You are invited to LPC Annual Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Joni’s Beach @ 4:00


Please join the LPC Board for our Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic at the beach. Chris Brown, our picnic chef, will be serving grilled brats, potato salad, and beverages.

Thank you for your 2018 membership support of La Pointe Center (LPC) for the Arts. We are hoping you will choose to become a member of our organization in 2018 and attend our membership meeting. Our by-laws state that every year we must have a membership meeting to inform our members of our finances and other business plans. We also need you as members to vote on the new Board Directors that have been selected. We need a quorum of 15 members. It has been challenging some years to get 15 folks together some Sundays afternoons. We are hoping that this special invitation and meeting notice rallies the crew! Your meeting participation is much needed and greatly appreciated.

Artfully yours, The LPC Board of Directors:
Peg Bertel (chair), Susan Sabre (treasurer), Michele Auger, Chris Brown, Sally Brown, Leslie Mack, Micaela Montagne, and Carol Sowl.

We will have a short business meeting followed by presentations from our affiliate organizations and the winners of our 2017/18 grant awards.


Call the meeting to order

Approve Minutes from the 08-27-18 Annual Meeting

Vote on re-election of current Board Directors:
Peg Bertel as Chair; Susan Sabre as Treasurer

Vote on new Board Directors:
Beth Speckien and Ruth Anne Tiesberg

President’s Report

Treasurer’s Report

Business Manager Report

Adjourn the meeting

Affiliates: La Pointe Center Gallery, Positivity Children’s Theatre, Performing Arts Committee, Madeline Island Book Club, and Garden Masters.


Annie Ferguson Art Scholarship

The La Pointe Center Announces the creation of the

Annie Ferguson Art Scholarship

Annie Ferguson

The funds for this scholarship will be donated by her family from the sale of Annie’s paintings that are featured in the LPC Gallery show: August 13 – September 3, with a reception on August 18 from 4 – 7. This is a win- win-win opportunity: you own an Annie painting, the Gallery gets money to grant, and some lucky person receives an arts scholarship.

Annie lived an artistic life as a painter, teacher, gardener, dog lover, wonderful daughter and mother, and dear, dear friend. One of my first remembrances of Annie was her taking her old dog, Bogie, for a walk, pulling him along in a big red wagon. I knew right away I would really like this woman.

Annie received a MFA from Colorado State University and taught art classes there when she lived in Fort Collins during the winter. She was passionate about sharing her love of art and taught drawing and painting in the summers on Madeline through a program she started – The Red Wagon. She loved to set up big, elaborate richly textured and colorful still lifes for her students to paint. Her own work beautifully interprets many of these lush images that she favored.

This scholarship will be administered by The LPC Gallery where Annie served for years as a Director.

There will be one award each year which can be used for classes and/or materials. The award is based on merit and is totally at the discretion of the Gallery Directors. More information to follow.

Submitted by Susan Sabre

Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer Project Updates

Our stand at Lac du Flambeau Pow Wow

Our Madeline Island Jingle Dress Dancer Project Stand is now touring as a mobile workshop and information station! So far, we have been with Red Cliff through a Sober 49 and the Language Immersion Camp at Raspberry Bay, and both the Lac du Flambeau and Lac Courte Oreilles pow wows. Over the next three weeks, we will be with Bad River Youth at their Indigenous Arts and Sciences Camp on the Island, at Wikdal Park in Washburn for Brownstone Days, and to Big Top Chautauqua. SEE FULL SCHEDULE HERE. By the time we come together for our two weeks of workshop/camp on the island beginning August 13 at the Harry Nelson Rec Center, we will have most of our dancer’s finishing touches completed and ready to come together in her final construction.

To send your child to camp, contact Katherine at the phone number below.

Workshop efforts have already yielded yards and yards of fabric covered with hundreds of children’s hand-prints for our elder dancer’s dress, and nearly completed beaded moccasin tops on velvet; the beginnings of an 80-inch belt and leggings parts are coming together. Community members have also completed drumsticks to be added to a giveaway when our dancer debuts on Treaty Day, September 30, on Madeline Island.

To come to Treaty Day, contact Katherine for more information on transportation to the island.

