Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Great Tip from Patrick Plunkett

I have something some of our fellow artists may be interested in (referring to our blog). I was in the New Visions Gallery in Marshfield this morning and I talked to James Machtan, assistant gallery director. Mr. Machtan indicated the following:

New Visions and the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield are looking for some artwork for a building renovation they are doing. The artwork is for children and, if I possible, the work should have a scientific slant to it, perhaps an object related to science, etc. in the work. If there are any artists out there who have such work, they can go to the New Visions Gallery site and contact James Machtan, Assistant Director.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wisconsin Portal Scam

I’ve recently been contacted by a scam artist and feel I should share this story with my fellow artists. Long story short: 1. “They”, from New York City, wanted to buy one of my sculptures off the “Portal Wisconsin” website, last Saturday, asked about price. 2. They replied to the price and said I should mark it sold immediately. They were just getting a job promotion and life was messy, the promotion included an out-of-town move, asked for my name, address, and phone number so they could contact me. 3. They informed me that they would send a check to cover the cost of the art and they wanted me to take the excess money, from the check, to pay a shipper who would be picking the sculpture up from me. 4. I replied that they should just send a check and I’ll ship the piece to them. They replied “no” because of all the moving they were doing. 5. A check came on Friday for $2000. I was to cash it “IMMEDIATELY” and take the cost of the sculpture out, then “IMMEDIATELY” send the rest of the money to their “shipper”, some character in California. HA!!!! Stop the music!!!!!
The check was from Pittsburg, some sort of children's foundation and it was sent to me from Puerto Rico. The senders name was someone I never heard of. My banker examined the check, found it was printed on a ink-jet printer like we all have, including the endorsement name that no one could read (regular bank checks are printed with regular printing presses, leaves different characteristics). I contacted the detective squad of the sheriffs department following my trip to the bank (no, I did not “cash the check”). I am now on record regarding this attempted scam. I have broken off all contact with these sorry individuals. To cement the fact that this is a fraud, the Wisconsin Arts Board sent me an email warning me of scam artists using names off the Portal Wisconsin website – too late, I’ve already been there and didn’t get scammed to boot. So, anyone getting such messages should be aware, if they don’t want the art shipped by you directly to their home it’s likely they don’t want your art, all they want is the money they will try and fleece off of you.
Ah the art world, what an exciting place, isn’t it??
Respectfully, Pat Plunkett, Visual Artist

The worst of news.....

Dear Fellow Artists:

September of 2012 will be my last month with the Wisconsin Visual Artists Guild. I will assist with the fundraiser in October, but will not be available for the October meeting. I'm afraid that other obligations in my life have consumed much of my time and energy and I cannot continue to take part in the responsibilities of the guild as I have in the past.

The WVAG members have been a terrific source of inspiration to me and I have been so very fortunate to call many of you my friends. The future might bring me a sane moment or two so that I might be able to continue my craft and show in upcoming shows, but for the immediate future, the WVAG needs someone to jump in and take up the position I have held. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

Monthly mailings
Mailings to new and existing members
Run the monthly meetings
Make the sales at the clinic on demand
Wrangle the file box

You may reach me at 715-297-0858 or email me at should you have any questions for me.

God bless.

Chandra Witter

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sharon Rotz Gallery Show

You are invited

Fine Art Fiber

Saturday, September 15 - October 6, 2012
Nicolet Art Gallery
Nicolet College
Rhinelander, WI

Five artists are highlighted in this rich exhibit of fine art quilts and beadwork. Featured are Pat Gaska, Louise Schotz, Gale Wilcox, Pat Kumicich
and Sharon Rotz.

Greet the artists at the Opening
Saturday, September 15th
5-7 pm

The Fine Art Fiber Fair is
Saturday, October 6
10 am - 4 pm.
Meet and interact with the fiber artists as they present live demonstrations.
This event is free and open to the public.
See you there.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Woodson News

Woodson Art Museum

This Weekend's Wow @ the Woodson
Saturday & Sunday, September 8-9
Three-part Debut of 2012 Birds in Art and
Owen J. Gromme exhibition in New Building Addition
Part of Wausau's Artrageous Weekend

