Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend
September 10-11, 2016
Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend is an art extravaganza offering fun for all ages at four Wausau locations the weekend after Labor Day. Festival of Arts and the Center for the Visual Arts, both in downtown Wausau; Art in the Park at Marathon Park; and Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum comprise Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend. See the 2016 brochure for details.
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.
Birds in Art opening weekend festivities at the Woodson Art Museum features 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. See artists demonstrating various mediums during Artists in Action, 10:45 am-Noon. Dozens of other Birds in Art artists, including Master Artist Karen Bondarchuk, will be in the galleries and sculpture garden on Saturday morning to 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 portraying unexpected perspectives, amusing poses, and majestic bearing. Birds in Art presents paintings, graphics, and sculptures created within the past three years by more than 100 artists who bring a global perspective to their passion for birds. This year’s 41st annual Birds in Art remains on view through November 27, 2016. Always-free admission. Special opening-weekend hours: Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm.
427 N. Fourth Street in downtown Wausau, features Configurations — the Arrangement of Elements and the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) exhibits in the CVA Caroline S. Mark Gallery and Loft Gallery. Tour the newly renovated, historic building, pottery studio, new 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, 10am–5pm; Sunday, 10am–4pm.
Free, handicapped-accessible shuttle buses run every 15 minutes or so between 10am and 5pm from designated locations, easing travel between the weekend’s events.