Wausau, Wisconsin: The 31st annual Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, offers fun for all ages during north central Wisconsin’s biggest art extravaganza, spanning both sides of the Wisconsin River.
This weekend favorite overflows with art throughout four admission-free locations – Art in the Park in Marathon Park, the opening of “Birds in Art” at the Woodson Art Museum, the Festival of Arts, and the Center for the Visual Arts galleries, both in downtown Wausau.
The weekend art extravaganza offers distinct, complementary experiences, including extended hours during opening weekend of the 45th-annual “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum; artwork, family art activities, music, and food at the Festival of Arts (on Third Street and the 400 Block); artwork at the CVA, 427 N. Fourth Street; and an array of artisans’ handcrafted work at Art in the Park at Marathon Park. All events are admission free and are linked by complimentary, handicapped-accessible, shuttle bus service. For details, check the Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend 2020 webpage and the 2020 brochure.
MARATHON PARK: Art in the Park brings together more than 120 exhibitors in the East Gate Hall and Historic Exhibition Building in Marathon Park on Stewart Avenue near 17th Avenue, on Wausau’s west side. Affordable fine arts and handcrafted items for gifts, pets, children, home, and garden include pottery, wearable art, paintings, photography, and more at this lively venue. A children’s art and craft area offers free make-and-take activities as well as children’s book reading sessions. Assorted food and beverage selections are available for purchase from local non-profit groups and businesses; ATM available. Free admission. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
DOWNTOWN: Festival of Arts, now in its 56th year, is located on Third Street and the 400 Block and offers for purchase work by over 120 juried artists representing a variety of mediums. Strolling down Third Street, the festive browse-and-buy atmosphere is enhanced by live music on two stages. On the 400 Block, families can participate in children’s art activities in the Family Art tent and enjoy family appropriate entertainment on the Family Stage. At the Young Collector Market and Scholarship Silent Auction, art collectors of all ages can purchase art generously donated by Festival artists with the proceeds providing scholarships for area art students. Food stands, operated by local non-profit organizations, offer a delicious assortment of food and beverages. Free admission. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
DOWNTOWN: Center for Visual Arts, 427 N. Fourth Street, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit visual arts organization working to engage people in the visual arts and add to the livability of the Wausau regional community. This is accomplished through free exhibits in four professional gallery spaces, by offering affordable art classes for children and adults through the CVA School of Art, selling original artist work in the CVA Gift Shop, bringing free family art projects to community events throughout the year, and collaborating with other local organizations and businesses to enrich the community. Free admission. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
EASTSIDE: During extended Museum hours for the “Birds in Art” opening weekend at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, browse galleries to see fresh artistic takes on birds by some of the world’s most talented artists in an array of mediums, portraying unexpected perspectives, amusing poses, and majestic bearing. This 45th-annual, internationally renowned “Birds in Art” exhibition presents paintings, graphics, and sculptures created by more than 100 artists who bring a global perspective to their passion for birds. Always free admission. Special opening-weekend hours: Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, September 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “Birds in Art” remains on view through November 29, 2020. A recipient of the 2017 National Medal, the Woodson Art Museum was one of only two art museums to receive this nation’s highest honor for museum service to its community, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency supporting the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.
Free, handicapped-accessible shuttle buses connecting all four locations run every 15-20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from designated locations: downtown at the SE corner of the 400 Block at Fourth and Jefferson streets, at Marathon Park near East Gate Hall, and at the Woodson Art Museum on Twelfth Street, near the Museum’s south parking lot.
For overall information, visit https://www.lywam.org/wausaus-artrageous-weekend/For details or additional information, contact each organization:
- Art in the Park, Wisconsin Valley Art Association, email@example.com, wivalleyart.org
- Festival of Arts, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-842-1676, wausaufoa.org
- Center for the Visual Arts, email@example.com, 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org
- Woodson Art Museum, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-845-7010, lywam.org/birds-in-ar