The Museum offers extended hours:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, September 9
during "Birds in Art" opening weekend, part of
Wausau's Artrageous Weekend.
More than 70 of the 125 Birds in Art artists from throughout the world will be at the Museum Saturday morning, September 8, to meet visitors and sign catalogues, and about a dozen artists will demonstrate painting, drawing, and woodcarving during Artists in Action, 9:15 a.m. - Noon, in the sculpture garden.
Among those included in the 2012 exhibition are seven Wisconsin artists, thirty-three international artists from fourteen different countries, nineteen first-time Birds in Art artists, and nineteen artists who have been named Master Artists during previous Birds in Art exhibitions.
Opening day of this year's 37th annual Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum on Saturday, September 8, also marks the debut of an Owen J. Gromme painting collection in the Museum's new building addition.
Gromme, the celebrated Wisconsin artist (1896-1991) who is considered the "father of Birds in Art, " organized the Woodson Art Museum's inaugural exhibition in 1976, so the Museum is a fitting permanent home for a collection of his most significant work.
The forty-three paintings were commissioned in 1965 by Marshall & Ilsley Bank for its then-new Milwaukee building and given to the Museum in 2011 by BMO Harris Bank. The international reputation of Birds in Art, the Museum's flagship exhibition, was key to BMO Harris Bank's decision to donate the paintings to the Museum that Gromme helped launch nearly four decades ago.
Owen J. Gromme: An Enduring Legacy, comprising the forty-three paintings and a re-creation of his Briggsville, Wisconsin studio, debuts in a new gallery in the Museum's 9,000-square-foot addition that also includes enhanced visitor amenities such as a large elevator and restrooms, and much-needed storage space. The new gallery more than doubles the Museum's space to display artwork from its permanent collection, which will allow more Museum treasures to be on view year round.

In the Sculpture Garden
Repurposed Paper Sculpture
Sculptor-in-residence Steven Siegel has named his Woodson Art Museum sculpture "Let's fan out." In mid-May 2011, Siegel directed the creation of a gently curing wall made of repurposed paper that will grace the sculpture garden for about two years, weathering to resemble an exposed hillside comprising layers of ancient rock. This acclaimed artist is interested in how his biodegradable sculptures visually impact their surroundings and how they change over time. A corps of volunteers and Museum staff helped Siegel create the sculpture from more than 24,000 tons of donated paper.
Drop by during regular Museum hours (Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm; Saturday & Sunday, Noon-5pm) to see "Let's fan out."

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

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Friday, August 31, 2012



To volunteer for “host/hostess of the month”, please contact Gail Jaeger at 715-355-0282 or A sign up sheet will also be available at each meeting. Nothing fancy, just snacks to munch on. WVAA provides the coffee, plates, napkins, table settings and cups. Gail Jaeger






2013 - Available dates:





DECEMBER - Christmas Party

Please contact Gail Jaeger directly. 715-355-0282

Location:More Woodson Volunteers


Volunteer for programs at the Woodson
Sign up sheet will be available at monthly meetings
The first Saturday of every month, 12 months
Time: 1:00-3:00pm,
Dress appropriately
Name tag, ID: to be provided by the Woodson
Contact person at the Woodson: Jayna
Telephone #: 715-845-7010
It is the volunteer’s responsibility to contact the Woodson approximately 2 weeks in advance of the project for all details.



2013 Available Dates:

January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7.

Please contact: Gail Jaeger

Location:Woodson Volunteers

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Artrageous Weekend

This year's 23rd-annual Wausau's Artrageous Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, features a three-site visual arts celebration that continues to be north central Wisconsin's biggest art extravaganza.
Details are included in the press release, attached and below.
Thank you for helping to let others know about this terrific, fall weekend in Wausau!
Best regards,

Amy Beck
Marketing & Communications Manager
Woodson Art Museum

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


There will be a meeting at the clinic on Thursday the 23rd.

Social hour 5 - 6 pm
Meeting @ 6 pm.

We will be discussing .......

.............. Our next Fund Raiser, which will be on Friday October 19th.

............. Our next exhibit, Colorama, as part of the Fund Raiser (If you haven't mailed your entry form, you can hand deliver it! Colorama hangs on Sept 4th)

............. The Museum of Wisconsin Art (becoming a member and submitting your work for the Annual Members' Exhibition)

Hope to see you there!

Sharon & ChandraLyn

- Posted By Rick Eyre

Monday, July 30, 2012

This week at the Woodson

This week at the Woodson

- Posted By Rick Eyre

Here's the website Betsy was talking about. I created our group on there.

Have people in the WVAG join that website and the group within it!

Location:From Mark. Check it out

Friday, July 20, 2012

Greetings from BDAAA!

