Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend Three-Site Community Art Extravaganza Is Back!

Saturday & Sunday, September 7-8, 2013

WAUSAU, WISCONSIN: This year’s 24th-annual Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, offers fun for all ages during north central Wisconsin’s biggest three-venue art extravaganza, spanning both sides of the Wisconsin River.

This early fall weekend favorite overflows with art. More than 50,000 visitors celebrate the visual arts at three locations – Art in the Park in Marathon Park, Festival of Arts downtown, and “Birds in Art” at the Woodson Art Museum – throughout Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

The three-venue, art-packed weekend offers distinct, complementary experiences, from “Birds in Art” Artists in Action at the Woodson Art Museum and downtown displays and artwork available for purchase to handmade crafts, children’s art activities, food, and entertainment. Diverse, affordable art experiences abound; all events are admission free and are linked by complimentary, handicapped-accessible, shuttle bus service. https://www.lywam.org/birdsinart/index.cfm?room=artrageous

WESTSIDE: Art in the Park brings together more than 120 exhibitors in the East Gate Hall and Exhibition Building in Marathon Park on Stewart Avenue near 17th Avenue, on Wausau’s west side. Pottery, art glass, jewelry, woodcraft, carvings, furniture, and wearable art are just a few of the many items for sale that attract visitors to this lively venue. A children’s art and craft area and assorted food and beverage selections are provided both days; ATM available. Free admission. Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm.

DOWNTOWN: Festival of Arts in downtown Wausau, on Third Street and the 400 Block, offers for purchase work by over 120 juried artists representing a variety of mediums: ceramics, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, metals, painting, paper, photography, sculpture, wood, and more. The festive browse-or-buy strolling is enhanced by live music on three stages, a hands-on children’s art area, Young Collector Market, and food stands. Free admission. Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm.

EASTSIDE: Birds in Art opening weekend festivities at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum coincide with Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend. Early birds who visit the Museum on Saturday are rewarded by meeting more than five dozen “Birds in Art” artists who flock to the Museum from all over the world for the opening festivities. The 2013 Master Artist Terry Miller presents “The ABCs of an Artist’s Life,” 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; see artists demonstrating various mediums during Artists in Action, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Saturday, September 7. Dozens of other Birds in Art artists will be in the galleries on Saturday morning to talk with visitors and to sign catalogues and posters.

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 38th-annual Birds in Art exhibition, a perennial autumn avian favorite, presents more than 120 paintings, graphics, and sculptures created by artists who bring a global perspective to their passion for birds. The exhibition also features a selection of Master Artist Terry Miller’s graphite artwork, in stunning shades of black, white, and gray. Always free admission. Special opening-weekend hours: Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, September 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Birds in Art remains on view through November 10.

Free handicapped-accessible shuttle buses between all three locations run every 15 minutes or so from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from designated locations: the southeast corner of the 400 Block at Fourth and Jefferson streets and at Third and Franklin streets.

For additional information contact the Woodson Art Museum at 715-845-7010, the Festival of Arts at 715-842-1676, and Art in the Park at 715-581-1484 or log on to www.lywam.org, www.wausaufoa.org, or www.wivalleyart.org.

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