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AVA logo Our next show . . .  Starved for Spring 2020
This is a judged show open to all area artists. Judged shows offer the artist the opportunity to recover their entry fees as First, Second & Third place finishers all receive cash awards along with a ribbon. People's Choice and Artists Choice winners also receive cash awards.

Important Dates:
3/9/ Entries due

3/13 and 3/14/ - Artwork dropped off and picked up
3/16/ - Hang show
3/17/—3/19/2020 - Judge show
3/21/20 - Opening Reception    (download an entry form)

Our current show is the Vavruska Encore 
Vavruska Encore
Hurry! Only 10 items are left in the gallery.
Vavruska Redman 
Fran Brown with Vavruska's Redman

AVA Benefit Art Auction Very Successful
AVA Art Auction AVA Art Auction

Ringman John Carbonari smiles as the bidding rises on the Vavruska painting Redbull. It was the most popular auction item. When the gavel finally came down it had sold for $1000. Other popular auction items included the two tiki's carved by Antigo Artist Gary Hartl, and the two angel statues Vavruska had brought back to the States when he returned from South America.
Auctioneer Jerry Chuilli  
If you were to say Antigo Visual Arts (AVA) benefit art auction was a success, it might just be an understatement. The auction was the first of its kind in Antigo. More than 150 pieces of art changed hands either through bidding or one of more than two dozen silent auctions.

Friday afternoon the AVA Auction Committee, with the help of NorthStar Banquet Hall, set-up 100 chairs in front of a small stage at the hall. Before the night was over 50 more chairs were added. When they were filled, some buyers remained standing.

It was obvious Auction Chair Fran Brown was getting quite excited as the evening commenced. At one point she cupped her hands together, squeezed them tightly, and softly said, "We did it. We did it." Brown headed a committee of four AVA artists who worked out all of the details. In addition to Brown, the auction committee included Rosemary Bauknecht, Camille Converse-Smith and Danna Gabriel. The auctioneer was Jerry Chuilli. His ringman was John Carbonari.

Most of the items auctioned off were from AVA's Vavruska collection.
Frank Vavruska was an Antigo artist who lived from 1917 - 1974. With the exception of a few pieces, his family donated his art to Antigo Visual Arts. His work includes oil paintings, Mayan rubbings, sewerrealism and many South American antiquities. Paintings by Antigo artist George Falkenhagen 1890 - 1958 were also sold.

Many past and present AVA artists also contributed to the evening. "There are just too many to mention everyone," AVA President Jim Martinsen commented, "but AVA does extend a very special thank you to the Gary Hartl family and the family of William "Bill" Miltenberger." Both Hartl and Miltenberger were active AVA artists who passed away earlier this year.

"We also need to thank our volunteers," AVA Secretary/Treasurer Laurie McConnell was quick to point out. They are, Annie Bauknecht-Schwebler, Tom Bauknecht, Karla Martinsen, Dick McConnell, Jim Leonard, Paul Gregurich, Greg Koeppel, and Linda Robinson. "These people worked very hard prior-to and during the auction," McConnell stressed. "Without their help we wouldn't have been able to pull this off."
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AVA's logo was created by Sister Therese Poli part of The Order of Julian of Norwich, a contemplative order of monks and nuns of the Episcopal Church at White Lake. Sister Therese's AVA logo features the golden ratio. It's believed the Golden Ratio has been in use for at least 4-thousand years in human art and design. However, it may be even longer than that. Some argue the Ancient Egyptians used the principle to build the pyramids. download the AVA logo

You are invited to join AVA
All area artists are welcome to join AVA - If you're interested, stop by the AVA Gallery at the Langlade County Historical Museum, 404 Superior St. Antigo and pick-up an application form. Membership forms can also be downloaded here. Questions? check out our Join AVA page or  contact Jim Martinsen, 715-350-1306, or Laurie McConnell, 715-350-4053.

AVA membership offers all area artists several benefits. Funds generated through membership dues has allowed AVA to:

    Provide an identity to area artists
    Provide a learning experience for artists at all levels
    Host judged shows with cash awards
    Provide funds for meeting speakers, and workshops

Dues are $25 annually for an individual, $35 for a family, or $15 for a full-time student. Scholarships for full time students are available. Email AVA's Student Services Director Danna Gabriel.

AVA shows and exhibits - Judged shows are open to everyone, and offer cash awards, so artists will have an opportunity to earn back their show fees and more. Some judged shows may also include an art raffle and/or a people's choice award. AVA art exhibits feature the artwork of AVA members only. AVA offers four shows a year. This year the Spring, Summer & Fall shows are all judged shows, while the Holiday gift shop is open to AVA members only.

Our mission is simple . . . "We envision an arts-based community partnership in which every citizen has opportunities to explore, experience, and develop an appreciation for the visual arts in order to maximize their potential."

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