"On The Move" Transportation Exhibit will be featured at the Seippel Arts Center from September 23 until October 21, 2012 and we are requesting your transportation related artwork! Please see the attached Call for Art brochure. For more information, please contact Rod Hill, Exhibit Chairperson 920-392-9685.

Applications to exhibit in "On The Move" are due September 3.

Susan Janssen
Assistant to the Executive Director
Beaver Dam Area Arts Association
Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts
1605 N Spring Street, PO Box 442
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Applications to exhibit in "On The Move" are due September 3.

Susan Janssen
Assistant to the Executive Director
Beaver Dam Area Arts Association
Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts
1605 N Spring Street, PO Box 442
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Location:Transportation Exhibit

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WVAA/ looking for volunteers for LOG JAM

I am the children's activity organizer for the Mosinee Little Bull Falls Log Jam Celebration. I'm looking for help with the Arts and Crafts activities. The event takes place in River Park, August 10-12. I'm looking for help Saturday, August 11th from 10-12 am and/or 1-4 pm, and Sunday, August 12th from 10-11:30 am or 1-2:30pm. It's a great event and the activities are simple and fun. Please let me know if you're interested in helping. Bobby Walker 715-693-1041 August 11th from 10-12 am and/or 1-4 pm, and Sunday, August 12th from 10-11:30 am or 1-2:30pm. It's a great event and the activities are simple and fun. Please let me know if you're interested in helping. Bobby Walker 715-693-1041

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Anyone Want to Teach Portrait Painting?

We have recently had a request for a class or private class for portrait acrylic painting. Do you know of anyone willing to teach this at the CVA?
 Contact one of us for further details and arrangements. (2 hour private class runs $40.00 - teacher earns half)

Kindest Regards, 

Rose DeHut
Director of Education & Operations
Center for the Visual Arts

Rose DeHut
Director of Education & Operations
Center for the Visual Arts

Friday, July 13, 2012

Public Artistry Anyone?

The Prima Deli is looking for artists this weekend -  today (Friday the 13th) through Sunday - to sit, draw or show your art in front of the Deli.
Bring artwork.  Bring your pad and pencil and draw.  Bring your easel and paints and create something fun.   
You'll need to supply your own table and chair.  This is a busy weekend for the Prima Deli and you'll be responsible for yourself.  They would like to have a show of people throughout the weekend and would like artists out front from 11-3, their busy hours.
Join in the festivities of the Balloon Rally, Sidewalk Sales and Chalk Fest Weekend.
Let Jan Pflieger know if you would be willing to participate.  715-675-7740

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Show Winners


BIG NEWS! ..... Ace Hardware Frame Shop in Weston is once again matching our cash awards with gift certificates for custom framing!
Please thank them the next time you shop there!

Best of Show $150
Rick Eyre " Santorini " Photography

1st Place $100
Karen Aulik-Now " Shady Garden " Collage

2nd Place $75
Bonita Kostrzak " One Stop Repair " Mixed Media on Board

3rd Place $50
Theda Neubauer-Hewuse " Treeline " Watercolor

Honorable Mentions
Sharon L. Dowis - "Free Range Scale" Photography
Rick Eyre - "Death Valley" & "Sandhill Cranes" Photography
Sharon Feathers - "Somewhere in Time" Photography
Andrea Fenner - "Charmed Ripples" Pastel
Carol Hettinga - "The call of the north Woods" Watercolor
Jean Huntoon - "Daybreak" Watercolor
Gail M. Jaeger - "Spring Blossoms Music in My Garden" Mixed Media
Bonita Kostrzak - "Road Home Series-Johnson's Corner" Oil on Board
Patrick Plunkett - "Piano in Jazz" Fabricated Metal Sculpture
Betsy Popp - "Twin Birches" Tile Mosaic
Audrey Wilde - "Lady Bug, Lady Bug" Watercolor

Members in the Culture and Agriculture show

Congratulations to this years selectees!!

Karen Aulik Now
Deann L. De La Ronde
Sharon Dowis
Sharon Feathers
Jean Huntoon
Gail Jaeger
Bonny Kostrzak
Cindy Markowski
Laura Nelke
Pat Plunkett

Thanks to Pat Plunkett for supplying the list.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Culture and Agriculture Show

Anyone besides Sharon make it in?

