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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”