Madeline Island Book Club Upcoming Meeting

Madeline Island Book Club will host a zoom meeting with the New York Times bestselling author, William Kent Krueger, on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Krueger was originally scheduled to come to Madeline Island until the events of the past months occurred.  He will be zooming from a Northern Minnesota location and discussing his book, Iron Lake, the first novel in his series featuring Cork O’Connor.  This colorful detective, half Irish and Ojibwe, investigates murders in the small town where he was formerly sheriff.  The author’s deft eye for the details of everyday life bring the town and is peculiar problems to vivid life.

To receive the link to the meeting, send your email address to bpweiss@mtco.com.  Copies of the book should be available at the Library.

The book club is an affiliate of the La Pointe Center for the Arts which provided funding for this author event.

 

LPC Art Gallery Announces New Shopping Experience

June 22, 2020

The La Pointe Center Art Gallery introduces a new Covid-19 friendly way to shop for Local Art. Available to All Madeline Island residents:

Shopping with Art Major

We are currently open Wednesday through Saturday 11:00am to 4:00pm. Please wash your hands and come by with your mask on and Support Local Art.

If you are in a high-risk group and want to Support Local Art, consider shopping with Art Major. He will open the Gallery for you (and up to three friends) for a private lower risk shopping experience on days when the Gallery is not open.  He can show you the gallery items with Facetime if you are quarantined or if you chose to stay home this year.

Consider a donation to one of our artists or purchase a La Pointe Center Art Guild and Gallery Gift Certificate.

For more information, call Drew to schedule a visit with Art Major 720.891.9191

LaPointecentergallery@gmail.com

LPC Art Gallery Opening June 15

Dale and Mary Whittaker: Paintings and quilts

Andrew Eldred: Woodworks

Katie Coan: Jewelry

The La Pointe Center Art Gallery will be opening Monday, June 15, 2020, 11 AM – 5 PM
Then Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 AM – 5 PM

There will be no artists receptions this season. Five person limit inside the Gallery.

MASK ARE REQUIRED. LPC Art Gallery will not have masks for sale. Please bring your own.

On behalf of all the artists and employees of the Gallery, we are grateful for your participation in keeping the island safe during COVID-19.

Featured painting: Dale Whittaker

LPC Annual Winetasting Postponement

Dear La Pointe Center Members,

As you know by now, La Pointe Center has determined that in order to ensure community safety, the annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser scheduled for May 24 is on hold because of COVID-19.
 
Our Annual Wine Tasting is not just the opening of the Island’s summer season. It is the cornerstone of our yearly fundraising. We are asking our members to consider what they would have spent at the event and redirecting some of that to LPC as a donation. It would go a long way right now under these very trying circumstances.

Feel free to use the Paypal button below, or download the membership form here to mail in.

On behalf of all the artists on the Island, as well as our Board of Directors and volunteers who work to keep the arts thriving, thank you for your generosity. We could not do this without you!

Peg Bertel
Chair, LPC Board of Directors

Madeline Island Book Club Sets Tentative 2020 Schedule

In the light of the COVID-19 situation, the Madeline Island Book Club has tentatively set their summer reading list.  This schedule depends on improved health conditions for the summer.  We are aware we may have to change the format or cancel, but we remain hoping for the best.

For the 2020 summer season, we’ve selected two fiction books by northern authors and two nonfiction books for reading and discussion. If possible, William Kent Krueger, N.Y. Times bestselling author, will be presenting at the July discussion and there will be a slide presentation to accompany the Rome book discussion in August.

The Book Club is open to anyone who enjoys reading and sharing thoughts on fiction or nonfiction. Meetings are usually held once a month, June through September, on Tuesday evenings at the Library or someone’s home at 7:00 p.m.

The Book Club is an affiliate of the La Pointe Center for the Arts which provided the grant for the author visit. The Book Club Committee—Mark Hier, Paula Weiss, Susi Saxl and Robin Russell—selects the titles based on member recommendations.  The Library kindly provides the books and meeting place.