Betsy Popp will be instructing a workshop entitled "Becoming a Better Landscape Painter" at the School of the Arts July 23 - 27.
Sign up for a class today

Workshop program areas for July 22-27th, 2012 are:
Writing, Music, Mind/Body/Spirit, Food and Fitness,  Art and Folk Art, and Digital Media.

School of the Arts at Rhinelander Facebook Page<>
*       Please "Like" SOA!
*       Please post to SOA !

School of the Arts at Rhinelander webpage<>
*       Link your website to our page.
*       Encourage folks to join our mailing list or visit our website for full class descriptions and online registration.
*       Promote SOA Scholarships - Scholarships are available through either SOA or Northern Arts Council.  Application Date: June 8. 2012

Watch the News:
School of the Arts on WJFW Newswatch 12-Rhinelander Wisconsin.mp4

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Sorry for the lateness of this, but YES, we are having a meeting tonight.

Social hour 5 - 6 pm
Meeting @ 6 pm

Due to the weather last month we were not able to meet.

Now it's hotter than HECK so let's enjoy each other's company and smiling faces in the cool air of the Clinic!

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Janke's Bookstore


Join us for a few hours each Thursday at Janke Bookstore (downstairs) to draw, paint, create and share. 10 - 2 pm. This is an opportunity to get together and be creative. Drop in any Thursday. Bring whatever creative endeavor you're currently working on.

There are two parking lots near-by. The Janke Bookstore is generously donating space for us to get together and ask that you park in off-street lots. No parking in front of the store.

- Posted By Rick Eyre

STill Time for Waupun Arts Show Entries

They're still accepting applications for this one......
Click Here for their Web Site

Click Here for an Application

Monday, June 18, 2012

Great New Tracking and Cataloging Software for Artists

Click here to check it out

Great New Software for artists to keep track of what art has been where and when etc.
I found this after an hour of interwebs searching. Does everything I need, isn't designed for a gallery or museum like alot of the stuff out there, and doesn't cost $150! (Its $30)
Available in Windows or Mac versions

- Posted By Rick Eyre

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pallet Knife Painting with Acrylics Workshop

The WISCONSIN VALLEY ART ASSOCIATION is hosting a Pallet Knife Painting with Acrylics Workshop with featured artist Coralee Erickson.  The class, which is limited to 10 participants, will be held Thursday, June 14, 10-5 at Janke Bookstore, downstairs.  Cost for WVAA members is $35.00.  Cost for non-members is $45.00.  Mail your registration/check to:  WVAA, P.O. Box 1791, Wausau, WI 54402-1791.  Call Audrey Wilde with questions.  715-675-1094

With the Sidewalk Sales, Chalkfest, World Championship Slalom Canoe Event, Marketplace Thursday and the Balloon Rally going on, artistic demonstrations in front of Prima Deli will be a wonderful way to showcase your talents!  There will be city-wide publicity for this event.  Please let Jan Pflieger know if you're interested in participating.  Jan can be reached at 715-675-7740.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

FaceBook instead?

I'm thinking about dropping the blog and going strictly with our FaceBook page. They mirror each other anyway, and it's easier to use.
Any thoughts anyone?

Friday, May 11, 2012

CVA Field Trip to Door County


WoodCarving Workshop

A woodcarving workshop led by renowned carver Bob Guge will be offered at the Woodson Art Museum this fall, and registration is underway.
See the press release below (and attached) for details, and thank you for helping to get the word out to those who might
want to develop the skills required to create intricately detailed plumage of birds.
URL links to images are included.
As always, let me know if I can provide anything further.
Best regards,

Amy Beck
Marketing & Communications Manager
Woodson Art Museum
700 N. 12th St.
Wausau, WI 54403-5007
715.845.7010 - office
715.845.7103 - fax

Artists offer stellar views of space travel in NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration at the Woodson Art Museum, April 14 through June 17.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Contact: Amy Beck
                                                                                                                          April 19, 2012
Image URLs and caption information are listed at the end of this release.

