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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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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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. 

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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Land O' Lakes is home to a new public art project with an international reputation. 

It’s called Before I Die. It’s a kind of interactive mural project...that asks people to fill in the blank: "Before I die…"

“I want to see the cubs win the world series,” says one respondent.

“Before I die, I would like to see a kinder world,” says another.    

There’s a call for entries for the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program, also known as WRAP, to be held at Nicolet College in June. Katy Ralph is the gallery director at Nicolet College, and she encourages all artists over the age of 14 to send in their original work.

"And that is for anybody who does any kind of art: 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional. They don’t need to be a practicing artist, and may never have shown their work before, but we just want people to get their work on the walls."

The Three Lakes Center for the Arts will debut a new digital film projector this weekend. 

The center raised $50,000 for a digital projector and sound system after their 35 millimeter projector broke last year. 

Technical Director and projectionist Paul Johnson says the new equipment offers a big change in quality. 

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Rhinelander’s ArtStart gallery is open with its first exhibit of the year.

Entitled “WisconsinCity” the show features the work of contemporary artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Fox Valley. 

ArtStart President Ken Juon says it came out of a curiosity to see what emerging Wisconsin artists were up to. 

“We were interested in it just to see who was doing what.  We wanted to put together a survey – that’s what we like to do here, is put together group shows, surveys to give a broad range of art experiences to the viewer that comes in.” 

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March is Youth Art Month.  WXPR Contributor Beth Brown Anderson wanted to find out what makes art important to many people, so she posed the question to a group of artists and art educators visiting a gallery in Land O Lakes.