Friday, September 4, 2009
On September 12 and 13 Wausau hosts its annual arts celebration, rated the number one art festival in the nation by American Style Magazine. Artrageous Weekend consists of three major events, each with a distinct flavor.
Art in the Park is a bazaar-like arts and crafts event held in the county fair buildings at Marathon Park. There’s something for everyone here, from leather and wood objects to pottery and paintings. Several years ago we purchased an elephant painting from artist Jackie Flaten at this exhibition and hung it in the Stewart Inn entry. It reminds us of the time when the Stewart House was called the "Gray Elephant on Grant Street" because of its massive size and distinctive periwinkle color.
We love to spend a sunny afternoon walking from tent to tent and admiring the extraordinary objects on display at the Festival of Arts in downtown Wausau. This art fair presents the work of more than 100 juried fine artists from throughout the Midwest. in downtown Wausau. That’s where we discovered Adrienne the potter, who made the delightful platters and plates we use for afternoon wine and cheese at the Inn.
In our opinion, the annual opening of the Birds in Art exhibit at the Woodson Art Museum is THE cultural event in Wausau. Many of the artists whose work is on display attend the opening events. We like to purchase a copy of the exhibit book and take it with us as we view the art. The artists are always happy to sign the page next to their entries in the book.