Woodson Art Museum Offers Fall Woodcarving Workshop

Wausau, Wisconsin: Woodcarving and painting techniques are the focus of a fall workshop offered by the Woodson Art Museum and led by renowned carver Bob Guge. During Birds in Wood: Wildfowl Woodcarving Workshop, November 2 - 4, Guge shares how to master skills necessary to achieve his signature soft-textured surfaces resembling downy plumage.
      Guge, a northern Illinois woodcarver and veteran teacher, has amassed national awards and recognition throughout his forty-year career.
·         Five-time Best in World Champion, Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, Ocean City, Maryland
·         Numerous Best of Show nationwide awards
·         Birds in Art exhibition, 1982 - 1996, Woodson Art Museum
·         American Bird Sculpture - Decoys to Decorative, 1987, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
Guge work included in permanent collections at:
·         Woodson Art Museum
·         Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland
·         Private and corporate collections throughout the world
Workshop instruction includes:
  • Discussions about anatomy and pattern making
  • Using a cast model of a bird for reference
  • Roughing, smoothing, and texturing with power tools
  • Color mixing and painting with acrylics
      Workshop cost: $395. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration; $295 balance due by September 1. An early-bird discount registration rate of $355 is available; full payment is due by June 15.
      Workshop cost includes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday lunches, snacks, beverages, cast for painting, and all instruction.
      Registration deadline: September 1; space is limited to 12 participants. A registration form is available at
Woodcarving by Bob Guge
Woodcarver Bob Guge
Woodson Art Museum
Hours:                   Tuesday - Friday                                                                9:00 am - 4:00 pm
                                First Thursday of each month                                          9:00 am - 7:30 pm
                                Saturday - Sunday                                                                  Noon - 5:00 pm
Closed Monday and holidays
Admission:           Always Free Admission
Phone:                   715.845.7010
Fax:                       715.845.7103
Location:              Franklin and 12th Streets, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5007
                                (700 N. 12th Street)

Friday, May 4, 2012

WVAA Spring Banquet






Monday, April 30, 2012

Miles of Art Tour


We need your help! The WOWSPACE will again be a site on the MILES OF ART TOUR. This is a countywide event, widely publicized, with 4 artist studios (each with additional selected artists) and 2 galleries, the WOWSPACE being one of them. Last year, this tour brought hundreds of visitors to the sites who PURCHASED as well as admired the work of the artists. Each site will have its own page on the TOUR web site.

This year our fall show will be “ARTIST’S FREE PLAY: II” which we moved from the summer to the fall to provide a variety of works of art, something which brought many favorable comments last year when the fall show was the “ARTISTS OF ANTIGO,” featuring 18 artists.


Several sentences or a brief paragraph about you and your work and a photo that best represents your work to put on the WOWSPACE page. We may edit your paragraph for length or clarity.

Our page will note that you have been a past participant in shows at the WOWSPACE because neither of us knows if you will be entering again this year. We very much hope that you do! New instructions will be coming out shortly.


1) GROUP PHOTO SHOOT: A high quality mailer is being created and will have a group photo of artists, each holding a piece of their work.
Gresham Lower Dam, WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 7PM. Rain date is THURSDAY, MAY 17, 7 PM. (Map will follow). Let me know if you would like to participate.

2) DEMONSTRATORS: Would you be interested in being a demonstrator at the WOWSPACE on October 6 or 7? Last year we had demonstrators working with pastels and scratch board as well as watercolor painting in the ART PARK. Each artist worked about 2-3 hours; visitors enjoyed meeting the artists and being able to ask questions. Again, let us know.

Get in touch if you have questions. Send me your paragraphs and photo. Let me know if you want to participate in the photo shoot or be a demonstrator. This is a great opportunity for you and your work to get publicity, entice visitors to the WOWSPACE and Shawano County, a win-win for all.

Susan Hanson

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Walls of Wittenbeg


My name is Susan Hanson and I'm a member of the Walls of Wittenberg, Inc., a non-profit arts organization based in Wittenberg. I've been trying to contact your Life editor in hopes to run a press release with a few photos for our Spring art show, "Those Johnson Girls and All Their Horses", that opens on Saturday, April, 21 with a wine, beer and cheese gala.

We are featuring wonderful artwork focused on their passion for horses from a family of artists with roots in Tigerton. More information and details are attached in our press release. I've also attached a few photos that will give a taste of the work that will be on display.

Please let me know who to send this to in your Life department, or please forward along to the appropriate people.

You may contact me with any questions by email at or 715-253-2580.

I appreciate any support in helping us get the word out about this great art show.

Thank you,
Susan Hanson

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Culture and Agriculture Reprieve!

It turns out I failed to hit "refresh" after entering the correct date on the culture and agriculture time remaining countdown on the right side .

