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.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reserve Your Seat at the Table! Spring into mARkeT Season at the Center for the Visual Arts!

Your support ensure the success
of the event and the CVA! 

The Center for the Visual Arts in Downtown Wausau enhances the vitality and vibrancy of our community by offering art experiences, exhibits and programs. Not for Profit art centers like The CVA provide exhibit spaces for new and cutting edge contemporary artistry with traditional techniques as well as space for music, performance art, 
art education and a Gift Shop.

Stop in or call 715-842-4545 to purchase your $65 ticket for the evening
of Spring into mARkeT Season at the CVA and the Farm to Table meal
in the Loft Gallery catered by Urban Street Bistro!

~ limited seating ~ make reservations TODAY ~
for more info click here

Kindest Regards,

Rose DeHut
Executive Director
Center for the Visual Arts 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Area Classes and Workshops

Saturday, May 24th, 1 -5 pm, 
Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau

- Saturday, May 24th
  (in the Main Gallery)  
- 1-5pm (bring a snack)

- Registration: $10 material fee 
  (this workshop is open to the public)

- Materials required:
drawing pencils, charcoal, and drawing references

Work with artist Alexander Landerman of the Graphic Lines exhibit to create drawings of the state flower, bird, tree, or badger over one of Alexander's letterpress prints of the scientific name and definition of each option. 

Choose one of the following to draw during the workshop: 
  - WI State Flower: Wood Violet
  - WI State Bird: Robin
  - WI State Tree: Sugar Maple
  - WI Badger

Draw alongside Alexander and learn his artistic process!

To Register:
Call 715-842-4545 or Stop In

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Artist Opportunities

Riverfront Arts Center Visions 2014 - June 3 & 4 are delivery dates

I sincerely hope to see your entries this year.
It is such a pleasure working with this community of artists.
Feel free to pass on this information on to your groups and colleagues. 

The entry form is available on our web page.
Click on link to download/print entry form:

Thanks again for spreading the word. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Reminder, we have a drop in drawing class with Ann Singsaas on Thursday nights in May.

Nancy Thorson
Riverfront Arts Center
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“The Artists Muse: Wisconsin Artists-Wisconsin Poets” 
exhibition for 2015 for the Howard Young Art Gallery

Dear Artists,
I am putting together another “The Artists Muse: Wisconsin Artists-Wisconsin Poets” exhibition for 2015 for the Howard Young Art Gallery. This year’s artists muse exhibition was extremely successful with a full house for the reception in late April.  It took a whole year to plan for this exhibition – and gather artists and poets so now is the time to start for 2015. 
I would like to invite you submit jpgs of your artwork;  or a link to your website,  for consideration in this exhibition.  If you have already sent me your submission and interest in participating then you do not need to reply to this email. If your work is included in this exhibition, this is what you would be required to do: create 1-5 artworks; this number depends on how many artists accept this invitation, to relate to poem written by a Wisconsin Poet.  I have a treasure trove of poems by Wisconsin poets from this year, you can choose from this list – or perhaps you know a Wisconsin poet that you would like to work with. 

If you are invited to participate in this exhibition you will be required to create 1-3 works of art that are linked to Wisconsin poetry.  One of your works will need to be finished, photographed or scanned (if you do not know how to do this I can help you) and the photographs or scans, and poem(s) need to be at my studio by December 1, 2014. I will be creating a book to be sending with my proposal that I will be submitting in January to various galleries around the state.

This project is not just for The Howard Young Art Gallery - I will be sending a proposal out to various galleries around the state in hopes that they too will want to have this exhibition in their gallery. That means that your work will be shown in other areas in the state.  If the project travels then we can carpool our efforts to get our works to a different gallery - but that is down the road a ways and can be discussed at a later date.
In addition the poets whose works we use will be part of the opening reception for the exhibition - they will be invited to read their poetry at the reception at Howard Young Art Gallery and perhaps in the traveling exhibition.

In the event of this exhibition going on the road and you have sold the work you have created for the initial proposal you will be asked to create another(s) to go on the road with the traveling exhibition.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me.  Email is the best because I really hate the phone.  Please let me know if you are interested or not within a by June 1, 2015.
My email address is:

Christine Alfery


Walls of Wittenberg's (WOW) Fall Show
Hi Folks,

Please pass the information along to one and all. Our jurors this year will be Ron Zdroik and Julia Collins, both winners of Best of Show in earlier shows!  Read more about them on the web site.

Two years ago we had a nice assortment of artists who had exhibited in the WOWSPACE send me photos of one of the works and a brief bio which we put up on the Smart Wisconsin Miles of Art site. Let's exceed that number this year. It is good advertising for you. Thanks in advance for getting something off to me.

Looking forward to seeing many interesting pieces for this show--don't be put off by the theme--abstract art will be as welcomed as representational work.

Susan Hanson
WOW Space


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Last Call: Museum of Wisconsin Art and Paine Art Museum Bus Trip

There are still some spots available for the trip to Museum of Wisconsin Art and Paine Art Center on Saturday May 31.

Please contact Audrey ASAP if you are wanting to join the trip. 715-675-1094 or
She will need a final count by Thursday May 22, and will need the $20 reservation for the bus by that day.

Just a reminder that the registration deadline is coming up fast for the Bus trip sponsored by the WVAA to tour the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) and the Paine Art Center and Gardens on Saturday May 31.
The deadline for registration is Thursday May 15 with a check written to the WVAA. for $20 for members and $35 for non-members to reserve a seat on the bus.
Please send a check to Audrey Wilde c/o WVAA., P.O. Box 1791,  Wausau. Wi 54402  and mark envelope  "Bus".
The admission fees will be an additional $20 and will be collected at the beginning of the trip, to expedite entry into the Museums. This can either be cash or a check written to the WVAA
If you will not be able to get payment in by May 15. Please let Audrey Wilde know as soon as possible if you will be joining the trip, 715-581-1484 or acwilde2@charter.netSeats are limited to 45 maxium.
Following are the specifics of the trip.

Wisconsin Valley Art Assn (WVAA)  sponsored  Bus Trip
May 31, 2014  7 am - 8:30 pm
The bus will leave the Rib Mt. Travel Center at 7 A.M. SHARP!
Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) - West Bend: (
Guided tour of "Handmade for Hard Times: The Milwaukee Handicraft Project" ,
     Other exhibits are:
         The Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA)- "The People in Your Neigborhood"
          Photographs of Carl Corey, "For Love and Money"
Lunch on your own at your choice of local cafés/pubs within walking distance on the same block as the MOWA.
Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh
Paine Art Center and Gardens (, is a Tudor revival mansion and garden designed in the 1920s forOshkosh Lumber baron Nathan Paine and his wife. The mansion has more than 2 dozen rooms, a central gallery, and 19 gardens.
Return to Wausau.
Coolers will be available on the bus for your snacks and beverages for the return trip. Bottled waters and some selection of sodas will be available.
The cost of the bus is $20,00 for members of the WI Valley Art Assoc. and $35.00 for non-members. This fee covers the bus.  
The admission fees ($12.00 for MOWA - includes membership for MOWA , $8.00 admission for the Paine Art Center) $20 total, will be collected on the bus in order to expedite entrance into the museums.  Lunch is your choice and responsibility. There are several café's and pubs in the area... 
Please contact Audrey Wilde if you have any questions or want to reserve your spot on the bus!
Should be a fun day of art and art friends.  See you all there!!
Lee Ann Schulz