpas, Pat Plunket, Bonnie Kostrzak, Sharon Dowis, Christine Kysely, Chandra Witter, Mary Murphy, Laura Nelke.  Thank you for participating in our monthly meetings!!
Hi! to all the members of WVAG!  We miss seeing you at the meetings!  I know full well how busy we all are, but getting together as a group and sharing experiences, both good and bad, makes us feel better and encourages us to get out of our comfort zone, make some art, share ideas, expand on ideas, congratulate other’s successes, receive respect and admiration from our peers and just enjoy each other’s company.  Maybe this is just rambling, but this is what this group does for me.  Hope to see you soon! (Really!)

Another piece sold from the show while we were having our May meeting.  Congratulations  Carol Hettinga!

News from our members:
Pat Plunket:  Brought in the latest example of the “PEACE” sculpture.  The globe and landmass are to be built at NTC by the students.  Everything for the entire piece will be made and finished within 15 miles of Wausau.  Then, the same thing will be created in Cairo, Egypt.  Awesome!  The actual sculpture to be 10 feet high.  We discussed the possibility of running all the individual words for peace in different languages along the bottom of the base rather than added here and there.   Pat needs $20,000.00 to start the actual piece so we discussed how and who he could contact to (easily, I think) raise the necessary funds.  We also discussed the value the community would receive by documenting this incredible journey!  This is HUGE, Pat – congratulations!  Future art show at NTC a bust.  Thanks for trying, Pat!
Christine Kysely:  Christine’s idea for a welding club also shot down at the NTC. Their loss!!  Hasn’t created any artwork, but is going at it hard at school.  She has all of the new entry forms for the upcoming shows finished.  Watch your mail!  Rhythm and Blues moved up to June by the CVA (Yikes!) so get crankin’ on those entries!  “Mind Over Matter…The Artist Revealed “ show taking the place of “Colorama” and “Peace on Earth”.  We will have fewer shows this year.  Christine has 60 pots planted and has little tomatoes already!  She shared her problems with birds and then everyone had a story.  Who knew the little buggers could and do make so many problems!  Many thanks to you, Christine, for all the work you put into us, I mean the guild!
Chandra Witter:  I have had a very difficult time of things, both at work and at home, but have been able to make some glass in preparation of things to come.  I had the wonderful experience of being the first guinea pig, I mean the first test case, for the video interview combining the current show with an artist reflection.  Rick Eyer visited me at my home studio and did a fabulous job of making me feel comfortable and interviewing me.  He had prepared an excellent list of questions.  I had such a good time!  We watched Rick’s magic unfold when we watched the video.  Great camera work, Rick! 
Sandy Krumpass:  Her husband has been permanently laid off.   Sorry to hear this, Sandy!  She said she is trying to do some painting and finds it make life a little better.  We talked about how we, as artistic human beings, need to feed that inner beast that is desire.  Good luck, Sandy and keep on painting!
Bonnie Kostrzak:  Got into “Creeper Car Show” with 3 pieces!  Awesome!  She has been super busy “chasing her own tail”.  The Green Bay gallery, “Art Garage”, called Bonnie because they saw her website and loved her work!  Congratulations!  This is what we are all waiting for!!!!!  She has to hang her own work but has an opportunity to hang all of her work in the front as her own show when she is ready. Wow!  Talked about where they support artists and list websites for free.  Got into New Visions “Art in Agriculture”!
Laura Nelke.  Got into New Visions “Art in Agriculture”.  Brought photo of work and progressive photos.  Answered a lot of questions regarding technique for those of us that are severely painting challenged.  Said this was the fastest painting she’s done and she feels this piece just came together and feels so very, very good about it.  This is a great feeling! Brought catalog for the Art expo in Chicago.  Laura’s signed up and ready for some classes.  Looking forward to dabbling in new ideas and trying something new.  Thanks for sharing, Laura!
Mary Murphy:  continues to teach silk fusion classes this year.  Did the  “Art Walk” from a pet storefront in Stevens Point.   Had the best display!  She had some great feedback!  Like many others she has not having enough time for getting contacts and expanding her opportunities.  Best wishes, Mary!
Jean Huntoon:  Got into “Art in Agriculture”, too!  She also brought a photo of the work accepted.  What a nice piece.  She and Laura shared the fact that this was a frequently photographed and painted barn.  Jean said she has painted many aspects of this barn and Laura mentioned that she had explored many of the dark recesses of this barn.. I found this very a very interesting thought.  Thanks for this insight, Jean.   Jean’s husband has recovered from colon cancer.  That’s awesome!
Sharon Dowis:  Had two pieces accepted into New Vision “Art in Agriculture”. WOW! Has piece in S. Carolina and received an Honorable Mention!  Has a piece in New Hampshire. If she gets a piece in  Connecticut it will be her 8th state.  She has been so busy moving  her mom from Milwaukee.   Been working hard but doesn’t  have  anything in the garden, yet.  (This could be bad!)
Good Luck to everyone getting your art together for “Rhythm and Blues” and “Lighter than Air”!
Respectfully submitted by ChandraLyn,  297-0858

