Sunday, November 23, 2014

Congratulations WVAG Colorama Award Winners

"September Rain" © Lee Michlein
Best of Show

Best of Show:  Lee Michlein, "September Rain"
1st Place:  Krista Gunderson Vendetti, "Goddess"
2nd Place:  Sharon Feathers, "Skull"
3rd Place:  Patrick Plunkett, "Faded Memory"
Honorable Mentions:
Christine Alfery, "Winds From the North"
Andrea Fenner, "Ready for Action"
Rene Iannarelli, "September Sumac"
Cindy Markowski, "Girls at the Market" and "The Incredible Onion"
Theda Neubauer Hewuse, "Sky Colors"

Colorama 2014 is on display now through December 2nd at the Marshfield Clinic-Weston Center Reaching New Heights Gallery located on the first and second floors of the clinic.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Guild Artists at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau

Congratulations to WVAG artist Patrick Plunkett whose sculpture work is a part of the Forged, Formed, and Hammered...Metal Masterpieces exhibit at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau, WI. The gallery gala is Friday, November 21, from 5 - 7 pm. 

 “Boston Strong" – Serious - © Patrick Plunkett
“Boston Strong” is dedicated to those who faced an unthinkable atrocity, yet rallied to exemplify the strength of steel itself and resolve to continue moving forward, undaunted by criminal acts against human kind and the human spirit.
 “Seasons Of Life" – Serious - © Patrick Plunkett
Regarding the weather, we have four seasons. Regarding life, we have essentially three seasons. The first season is youth, filled with energy. The second season is mid-age, filled with striving for success as defined by the individual. The third season is maturity where one focuses on the truly important aspects of life.
“The World Stops For No One" – Serious - © Patrick Plunkett
 As a part of the world we live in, we all live in our own, smaller, individual worlds. When something happens that causes our individual world to stop, like it or not, the rest of the world itself stops for no one.


From Guild member Gail Jaeger...
WRAP Show exhibiting in the Loft Gallery at the CVA
The Wisconsin Regional Artists (WRAP) are pleased to announce their exhibition at the CVA…you are cordially invited to their reception at the CVA on Friday, Nov. 21st from 5:00-7:00pm…there will be refreshments as you view the eye candy on the walls.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Art of Wine at the Center for the Visual Arts

Fine Art. Tasting. Foods. Demonstrations.

• A selection of 40 wines rare to Wausau from regions including Europe, South America, California, 
and the Pacific Northwest
• Hors d' oeuvres by Urban Street Bistro 
paired with each region!
NEW-Scotch, Bourbon, Champagne AND 
Live Jazz with Jazz Vocalist Elizabeth Aguillera

Enjoy a night of fine people, fine wine, and fine art featured in the Wisconsin Regional Artist Association State Art Exhibit

Tickets: One for $55, Two for $100,
or $65 at the door

Call the CVA 715-842-4545 to purchase your tickets

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Three Guild members exhibiting at Nicolet College

“The Blue Door” by Sharon Feathers

“Found Moments” Exhibit: Painting, Photography, and Sculpture by Sharon Dowis, Sharon Feathers, and Patrick Plunkett.
Friday, October 17 – Sunday, November 9, 2014
Reception: November 9,  from 12:30 –1:30 pm
Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

Three Central Wisconsin artists capture the moments we often miss. Photographer Sharon Dowis, photographer/painter Sharon Feathersand metal sculptor/painter Patrick Plunkett use their retirement years to create art that surprises, amuses, and makes us think.

Guild Meeting this Thursday, September 25

Just a reminder that the September WVAG meeting is this Thursday with a social hour from 5 - 6 pm, and meeting beginning at 6 pm. Meetings are held in the first floor conference room at Marshfield Clinic - Weston Center, 3501Cranberry Blvd, Weston, WI. 

Interested in joining the WVAG? We'd love to have you as a part of our creative group. Attend one of our monthly meetings, and check out the information on the "Join the WVAG" page.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WVAG Summer Show 2014 Award Winners


BEST OF SHOW:  Sally Johnson "Lily Pad"
1st Place:  Christine Alfery "Campfire"
2nd Place:  Mary O'Flyng "Spring Awakening"
3rd Place:  Carol Hettinga  "In My Garden on a Hot Summer Day"

Sharon Dowis "If Munch Had Peeps"
Sharon Feathers "Sky Dance" and "The Way it Was"
Jean Huntoon "Edge of the Woods"
Lynn Ott "Early Return"
Sharon Rotz "Spring Burst"

Be sure to check out these award-winning pieces and more now through September 2nd at the Reaching New Heights Gallery located on the first and second floors of Marshfield Clinic-Weston Center, Weston, Wisconsin. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WVAG – "The Summer Show" 2014

Be sure to stop by the Reaching New Heights Gallery inside Marshfield Clinic-Weston to view "The Summer Show" on view through September 2nd, 2014. 