A sharp-eyed Patrick Plunkett caught it and sent me the correct dates which are really a Deadline for entries of Friday April 23rd.
Thanks Patrick!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Woodson Happenings

Cick here for the woodson Art museum happenings this week

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Someone needs a good Old Caning

As a CVA service to the community, following is a request for "chair caning".
Can anyone re-cane a chair? Please contact directly:
Ray Jahns
507 Lawrence Ave in Rothschild

re-posted from the WvAA

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Americans in Glass Legacy exhibition at Woodson

There is still time to see this wonderful exhibit!

----- Original Message -----
From: Amy Beck
To: Amy Beck
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 4:00 PM
Subject: Glass exhibition on view at Woodson Art Museum

Attached and below is a press release about The Americans in Glass Legacy exhibition, on view through April 7, at the Woodson Art Museum -
part of a national initiative in 2012, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement.
Thank you for helping to let others know about the amazing forty-three works on view from the Museum's collection.
Best regards,

Amy Beck
Marketing & Communications Manager
Woodson Art Museum
700 N. 12th St.
Wausau, WI 54403-5007
715.845.7010 - office
715.845.7103 - fax

Escape to Dinotopia! The art of James Gurney is your passport to an island adventure at the Woodson Art Museum, January 28 through April 7.

Glass Exhibition at Woodson Art Museum
Celebrates 50th Anniversary of American Studio Glass Movement

Wausau, Wisconsin: Part of a nationwide initiative celebrating 50 years of contemporary glass artistry, the Woodson Art Museum presents The Americans in Glass Legacy, an exhibition of forty-three works acquired from the Museum's three hot-glass exhibitions held in 1978, 1981, and 1984.

The Woodson's exhibition, on view through April 7, features artist Harvey K. Littleton, one of the internationally recognized founders of the American Studio Glass Movement, which in 1962 ushered in a new medium of artistic expression.

The evolution from factory-made, mass-produced to individually designed, studio-produced glasswork led to an explosion of creativity as artists experimented with fluid glass through blowing, molding, layering, cutting, polishing, and embellishing. Once advances in technology enabled the cost-effective construction of small glass furnaces for studios, artists eagerly began stretching the boundaries of the medium.

In the spring of 1962, Harvey K. Littleton, professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dominick Labino, fellow artist and glass research scientist at Johns Mansville, held a two-week glass-blowing workshop. Working in a Toledo Art Museum storage shed, the small group of artists repeatedly tweaked the initial batch recipe to get a consistent, usable glass. Problems with the slow, controlled cooling of the glass - called annealing - meant that few works survived, yet knowledge gained through the experimentation proved to be groundbreaking. Littleton and Labino became regarded as the forward-thinking duo who sparked the American Studio Glass Movement. By the fall of 1962, Littleton offered the first glass-blowing classes at the University of Wisconsin.

Americans in Glass, a thrice-held, triennial exhibition inaugurated at the Woodson Art Museum in 1978, promoted the burgeoning glass movement. The first exhibition featured 110 works created by juried and invited artists, including Littleton, Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, and Joel Philip Myers. Subsequent Americans in Glass exhibitions were organized in 1981 and 1984; extended national and international tours followed, garnering considerable attention for studio glass.

The Americans in Glass Legacy presents forty-three works from the Museum's permanent collection acquired from artists participating in the three Americans in Glass exhibitions, in tandem with the national studio glass celebration. The Woodson Art Museum joins ten Midwest museums in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan in hosting exhibitions and special events during 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement in the United States. For information about upcoming national events, check the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass website,

URL links to images:
Ann Warff-Wolff, Pa Festen (At the Celebration), ca. 1977, blown and acid-etched glass
Kyohei Fujita, Green and Gold Pavilion, 1980, mold-blown glass and gold foil
Harvey K. Littleton, Double Downthrust, 1976, gift of John and Alice Woodson Forester
Other museums in the Midwest participating in the 50th anniversary celebration.

Woodson Art Museum
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
First Thursday of each month 9:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm
Closed Monday and holidays, including Easter
Admission: Always Free Admission
Phone: 715.845.7010
Fax: 715.845.7103
Location: Franklin and 12th Streets, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5007
(700 N. 12th Street)

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New UWSP Classes

Click Here for Info on New Classes at UWSP

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Woodson Art Museum Cuba trip

Below, and attached, is a press release about two trips being offered by the Woodson Art Museum
to encounter the people while exploring the art, architecture, and bird life of Cuba this fall.
Thank you for helping to let people know about these two rare opportunities.
Best regards,

Amy Beck
Marketing & Communications Manager
Woodson Art Museum
700 N. 12th St.
Wausau, WI 54403-5007
715.845.7010 – office
715.845.7103 – fax

Escape to Dinotopia! The art of James Gurney is your passport to an island adventure at the Woodson Art Museum, January 28 through April 7.

