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Our Current Show Coming in January
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The Art of Jim Rowe
January 7, 2022 - March 1, 2022
In 2013 Jim Rowe had a single-artist show at the Antigo Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in the County Historical Society Museum, 404 Superior St., Antigo. It was titled Jim Rowe - A Hometown Treasure. It was so popular he returned in 2014. Last winter Jim moved his family to Texas. Antigo lost its hometown treasure, but it didn’t lose Jim Rowe’s art. He took very few of his creations with him when he moved. The remainder he donated to Antigo Visual Arts.
   Like so many seasoned artists, Jim experimented with, dabbled in, and created art in many genres. The difference was Jim excelled in all of them. Our artists have selected what we feel are some of his best pieces for our Art of Jim Rowe sale, AVA’s first show for 2022.
   Jim’s interests took him down many paths. In addition to a successful career in art, Jim was an ordained minister. His religious beliefs are reflected in some of his best work. More than anything else, Jim enjoyed sharing his art, so AVA has priced his pieces to sell.
   Please join us Friday evening January 7 from 5pm to 7pm as AVA’s artists honor Jim Rowe with an informal reception at the AVA Gallery on the second floor of the Langlade County Historical Society Museum, 404 Superior St., Antigo. We are featuring more than 100 of Jim's original creations.


AVA Fab Lab Visit Educational and Enjoyable
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A sampling of AVA artists who recently visited the Antigo High School Fab Lab. Following a visit you might think the "Fab" stood for Fabulous. It very well could, but it really stands for "Fabrication." Here is where ideas for business and/or industrial projects come to life. Todays designers are trained on 3d printers, laser printers, computer numerical control (CNC) lathes and other state-of-the-art equipment using todays technology. Best of all, this technology is not just available to the AHS students and instructors, the Fab Lab is open to the public Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
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Want to create one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts? You can do it at the Fab Lab. Here the finishing touches are applied to a lathe-turned pen. This pen is being turned on a manual pen lathe. The Fab Lab, however, also has three CNC pen lathes. You are only limited by your own imagination at the AHS Fab Lab.
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The AVA logo is carved into a block of wood by a CNC X-Carve vertical router at the AHS Fab Lab.
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The AHS Fab Lab CNC plazma cutter at work. It took less than 20 minutes for the cutter to carve out the piece Fab Lab instructor Mike Parizek holds in the image below. This machine has a working size of a 4' by 4' piece of material and the capacity to cut up to 3/4" thick steel plate. Not only can it make metal art, it is used to make many parts for different manufacturing projects such as farm equipment and trailers.
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Fab Lab instructor Mike Parizek hows off the completed metal carving that is being cut in the mage above. The piece was designed by an 8th grade student Rodney Meidl. "With the help of AHS senior Erika Gravitter," Parizek commented, "he was able to complete this wonderful piece." The software we used to cut this was the design program ASPIRE 11.0.

AVA Autumn's Blessings Art Show Award Winners
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First Place
"The Guardian"
Jackie Lescher
Second Place
"Morning Pasture with Dog"
Carol Hettinga
Third Place
"White Beauty"
Joanne March
Honorable Mention
"Preening"
Jaqueline Michael
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Honorable Mention
"Somewhere USA"
Audrey Wilde
Honorable Mention
"Winding Through Autumn"
Gary Winn
Peoples Choice Award
"Weeds on the Wolf"
Camille Converse-Smith
Artist's Choice Award
"Sunflowers"
Karen Now-Stimac


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Brian Ponshock Completes
Armed Forces Mural
AVA Artist Brian Ponshock spent several weeks working on the mural he created for Neve's Furniture. Weeks, however, don't describe just how much time and effort went into this project. The photo at the left shows Brian spraying the final protective clear-coat on the mural. But Brian is almost lost in the picture. So, the top inset picture shows more of Brian than the mural, but it certainly isn't Brian's most flattering side, so we also included the middle image that shows the big smile that Brian is almost always flashing. The bottom inset picture was taken the day Brian started the mural by applying the primer.

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Art in the Senior Center
Art in the Senior Center 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. The center officially opened 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.

In addition to the Senior Center, AVA artists also have their work featured in the Antigo Public Library and the Antigo Sober Living Facility.

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We invite you to visit the
AVA Virtual Art Gallery


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.
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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