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Our Gallery is in the Langlade County Historical Museum.
Paintings, Photography, Sculptures and Carvings are featured.
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Langlade County's Historical Museum is also the home of the Deleglise Cabin, Langlade County's first homestead. AVA has selected the cabin as part of its logo to remind visitors we are part of, and located in the Museum.
Judge Cindy Martin Judging Crowd
Judge Cindy Martin (left) defines the reasons Jackie Lescher's "Grandma's Table" took Best of Show honors in AVA's "Starved for Spring" show. There was a good artist turnout for Wednesday's awards.

AVA Artist Jackie Lescher has taken Best of Show honors in Antigo Visual Arts (AVA's) "Starved for Spring" show with her watercolor painting titled "Grandma's Table." Jackie described the painting as "Crocheted lace. . . "A fast-fading art put on display when company comes to call."

"Wonderful technique, rich use of values and washes complimented by intricate lace work," Judge Cindy Martin commented. "Contrast of light against dark, round against flat and smooth against texture draws the viewer into the painting."

Other artists receiving recognition from Ms Martin included Antigo's Andy Kazukewicz who took home a first place award for his free form pottery. Wausau artist Patrick Plunkett, won second place honors for "The World Stops for No One," a fabricated metal sculpture, and Antigo photographer Craig Pilecky finished in third place with "Nexus," A close-up of the exterior of the Perlan Observatory in Reykjavik Iceland. Joanne March, Chris Robinson, Karen Aulik-Now, and Jim Martinsen received honorable mentions.

The show will hang in the AVA Gallery June 22. On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14, the AVA Artist Guild will host a Mother's Day wine and cheese reception from 1 - 4 pm at the Gallery. The public is invited. The wine is courtesy of bbJacks, while the cheese has been donated by Satori. Bring mom to the Gallery following Mothers Day brunch. There is no charge.

Willapa Willapa
Paul Gregurich and his brother Tony wheel Willapa to the front doors of the Langlade County Historical Museum, where Paul pauses to pose with his creation. Willapa will reside in the AVA Gallery at the museum throughout the AVA Starved for Spring show.

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You are invited
to join
the AVA Artist Guild

Anyone interested in joining the AVA Artist Guild should stop by the AVA Gallery at the Langlade County Historical Museum, 404 Superior St. Antigo and pick-up an application form. Forms can also be downloaded here.

Or, contact: Jim Martinsen, 715-623-6799, or Karen Aulik-Now, 715-219-0612. All area artists are welcome to join the AVA Artist Guild. AVA Gallery exhibits are only open to Guild members, but judged shows will be open to everyone.

Judged shows will offer cash awards, so artists will have an opportunity to earn back their show fees and more. Some judged shows will also include an art raffle and/or a people's choice award.

The Antigo Artist Guild offers, not only AVA artists, but all area artists several benefits. It . . .

    Provides identity (AVA  is a guild of visual artists)
    Provides a learning experience for artists at all levels
    Allows judged shows
    Provides funds for show awards
    Provides funds for meeting speakers, and workshops

Dues are $25 annually.
AVA is looking for AVA Artist Guild members who would like to serve on the AVA Board of Directors. The board meets approximately once a month over the noon hour at the Langlade County Historical Museum. The board currently consists of Joe Hermolin, recording secretary, AVA Treasurer Barbara Arnold, Craig Pilecky, Rosemary Bauknecht, Karen Aulik-Now and Jim Martinsen. If you are interested you can contact any board member or email Jim Martinsen: ava@antigovisualarts.org

Our mission is simple . . .
"We envision an arts-based community partnership in which every citizen has opportunities to explore, experience, and develop an appreciation for the visual arts in order to maximize their potential."

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