March 27, 2012

Woodson Art Museum Offers Two Fall Trips to Cuba

Wausau, Wisconsin: Travelers to Cuba encounter the people of this Caribbean island nation while exploring its art, architecture, and bird life on two, eight-day trips offered by the Woodson Art Museum in late October and early November, 2012.
The door for travel to Cuba, has been officially and largely shut to U.S. travelers since the 1960s, but recently was propped open by President Obama in January 2011 for museums, colleges, and universities to organize Cuba trips that are focused on meaningful people-to-people exchanges. After nearly a yearlong application process to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Woodson received the required people-to-people license.
The Museum, along with its Travel Services Provider (TSP) partner Academic Travel Abroad, offers Discover Cuba: Its People, Art, and Birds on the following:
Wednesday, October 31 through Thursday, October/November 8 (pending confirmation)
Wednesday, November 7 through Thursday, November 15
Currently a hot travel destination, Cuba was listed as number 10 on the New York Times’ 45 top travel spots for 2012.
The Woodson’s Cuba itinerary offers travelers opportunities to experience the “real” Cuba with one-on-one visits with artists, art historians, and art educators as well as farmers, naturalists, environmentalists, and ornithologists. Travelers also explore the rich and colorful Cuban culture by sampling music, dance, and culinary treats.
Highlights of the Woodson’s Discover Cuba trip include the following:
· Havana’s Museum of Fine Arts with a curator as a guide
· Spanish Colonial architecture tour with a Cuban preservationist
· Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemingway’s rural home in the company of a curator
· Bird watching with local ornithologists in various locales, including the Pinar del Rio Province, San Diego de Los Banos forest, Boca de Guama Flora & Fauna Conservation Center, and the village of Santo Tomás on the Zapata Peninsula
· Cienfuegos, Cuba’s “Pearl of the South,” where an evening get-together with locals provides an insider’s view
· Trinidad, a Colonial gem, where local art students will share their work
Each departure will be accompanied by a Woodson Art Museum staff member, a Museum representative tasked with maintaining the people-to-people schedule, and a bilingual local guide.
The trip price – $5,350 for Museum members (per person, double occupancy) or $5,500 for nonmembers (per person, double occupancy); $495 single supplement – includes roundtrip air transportation from Miami to Havana; accommodations for six nights in Havana and two nights in Cienfuegos; eight breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners; all admissions and guides throughout as well as all gratuities; transportation within Cuba; and all visa processing. Each Museum trip will be limited to twenty four travelers.
To request more information or to reserve a spot, call the Museum at 715-845-7010 or email
Woodson Art Museum
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
First Thursday of each month 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday Noon – 5:00 pm
Closed Monday and holidays, including Easter Sunday.
Admission: Always Free Admission
Phone: 715.845.7010
Fax: 715.845.7103
Location: Franklin and 12th Streets, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5007
(700 N. 12th Street)

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Framer in Wausau!!

I just heard from Karen Mootz.  It appears she has a buyer for Dan's equipment who will be opening up a shop here in Wausau and will honor Dans prices!  This is huge for those of us that don't do our own framing.

His name is David Hummer and his cell number is 715-571-6551.  He isn't getting delivery of the equipment for a few days and then he is in Madison for a few days but after that he should be getting ready to go!

I'll keep the blog updated as to what happens and when!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Trees Exhibition at Howard Young

"Trees" Exhibition.
Howard Young Medical Center Art Gallery
Opening Reception Friday March 23 4:30-6:30

"Trees" a fine art exhibition at the Howard Young Art Gallery will open on March 9th. This is a wonderful collection 11 artists from the northwoods who explore the notion of trees in their art. Karen Kappell and Barbara McFarland create mixed media and watercolor paintings. Artist, Sue Pucci, Nancy TeWinkel Lauren and Christine Alfery enjoy creating mixed media work. Nancy TeWinkel Lauren, Christine Alfery as well as Rosemary Ahmann are photographers. John McFarland work with pastels. Ron Warshall turns wood into sculpture. Artists, Connie Warshall and Mary Burns create tapestry wall hangings. And, poets John Bates, and Nancy TeWinkel Lauren, play with words to create romantic images of trees. Exhibition dates, March 9 - April 30. Opening reception is March 23, 4:30-6:30. Refreshments will be served. Howard Young Art Gallery is dedicated to supporting and exhibiting the art work of local fine artists. Exhibition information can be found at: or by contacting: Christine Alfery at: 715-588-7115 or Email:
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Xanadu :Open your Studio"

