Arts

Old Becomes New
4:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Letterpress: An Antiquated Art, Or Maybe Not

Daniel Goscha is at work printing end-of-year cards for Arts Wisconsin.
Natalie Jablonski WXPR News

During the holiday season, you might be receiving more cards in the mail than you normally do.  But how many of those cards are printed by hand?  One Rhinelander arts organization is an expert in doing just that.  The technique is a combination of old and new techniques.   

Daniel Goscha’s tiny printing studio has a cabin-like feel and smells of wood smoke.

He’s standing over an antique letterpress.  It’s kind of like a hundred year old copy machine…except it’s made out of metal and…well, there are some other differences too.

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Statewide Arts Contest
4:23 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Park Sticker Contest Opens - But Please, Only Four Colors

The DNR has held its annual state park sticker contest since 1991.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Next year’s state park stickers are now on sale.  And the DNR is taking submissions for the sticker’s artwork for the following year.  

The 2015 state park sticker contest is open to all high school students throughout the state. 

DNR spokesperson Paul Holtan says judges are looking for designs that evoke the Wisconsin outdoors. 

“We want it to be representative of the parks experience.  Whether it’s outdoor activities, wildlife watching, beautiful scenes of the state parks – what they feel is the most important part of visiting our parks.”

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A Community of Artists
12:07 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

School of the Arts: Many Hands and Much Work

Credit Matthew Rethaber / WXPR News

Each summer Rhinelander gets hit with what amounts to an explosion of creativity: School of the Arts Rhinelander sets up camp for five days in a local middle school, and holds a slew of art classes for adults.  2013 marked the program's 50th anniversary.

Even though more than half of the 150 students enrolled in School of the Arts are newcomers, it’s not hard to spot the longtime attendees.  They’re wearing nametags with colored ribbons to indicate their veteran status. Lee Densmore sports a tag marking 15 years.  He’s here for a poetry class.

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State Poet Laureate
4:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Max Garland and How Poetry Affects Our Lives

Max Garland is Wisconsin's 2013-2014 poet laureate.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Wisconsin’s current poet laureate is Max Garland, former mail carrier and current Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  He joined WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski in our studios.

Hear more of our conversation, plus Max Garland reading "The Muffins."

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Arts & Life
4:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

James Pace: How Not to Pop the Magic Bubble

Competition judge James Pace traveled from Texas to choose the show's prizewinners.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Winners have been announced for the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.  

  The 26 winning works chosen by the judge hail from 17 states, and five are from Wisconsin.  The winners will take home a total of $8500 in prize money.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski met with competition judge and visual artist James Pace to hear about his selection process for the exhibition.

Prize-winning works and the rest of the nearly 90 pieces in the juried exhibition will be on display at the Nicolet College gallery through September 6th.  

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School of the Arts
6:07 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Transforming a Middle School - Temporarily

School of the Arts Rhinelander is still underway; it wraps up on Wednesday.  The five-day art school for adults takes place at the James Williams middle school, where the cafeteria and dozens of classrooms undergo a big changeover – practically overnight.  School of the Arts Facilities Manager Beth Bloom says it’s not an easy task.  She hires a team of 9 high school students to help with the shuffle. 

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No Two Works Alike
5:31 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Northern National Readies for Opening Night

The Northern National Art Competition opens Tuesday.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Tuesday night marks the opening of the Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.  

The exhibition features 86 works from around the country.  Visual artist James Pace selected the pieces.  At the opening reception Pace will speak about why he chose the works he did, and announce the winning recipients of  $8500 in total prize money.  Pace says the selections in the show represent a wide variety of media, styles and subjects.

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Art School for Adults
2:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Registration Still Open for Upcoming School of the Arts

School of the Arts offers classes in everything from painting to cooking.
Credit Liana Kyle

It’s almost the time of year for School of the Arts Rhinelander.  That’s when the University of Wisconsin Madison Continuing Studies sets up a five-day art school for adults in a Rhinelander middle school. 

Director Lynn Tarnoff says she and staff are getting ready to haul at least one van full of supplies from Madison. 

“Actually make that two vans.  And one of them’s been upgraded to a pick up truck with a car top carrier.”

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Arts & Life
4:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

From Ducks to Decoys: Hunting and Fishing Exhibit Evokes Outdoor Experience

The canoe shown above was built for famed naturalist Sigurd Olson in 1935.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A new exhibit at ArtStart looks at fine art and objects relating to hunting and fishing.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski headed over to downtown Rhinelander for a tour of the exhibit.  The first voice you’ll hear will be Mitch Mode, ArtStart board member and guest curator for the show. 

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Fine Arts
2:29 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

ArtStart Exhibit Brings the Outdoors In

"The Art of Hunting and Fishing" features a birch bark canoe crafted by a Wisconsin artist.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

ArtStart kicks off a new summer exhibit today in Rhinelander.  It’s the first show to go up in the gallery after a series of renovations. 

The work on display in the "Art of Hunting and Fishing" ranges from woodcuts and drawings of duck hunters, to a collection of antique decoys and a birchbark canoe.  ArtStart Board President Ken Juon says he hopes the outdoorsy topic will appeal even to those who might not typically find themselves in a gallery.

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