We now have published Early Life Among the Indians, Benjamin Armstrong’s memoirs of his trip to Washington DC with Chief Buffalo. Sandy Gokee, 7th generation descendent of Chief Buffalo, has written a forward. Proceeds from the sale will go to our Jingle Dress Dancer. The book is available for sale online here, at our information station, and via the moccasin telegraph. The publication serves as a component of our goal to challenge teachers of Wisconsin to teach a lesson from our local history. Already teachers are rising to the challenge and this project will make copies available to teachers for their class as we move forward.

To order bulk copies of the book, contact Barbara at the phone number below.

We have also issued an open invitation to Native artists to participate in an arts exhibition throughout the month of September on the island. We have secured venue space and reception details, and have begun collecting contact info, portfolios, and digitizing original art to work forward with artists for exhibition.

If you are a Native artist and wish to participate, contact Katherine at the number below.

Please consider stopping by one of our tour stops and lend a hand to this historic project.

Katherine at 920.489.9993 or Barbara at 715.209.5471.

2017 Madeline Island Book Club

Our 1st Book Club event will be in conjunction with the Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve on Saturday, May 27th. The MIWP has invited James Feldman, author of A Storied Wilderness: Rewilding the Apostle Islands to speak at their annual Spring meeting and reception. (We read this book last summer.) There is a cost involved with the evening of $30/person, and reservations are required. See the invitation below.

All the best,
Susi Saxl, Robin Trinko-Russell and Paula Weiss

La Pointe Center for the Arts Winter Update

Wine Tasting at The Pub

Save the date for this year’s annual La Pointe Center FUNdraiser and Wine Tasting. Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 2:30 – 5 PM. The proceeds from this event have allowed us to provide grants for creative community projects for over 23 years. Taste fabulous wines, accompanied by fruits and artisan cheeses, and bid on hundreds of silent auction items, including many exclusive gifts for the Madeline Island aficionado. This is also a chance to meet the La Pointe Center grant recipients and see some of their work.

To contribute an item to the Silent Auction, or to volunteer to help, email for more information.

2017 Granting Cycle Spring Deadline

In 2016, we granted $8250 to individuals and other non-profit organizations to complete art projects that bring beauty to our community. How about that Madeline Island Historic Preservation Association (MIHPA) mural on the Rice Street side of the Angus Cheese house? Holly Marie Tourdot painted it via a grant to MIHPA!

The next granting deadline is May 31, 2017. Applications and instructions are available here or by emailing


Music on Madeline

Pat Donohue

2017 promises to be an exciting season for our free Music Affiliate “Picnic Concerts.” The series kicks off with Pat Donohue, back by popular demand on July 1st on the StageMobile at the Harry Nelson Recreational Center from 5:30 – 7:30. Bring your family and houseguests and fire up a grill to have a picnic dinner, or get dinner to go from one of the Island’s great restaurants. Our mission is to present local and regional music acts to Islanders and visitors in a family friendly setting while helping to support the local economy. Watch for details on our upcoming concert series throughout the summer at the Rec Center. We are in the process of confirming the acts.

Sponsors Needed!  Help us to continue offering these free concerts to the public. To become a sponsor of a concert, contact LeeAnn Schaub at or donate to the program here.

2017 Positivity Children’s Theatre:  July 24 – August 6

This year’s Positivity Children’s Theatre will soon be open for enrollment. Children ages 8 to 16 are welcome to attend. Tuition is $175 and includes two weeks of fun-filled theater studies, including acting, singing, dancing, costumes, and culminating in three performances of an original script which are open to the public. Email Julie Stryker at for more information.

Sponsor a Positivity Kid! Help send some deserving kids through the program this year. Sponsor a Positivity Kid—donate a scholarship here. $175

The La Pointe Center for the Arts relies on your support

We rely on the generosity of people like you to continue to grant artists in our community with assistance and support to envision and produce art, music, theater, and any other form of artistic expression that can be imagined. All donations are tax-deductable.

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To become a member of the La Pointe Center for the Arts, download a membership form here, email us at or call us at 715.747.3221.

Thank you to the Madeline Island Community
from the The LPC Board of Directors 

Michele Auger, Peg Bertel, Chris Brown, Sally Brown, Leslie Mack, Micaela Montagne, Erin Maday Rowson, Susan Sabre, Judy Sebranek, and Terrie Myers.