an art tour through WI and MN, showcasing our best galleries, studios, and museums
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum 700 North 12th St, Wausau, WI • FREE • 845-7010 • www.lywam.org • Enter the 1931 English Tudor-style house, packed with changing exhibits hailing from central Wisconsin to obscure international corners. A big draw is the bird-centric exhibition Birds in Art, which explores diverse interpretations of birds the world over, and even prints an annual catalogue. Finish your tour in the four-acre Margaret Woodson Fisher Sculpture Garden and authentic English garden, which I’m told is shady and conducive to seated contemplation. Accessible to visitors with disabilities. Open Tues-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm.
Gallery Forty Two 242 North Michigan St, Gallery 1, Sturgeon Bay, WI • FREE • (920) 785-1123 • www.galleryfortytwo.com • Though the style of art displayed at G42 has been described as contemporary or modern, the proprietors dispense with these labels and prefer to call it Fresh Art. The colorful landscapes and quirky abstractions are easily comparable to designs found in upscale urban galleries.
Plum Bottom Pottery 4999 Plum Bottom Road, Egg Harbor, WI • FREE • (920) 743-2819 • www.plumbottompottery.com • It’s safe to say most art lovers also love nature, and vice versa. Visitors to Plum Bottom will experience both, finding 20 acres of woods, gardens, and prairies as the setting for this professional studio and gallery. Peruse the brightly colored, “fluid form” porcelain wall sculptures, all handcrafted by resident Chad Luberger, as well as earthenware and jewelry by other artists. Open 10-5 daily.
Hands On Art Studio 3655 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek, WI • cost varies • (920) 868-9311 • www.handsonartstudio.com • Ever heard of spin-painting? Perhaps you should give it a try. Or just pick up a paintbrush and use it the old-fashioned way: to decorate your own ceramics, glassware, t-shirts, and birdhouses. Other media are also available to delve into, including fused glass and lampworking. Make your first mosaic, or weld a metal sculpture. With snacks and drinks available, this place is totally kid-friendly. 10am-6pm every day; adult nights Fri 6:30-10pm.
Fine Line Designs Gallery 10376 N. Hwy 42, Ephraim, WI • FREE • (920) 854-4343 • www.finelinedesignsgallery.com • Not limited to one medium or dimension, this gallery displays paintings and sculptures – both indoor and out – plus wooden furnishings, jewelry, metal art, and fiber art. More than 100 renowned artists contribute to this gallery, which is housed in a stately cottage and features a windowed rotunda. The two-acre garden is a menagerie of bronze, stone, metal, ceramic, copper, and stainless steel. Open daily 10-6, Sunday 10-5.
The Museum of Wisconsin Art 300 South 6th Ave, West Bend, WI • (262) 334-9638 • www.wisconsinart.org • $5 adults; seniors, students, and youth $3; 12 and under FREE • With two permanent collections and ever-changing exhibitions, this museum is a showcase for all things both Wisconsin and artsy. The space attempts to cover the 1830s to the late 20th century, displaying rare pieces by big names in these here parts. The museum is also home to the Wisconsin Art Archive, which keeps 8,000 files on Wisconsin art. Open Wed-Sat, 10am-4:30pm and Sun 1-4:30pm.
The James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters Overture Center for the Arts 201 State St, 3rd Floor, Madison, WI • FREE • (608) 265-2500 • www.wisconsinacademy.org • A visual and cultural space for Wisconsin, the James Watrous Gallery focuses on showcasing contemporary artists that express themselves through everything from children’s book illustrations to recycled bottle art. The gallery, which shares turf with the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, strives to bridge those very disciplines. Open Tues-Thurs 11am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 1-5pm.