Arts

Art and Sustainability
11:35 am
Mon August 18, 2014

In the U.P., Dreaming Up a Place for Artists

Artists prepare clay, dug from an onsite clay pit, for ceramics workshops.
Ann Sahlstrom

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.  

  

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Funded by NEA
4:31 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Mural Underway in Lac du Flambeau

Lac du Flambeau youth are working on a mural for the side of the Ojibwe Cultural Museum.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Kids in Lac du Flambeau are working on a mural project this summer. The public art will be displayed on the side of the George W. Brown Ojibwe Cultural Museum.

About twenty five kids have spent the past month helping out on the mural project, which won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Greg Johnson is one of the project leaders.  He says he worked with the kids to design the mural. 

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Arts & Life
4:57 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Torches, Pigments and Wax: Encaustic Painting at School of the Arts

Student Susan Schneider says she loves working with many different kinds of media in her art.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

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.

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Invasive Species Threatens Native Art
4:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Black Ash Baskets: Weaving Resistance to Invasive Species

Eleven-year-old AJ pounds a black ash log, as Jarrod Stone Dahl steadies it.
Matthew Rethaber WXPR News

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.    

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Art Show and Sale
4:42 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Artarama Comes to Eagle River for 42nd Year

Eagle River is hosting a long-running art show and sale this weekend.  About a hundred exhibitors will participate in the 42nd year of Artarama, the juried fine art event. 

Artarama chairperson Lori Hahn says it’s a competitive process to get into the show, and a committee tries to select a diverse representation of art forms.

“We jury the artwork in March, and we try to pick a number of artists in several different media.  It ranges from painters to potters, woodworkers, chainsaw carving, metal sculpture…” 

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Over Five Hundred Entries
2:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Local Artists Compete in Northern National Exhibit

The Northern National art show opens next week at the Nicolet College gallery.  It features almost ninety works from artists around the country, including several from Wisconsin and the Northwoods.

Lac du Flambeau artist Christine Alfery says after moving to the Northwoods from Madison…she finds national shows like this one offer important exposure…and a chance to be inspired by other artists. 

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Interpretations of History
4:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Sculptures Line Ironwood's Aurora Loop

Credit Monie Shackleford / WXPR News

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.

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Immersed in Music
4:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

How to Be A Jazz Musician

Credit Weinstock via http://pixabay.com/en/piano-keys-music-instrument-old-91048/

Last month a group of jazz musicians from all over the country gathered for a long weekend outside of Rhinelander.  Eight of them were professional musicians, and a dozen of them were students…at Holiday Acres’ annual Northwoods Jazz Camp. 

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski went to talk with some of the teachers and students…and came away with a few tips on how to learn to be a jazz musician.       

 You heard from instructors Kim Richmond, John Harmon, Clay Jenkins and Scott Whitfield.  And students Connie Fellman and Joe Swierczek.  

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Courses at The Mill
9:56 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Summer Paper and Book Arts Series Looks at the Local

An arts nonprofit is focusing on local artists and sense of place with its summer workshop series.  The Mill Paper and Book Arts Center has put together a series of three classes with the theme Locally Grown. 

Mill co-director Debbie Jircik says the goal of the series is to bring master teachers to the Northwoods to share their knowledge of art processes. 

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Demonstrations and Conversations
5:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Northern Resort to Host Art Fair

A Lac du Flambeau resort is holding an art fair this weekend.  The event hosted by Dillman’s Bay Resort showcases artists doing one-hour demonstrations of their work. 

President of Dillman’s Creative Arts Foundation Denny Robertson says the resort has been hosting art workshops since 1978…that draw locals and visitors from big cities. 

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