The Vault Gallery

The Vault Gallery is a new exhibit venue for the Center for the Visual Arts. During the historic building
renovation, the CVA relocated the Gift Shop to the Third Street Lifestyle Center in Washington Square.
The main floor of the building had been transformed into a NEW Gallery.

The CVA would like to thank and recognize the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation for their support of the Vault Gallery. The CVA received grant and community support to enhance the gallery with moveable exhibit walls, walker system, lighting, reception desk, data, storage units & shelves, kitchen appliances, and more!

The renovation has revealed long since forgotten historical aspects of the original bank building, including the original vault door! Plan to visit the CVA and view the new Vault Gallery, Pottery Studio, and Education Studio Room.

The CVA runs on Volunteer support. If you are interested in being a Vault Gallery Greeter,
please sign up by clicking the button below!

Current Exhibit

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From The Collectors' Vault
Fundraising Exhibit for the
Center for the Visual Arts

April - June, 2018

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*Artfully Adjusted Spring Fundraiser Event: Saturday, April 28th from 5-7pm
Event Tickets: $30
Available online, CVA Galleries, or Gift Shop

Artfully Adjusted Winner's Choice Raffle!
Take a chance! Recreate your space!
~ 3 Artists - 3 Mediums - 3 Styles ~

The winner chooses one!

 Artfully Adjusted Raffle Artwork by  Mary Kay Neumann

Artfully Adjusted Raffle Artwork by Mary Kay Neumann

 Artfully adjusted raffle artwork by Mary robinson

Artfully adjusted raffle artwork by Mary robinson

 artfully adjusted raffle artwork by Christine Alfery

artfully adjusted raffle artwork by Christine Alfery

Artfully Adjusted Winner's Choice Raffle!
Take a chance! Recreate your space!
~ 3 Artists - 3 Mediums - 3 Styles ~

The winner chooses one!

Raffle Artwork pictured above:
Mary Robinson (recycled mixed media)
Christine Alfery (acrylic)
Mary Kay Neumann (watercolor)

Raffle Tickets: $25 each or 5/$100
Artfully Adjusted Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at the Galleries or Gift Shop located in the Third Street Lifestyle Center.

All artwork exhibited in the "From The Collectors' Vault" has been donated to the CVA and offers a 'purchase now, take now' opportunity (beginning April 28th) with all proceeds benefiting the CVA!

Hours: Tues - Friday from 10-5pm
Saturday: 12-4pm - *Please check back or call ahead
(715-842-4545) for list of private event date closures

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January 12 - March 31, 2018

Opening Gallery Gala: Friday, January 12th from 5-7pm
*Exhibiting artist will speak about her artwork around 6pm.

In her paintings and monotypes, Bonnie Ploger creates metaphors for inward exploration of the psyche through imagery suggestive of caves and other deep spaces in the earth. This artwork began with her exploration of lava tube caves during a scientific expedition in Hawaii. Her art represents the arc of feelings experienced during journeys through caves and through metaphorical depths from grief through joy.

Seductive, mysterious and frightening, caves nourish both life and decay. Similarly, these artworks may produce primal feelings of shelter or threat, mirroring the depths of the soul. On closer inspection, some artworks may suggest the typically overlooked patterns in surfaces of stone, where imagined animal and human forms flow one to another.

Ploger does not depict specific places from memory or photographs. Instead, her work begins abstractly, allowing the paint to mimic natural forces. She then refines each piece to create coherent images containing illusionistic depth and subconscious imagery. The resulting artwork expresses the feelings evoked by imagined landscapes of the earth's
interior as filtered through the deepest self.

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September 22 - January 6, 2018

Opening Gallery Gala: Friday, October 20th from 5-7pm

Local contemporary artist Valerie Berkely is a painter who challenges herself in new media and techniques. For this fresh body of work in oil and cold wax medium, Val only works with the primary colors plus white, pushing
the textural paint into more abstract images based on a sense of light
and space. It is the feeling of the landscape, perhaps with
a hint of actuality, that is her primary focus.

"The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon.
We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

International Wisconsin Ginseng
Festival Poster Contest Exhibit

July 21 - September 17, 2017

The "International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival Poster Contest Exhibit" takes place in
advance of the upcoming festival organized by the CVB celebrating Wisconsin's Ginseng Capital!
The exhibit features artist's designs for the FIRST festival poster design for the upcoming event.

Exhibiting artists are working in: acrylic, pastel, colored pencil, photography, digital media, mixed media, and paper

Featured Artists:
Pouneh Asli, Jeremy Berkely, Valerie Berkely,
Abigail Bostwick, Gary Carle, Norman Eiden,
Erin Heider, Jessie Hlad, Benjamin Hying,
Jeana Jaeger McGivern, Robert Kanyusik,
Stephanie Kohli, James Richter,
Mary Robinson, Kimberly Rouse,
Diane Shabino, Leslie Snyder,
and Audrey Wilde

Abigail Bostwick, Gary Carle, Erin Heider, Benjamin Hying, Kimberly Rouse, Diane Shabino, and Audrey Wilde

The International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival will take place over three days, September 15, 16, and 17, 2017.
Events will take place downtown Wausau on the 400 Block city square park and along adjoining streets.
Additionally, a variety of tours, demonstrations and other activities will be offered at several locations
throughout the area, with shuttle buses transporting attendees to the many off-site attractions.
Festival attendees will receive maps and programs outlining the schedule of activities



Voting takes place from July 21 - September 16, 2017


Exhibit Sponsor

History of Ginseng in Marathon County

Ginseng cultivation began in the late 1800s at the turn of the 20th century in Marathon County by the Fromm Brothers, but has been used in eastern cultures for its healing properties for over 5,000 years. Today, the capital of the United States ginseng industry is in Marathon County, Wisconsin. There are over 185 ginseng producers in the county and 95% of the ginseng root exported from the United States comes from Central Wisconsin. The rolling hills, virgin soil and cool summers grow unique roots very high in ginsenosides (the active compound in ginseng). These properties make Wisconsin ginseng known as the premier cultivation in the world. As you drive around Marathon County in the warm weather seasons, you’ll see tarp-covered fields protecting ginseng plants from direct sunlight. The berries turn red in August and are harvested in September. The roots are harvested in October and are used in a variety of products including health and beauty products, teas, beverages, candies and much more. The recent resurgence in the interest of ginseng has created great demand in this ever-evolving market of the crop. 

For more information on the events taking place during the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival

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The Vault Gallery

"The Reveal" exhibit featuring Christine Alfery is the first exhibit to be shown at the CVA within the NEW Vault Gallery. The gallery emerged out of the renovation as the previous gift shop and business office walls came down one by one. The gallery features an open floor concept, high beams, marble walls, wood floor, original windows & wood moldings (now fully exposed on the interior due to the removal of the numerous drop ceilings), and the recently discovered original vault door! The CVA is pleased to exhibit Christine's artwork and looks forward to featuring other local, regional, and national artists as the year progresses.

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Artist Christine Alfery

Christine is a signature member of six national watercolor societies - International Society of Acrylic Painters, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society and the Western Watercolor Society. To become a member of these societies you have to be juried into their national exhibition for 3 times or more. These national exhibitions are very competitive and artists from all over the world compete in them.

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"The Reveal"

Colors, motion, emotion, and flight are represented in Christine's artwork in "The Reveal" exhibit. Each work of art depicts a piece of Christine's creativity and method. The exhibit leaves both a dramatic and whimsical impression. Christine's powerful color choices and spontaneous actions emerge off the canvas and reveal new sensory sensations.