Fine Arts Show
Presque Isle Fine Art Show set for August 17th offers visitors interactive experience
You are invited to the Presque Isle Fine Art Show on Sunday, August 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Along with exceptional art, there is also great food, fine wines, entertainment and raffle prizes. This year’s show held at the Presque Isle Community Center at 8306 School Loop Road, just off Hwy B, has attracted original fine art entries from around the country. The eleventh annual show offers new twists on standard art forms and a one of a kind interactive experience. This is a family friendly event and a great opportunity to talk to the artists.
When you arrive, your first stop should be the people’s choice art exhibit where you get to choose Best in Show from 173 entries in many different kinds of mediums. Visitors vote for adult and youth entries determining the winners of $900 in cash prizes. While you make the difficult choice of which piece is your favorite, you’ll be entertained by Cathy Breitholtz, of Presque Isle, on piano and Larry Petrillo, of Palatine, IL on a variety of instruments, playing classical and show tunes. They’ve been working on duets and will have more than a few toe tappers to get you humming along and perhaps a little spontaneous dancing!
Judging fine art works up an appetite and this year’s show offers new food choices provided by local restaurateur, Kathy Wilcox of the Presque Isle Yacht Club and coffee and sweet treats by Carol Hartman and friends of the Wild Instincts Animal Rehab Center. Enjoy fresh hand-made sushi rolls with cooked shrimp, spring rolls and a few surprises while you stroll through artists vendor booths filled with original fine art and one of a kind furniture. You can find that unique piece of art to enhance your home or the perfect gift. Many of the artists demonstrate their work and are happy to discuss the creative process as you browse their artwork.
After you’ve strolled through the vendor booths and enjoyed the gorgeous flower gardens in the park, you don't want to miss the library transformed into a woodland with 4 ft x 7 ft acrylic painted canvases created by the Presque Isle Discovery Art camp participants. This is an intergenerational art experience created by students ranging in age from 4 to 70 plus comprised mostly of families attending together, grandparents with grandchildren and mothers with children. Everyone's interpretation of the woodland and its creatures is unique and you will be amazed at what happens when students come face to face with raptors, salamanders and bats!
The award program begins at 3 p.m. with the raffle prize drawings for original artwork and gift certificates to local restaurants. There are several award categories. In addition to the people’s choice awards, each year a judge for the Judge's Choice Award is chosen from diverse fields of expertise. The judge chooses that one piece of work from all the entries in adult and youth categories that he believes to have that certain un-define-able “wow” factor. The 2014 Judge is Robert Metropulos, Jr., artist, author and Parkside Gallery owner. Bob's early interest in art was inspired and encouraged by his mother, who was an amateur artist herself. Later, as a teen, Metropulos was lured to the art studio of Harold Hansen, where he watched the artist render paintings that depicted old buildings and various landscapes of the Cedarburg community. With Hansen's encouragement, Metropulos soon pursued painting with passion in his early watercolors of landscapes and old farm scenes. Metropulos continued his art interests at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. There he became fascinated with drawing in charcoal, and this became his medium of choice. With each effort he attempted to create the illusion of color with soft value tones of each charcoal stroke. Later he began adding just a hint of color to his compositions.
In 1979 Bob moved to the Northwoods and opened a small studio in Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Here he was captivated by the beauty of nature and the wildlife abounding around him. Soon he was using charcoal to create wildlife portraits; he felt comfortable with the medium, but with each work he kept in mind how he would execute the piece in color. Later he began working in oils, and presently is most accomplished in his use of acrylic paints. In 1981 he expanded his studio to Parkside Gallery in downtown Minocqua, Wisconsin. The gallery features his work, both originals and limited edition prints, and the work of many other artists. For several years he has been painting on-site in his gallery where he enjoys receiving one-on-one feedback from browsers and buyers. Can you guess which piece he will choose?
The last award given for the day is chosen by artists entered in the show. The artists choice award is unique in that only artists exhibiting in the show have a vote and it is interesting to see what they think is the “wow” piece of the show. See if your choice agrees with theirs.
Shop At Amazon & Earn $$$ for the P.I. Library
If you shop regularly at Amazon.com or even if you only shop occasionally at Amazon.com, now when you do, you can earn money for the Presque Isle Library! It doesn’t cost you a penny. When you place an order with Amazon, they will automatically send a percentage of your order total to the Presque Isle Library! How does it work, you ask? It’s super easy. Look over to the right…yes, on the right-hand side of this web page. See the new link called “Shop at Amazon.com Now”? When you click on it…No, don’t click on it yet!...but when you do, you’ll be transferred to the Amazon.com Home Page. Once you’re there, you can shop to your hearts content…buy that new camera you’ve wanted, get yourself a Kindle (Did I really say that?), or do all of your Christmas shopping! When you check out, a percentage of your order will be transferred to the Presque Isle Library Amazon Associates Account. But you won’t see it happen. It's completely transparent. There's no acknowledgement back to you telling you that it’s happened, or thanking you on behalf of the Presque Isle Library. But believe me, the Presque Isle Community Library will appreciate your order, big or small. The money from your order will be transferred to a savings account, and that money will be used to buy more materials for the P.I. library: children’s books, adult fiction & non-fiction, dvd’s, books on cd, large print books, etc, etc…
Here are some details about how this works. It only works if you go to Amazon through the library’s home page. By clicking the “Shop at Amazon.com Now” link over to the right. No, don’t click it yet! Once you’re at Amazon's Home Page, you can sign into your own account, just like you always do, if you have one. If you don’t have an account, Amazon will prompt you for all the necessary information during the checkout process. Lastly, the percentage that the Presque Isle Library earns is on a sliding scale, from a low of 2% to a high of 6%, depending upon the total cumulative sales in a month. So, if you were planning on purchasing something from Amazon, please use the Library’s Home Page to go to Amazon, and earn some $$$ for the Presque Isle Library! Thank You in advance, from the Presque Isle Library, for shopping at Amazon! Yes…Now you can click it….