Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Cal McNeil


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How to Make a Maze

designing, growing, and cutting the season’s favorite puzzle

Kinzy Janssen, photos by Cal McNeil

What is more inviting (and simultaneously ominous) than a field full of dry and raspy corn with an entrance cut into it? But well before those stalks turn yellow, the farmers who host corn mazes are preparing their blueprints. How does a maze ...

55th Annual Juried Student Art Show

photos by Cal McNeil

A reception for the 55th Annual Juried Student Art Show was held at UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery on Thursday, April 6, exhibiting the artworks of UW-Eau Claire students, as selected by juror Libby Rowe. The show runs April 9 through 22.

Artist Reception: Risk + Reward

photos by Cal McNeil

An exhibition foregrounding the physical activity of painting. The contemporary artists represented rigorously explore the materiality of paint to create dynamic images that exist in the space between abstraction and representation, and exploit ...

Howloween Party @emBark

photos by Cal McNeil

Wretched retrievers, terrifying terriers, horrifying hounds, and slimy spaniels gathered for the "spookiest dog party of the year" at local canine care center emBark. The party featured a costume contest, a paw reader/fortune teller ...

Art Cartel for the Animals

photos by Cal McNeil

On Saturday, Sept. 24, local art collective The Art Cartel joined with the Barebones Theatre Company and local ad hoc band The Procrastinators for "A Day for the Animals" – a fundraising show/exhibit to benefit the our local Humane Association.

6th Annual Autumn Harvest Fall Festival

photos by Cal McNeil

Autumn Harvest Winery hosted the sixth installment of its annual festival on Sept. 9 and 10 with live music from Jeff White, Wisconsin cheese, apples, wine, and drawings. The John McIlquham Orchard will donate $1 from every bottle of wine ...

Chippewa Valley Firecracker 2011

photos by Cal McNeil

One of Wisconsin’s premier off-road mountain bike races, the Chippewa Valley Firecracker’s incredible course challenges displayed mountain biking at its finest on Sunday (July 10) at the Eau Claire County Expo Center.

Yo-Yo Workshop for Teens

photos by Cal McNeil

Who knew walking the dog could be so much fun? On Thursday, June 30, National Yo-Yo Champion "Dazzling Dave" Schulte let some local teens in on his yo-yo skills at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library during an afternoon workshop.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, June 2, 2011

photos by Cal McNeil

The 2011 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in downtown Eau Claire's Phoenix Park kicked off on Thursday, June 2 with a stripped down South Farwell, Beacon James, and a preshow set from Brian Butler.

The Bluebirds On Our Shoulders

Girl Scout’s national Bluebird Festival tradition started right here in the Valley

Alissa Peterson, photos by Cal McNeil

Our local Girl Scouts help the area with a lot more than our Thin Mint quotient. It’s true. Seriously. In 2007 Eau Claire troop leader Shelly Volk founded the Bluebird Restoration Project in honor of a lost friend.

5th Annual Bluebird Festival

photos by Cal McNeil

Saturday, May 14 saw the Annual Bluebird Festival. Hosted by Beaver Creek Reserve, the Festival is a tour of an established five year-old trail at Hickory Hills Golf Course, with lessons on how to build and maintain a bluebird nest box ...

Magic Mama @Tangled Up In Hue

photos by Cal McNeil

On Friday May 6 (2011), Tangled Up in Hue in downtown Eau Claire hosted the opening of Re/Skewed" – an art exhibit by singer/artist Kjersten Hallin (aka Magic Mama). The show runs through May 31 and features multi-media collaborations ...

Volume One’s 2011 Pillow Fight (Set 2)

photos by Cal McNeil

Another great set of shots from Volume One’s 2011 April Fools Day Pillow Fight – April 1 on the corner of Madison and Forest Streets.