"He Was That Big"
© Polly Day

“Feelings" – Serious
© Patrick Plunkett
Steel, paint
Inspired by a song of the past by the same name, “Feelings”, this sculpture attempts to capture the state of mind when emotions of an individual reach out towards a circumstance, another individual, or perhaps shared among multiple individuals.

This sculpture is made up primarily of .18” and 16 Ga steel, 86 separate pieces of metal, welded and bolted together. The finish is a combination of white satin and black satin paint.
  Size approximately 12.88” long by 3.3” deep by 2.88” overall height

Monday, August 11, 2014

Entries due for Colorama 2014

 A reminder for Guild members:  
• Entries for Colorama 2014 are due this Friday, August 15. 
• Entry form (see WVAG forms page tab on blog if you need a form) and payment is mailed to 
          607 S. 24th Ave, #147
          Wausau WI 54401 
• Email entry information (title, medium, price, artist) to Terry:
• Cancer Care Fund Art Sale:
Once again we, WVAG, is seeking pieces of art work to be donated to the Cancer Care Fund at the Weston Clinic.  You can donate your piece of art to the Colorama Exhibit for the Cancer Fund at Weston Clinic.
We will have a special exhibit area for the donated art. 100% of the sales will go to the Cancer Fund helping patients locally.
You will need to email the title and price to Terry for her to place in the brochure. It is  due to her by Aug. 15Terry’s email is
Be sure to list your donation on the Colorama Exhibit Entry Form, this form and entry fees go to Sharon Dowis--see bullet point two above.

Volunteer Opportunities

Open volunteer shifts available this week at the 
Center for the Visual Arts, downtown Wausau
contact Jessica at 715-842-4545 or

Volunteers requested for the upcoming Woodson Family Fest on Aug 19-21 at the Woodson Art Museum

The Woodson provides the supplies, the ideas, the space, etc. they just need some volunteers to help direct the creativity, make sure supplies are restocked, etc. 
Easy fun on an August morning or afternoon....and you can be creative too!
If you are interested in volunteering your time and creative tendencies...please contact:  
Lisa Hoffman (Woodson Art Museum)  at 715-845-7010 or
OR: Audrey Wilde at 715-675-1094 or

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2015 Paint in Provence

Paint in Provence:  
Through the Eyes of Van Gogh and Cezanne
with artist Jane Barnard

A great opportunity to combine painting, art history, and travel...
For more information:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Howard Young Gallery Summer Show Award Winners

Congratulations to all of our Guild members who particpated and received awards in this show!

Hello Everyone, Howard Young Art Gallery is pleased to announce the following Award Winners

Howard Young Art Gallery – "Spring –Summer Exhibition 2014"

Judge Katy Ralph, Director Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI gave an outstanding presentation during the reception on Friday June 13. Thanks to all for coming.


Runners Up – Recognition Award

· "Sentinel " – Lee Michlein

· "Spring Walk on the Dunes" – Jerry Rayala

· "Bee on a Flower"– Bill Radant

· "Coming Ashore" – Jeannine Achauer

· "Crossing Paths" – Gayle Bradley Johnson

· “Curls and Eyes” – Ron Warshall

· “On the Alert” – Andy Fenner

Honorable Mentions - $50.00 award

· "Meadow Lark II" - Elaine Kamper

· "Harbor Lights" – Patrick Plunkett

· "Daybreak" – Jean Huntoon

· Untitled – Rosemary Ahman

Merit Awards - $150.00 award

· "Little Ray of Hope" – Sharon Dowis

· "The Blue Door" – Sharon Feathers


Best of Show - $250.00 award

· "The Incredible Onion" – Cindy Markowski



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Farewell to spring, hello summer!

Just a reminder that the Cattails and Flowers show at the Marshfield Clinic - Weston Center's Reaching New Heights Gallery ends today, and the Summer show will be installed. Artwork pick up and drop off begins around 4 pm. Volunteers are always appreciated to help with the installation process. An efficient system is in place, and it is a great opportunity to hang out with your favorite art peeps, learn something new, and enjoy the artwork up close and personal.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Classes and Workshop Opportunities

Life Drawing Classes
Drawing horses/easel seats are provided. You just need your newsprint, paper and charcoal sticks, conte pencils, etc. 
Cost: $5 at the door to pay for the model's time.
When: Every Tuesday Night, beginning June 3rd,
from 6 to 9
Where: The Wausau Labor Temple - 2nd Floor in the Great Hall.

Contact David Hummer for more information:


Plein-air Painting with artist Ken DeWaard

Also from Ken:
3 Day Plein Air Class in Madison
July 29, 30, and 31, Tuesday - Thursday. 
The cost is $300 and would go from 9-4 (or later depending on the group.)
Contact Ken for more information

Thursday, May 29, 2014

An Invitation from the Land O' Lakes Area Artisans...

