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Mark your calendars: Artrageous pops up in early September

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WAUSAU — The 30th annual Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend is set for early September, offering fun for all ages.

This weekend favorite that spans both sides of the river overflows with art Sept. 7 and 8 at 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 art show offers distinct experiences, including the “Birds in Art” 44th-annual opening festivities and Artists in Action on Saturday morning at the Woodson Art Museum; artwork, adult art classes, 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 its gift shop in the Third Street Lifestyle Center; and an array of artisans’ handcrafted work at Art in the Park at Marathon Park.

All events are linked by complimentary, handicapped-accessible, shuttle bus service. For an overview, check the Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend webpage, https://www.lywam.org/wausaus-artrageous-weekend/.  Buses 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 12th Street, near the museum’s south parking lot.

An Art in the Park demonstration at Marathon Park during Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend. Photo courtesy Woodson Art Museum.

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 and photography. A children’s art and craft area offers free make-and-take activities, as well as children’s book reading sessions. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Downtown: Festival of Arts, now in its 55th year, is on Third Street and the 400 Block and offers for purchase work by over 120 juried artists representing a variety of mediums, as well as live music on two stages. On the 400 Block, families can participate in children’s art activities and enjoy entertainment on the Family Stage. Still Young at Art adult art classes provide adults with an opportunity to create his or her own work of art. Food and beverages stands also will be available. Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Downtown: Center for Visual Arts, 427 N. Fourth Street, includes the Pottery Studio, new Vault Gallery and Studio Room. Original artworks are sold in its Gift Shop in the Third Street Lifestyle Center of Washington Square. Sept. 7 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

East side: “Birds in Art” opening weekend festivities at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum feature opportunities Saturday morning to meet more than 60 artists from around the world. Browse galleries to see fresh artistic takes on birds by some of the world’s most talented artists in an array of mediums. This 44th-annual “Birds in Art” exhibition presents paintings, graphics and sculptures created by more than 100 artists. Special opening-weekend hours: Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For overall information, visit www.lywam.org/wausaus-artrageous-weekend/

For details or additional information, contact each organization:

  • Art in the Park, Wisconsin Valley Art Association,wisconsinvalleyart@gmail.com, wivalleyart.org
  • Festival of Arts, info@wausaufoa.org, 715-842-1676, wausaufoa.org
  • Center for the Visual Arts, info@cvawausau.org, 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org
  • Woodson Art Museum, info@lywam.org, 715-845-7010, lywam.org/birds-in-art

Photos courtesy Woodson Art Museum. Feature photo: The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum welcomes visitors and artists from throughout the world for “Birds in Art” opening festivities during Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

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