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Summer In The Northwoods Gallery Exhibit Reception

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The Antigo Visual Arts (AVA) held their 2024 Summer In The Northwoods Exhibit reception May 11, 2024 at the Langlade County Historical Museum.    The evening was a lively and enriching event and commenced with a spread of wine and hors d’oeuvres, creating a welcoming atmosphere for artists to mingle and converse with the exhibit judge, Stephen Loftus. Wayne Gagnon of Antigo Community Theater added a touch of theatrical flair to the event, appearing in costume from his recent performance…

AVA Hosts Teen-WRAP 2024

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AVA and the Association of Wisconsin Artists (AWA) hosted the annual WRAP-Teen exhibit at the Antigo Public Library April 8th to 18th, 2024. The reception on April 18, 2024 was a delightful success where students, community members, and artists celebrated the efforts of the young artists in our region. Show Judge Deb Lund awarded Aiden Anderson (Antigo), Marissa Flannery (Crandon), Sarah Jane Gouge (Wabeno), Chloe Hermsen (Three Lakes), Rachel Janke (White Lake), Brett Powell (Antigo), Madelyne Tilton (Laona), Kendall Tuura…

Danna Gabriel speaks in front of the crowd at Antigo Public Library

2024 WRAP Workshop

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Antigo Visual Arts hosted a Wisconsin Regional Arts Program (WRAP) workshop at their gallery located inside the Langlade County Historical Museum on Saturday, May 4. The workshop was led by Deb Lund, WRAP Judge, and workshop presenter. “I found the demonstration very interesting and informative.” said Audrey Wild, a member of AVA and participant in the WRAP workshop, “Deb did a great job of explaining negative painting, and her tips on framing a pastel were helpful.” WRAP, sponsored by the…

Schroeder’s Gifts Mural – Collaboration with All

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The Antigo Visual Arts Public Art Committee, AHS Art Club students, and Schroeder’s Gifts have come together to beautify Highway 45! The process has begun to paint a Charming Northwoods theme mural on the north-facing wall of the framing barn. High school senior Brett Powell designed the vibrant, welcoming design and the art club student body, staff advisors, and AVA volunteers are all contributing to the painting process. The wall is cleaned and primed as of April 2024. The proposal…

Two volunteers paint primer on a wall

AVA Art Center – Grand Opening!

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We’re currently in the planning stages for the AVA Art Center Grand Opening on June 22, 2024. We are forming a committee to plan this exciting event, which will feature large tents borrowed from Jeff, a food stand run by a local 4H club, and our Sitting Pretty Fundraiser auction. Let’s make this event memorable together! If you are interested in being on this committee let us know.

External view of the new AVA Art Center

Bottle Cap Garland – Antigo Public Library

Public Art Project

AVA’s Student Services Director Danna Gabriel calls it, “Another fabulous suggestion from Dominic Frandrup.” The bottle cap project originated when Antigo Visual Arts partnered with the library to raise awareness of waste. The project also encourages community involvement in the arts. Close to the garland, just inside the Clermont Street entrance to the library, there is a receptacle for community members to donate clean plastic bottle caps for AVA’s bottle cap projects. Artists continue to create art projects with the…

3 people show off their garland they made with bottle caps

Hans Schmidt

Featured Artist - April 2024

Biography: My interest in the visual arts began at a young age. My grandfather was a professional painter and gold guilder, my father was an art teacher, my mother was a professional portrait artist and all had considerable influence over my artistic development. Throughout my young life I worked mainly as a painter but began my photographic journey while in high school. Following high school, I enlisted in the Army and received my formal photographic training at the Armed Forces Photography…

Farm workers working in the field