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Downtown murals Paul Gregurich and Mark Beer (background) hang the first of Antigo Visual Arts murals on the Busche building, 701 Fifth Ave., downtown Antigo. AVA artists Fran Brown (left) and Camille Converse-Smith, proudly show-off the sandwich board they had placed in front of the building throughout the six weeks it took them to finish the project. Several more murals are in the planning stages. You will be seeing them in downtown Antigo soon.      Murals Brighten Downtown Antigo
   On a blustery day in late May, Mark Beer and Paul Gregurich (top) hang mural panels above the windows on the Busche building (old Gruber Hardware store) on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Superior Street, downtown Antigo.
   The panels were designed and painted by AVA artists Fran Brown and Camille Converse-Smith (left). Gregurich is also an award-winning AVA artist. The idea for a mural on the Busche building has hatched back in February when AVA artist Danna Gabriel contacted the Busches about the murals.
   "Danna and I met with them," Converse-Smith remembers, "and they liked my drawings of plants and animals - flora and fauna - of Langlade County. They also liked the light green background and the fact the murals would include a map of the main rivers in Langlade County. I used the Internet for references. Everything was drawn to scale," she continued, "on several sheets of heavy 12" x 18" paper. Each sheet represented a 4'x8' panel. We used 8 panels."
   Using the drawings as a guide, Converse-Smith, along with Brown transfered the art by hand onto MDO board panels. MDO, or Medium Density Overlay is basically weatherproof and has a very smooth surface. It was selected following the advice of Sue Martinsen who is the person incharge of the murals in and around Ashland.
   It took about six weeks for the two artists to complete panels which were created using a mixture of acrylic paints for all of the artwork. Then a special marine coating was applied as an anti graffiti protectant.

   The Busches allowed the artists to work in their building, so when the time came to install the panels they were already at the site.
   "Creating the mural was a great experience," Converse-Smith concluded. "Working with assistant artist Frances Brown was a joy. We had a lot of fun. Fran is very creative and a great partner. Overall, from beginning to end, the project exceeded my expectations."

It's About Time!
2021 Summer in the Northwoods show
Art in the Senior Center
Art in the Senior Center
Following a terrible year of missed shows the AVA Art Gallery in the Langlage County Historical Society Museum will reopen Saturday, June 12 with AVA's 2021 Summer in the Northwoods show. Allen Benes' Breakfast on the Fly and Greg Koepple's Below the Dam  (pictured above) will be featured. A public wine & cheese reception is planned for Friday, June 18 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. AVA artists Jim Martinsen, Rosemary Bauknecht, and Greg Koeppel hang art in the Senior Center of Langlade County. The center is located in the old Family Video building at 904 Fifth Avenue. Its Grand Opening is scheduled for June 12. Eight AVA artists have their work featured. In addition to Martinsen, Bauknecht and Koeppel, they include Jackie Lescher, Mary Hayes, Camille Converse-Smith, Toni Edge, and Joanne March.

The Langlade County Historical Society Museum is currently closed for renovations. During these renovations we invite you to visit the
AVA Virtual Art Gallery
The Gallery will reopen Saturday, June 12 with AVA's 2021 Summer in the Northwoods show.
A reception is scheduled for Friday, June 18 from 5 - 7 pm.

AVA Virtual Art Gallery
Our Virtual Art Gallery features more than 100 images of paintings, pencil sketches, mosaics, photography, wood carvings, sculptures and more. Many of these items are award-winning works of art. All are created by AVA Artists.

AVA Artists Create Mural
At Sober Living Facility

   AVA Artists Mackenzie Teal and Mary Hayes work on a mural at the Sober Living Facility in Antigo. The facility was purchased jointly by the City of Antigo and Langlade County. It is being managed by North Central Health Care with Toni Kellner  supervising the start-up.
   The mural project is the brain-child of Antigo City Administrator Mark Desotell who asked Marie Benes, chair of the AVA mural committee, if AVA could paint murals on two walls of the facility.  Hayes, who is also the AVA secretary, suggested a single mural and a wall of art provided by many different AVA artists.
   The mural is based on a Carrol Lake photograph taken by Hayes' son Nathan. Coincidentally, both Teal and Hayes have camped frequently at Carrol Lake.
 Bottlecap Art 01
Bottlecap Art 01
photos by Danna Gabriel (left) & Jim Martinsen (top)

