On a recent Saturday evening, the classic marquee of the Historic Ironwood Theatre was lit on Aurora Street in downtown Ironwood, and a crowd bustled into the theatre. However, this wasn’t a typical night at the movies. This was a silent film screening, complete with live organ accompaniment.
With popcorn and soda in hand, the crowd took their seats to watch the silent film classic Phantom of the Opera at the Historic Ironwood Theatre.
The Northwoods is home to its very own children's museum, a place where the interactive exhibits are designed to stimulate children's creativity. But as WXPR's Emily Bright reports, it takes the efforts and creativity of an entire community to keep it running.
Cindy Thompson gets down on her knees to explain the rules of the Northwoods Children’s Museum to my two-year old.
“Okay my friend, look here. See this red line, and the red light way up high? What does red mean?
In the small town of Ewen in the Upper Peninsula, a wilderness art camp is well underway.
It’s called the Visitors Center Artists Camp. This week about fifteen artists are gathered for the camp’s first run. They’ll be firing ceramics and pouring metal using simple and sustainable methods, and having an arts festival at the end of the week. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with two of the organizers behind the project to hear about how it began.
Five days of art workshops wrapped up today at School of the Arts in Rhinelander. Classes ranged from poetry writing, to drumming, to painting with beeswax. It's an old art with a new following.
Instructor Ashley Gordon is wielding a propane torch during this intermediate course in encaustics, or beeswax painting. The heat fuses the layers of wax together, and fills the air with the distinct smell of beeswax candles. Gordon says her love for encaustics is about more than just getting to play with fire.
The emerald ash borer is having a big impact on forest landscapes and some commercial interests, as it continues to wipe out ash trees in Wisconsin and other parts of the U.S. It also threatens a traditional Native American style of basket weaving.
It can be easy to forget that a wooden basket comes from a tree.
Miners Memorial Heritage Park in Ironwood, Michigan, unveiled a new art exhibit last weekend. As WXPR Contributor Monie Shackleford reports, artists unveiled twelve temporary outdoor pieces along a one-mile trail called the Aurora Loop.
The one mile loop winds through forests and meadows, and many of the art pieces have a natural theme and use natural materials. When Amy Anderson heard about the plans for Art in the Park, she had an immediate idea of what she would create.