Project North is about immersing you in the creativity of our community.
On the festival grounds, participants will see interactive art exhibits, artist demonstrations and educational opportunities, movement and dance experiences, and a Downtown Art Walk in participating storefronts.
ArtStart's School Of the Arts Legacy Program classes will be held at UWSP-Treehaven for an add-on experience. Classes include writing, drawing, painting, play writing, collage, fiber art, and more.
ARTSTART'S SCHOOL OF THE ARTS LEGACY PROGRAM
The 50 year tradition of School of the Arts continues as an add-on component of the festival. This art retreat, offers more opportunity and depth for individuals to expand their creativity, experiment in a safe and guided art environment, and perfect their craft all while networking with other creative individuals and attending structured art classes taught on a variety of mediums and art topics.
Intimate morning art classes are offered at the UWSP-Treehaven Campus outside of Rhinelander.
SCHOOL OF THE ARTS COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS, DEMONSTRATIONS, AND MORE
A tradition of School of the Arts has always been to bring the work of the instructors and students out into the community. Project North will be highlighting SOA instructors through readings, workshops, demonstrations, and other interactive activities. Try Ariel dance (or just watch), make a hand stenciled note card, write a poem, and learn about traditional Japanese Indigo Dying processes. These are just a few of the activities featured at Project North.
DOWNTOWN ART WALK
Artists will set up temporary galleries in storefronts or vacant spaces on Stevens, Davenport, and King Streets to display and sell their hand-made art.
See the breadth of Northwoods talent as you shop, eat, and explore Rhinelander's downtown. A full list of artists and participating businesses will be coming soon.
PUBLIC ART PROJECTS &
SUSTAINABILITY FOCUSED ART INSTALLATIONS
Local and regional artists will be creating temporary public art installations throughout the festival grounds. Explore and engage with these great projects.
Water Bar Pop Up
Artists: Shanai Mattson and Colin Klocker
The Water Bar is a fun social space serving flights of drinking water from various locations and engaging people in memorable conversations. A typical Water Bar pop-up includes a custom menu of drinking waters tailored to your event, information about the value of that water, and ways to take action to protect it.
This award-winning project has served water and information about water sources to over 80,000 people across the United States. Our artists have worked in partnership with over 75 organizations, and 500 volunteers.
Artist: Jaron Childs
Woodpile is a public installation created form cut firewood and an internal metal support structure. This project calls attention to one of our greatest resources and creates a reason for people to pause and ponder the mysteries of nature. Using Firewood references a local resource that carries many meanings from warmth to self-sufficiency and economic gain.
Artist: Nathan Sheppard
The Waythrough is a multimedia immersive art installation by Rhinelander-based artist Nate Sheppard. It provides viewers with a unique and encompassing perspective on why sustainability is essential in the preservation of our local natural habitats.
Utilizing projected video, dynamic lighting, and surround sound, this installation is a meditative cinematic experience that showcases the natural beauty of our local Northwoods environment.
A Cube of the North #1, 2019
Approximately 51” cubed, recycled pallets, found lumber, branches, sticks, paint. Viewers are invited to leave their mark by painting the work.
Bricolage artist, Wolfgang Ryan, repurposes everyday items discarded by society to create paintings, collage, assemblage, and sculpture in an ongoing project to salvage the world. Ryan’s ersatz works often toy with the tension between utility and uselessness. His art objects have been exhibited in museums and galleries, and are held in private collections.
Check back for a map of art elements around the festival grounds.
NORTHERN NATIONAL ART COMPETITION
The 32nd annual Northern National Art Competition attracts diverse works of art from artists across the United States. The competition is a collaborative effort between the Northern Arts Council and Nicolet College.
The Opening Reception of the 32nd annual Northern National Art Competition will be held on Thursday, September 26th, from 5pm - 7:30pm on the Nicolet College Campus at the Northwoods Center.
Take a leisurely walk through the Nicolet College Gallery to check out this year's exhibition while enjoying a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres to the sounds of the Woodland Strings quintet. Join Juror Scott Stulen of Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art as he offers his comments on the curation of this prestigious national show.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online through ArtStart's School of the Arts Legacy Program, at Trig's Customer Service desk, Diane’s Frame Shoppe or from a Northern Arts Council board member.