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.
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.
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.