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cat Tails and Flowers Winners

Cattails and Flowers


                        Best of Show:  Bonnie Kostrzak

Runner-up Best of Show:  Rick Eyre

Award of Excellence: Karen Aulik-Now

                                                             Christine Kysely


                        Honorable Mention:  Cindy Markowski

                                                              Pat Plunket

                                                              Christine Kysely

Embodiment of Spirit:  Jean Huntoon

Mind over Matter winners

Winners!!          Mind Over Matter:  The Artist Revealed


                        Best of Show:  Sharon Dowis

 Runner-up Best of Show:  Mary Murphy

Award of  Excellence:  Karen Aulik-Now 

                                                               Sharon Feathers

                                                               Laurie Tenpas

Honorable Mention:  Sharon Dowis

                                                             Christine Kysely


Embodiment of Spirit:  Cindy Markowski

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Minutes Notes from the Feb 19th Meeting............

Jori Hoffer – Our newest member.  Welcome Jori!!  Likes working in acrylic.  Finished an amazing pair of  Vans (canvass shoes for those of us not hip to teenage fashion!).  Had an idea for “Cattails and Flowers” but just can’t seem to get a small part of the painting just right but hopes to compete on the next show!

Betsy Popp -   brought us a bunch of web sites and phone numbers for up-coming art events.  As always, Betsy, you bring a lot of laughter!  Info as follows:  Sat. June 13 9-4  920-892-8409


Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh , contact Doris Peitz  920-235-6903 ext.22   2 venues  Sat May16  Sun July 12


Northern National Pastel Exhibition  June 13, July 12


Madison Audubon Society – Sat May 2  608-255 2473


Appleton Art Center 49th Annual Art in the Park  sat July 26  920-733-4089


Northern National Art  Competition - Rhinelander 715-365-4556


Hodag on Parade  715-362-7374 the richeson 75 landscape, seascape and architectural show and the figure / portrait show  this summer


Color theory at  Yawkey Art Museum:  See brochure


Wisconsin Arts Board.   5 x 7  maximum size art.  Grants.


July 3-8 Chicago learning art expo - art supply

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Art Pickup and a Display opportunity!

If you have art at Trigs, pick up is Sunday April 5th, 5pm.

If you would like to display and sell your work there, you can bring 2 or 3 pieces without paying an entry fee.  This is not a show with a theme; but an opportunity to display your work to the public at no cost to you.

Email me if you are interested, so we have an idea of how many pieces we will be hanging.

You will need to provide the following information ......  TITLE, MEDIUM, YOUR NAME and PRICE so tags can be printed and ready to hang with your work.  

Have a great day .... Sharon

Monday, March 16, 2009

Subscribe via E-Mail

Great new option to keep updated on WVAG news and happenings!

You never have to remember to sign in and check out what is u with the group or see when the next meeting is or whatever!.

And its EASY to do too!!
But don't try clicking on the pictures in this post.  They are really just pictures.  You have to do all of this on the actual right side of the blog.

All you have to do is scroll down a little to where the green on the right turns into blue, click on  "Subscribe in a reader" and right under where it says "choose your reader" there is a spot to click on "Get Wisconsin Visual Artists Guild delivered via E-Mail".

and right under where it says "choose your reader" there is a spot with  blue lettering and little envelope graphic that says to click to "Get Wisconsin Visual Artists Guild delivered via E-Mail"

Just click on that and fill in your e-mail address and you're done.  Viola!! You're a web master!!  My Grandmothers name was Viola.  Seriously!!

You have to fill in the little letters that they give you too.  Thats so the "Blogger" people don't get spammed and neither do you.  This on is  "bionsub" but remember these are just examples I am sending along to show how this looks when you do it.  You will have different ones when you really do it.

Then Click "Complete Submission request" and that's it!!

From now on any time a post gets made and it shows up like the Guild sent you an e-mail!  Just like that!!
Give it a try!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

March Meeting

We will have a meeting on Thursday, March 19th at  6pm.

Please arrive early since the clinic doors are now locked at 6pm.

Winners of The Cattails & Flowers Exhibit will be announced and awards presented.