LOLA is hosting its first ARTventure in Spring Green, Wisconsin 
Join us for this unique opportunity to travel with a group for learning and experiencing art venues outside the northwoods area.
Register early!  This tour is likely to fill fast.
Call Bonnie at Progressive Travel for more information and registration: 

Should be fun!
Artfully yours,

Karen Lenhart
N4020 Cisco Lake
Watersmeet, MI 49969

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MOWA Bus Trip May 31st

From our friends at the WVAA:

Dear all,

There are about 10 spots still available for the trip to Museum of Wisconsin Art and Paine Art Center on Saturday May 31. (See the specifics below.)
We will be meeting at the Rib Mountain Travel Center (the gas station and McDonald's near the Texas Road House) at the Luxury Travel Bus at 7:00 am. The bus will be departing at 7:10 am.
We will be collecting the bus and admission fees at the bus ($55 for non-members and $40 for WVAA members who have not already paid their bus fees). Please have this in cash or a check written to the WVAA.
Please contact Audrey ASAP if you are wanting to join the trip. 715-675-1094 or ... or if you just decide to join us that morning..
Hope to see you on May 31st!
Lee Ann

Area Classes and Workshops

Yoga and Art
with River Flow Yoga and the Woodson Art Museum

Monday, May 26, 2014

Celebrate summer with plein-air painting and sketching

Hello Art Friends,
Summer is here! Let's celebrate with some plein-air painting and sketching. We will be having paint-outs on Tuesday mornings starting 5/27 at 9 am (we know that is tomorrow and sorry for the short notice) behind the Eye Clinic, 800 N 1st St. Park on the lower back side of the clinic near the river walk. Not sure about painting, then bring your sketchbook and drawing tools. It's all for fun and a great opportunity to get out, work from life, and meet other artists. 

A schedule for June will be coming out later this week. Besides Tuesdays, it will also include several Saturday dates. In the meantime, if you know of some painting locations, leave a comment below and we will get them on the list. Please feel free to share this info with others you think may be interested. Thanks everyone! 

Theda Hewuse and Nancy Laliberte

Friday, May 23, 2014

Classes and Workshops at Muse Arts and Crafts School in Manitowish Waters

A Day With A Birch-bark Canoe Maker
June 28
Spend the day with a canoe maker and experience the intrigue of preparing to make a birch bark canoe. Birch bark canoe materials can be sustainably harvested from the forest and this class will take you into the woods to find birch bark, cedar, and the roots needed to make your own canoe. For anyone considering making a birch bark canoe, this class is an excellent introduction to the trade. Taught by the nationally acclaimed master canoe maker Ferdy Goode.

Photography- High Dynamic Range Imaging
June 6
We start with basic photography overview and talk about different types of cameras and how to make full use of their capabilities. The second half of this class will focus on High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI or HDR) which is a set of methods used in photography to allow a greater dynamic range  between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods. In simpler terms, HDR compensates for the loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

Photography- Photoshop Elements
June 7
Adobe Photoshop Elements is the consumer-based version of the popular Photoshop program that allows you to store, sort, and edit images and photographs. Photography enthusiasts will love Elements ability to organize images and create albums. Photoshop lovers will love the wide range of features that allow you to edit and manipulate images just as you would in Photoshop.

Since Elements was designed with the consumer in mind, editing and manipulating photos with Elements is much easier than with Photoshop. Users get three editing modes to choose from based on their ability and the task they wish to complete. Where the Quick editing mode is more for beginners, the Guided and Expert editing modes give you the power of Photoshop behind you so that you can edit and manipulate images like a pro.

Elements is ideal for any budding photography enthusiast, home user with photos they want to organize or edit, or for anyone wishing to do basic photo manipulation or graphic arts.
In this course, you'll learn your way around the latest version of Photoshop Elements to make navigating it a breeze. You'll also learn all the features and how to utilize the options so that editing, organizing, and sharing your photos is quick and fun.

New Instructors Welcomed
We are adding new classes daily to our calendar and our always looking for subject matter experts to lead and facilitate classes. Do you have a passion, excel at a craft, or just interested in sharing your knowledge? If so, please reach out to us as we are always welcoming new instructors.

Catherine Potter Brings Cooking Classes to Manitowish Waters

June 3- Incredible Crepes- 
Savory crepes stuffed with chicken, asparagus, shallots, and of course dessert too.

June 28- French Country Picnicnic-
Provencal Bread with olives and herbs, breads, fruit and a lovely wine. We will also share all flavors of tart aux fruits, roasted eggplant, red pepper terrines, and tuna nicoise sandwiches.

You could call me a “Foodie” long before the current term became popular. Blessed with great cooks for parents and an appetite for pure and natural flavors from scratch, food and cooking has been my passion for over 40 years. As a previous cooking instructor through Nicolet College, I enjoyed sharing my knowledge and passion with a variety of students of all ages and experiences, from beginner to advanced. In addition to teaching, I also wrote a food column for a local newspaper for several years. It is my pleasure to share all that I have learned to help you cook with confidence, creativity and enjoyment.