Monday, March 31, 2014

WVAG Cattails and Flowers 2014 Exhibit

Enjoy a colorful and inspiring walk through the Cattails and Flowers exhibit now through June 3rd at the Reaching New Heights Gallery at Marshfield Clinic - Weston Center, 3501 Cranberry Blvd, Weston, WI. The show is located on the first and second floors of the clinic, and is open from 8 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

A few selections from the show...

"Cattails 3"
© Rene Iannarelli

"Moving Water"
© Sally Johnson

"Carved Cattails"
© Krista Gunderson Vendetti

To purchase artwork, contact Sharon Dowis at 715-297-4779 or Sally Johnson at 715-218-8751. With every piece of artwork sold, the WVAG makes a 25% donation to the Marshfield Clinic Patient Cancer Care Fund. 

Interested in becoming a member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists' Guild? Click the "Join the WVAG" tab on the blog, or contact one of our member chairs for more information.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Artist Muse: Wisconsin Artists - Wisconsin Poets Exhibition

The WVAG is proud to have several members in this show...
Howard Young Art Gallery
The Artist Muse:  Wisconsin Artists - Wisconsin Poets.
March 20-May 14.
Meet the artist's reception April 25, 4:30-6.

Reception will include music by harpist Callie Bates. 
Poetry readings by several of the poets.

Over 95 artists, poets and emerging artists from all over Wisconsin are showing works and poetry writings are showing their work.

Mrs. Dana Hammond, Art Instructor, and Ms. Martha Handrick, English instructor, at LUHS will be sharing the artwork and poetry from their classes in this exhibition.

Artists invited to participate in this exhibition include: Christine Alfery, Jackie Alberg, Nancy TeWinkel Lauren, Mary Burns, Niki Childrey, Linda Crone, Terry Daulton, Ann Egan, Sharon Feathers, Andy Fenner, Lora Hagen, Wayne Houston, Rene Iannarelli, Leslie Johnson, Karen Kappell, Dave Kapszukiewicz, Rich Klatt, Gail Kniska, Michael Koehler, Susan Lansdown, Kay Lorbiecki, Maureen Luzenski, Azael Meza, Lee Michlein, Nancy Pacquet, Sue Pucci, Bill Radant, Jerry Rayala, Sharon Rotz, Jane Schmaltz, Barbara Schneider, Joan Stephens, Ginny Stiles, John Twiggs, Ann Waisbrot, Pauline Wittry, Cole Punches, Shiela Punches and Helen Wolk.

Poets invited to participate in this exhibition include: Christine Alfery, Mariana Abliedinger-FSPA, Sharon Hart Addy, William P. Anderson, Sharon Auberle, Jane Banning, BJ Best, Kimberly A. Blanchette, Mary Burns, Ester Cameron, Geoff Collins, Bruce Dethlefsen, Dianne Diederich, Kevin Ducey, Ann Egan, Larry Eriksson, Louisa Loverridge Gallas, Kathryn Gahl, Elizabeth Haling, Caleb Hauser, Kathryn R. Johnson, Jan Kocmoud, Michael Koehler, Daniel Kunene, Peg Lauber, Nancy TeWinkel Lauren, Estella Lauter, Kay Lorbiecki, Maryellen Marnholtz, Camille Wade Maurice, R.Gene McKenzie, Azael Meza, Lee Michlein, Michael Michlein, Mark Nesslar, Bernice Newton-FSPA, Annie Parcels, Elmae Passineau, Kathleen Hayes Phillip, Stephen Platko, Diana Randolph, Jane Schmaltz, Barb Schmeling, Barbara Schneider, Nina Shephard-FSPA, Patricia Smith, Shannon Fenner Thielman, Elizabeth Tornes, Susan Twiggs, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Robert Edwin Wills, Pauline Wittry-FSPA and Judith Zuckerman.

Preview of Exhibition at: – 
website updated daily with new images and poetry.

Contact Christine Alfery – Fine Art Coordinator Howard Young Art Gallery for more information: 

The Howard Young Art Gallery, located in the Howard Young Medical Center at
240 Maple Street, Woodruff Wisconsin, is dedicated to supporting and exhibiting the art work of Wisconsin fine artists.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Artist Opportunities

Exhibition Schedule Howard Young Art Gallery
Open call to artists. All regional artists are welcome to enter. Award: $250.00 Best of Show, $150.00(2) Merit Awards, $50.00 (4) Honorable Mentions. Emerging Artists Section. Ribbons will be awarded to artists entering in the emerging artists section. Exhibitions are juried after they are hung. Ribbons, Cash awards and Howard Young Art Gallery are sponsored by Howard Young Medical Center to honor the legacy of S. Howard Young and his passion for art as a dealer and collector, as well as the philosophy that art is central to healing, wellness and quality of life within our culture.

