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Fall Show Getting Ready to Open
AVA 2021 Fall reception
Antigo Visual Arts board member Camille Converse-Smith, (left) discusses the hanging of AVA's Fall show, Autumn's Blessings, with AVA Gallery Director Rosemary Bauknecht, (right). The painting, Sunflowers in the Sun is a mixed media piece by artist Karen Now-Stimac. The show hangs early this week with a free public wine & cheese reception this Friday, September 24 from 5 to 7 pm in the military room just outside the AVA Gallery on the second floor of the Langlade County Historical Society Museum.

Nineteen artists have entered 88 pieces of original artwork. Ribbons and cash awards will be presented to the first, second and third place finishers. Honorable mention ribbons may be awarded at the discretion of the judge. This year's judge is Sharon Dowis. Sharon is a former AVA member who lives in Merill.

Reception attendees can sample finger foods prepared by the artists, enjoy red or white wine compliments of bbJacks, and savor Antigo's award-winning Sartori cheeses, while they cast their ballot for the People's Choice award. AVA Artists will select the Artist's Choice winner.

The Autumn's Blessings show will hang in the gallery from September 22 until Thursday, November 18. On Monday, November 29, AVA will open its Holiday Gift Shop featuring a large selection of unique holiday gift items, many of which will be one-of-a-kind. The Holiday Gift Shop will remain open until Monday, January 3.

Following the closing of the Gift Shop, the gallery will host the art of Jim Rowe. Jim was a well-known Antigo artist for many years. Some knew him as the owner of Mayking Pottery. Last year he moved to Texas with his family. Before the move he donated several pieces of his work to Antigo Visual Arts, hoping AVA could use them as a fund raiser for the organization. At last count AVA had 45 pieces of framed Jim Rowe art plus several pieces of 3d art including a few pieces of his Mayking pottery.

AVA Artists Enjoy Member Gathering
AVA 2021 member gathering The two dozen or so AVA artists who participated in AVA's August 25th member gathering  at Antigo's Heinzen Pavilion not only took the time to visit with their fellow artists, some worked with AVA artists Laura Spencer and Danna Gabriel and they went home with a colorful bottle cap column.

Want to learn more about bottle cap art?

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Check out our AVA Community Art page to see what's happening at the Boys & Girls Club!

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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AVA Gallery reopens with Wine & Cheese Public Reception
AVA Virtual Art Gallery 
Following more than a year of missed shows the AVA Art Gallery in the Langlage County Historical Society Museum reopened Saturday, June 12 with AVA's 2021 Summer in the Northwoods show. The June 18 wine & cheese reception featured a poetry reading by Tonya McKenna-Trabant. Eight show entries were awarded ribbons. You can view the video of the winning entries here.

AVA Summer in the Northwoods Art Show Award Winners
winner winner winner winner
First Place
"Roar"  Danna Gabriel
Second Place
"Bird Dreams"  Kimberly Woyak
Third Place
"Clam Digger"  Hans Schmitt
Honorable Mention
"Greet the Morning"  Jackie Lescher
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Honorable Mention
"Choose to Shine"  Gail Jaeger
Honorable Mention
"Tiny Bubbles"  Kathy Ullman
People's Choice Award
"Wren" Jacqueline Michael

Artist's Choice Award
"Below the Dam"  Greg Koeppel
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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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