City of Antigo and Antigo Visual Arts Downtown Mural Project
AVA Mural Project
AVA Artist Brian Ponshock's proposed mural for the Neve's building


AVA Museum Gallery Update
AVA Gallery Panels Arrive
When AVA's 2021 Summer in the Northwoods show opens June 12, it will open in the all new AVA Art Gallery on the second floor of the Langlade County Historical Society Museum. In addition to new gallery track lighting, the gallery will have all new panels. The panels are in Antigo. They arrived at Sheldons', Inc. as Sheldons' had a loading dock, something the 100+ year old museum doesn't have. Pictured (top left) are Sheldons' employees preparing to help AVA Artist Paul Gregurich load the panels, along with additional hardware, into Paul's trailer. Paul (top center) cuts away the shrink wrap holding the panels. AVA Board Member Camille Converse-Smith and her husband Gary (top right) prepare to unpack the panels. Tom Bauknecht and Gary Smith (bottom row) carry the first box of panels & accessories to the museum, and into the new AVA Gallery location. Gallery Director Rosemary Bauknecht and her gallery committee are currently working on painting and installing the track lighting. A reception for the 2021 Summer in the Northwoods show will be held Friday, June 18 from 5pm - 7pm.

AVA Places its First Lawn Art at the Antigo Public Library
AVA Bottlecap Art
Antigo Visual Arts (AVA) and the Antigo Public Library have started a program to raise awareness for recycling art with a large bottle cap assemblage placed at the entrance to the library Thursday. They are the brainchild of AVA members Greg Koeppel, Danna Gabriel, and Camille Converse-Smith.

"The goal of this particular project," according to project coordinator Gabriel, "is to foster community involvement by inviting area residents to save their clean plastic bottle caps for additional assemblages that can be displayed around town. We have a container at the library
entrance to accept donations for future projects."

Gabriel has a Facebook page, "BottleCap Mosaics by Danna." Converse-Smith is AVA's Art in the Library coordinator. Koeppel is a native of Phlox that has years of experience creating recycled art. His work can be seen in the gardens outside his home on Highway 47. "Greg Koeppel Arts" is also on YouTube.

“This is the second AVA and Antigo Library collaboration. The Library Foundation installed a picture hanging system in 2018 to allow local artists and the middle school art show to be easily displayed at the library” said Dominic Frandrup library director. AVA artwork is changed on a quarterly basis and the Antigo Middle School art show is in the spring.

The AVA Art Gallery is located in the Langlade County Historical Society Museum, but with the current construction going on at the museum, the gallery is closed which has prompted several AVA artists to pursue other venues. In addition to the library, AVA is also working with Parks and Recreation Director Sarah Repp to place art along the city's Springbrook trail and other locations in the city.   additional pictures & information
Bottlecap Art 01 Bottlecap Art 02
View of the Lawn Art as you approach the Library View of the Lawn Art as you leave the Library
 
Bottlecap Artists
AVA Artists Danna Gabriel, Greg Koeppel, and Camille Converse-Smith create the assemblage.
 
You are invited to join AVA
All area artists are welcome to join AVA - If you're interested, stop by the AVA Gallery at the Langlade County Historical Museum, 404 Superior St. Antigo and pick-up an application form. Membership forms can also be downloaded here. Questions? check out our Join AVA page.

AVA membership offers all area artists several benefits. Funds generated through membership dues has allowed AVA to:

    Provide an identity to area artists
    Provide a learning experience for artists at all levels
    Host judged shows with cash awards
    Provide funds for meeting speakers, and workshops

Dues are $25 annually for an individual, $35 for a family, or $15 for a full-time student. Scholarships for full time students are available. Email AVA's Student Services Director Danna Gabriel.


AVA shows and exhibits - Judged shows are open to everyone, and offer cash awards, so artists will have an opportunity to earn back their show fees and more. Some judged shows may also include an art raffle and/or a people's choice award. AVA art exhibits feature the artwork of AVA members only. AVA offers four shows a year. The Spring, Summer & Fall shows are all judged shows, while the Holiday gift shop is open to AVA members only.

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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