Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend
Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend is an art extravaganza offering admission-free fun for all ages at four Wausau locations the weekend after Labor Day. Art in the Park at Marathon Park; Festival of Arts and the Center for the Visual Arts, both in downtown Wausau; and Birds in Art opening festivities at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum comprise Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend. See the 2017 press release for details. (See a draft of the 2017 brochure, which will be finalized for 2017 in early summer.)
- Art in the Park, organized by the Wisconsin Valley Art Association, 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. Affordable art and hand-crafted items available for purchase include pottery, wearable art, paintings, photography, and more. A children’s art and craft area offers free activities. Food and beverages are available for purchase from local non-profit groups and businesses; ATM available. Free admission. Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 9am–4pm.
- Festival of Arts, on Third Street and the 400 Block in downtown Wausau, offers for purchase work by over 120 juried artists representing a variety of mediums. The festive browse-and-buy strolling is enhanced by live music on two stages, children’s art activities, entertainment on the Family Stage, a Young Collector Market, a scholarship silent auction to benefit area art students, and food stands operated by local non-profit organizations. Free admission. Saturday, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm.
- Center for the Visual Arts, 427 N. Fourth Street in downtown Wausau, features the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA) State Art Exhibit in the Caroline S. Mark Gallery and Loft Gallery. The exhibit features over 100 State Award winning artists who exhibited with their local Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) chapters held throughout the state of Wisconsin. Tour the newly renovated, historic building, pottery studio, new Vault Gallery, and studio room. The CVA Gift Shop, located in the Third Street Lifestyle Center, features hand-crafted work by local and regional artists. Free admission. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Birds in Art opening-weekend festivities at the Woodson Art Museum feature opportunities Saturday morning to meet more than 60 artists who flock to the Museum from throughout the world for the start of this internationally renowned exhibition. Early birds who visit the Museum on Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m.-Noon, can meet more these artists in the galleries and sculpture garden where they will talk with visitors and 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 42nd-annual “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 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, September 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “Birds in Art” remains on view through November 26.
Free, handicapped-accessible shuttle buses connecting all four locations run every 15 minutes or so between 10am and 5pm from designated locations: Woodson Art Museum (12th Street, near south parking lot), Third & Franklin, Fourth & Jefferson, Marathon Park.
For details or additional information, contact each organization:
- Art in the Park, 715-581-1484, wivalleyart.org
- Festival of Arts at 715-842-1676, wausaufoa.org
- Center for the Visual Arts, 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org
- Woodson Art Museum, 715-845-7010, www.lywam.org/birds-in-art