Xanadu "Open your Studio"

Wall mural for United Way. From Betsy

Original e-mailHey guys...
Here is an opportunity for our WVAG to put in some community time.
I will not be at the next meeting and this is something that needs artistic attention immediately.
Emerging Leaders - a group through the United Way has a variety of ongoing community projects.
Currently they are in need of individuals that are able to draw a very large tree on a wall for a mural for a childrens room/space in the new Women's Community.
Are their any WAVG members out there willing and able to help out?
If anyone is able to help out please contact Toni Dunwoody at United Way - here is her email:

Original e-mail........

Hi.  I am Jason’s wife, Toni.  From talking to Jason it sounds like our last minute time line may not work for your group but maybe you could put an email out to see if anyone might have time in their schedule last minute to just help sketch the outline of a tree on our wall.  Or if you can point us to a great site that we could find some outlines to print and blow up on an overhead projector to trace on the wall.  We need to trace it by next Thursday to start painting.

is creating the Children’s Space inside the new Women’s Community.  Attached is a diagram of the room.  When you walk in the door there is a window to the left a long chalkboard kid height to the right and then the door going to the outside on the far wall across from the entry door.
We are going to paint grass growing up from around the base of the room.  We want a tree with many branches by the door, a sun shining rays from the left corner and a darker paint with moon and stars on the wall with the window.  (the window goes into a private meeting room – so if the parent has to talk to someone – the child does not have to be in the same room but they can see each other)

I am sure Jason told you, we want to have lots of animals on our wall too.

Any help or Advice is appreciated.

Thank you

Toni Dunwoody
Resource Development Director
United Way of Marathon County  
137 River Dr., Wausau WI  54403
(715 848 2927 7715 848

Thursday, March 15, 2012


I found someone to do framing you should know.
Her name is Kari Carroll.  She owns FRAME-IT framing in Schofield.
She ran the shop in the Metro Center until the rents got too crazy, but luckily she had a house with two huge garages, one of which is detached and she made into a really nice studio which she uses as her frame shop.
 Its beautiful inside with hundreds of frames available, along with all the matts you'd ever want to see and a huge work room behind the wall.
She accepts Visa and Mastercharge.  (Who really has Mastercharge anymore?) Half when you drop off half when you pick up.
Her pricing is very very reasonable.  Way less than you would pay at Michaels or something similar.
2115 Edgewood Drive

BDAAA Show Invitation

Greetings artists!

The Beaver Dam Area Arts Association invites you to exhibit your art in our 2012 Green Thumb Art Show.  The show opens on June 24th with a reception in which you are all invited to attend.  Artists, we ask that you please drop off your work on June 18th or 19th between 3:00 and 7:00pm at the Seippel Arts Center, 1605 N Spring Street, Beaver Dam,WI 53916. The show will feature things that grow, such as garden items, garden art, paintings, outdoor scenes, flowers, trees, vegetables, and more!  The exhibit is open to all two and three dimensional fine arts media, including, but not limited to pastels, painting, sculpture,graphite, drawing,photography, fiber, ceramics, metal, glass, wood, jewelry, leather, and mixed media.

Artists are asked to join the association with a yearly membership for $20.00. If you are already a member, there is no fee. The center receives 35% of any sale.

If you are interested, please let Jean Militello or Karla Jensen know as soon as possible.  Include your, name, address, phone number, and email address.  Also, please submit images or a brief description of the work you'd like to display.  We will then send you a consignment agreement in the mail. A variety of different kinds of art make for an exciting and colorful show!  Also, we encourage you to pass this letter on to other artists who may be interested in exhibiting and selling their work.  We hope to hear from you!!

Karla Jensen    920 885 3635
Jean Militello   920 885 4306    cell 920 296 3506
Co chairs of Green Thumb Art


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Her career soared after appearing on Star Search in the 1987 season, where she won for an unprecedented 12 consecutive weeks. This TV success led to a leading role on Broadway as Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde, where she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

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Session one: at the Wilson Center (learn the basics)
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$38/$34 Wilson Center Donors Class Code: WI53

Mount Mary College is located at 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway Milwaukee, WI, 53223

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