Explore Art/Enjoy Music and the Outdoors at Nick Engelbert’s Grandview Plein Air Event on August 16

August 14, 2015

Wisconsin is rich with roadside art, and many a weekend can be spent tracking down hard-to-find treasures hidden in rural places that seem almost lost. In the next few weeks some of these sites will entice you with great family outdoor activities. It’s a good time to fire up the jalopy and head to the hinterlands.

On August 16th you can enjoy food and refreshments, music, tours, and art making at Nick Engelbert’s Grandview Plein Air Event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free! Grandview is roughly equidistant between New Glarus and Mineral Point just outside Hollandale in Highway 39, only 45 minutes from Madison.

Take a liking to this Viking at Grandview, just west of Hollandale in Iowa County

Take a liking to this Viking at Grandview, just west of Hollandale in Iowa County

Art-making activities will include plein air (outdoor) painting inspired by Engelbert’s sculptures. Art instruction, materials and easels will be available for beginners and young folks. Experienced artists can choose from scores of interesting objects and perspectives to create something unique. Cash prizes will be awarded in both amateur and professional categories.

You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy the day. There will be plenty of time to tour the grounds and see sculptures ranging from historical figures to fairy tale and mythological depictions. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite beverage and enjoy live music from 1 pm – 4 pm. Snacks will be provided, too, and the kids will love the unique setting.

Nick Engelbert’s Grandview Plein Air Event is part of a series of five Wandering Wisconsin Roadside Art Experiences being held during August and September. The events include art making inspired by each site’s creators, entertainment, refreshments, and exploring some of the grandest, most astonishing, and original visions in American art. All activities are free and all ages are welcome. For more information about these events, call (920) 694-4534 or email wanderingwisconsin@jmkac.org. If you have any questions about the Grandview event email marilynr@mhtc.net or call 608-574-7169.

Soon the 2015 Wandering Wisconsin Outdoor art festivities will move to other venues. Come back soon to Portal Wisconsin to get more information.

Even if you cannot make the events, set some time aside to visit all the Wandering Wisconsin sites to experience a unique Wisconsin perspective. With each amazing site comes a great ride in the Wisconsin countryside.

Wandering Wisconsin is a consortium of eight art environments located throughout Wisconsin. The Roadside Art Experience is funded by Kohler Foundation, Inc.

Rick Rolfsmeyer, Hollandale


Take a Drive to Art Outdoors – August 2, 2015

August 1, 2015

The first of five Wandering Wisconsin 2015 arts events will feature the Painted Forest in tiny Valton, Wisconsin.  The Painted Forest is a very unique environment created in an old Modern Woodmen of America meeting hall.  Itinerant artist Ernest Hupeden painted almost the entire interior of the hall in the 1890s.  The site has been restored, a learning center constructed nearby, and is now owned by Edgewood College in Madison.  It’s truly a remarkable, hidden Wisconsin treasure.

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Part of Ernest Hupeden’s amazing mural work

Art Outdoors will provide a number of great activities including an opportunity to learn to paint outdoors, with instruction provided by Edgewood College professor Robert Tarrell.

Guided tours of the Painted Forest will be given every 30 minutes starting at 11 am.  You can snack on some yummy wood fired stove-made pizza from noon until 3, and be entertained by Jake O starting at 1:30.

Check your roadmap or GPS to find Valton.  It is in the far

The Modern Woodmen Hall - it's astounding inside!

The Modern Woodmen Hall – it’s astounding inside!

northwest corner of Sauk County, near Cazenovia and about 18 miles west of Reedsburg.  The drive will be beautiful and there will be a lot of interesting things to do once you get there.  Art Outdoors will run from 9 am until 4 pm – drop in any time.

The event in Valton is the first of a series of five Wandering Wisconsin Roadside Art Experiences around the state to be held in August and September.  We’ll keep you updated via the Portal Wisconsin blog.

Rick Rolfsmeyer