'Summer in the Northwoods'

Antigo Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery director Rosemary Bauknecht straightens one of the first pieces of art to be hung in the new AVA Art Gallery on the second floor of the Langlade County Historical Society Museum. The gallery’s “Summer in the Northwoods” show opens Saturday. A free public reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the gallery.

When Antigo Visual Arts’ 2021 “Summer in the Northwoods” show opens Saturday, it will open in the new AVA Art Gallery on the second floor of the Langlade County Historical Society Museum. In addition to new gallery track lighting, the gallery will have all new art panels.

Gallery Director Rosemary Bauknecht and her gallery committee coordinated the painting of the new gallery and the installation of the panels and the new track lighting.

The “Summer in the Northwoods” show will feature the work of 20 area artists. Several of these artists will be displaying their work in the AVA gallery for the first time. More than 100 pieces of art have been entered. All are available for purchase.

The show will be judged by Tonahawk artist David Kapszukiewicz, (Dave Kaps). Kaps holds a bachelor of arts degree in art education from UW-Eau Claire. Originally from Gilman, Kapszukiewicz was a graphic designer all his working life. He attended the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art from 2007-11.

Cash awards as well as ribbons will be presented to the first-, second- and third-place finishers. Honorable mention ribbons will be awared at the discretion of the judge.

AVA artists will host a free public wine and cheese reception at the AVA Gallery in the museum, 404 Superior St.,from 5-7 p.m. Friday. The public is invited. A medley of white and red wines will be available courtesy of bbJacks. Visitors to the gallery will also have the opportunity to sample a select variety of award-winning Sartori cheeses.

There will be voting at the reception to select the winners of both the “People’s Choice” and “Artist’s Choice” awards.

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