Extra effort is put forth by the judge and volunteers to obtain feedback about our work.  Most shows give no feedback to the artists; even if juried into a show or if winning an award.  If you value this information, and would like the "Judge's Notes" for your entries, you can pick them up at the meeting or have someone get them for you.

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Feb Meeting!!

We will have a meeting on Thursday, Feb 19th at  6pm.

Please arrive early since the clinic doors are now locked at 6pm.

Hope to see you there!


Cat Tails Entry form. Get 'em in today!!

Today is the last day to get your Cat Tails and Flowers entry forms in!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Topic for discussion........

Here is a good one for us to weigh in on..................

I have arguments for both sides of this so there is no right or wrong I am just interested on how my fellow members would handle this situation.
Lets says one of us has a show at the New Visions gallery in Marshfield (at the hospital).  The lets says one of the employees at the hospital calls and says he wants to use 3 of the images from the show in the calendar they publish. 70,000 calendars.  Thats alot of calendars.  So the thing is they want to use the pictures for a grand total of nothing.  Just "exposure".  70,000 exposures.
times 3 pictures.  
So the original thought was "Sure, people will look at those pictures and get to my web site and then look around and either buy one of the images from the show or another one from the site"  But then it turns out they will not ever ever ever print that artists web site on the page.  Only name, title of the image, and artists city.  No web sites!
So that person thinks "where is the Exposure in that?"
To license the images for those calendars would cost someone $2366 using industry standard pricing and he should just GIVE it to them for free?  Is the printer printing them for free? Is he assembling these calendars for free?  Would one of their fellow members at the WVAG GIVE them 3 pieces to use without even allowing a link or some sort of way for a viewer to look further or a way to actually BUY something/  OK its me.  Lets get that out.  Its me. I explained that I am traveling the earth getting these images and I am the ne climbing the Rockies in my rental car in the winter and they not only want to use the images for free they won't even print my web site address on the page?
On the other hand it's 70,000 copies of my pictures out there hanging all over the place?

What say you, dear members?  Yay or nay?  
Move your mouse down about 1/2 an inch and click on comments and let us know what you think!  

February Meeting info from Sharon

Hello all!

Will there be a meeting on Thursday February 19th????  We'd like to have at least 10 members at a meeting and that does not always happen.  Please reply to this email with "YES" or "NO."  Some members travel a long way and we want to make it worth their while to attend.  Once I have 10 "YES" responses I will send out another saying the meeting is on.

Other news .....  You may have noticed that we are producing color cards announcing our shows.  These cards are placed at the CVA, Riverfront, the Library and Leigh Yawkey.  The card for "Cattails & Flowers"  will include each participating artist's last name on the front.  (Riverfront does this for their Visions exhibit.)

Reminder ... "Cattails & Flowers" entries are due to be postmarked by Feb 19th.

Have a great day......


PS ...... Christine now has email. You can contact her with ????s if you wish.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Membership Renewal Reminder

There is still time to get your membership dues, renewal and release forms mailed in.  Packets with these and entry forms were mailed out this fall.  If you need to replace these forms they are available on the Guild's Blog Site @

BOTH release forms must be signed and sent in with your renewal form and fee.

"Mind Over Matter" has not yet been judged.  Some pieces were chosen as possible 2010 calendar entries and were removed to be photographed by the clinic.  Now that they have been returned, judging will take place soon.  An email will be sent out with the results as soon as they are known.

Stay warm!


No Meeting In January

Due to the brutally cold weather there will not be a meeting on Thursday, Jan 15.

Hopefully we will be able to get together in February.

Up - Coming Art Openings ......

"Winter's Garden"
Riverfront Arts Center .... Stevens Point
Friday Jan 16th, 5 - 7pm

"Midwest Seasons"  &  "Volunteers/Artists"
CVA & the Loft ....  Wausau
Friday Jan 23rd, 5 - 7pm

Hope to see you there


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Stevens Point Festival of Arts Info

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
Sent By Sharon Dowis.......................
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! will link directly to the UW system as 
there is an Artist Information page with a Prospectus for downloading.
If anyone has any questions the email  is
Thanks & I wish 

A very delayed announcement about the winners

I put this in my inbox to post when I had internet access and almost forgot about it.......  Yikes?
Anyway here it is.  Sorry about the delay.......................................

Here are the award winners........

BEST  OF  SHOW Bonnie Kostrzak "Old Glory Morning"

Awards of Excellence
Nancy Doering "Patriotic Patterns"
Bonnie Kostrzak "His Old Flag"

Honorable Mentions
Karen Aulik "Star Spangled Abstract"
Sandy Krumpos "Boy Patriot"