Previewing Wausau's Artrageous Weekend

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Wausau's 25th annual Artrageous weekend is Northcentral Wisconsin's largest art extravaganza and this year it's expanding to four locations.

We spoke with representatives from all four areas of exhibits for Wausau's big weekend.

In the downtown, on Third Street and the 400 Block, the Festival of the Arts will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. There will be work from over 120 artists and items available for purchase. Live music will be playing on two stages and there will even be a hands-on children's art area.

Also downtown, a new organization to the event, Center for the Visual Arts, hosts the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association State Art Exhibit, on display for the first time in Central Wisconsin. Over 200 Wisconsin artists' work will be on display and remain on view through Sept. 27.

Located in Marathon Park, Art in the Park brings together more than 120 exhibitors in the East Gate Hall and Historic Exhibition Building. Pottery, art glass, jewelry, woodcraft, carvings, furniture, and wearable art are just a few of the many items for sale. A children's art and craft area offers free activities and a book reading by an area author and children's illustrator.

"Birds in Art" opening weekend festivities at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum coincide with Wausau's Artrageous Weekend. Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon visitors can meet more than seventy "Birds in Art" from all over the world. There will also be artists demonstrating various mediums during Artists in Action on Saturday, September 6th starting at 10:45.

Free, handicapped-accessible shuttle buses between all three locations run every 15-20 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from designated locations: downtown at the SE corner of the 400 Block at Fourth and Jefferson streets and at Third and Franklin streets, at Marathon Park near East Gate Hall, and at the Woodson Art Museum on Twelfth Street.

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