The Northwoods is full of experts and artists you might not expect to find in a rural area. If you drive along the right road in Arbor Vitae, you might find yourself in a fine book bindery called Atelier.
Florian Bieschke’s workshop, like book binding itself, is a collection of small and precise details.
“This is the bindery, as small as it is," he says. "We heat it by just getting more people in – five or six people and we can turn the heaters off!”
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.