Following is the schedule and dates which may be subject to change of format or cancelation depending on the conditions at the time:

Tuesday, June 23: Rosling, Hans. Factfulness: Ten Reasons Why We’re wrong about the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. (2018) 352p.

A hopeful book showing how data might lead you to different conclusions than sensational anecdotes will. “One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” Bill Gates

Tuesday, July 21: Krueger, William Kent. Iron Lake. (2009) 352p.

The Minnesota author’s colorful detective, half Irish and Ojibwe, Cork O’Connor, investigates murders in the small northern Minnesota town where he was formerly sheriff.  “The author’s deft eye for the details of everyday life bring the town and its peculiar problems to vivid life.” Also wrote Ordinary Grace and his newest The Tender Land.The author will be coming for an island visit and presentation.

Tuesday, August 18: Kneale, Matthew.  Rome: A History in Seven Sackings. (2019) 432p.

Historical book that reads like a novel.  Long time resident (and novelist) tells the story of Rome through the lens of seven key battles from barbarian invasion to Allied bombings.  Come away with a new understanding of one of the world’s most well preserved cities, its famed ruins, and the tenacity of its people. Robin Russell will have a slide presentation to accompany the discussion.

Tuesday, September 15: Enger, Leif. Virgil Wander. (2019) 320p.

Charmer of a tale about a down at the heels town on Lake Superior full of lovely people making do…sweet and funny. “Fast-paced, humorous and mystical novel about hope, friendship, love and the relationship between a town and its people.” Bookpage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LPC Response to COVID-19

April 15, 2020

Dear Friends of the LaPointe Center for the Arts,

We at LPC hope this message finds you and your loved ones feeling healthy and supported during these unprecedented times. This message is to update you on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacts our work in the community.

We remain committed to our mission of “bringing beauty and culture to Madeline Island by promoting, exhibiting, educating and selling the work of artists.” In light of this extraordinary time, we want to thank the Wisconsin Arts Board, who has awarded our funding request for the 2020 Regranting Program. Additionally, they have given us the ability to expand granting guidelines to assist struggling artists during the pandemic.

To ensure community safety, the annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction scheduled for May 29 is on hold, as are Positivity Children’s Theatre and the Summer Concert Series. Our Regranting Program, however, still has deadlines of May 31 and October 31. Email lapointecenter@gmail.com or down-load an application at https://lapointecenter.org/grants-for-the-arts-program/.

We as a Board are in the process of determining how we will adapt to this unknown future. Given the proceeds from the Wine Tasting make up a substantial portion of our budget, your membership and donations are needed more than ever by the Madeline Island artists that we give to regularly. Your new or renewed membership will help us continue to support them in what are frightening and uncertain times for those with few resources.

Please feel free to use the paypal link below, or print the membership form and mail to
La Pointe Center, Inc
PO Box 247
La Pointe, WI 54850

 

 

Thank you in advance for your generosity and investment in our artists. It will make a difference in their lives and in the health and security of our entire community.

Please be well,

LPC Board of Directors

 

Winter Theater on Madeline Island

The Last Voyageur

Sunday, Feb 29, 7 PM

St. John’s Church
on Main Street, La Pointe, WI

Save the Date and then come on down! Thanks to a generous grant from the La Pointe Center and Wisconsin Arts Board, we are holding a STAGED READING of an original island music melodrama THE LAST VOYAGEUR! Written by Philip Valle, the same author of ONE BAD APPLE, this is the hilarious story of Aphrodite and Apollo coming down to a tiny island in Lake Superior in winter, complete with greek gods, birds, scientists and realtors, a eunuch named Reggie, lots of crazy hijinx, originals songs by Barbara With and of course, the last voyageur! Show at 7 PM with a cast a tens! Be there or be square! Dessert and coffee afterward

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