Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Barbara Arnold


Barbara Arnold, a writer in Eau Claire, is a “cool aunt” who will take care of your kids for a date night and deliver them back on a sugar high. She has served as a coach and mentor to hundreds of young people.

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Artist Collects Art Kits for Kids

Barbara Arnold

When Terri Stanley’s 11-year-old granddaughter Lila said “no more” to gifts of art supplies during the safer-at-home order, “Art Kits for Kids” was born. Stanley, an artist herself, knows the meditative value of ...

Meet Some Dunn County Mammals – Virtually, That Is

Barbara Arnold

Dr. Julie Beston, an assistant professor of biology at UW-Stout, will present  “Mammals of Dunn County” at 2pm on Sunday, Aug. 9, as the fifth in a summer series of online Zoom presentations ...

Operation Backpack Gears Up for School Year

Barbara Arnold

The seventh annual Operation Backpack program under the Helping Hands For Our Children organization is now underway and aims to help 100 children kick off the school ...

9 Top Tips for Job Hunters

polish your résumé – and your attitude – to land your dream job

Barbara Arnold

Volume One reached out to these Chippewa Valley experts and organizations to help compile this job hunters’ guide. Keep in mind these nine tips while seeking the job that’s ...

Cooking With Wine

tips from local chefs about how to successfully create something delicious

Barbara Arnold, photos by Mark Aumann

Inga Witscher, host of Around the Farm Table and a passionate gardener and cook, and Anthony Chavez, local chef and owner ...

Have a Stretch With Some Summer Yoga

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Breathe in. Breathe out. If ever there was a summer when all of us needed yoga, this is it. June 21 is the. ...

International Poetry Readers Sought

Barbara Arnold

Calling all bards, poets, readers and lovers of poetry! The 14th Annual International Poetry Reading at UW-Eau Claire is seeking readers. The event will be 7-9pm Tuesday, April 21, in the Dakota Ballroom ...

Sounds and Emotions

Home Within provides international insight

Barbara Arnold

“Home Within” is a 60-minute performance in which Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad creates charcoal and watercolor drawings in front of the audience while responding to the ...

A Carnival of Kid-Friendly Music

Chamber Orchestra concert features locally penned poems

Barbara Arnold

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will perform Camille Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals, one of the French composer’s best-known works, at its annual free ...

Resolved to Read

Barbara Arnold

Stuck in a reading rut? Dig yourself out and start the New Year by signing up for “Reading Challenge 2020” at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in ...

ArtsWest 41 Seeks Submissions from Wisconsin Artists

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Calling all Sconnie artists! It’s time to enter Wisconsin ArtsWest 41, the annual juried art show held at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. The show is open to all working artists and students age 18 and older ...

Artists Sought for ‘Fabulous Florals’ Exhibit at Pablo

Barbara Arnold

What better time of the year to be calling for visual artists and floral designers to participate in next spring’s annual Pablo Center’s group exhibit “Fabulous Florals & Fine Art” than when another cold ...

Sensory-Friendly Santa

meet Santa without all the crowds and noise

Barbara Arnold

Considering the crowds, loud noises, the touching and bumping into people, visiting with Santa Claus at the mall may not be for everyone. The health care professionals at Foundations Therapy in Menomonie, know this only too ...

Travel on Two Wheels

Eau Claire author chronicles life as a motorcycle lover

Barbara Arnold

There was a time I hitched rides on my friend Marv’s motorcycles, which have been and forever will be Harley-Davidsons. Sometime along the way, I read Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle ...

Chamber Orchestra Focuses on Mozart and Holst

Barbara Arnold

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will perform “Saturday Evening,” the second concert of its 2019-20 season, at 7:30pm Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Jamf Theatre at ...

Picking the Perfect Tree

trimming tips you really need-le to know

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wondering how to pick the perfect Christmas tree without having a Clark Griswold experience in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? First things first, according to John Stuve, a certified arborist and ...

New Shawtown Neighborhood Association Hosts First Meeting

Barbara Arnold

The Shawtown Neighborhood Association is singing the theme song to the classic TV show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The first official neighborhood meeting since formation in summer 2019 will be on Thursday, Nov. 14 ...

Artists Come Home

annual juried show draws more than 200 works by regional artists

Barbara Arnold

A broad expanse of artistic genres is shared in HOMECOMING: The Confluence of Art Annual Exhibition at the Pablo Center’s James W. Hansen Galley now through Nov. 3. Fifty-three of the ...

Fall Starts With Fresh Art

catch some culture with the 21st Fresh Art Tour

Barbara Arnold

Thirty artists are opening their home studios and galleries for the 21st annual Fresh Art Tour just as Mother Nature is painting the color of leaves to from green to red, orange, gold, and brown ...

Classical Music Is on the Way With Chamber Orchestra’s New Season

Barbara Arnold

"A confluence of ideas, textures, themes, rhythms, and expressions” is the focus of the 2019-20 six-concert season of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, according to Dr. Frank A. Watkins, the ensemble’s music director. “We are ...

Book It to the Chippewa Valley Book Festival

Barbara Arnold

The 20th annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival (Oct. 21-27) is wooing book lovers with just six words: “Twenty events. Seven days. One festival.” There are so many authors, so many books ...

Putting the Fun in Fundraiser

Festival in the Pines offers activities for everyone

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The 37th annual Festival in the Pines will take place in Carson Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25. The festival is back for another year of food, and fun, including craft booths featuring unique handmade items ...

A Second Helping of Sunyata

members of Eau Claire’s original food co-op plan reunion

Barbara Arnold

Long before Just Local Food Cooperative, 1117 S. Farwell St., came on the Eau Claire scene, there was the Sunyata Whole Food Co-op and Bakery. “I guess you could say a bunch of hippies started it back in the ’70s,” said Paul Wagner, a retired UW-Eau Claire ..."