Exhibition II "Artists Muse; Wisconsin Artists, Wisconsin Poets." Invitational.
  • March - April - May
  • Check In: March 19. 9:30-11:30
  • Check Out: May 149:30-11:30.
  • Reception: April 25. 4:30-6. Poets reading.
Exhibition III "Third Annual Spring Exhibition." Open to all artists. Exhibition judged after it is hung. Awards: Best of Show $250.00 - Two (2) Second Place Awards $150.00 - Four (4) Honorable Mention Awards $50.00 each. Judge Katy Ralph - Nicolet College.
  • May - June - July.
  • Check In: May 149:30-11:30.
  • Check Out: July 219:30-11:30
  • Reception: May 30. 4:30-6.
  • Entry Forms Due: Last Friday in April.
Exhibition III "Third Annual Summer Exhibition." Open to all artists. Exhibition judged after it is hung. Awards: Best of Show $250.00 - Two (2) Second Place Awards $150.00 - Four (4) Honorable Mention Awards $50.00 each. Judge Nate Wilson - Nicolet College.
  • July - August - September
  • Check In: July 219:30-11:30.
  • Set Up: July 229:30 - til done.                          
  • Check Out: October 1. 1-3.
  • Reception: August 15. 4:30-6.
  • Entry Forms Due: Last Friday in June.
Exhibition IV "Third Annual Fall/Winter Exhibition." Peoples Choice Exhibition. Awards: Best of Show $250.00 - Two (2) Second Place Awards $150.00 - Four (4) Honorable Mention Awards $50.00 each. Open to all artists.
  • October - November - December
  • Check In: October 1. 1-3.
  • Check Out: January 7. 1-3.
  • Reception: TBA
  • Entry Forms Due: Last Friday in September.

The Howard Young Art Gallery located in the Howard Young Medical Center at: 240 Maple Street, Woodruff Wisconsin, is dedicated to supporting and exhibiting the art work of Wisconsin fine artists. The hospitals commitment to the visual arts is due, in part, to honoring the legacy of S. Howard Young and his passion for art as a dealer and collector, as well as the philosophy that art is central to healing, wellness and quality of life within our culture. All artwork may be purchased through the gift shop. Howard Young Art Gallery collects 25% commission on all art sales - proceeds go toward Howard Young Auxiliary philanthropic interests.  

Contact: Christine Alfery at or call 715-588-7115 for more gallery information or to be a featured artist.     Additional information and entry forms can be downloaded

Monday, March 24, 2014

2014 Cattails and Flowers Show Award Winners

Congratulations to the following Cattails and Flowers award winners...

Best of Show
"The Five Delphiniums"
© Audrey Wilde

First Place
"Napa Valley"
© Christine Alfery

Second Place
"On the Prowl"
© Terry Kottke

Third Place
"Ladies in Red"
© Nancy Laliberte

Honorable Mentions

Karen Aulik Now - "Statue in the Garden"
Sharon Feathers
"Life Finds a Way"
Pat Gaska
"Pink Daisies"
Carol Hettinga
"Bond Falls"
Carol Hettinga
Rene Iannarelli
"Cattails 3"
Gail Jaeger
"Watch Where You Step"
Cindy Markowski
Terry Gunderson Shulta
"Teal Blossoms"

Cattails and Flowers
March 5 through June 3, 2014
Reaching New Heights Gallery
Marshfield Clinic - Weston Center • Weston WI
Open M-F • 8 am - 5 pm

Friday, March 21, 2014

Artist Opportunities

27th Annual Northern National Art Competition
A juried competition open to artists 18 or older living in the U.S. and working in any original wall hangable media. There is no theme. We look for a varied contemporary American art exhibit. Our judge this year is Linda Benedict-Jones from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA.
Contact information: Katy Ralph


WRAA’s 5th Annual Tiny Treasures Fundraiser, Competition and Exhibit
Tiny Treasures runs from March 1 through July 11, 2014.  
This year the exhibit will be in Wausau because Wausau is the location for this year’s WRAP State Day. Also new this year is the ability to donate your unsold Tiny Treasures to WRAA to be gifted to a nonprofit organization.  Since Wausau is the location for this year’s WRAP State Day, the WVAA (Wisconsin Valley Art Association) has agreed to coordinate donations to local area non-profits including the Neighborhood Place as well as a Women's Shelter.  So rather than sticking your TT in a closet, you can help decorate the shelter and bring smiles to a lot of women.  All you need to do is check the box on the Entry Form that’s attached.
Remember the size restrictions, 2 ½ x 3 ½” with a depth of no more than 1”.  The TTs are free-floated in the mat so you DON’T want to leave a border on your TT – go all the way to the edge.  If they’re larger, you run the risk of them not fitting in the mat.  Send them to me unmated and unframed.  I’ll mat them for you so that every Treasure will be displayed the same way.

