Woodson-Art-Museum-ExteriorOne of the longest running festivals in the Wausau area makes its return this weekend, bigger and better than ever. Dubbed Wausau’s Artrageous weekend, four big events make their annual splash on the area’s cultural scene.


Don Rambadt, Scarlet, 2013, stainless steel

First, the Woodson Art Museum unveils their 39th annual Birds in Art Exhibition. The museum, located on the corner of 12th and Franklin Streets in Wausau celebrates avian marvels through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. Longtime visitors of the museum know that this is not your ordinary exhibition, but a fresh, vibrant collection of works featuring birds. The 39th Annual Birds in Art exhibition opens on Saturday, September 6th at 9:00am and will run through November 6th, 2014.

Downtown this Saturday and Sunday, explore the Wausau Festival of Arts. The 50th annual celebration encompasses 3rd Street in and around the the 400 block of downtown Wausau. View and purchase artwork from over 120 juried artists, listen to live music and entertainment on two stages, and enjoy delicious food from local community groups. The Festival of Arts runs from 10:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday September 6 and 10:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday September 7.
Wausau-Festival-of-Arts-2012On Wausau’s westside, inside Marathon Park is the annual Art in the Park exhibition. This indoor juried show of 120 artists and fine crafts people features an affordable line of art and handcrafted items- all made in the USA. Art in the Park is located in the multipurpose buildings in Marathon Park and runs from 10:00am – 5:0pm on Saturday September 6 and 10:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday September 7.

New this year is the addition of the Center for the Visual Arts exhibition of 200 Wisconsin artists in their Main Loft and Transition Galleries. Also premiering at the CVA and on display until September 27 is the Wisconsin Regional Arts Association’s state art exhibit- the first time seen in central Wisconsin. The CVA also provides art classes and instruction, a gift shop, and galleries that feature local and regional artists. The Center for the Visual Arts is located on the corner of 4th and Scott Streets in downtown Wausau and will be open from 10:00am – 5:0pm on Saturday September 6 and 10:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday September 7.

Park your car and enjoy all three events with the free shuttle service that links all four venues. The free shuttle bus runs every 15-20 minutes from 10:000am – 4:30pm both days with stops at Marathon Park at Garfield Street, 3rd & Franklin and 4th & Jefferson downtown, and 12th Street at the Woodson Art Museum.

Do you have a favorite part of Wausau’s Artrageous weekend? Feel free to leave comment below.