Art Bonanza in Arcadia

Ashley for the Arts brings three days of fun and charity

Barbara Arnold

Hands down, the Aug. 8-10 Ashley for the Arts festival in Arcadia’s 53-acre Memorial Park is one of the best values around. For only a $15 wristband (good for all three days!) there’s top-shelf entertainment ...

Eco Art & the Global Canvas

Footprints/Memories opens at the Pablo Center

Barbara Arnold

What is our impact on the planet? Can we choose how we leave our mark? Footprints/Memories: Eco Art and the Global Canvas, the first-ever eco art exhibition at the Pablo Center at ...

10 Top Tips for Job Hunters

Barbara Arnold

Regardless of the unemployment rate, finding the right job can be a challenge. Volume One reached out to these Chippewa Valley experts and organizations to help compile this job hunters’ guide. Keep in mind ...

Toy Dinosaurs Help 5-Year-Old Deal With Death

Barbara Arnold

Five-year-old Kessler Burdt, a kindergartner at Altoona Elementary School, is wild about dinosaurs. So much so that upon meeting him with his new Mohawk haircut for summer, one could almost see him ...

Neighborly Efforts Underway in Shawtown

Barbara Arnold

An association for residents of the Shawtown neighborhood on Eau Claire’s southwest side is in its formative stages. An initial planning meeting on June 18 drew 30 residents, from infants to octogenarians, to Newell Park. The next ...

Blooming Beauties

garden tour invites you to explore beautiful plantings

Barbara Arnold

Seven gardens on the west side of Eau Claire – several featuring breathtaking views of the city and river – will be featured in the second annual Gardens in Bloom tour on Saturday, July 13, from 9am to 4pm ...

Step Into the Garden

Stepping Stones hosts annual Menomonie garden tour

Barbara Arnold

Creating a bonsai tree will be demonstrated in one of six gardens featured in the 18th annual Stepping Stones Garden Tour in Menomonie on Saturday ...

Meeting Women’s Needs

Hope Gospel Mission aims to add facilities for homeless women, children

Barbara Arnold

If all the stars align this summer, Hope Gospel Mission will be the first organization in the Chippewa Valley to have an overnight shelter for women and children. Two Hope Renewal Centers for Women with Children ...

A New Hope

Hope Gospel Mission opens new men’s shelter, doubling size to serve homeless population

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Twenty years after Mark and Cindy Donnelly, a local couple who were concerned about the growing but “invisible” population of homeless men and women in the Eau Claire area, founded ...

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: Turning New Pages

Barbara Arnold

‘Where’d the DVDs go?” asked the 70-something gentleman resembling Burl Ives and dressed in bib overalls. He had just ridden up the elevator at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire ...

The Key to a Great Season

Barbara Arnold

World-renowned jazz and classical pianist John Jensen will tickle the ivories at the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s final concert of the 2018-19 season at 7:30pm Saturday, May 4, at the Pablo Center at the Confluence ...

THEN & NOW: Pablo Center hosts works of Eau Claire founding artists

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Long before Eau Claire was viewed as an artistic haven, when this spot on the river was considered a blue-collar town, 22 artists from the Chippewa Valley still put forth their creative efforts, resulting ...

Spring Culture

Heyde Center hosts art of all kinds in annual show

Barbara Arnold

More than 100 artists – professional, student, and rising artists – will showcase their work at the 55th Annual Spring Art Show April 7- 19 in the galleries of the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls ...

Ager Ages Well

weekend of events to celebrate 150th birthday of famed writer and cultural advocate Waldemar Ager

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Waldemar Ager Association is partnering with area organizations to commemorate the 150th birthday of Ager with a weekend-long symposium March 22-23 called “Waldemar Ager at 150: Conversations about Immigrant Identity” ...

$1 Billion, You Say?

common tax mistakes leaves $1 billion on the table each year

Barbara Arnold

Each year, the IRS reports it has roughly $1 billion in unclaimed refunds just from people who didn’t file a return. That is an expensive mistake. Many people don’t realize that they may be able to claim refunds ...

Retrospective Redux

artist, a Chippewa Falls native, looks back on vibrant works

Barbara Arnold

Got cabin fever? Tiring of the monochromatic landscape? Then head over to Mark W. Anderson’s “A ReRETROSPECTIVE” Art Show at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire. The gallery offers ...

Educational Events Mark Ager’s 150th

Barbara Arnold

Two February presentations at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will discuss immigrant identity as part of the 150th birthday of Waldemar Ager. A Norwegian immigrant, Ager moved from Chicago ...

New Park Could Go to the Dogs – and the Boats

Barbara Arnold

By 2020, Eau Claire may gain a third boat launch on the Chippewa River and a third dog park – this one with access to water. City officials presented and explained the proposal at a community meeting ...

Drilling Down

western Wisconsin firm finds success with specialty ice fishing products

Barbara Arnold

In early December, you might have seen many an ice angler out on Half Moon Lake, including a few bright red pop-up tents with the brand name Eskimo. With a name like that, you might think Alaska or Canada ...

Library Seeks Entries for Artswest40

Barbara Arnold

Chippewa Valley artists have no excuse not to submit their creations to ArtsWest, the annual juried art show sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library: In celebration of the show’s 40th year ...

Picking the Ideal Tree

seasonal trimming tips you needle to know

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Wondering how to pick the perfect Christmas tree without having a Clark Griswold experience in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? ...

EC Florist Brings Glitter to Gov’s Residence

Barbara Arnold

When Sandy O’Connell, owner of Avalon Floral on Water Street in Eau Claire, received a phone call from the office of the first lady of Wisconsin, Tonette Walker, she didn’t believe it ...