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 2018 press release for details. (See a draft of the 2018 brochure, which will be finalized for 2018 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, adult art classes, 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, in the recently renovated historic building, includes the Pottery Studio, new Vault gallery, and the Studio room. The CVA, a not-for-profit visual arts organization, works to engage people in the visual arts and add to the livability of the Wausau regional community through free exhibitions in professional gallery venues, by offering art classes for children and adults through the CVA School of Art, selling original artist work in its Gift Shop located in the Third Street Lifestyle Center of Washington Square, and collaborating with other local organizations and businesses to enrich the community. The CVA was the 2016 Small Business of the Year – Charitable Non-Profit – Award Recipient and 2017 Best Of… Local Arts Organization by City Pages. Free admission. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Birds in Art opening weekend festivities at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum feature opportunities Saturday morning to meet more than 60 artists who flock to the Museum from throughout the world for the opening of this internationally renowned exhibition. Early birds who visit the Museum on Saturday, September 8, 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 43rd-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 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, September 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “Birds in Art” remains on view through November 25, 2018. 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 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
Access photos via links, below. Click on the following underlined captions, which are URL links to access photos from each venue; please include caption information with images used.
Festival of Arts hi-res photo: Shoppers stroll amongst booths downtown at Festival of Arts during Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.
Center for the Visual Arts hi-res photo: Artwork in the Center for the Visual Arts galleries
Art in the Park hi-res photo: Shoppers browse at Art in the Park at Marathon Park during Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.
Woodson Art Museum hi-res photo: Visitors gather outside the Woodson Art Museum for the 2015 Birds in Art opening festivities during Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.