Enter as many as you’d like – submit $10 and a separate ID label for each one.  Tiny Treasure entries from prior years can not be submitted again.   A registration form can be found in Contour Notes, downloaded from or, for your convenience, printed from the attachment.

All entries will be exhibited on-line at and at the downtown Wausau library beginning in early August.  If a piece is donated to “Buy-it-Now” it is available for purchase for $25, which benefits the publication of the annual color catalog from WRAP’s statewide exhibit every September.

Not only are there cash prizes for the top 3 Tiny Treasures (1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75 and 3rd Place $50), 12 additional “Treasures” will also be featured in WRAA’s 2014 Timely Treasures pocket calendar. What a great way to get published as well as receive statewide recognition!

You don’t have to be a WRAA member to participate - although new members are always welcome.   Why not have a Tiny Treasure’s party to enjoy making them together with your friends!  Professional and nonprofessional artists are welcome to participate.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WVAG - Meeting March 27

Welcome to our WVAG meeting on March 27 (5:00 pm social time - 6:00 pm meeting) first floor conference room by the gallery. 

1. MEMBERSHIP LIST: Your committee has been very hard at work gathering information for you. This list will be available for you at the meeting. IT WILL NOT BE EMAILED TO YOU.
2. NEW MEMBERS: Packets will be available; please feel free to invite a friend to join the WVAG.
3. SCRAPBOOK: We have started a new scrapbook for the Guild. This will be at all of the meetings for you to view. Feel free to bring in any articles to add to our scrapbook.
4. DEMO: Theda Neubauer-Hewuse will be presenting a watercolor demo. Thanks Theda.
5. AWARDS: Awards will be presented to the winners of the Cattails and Flowers Exhibit. Our members helped with finding the judge and worked for three hours on the judging day.
Thank you for our judge, Ann Waisbrot,for driving from St. Germain. Ann stated,” I enjoyed judging the show. There is some excellent work being done.”
    View her work at:
6. FORMER MEMBERS: Many member packs have been mailed to former members. We hope to see their work in our gallery this summer.
7. WORKSHOPS/EXHIBITS: We will have information on art events , workshops, and exhibits at the meeting. Bring your ideas to share with us.
8. CATTAILS AND FLOWERS EXHIBIT: Come at 5:00 pm to view the gallery. It is like stepping into Spring!
9. We love treats!! Feel free to bring some for us. We are looking for a member to be our “Sunshine” person. Could that be you?
10. Contact us if you are interested in helping with any of the following for the WVAG?

   a. Working on judging day or finding judges. 
   b. Doing a demo or lead a discussion on art related ideas
   c. Ideas for topics for our meetings.
   d. Other ideas.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our meetings. Your ideas are welcomed. Help us to grow the WVAG.
A huge thank you to our membership committee members: Sharon Dowis, Sharon Feathers, Carol Hettinga, Gail Jaeger, Cindy Markowski, and Pat Plunkett.We could not do this work without your help.
Co-chairs:  Sharon Feathers, & Gail M. Jaeger,

Monday, March 17, 2014

Area Workshops and Classes

Try something new or expand your skills at these area workshops:
At the Center for the Visual Arts:

MORE Creative Journaling for Busy People 
with Nancy Laliberte 
Saturday, March 22, 12 noon - 4 pm
Selling Art through Social Media 

with Lisa Downing
Mac laptops available for use!
Saturday, March 29, 2 - 4 pm

Fresh and Fabulous Florals in Acrylic 

with Nancy Laliberte
Painting from life with "live" models (flowers)
Saturday, April 26, 10 am - 2:30 pm

One Day Downtown Photo Walk/Basics Digital Photography 
with Nathan Porath
Digital Cameras available for use

Saturday, May 3, 
9 am -3 pm 

(Rain Date: Sat, May 17)

Zentangle Series

with Connie Souba

(soon-to-be) certified Zentangle instructor

Zentangle 101:  Saturday, April 5 & 12

11:45 am - 1:45 pm

Zentangle 102:  Saturday, April 26 & May 3

11:45 am - 1:45 pm

Zentangle 103:  Saturday, May 17 & 24

11:45 am - 1:45 pm

At the Woodson Art Museum: