Here is our September Book Club meeting when we discussed Leif Enger’s Virgil Wander. We were very pleased to have Leif Enger joining us for the ZOOM session. Mark Hier led the discussion and Joe Scarry was the technical operator.
The Town of La Pointe Public Arts Committee solicited concepts and proposals* for a large sculpture design to enhance the beauty and enjoyment of our town harbor area. We are thrilled we have two very strong designs to present to you.
We welcome your comments about these designs as well as their proposed locations.
We are not asking you to vote on either piece. We want to consider your comments and opinions and hopefully ideas in the Committees final design decision. Funding for this project will not come from town tax revenue but be secured through grants and private donations. We have an initial donation from the La Pointe Center of $20,000.
Here is a suggestion of design criteria for you to use with which to address your comments:
The artistic quality, uniqueness, style and nature, aesthetic and/or historical significance of the art.
Appropriateness of the site and location (working well within the scale and nature of the site).
The art is thematically appropriate for the context of the site – assessing for local thematic significance, such as Madeline Island history and natural environment.
Sculpture must allow for ferry boat visibility, and must withstand the winter weather as well as winds and water.
Below are the colored pictures of the pieces, artists’ descriptions, bio info, and estimated costs for each project. We have used pictures of models provided by the artists to create photo-shopped images of these designs in two locations we are considering for installation:
- The arm of the ferry dock to the left of the blue bins that MIFL leases and is willing to vacate for this project. We are interested in creating a small viewing area here with minimal beautifying. Some benches, plants, etc.
2. Circle of rocks in the area of the Pergola space.
*We got the word out by talking to Island artists, publishing submission requests in the Island Gazette for several issues, connecting with artist networks through La Pointe Center and Chequamegon Bay Arts Council, and contacting The Wisconsin Arts Board, including Karen Hoffman, chair of the Wisconsin Woodland Indian Arts Initiative. Another person spoken with several times is Katherine Morrisseau, the Ojibwe artist who spearheaded the Jingle Dress Dancer project and has been a liaison to other artists in this area.
Town of La Pointe Public Art Committee
Susan Sabre, Chair Peg Bertel, Charlie Meech, Robin Russell, Tim Sullivan, and Mary Whittaker
Below are the artists’ descriptions, some bio info, photos and estimated costs for each project:
GATEWAY TO MADELINE ISLAND
CHEQUAMEGON ART GLASS
My Sculpture would express the unique and personal character of the people of Madeline Island. The rock symbolizes the creation of our area billions of years ago and has and always will be there to show the strength and endurance of the island residences. This expression equally honors the original people and thru time the latter settlers. Its physical size and strength speaks to this.
I always take into consideration the physical space and surrounding environment which would encompass the atmospheric qualities; light, weather, etc. Also within the pad would be incorporated four outdoor LED lights for night time viewing.
The materials used to make the sculpture would be either 1 3⁄4” or 2″ thick Corten steel. Corten steel is also called weathering steel in the art world. It has the same strength properties as regular steel but a small amount of various alloys, mainly copper to allow it to rust and develop a beautiful patina much like bronze. It keeps the steel from deteriorating from excessive rusting. The glass inserts are symbolizing the fires of creation. This glass is 1″ thick and called Dalle de Verre.
The sculpture is 12’ tall and 6’ in diameter at the base.
The entire sculpture would withstand the forces of nature for any amount of time.
Chequamegon Art Glass was established in 1972. For several of those early years I operated a store front in Bayfield. I have well over 500 commissions executed with notable local public commissions: Northland College, City Hall Washburn, Wild Rice Restaurant, Maggie’s Restaurant, Stage North Theater, Mary Rice residence, Rittenhouse Inn, Moland Lutheran Church in Mason and Madeline Island Music Camp.
Project Cost July 14, 2020 $56,184 installation cost are not included (Costs are based on a high estimate to help alleviate future unknowns.)
GATEWAY TO MADELINE ISLAND
TWO HARBORS, MN
I have been living in Two Harbors for nearly 30 years, but I have family ties to Madeline Island and am a member of the Red Cliff Band. My grandmother is Isabelle Margaret Cadotte Perrin. Unfortunately, she had passed away before I was born. I have many fond memories of trips to the Island and still visit family members who live in Bayfield. Shortly after my last sculpture (2005), I took some time off of my art career to raise my sons and in the last couple of years started to pursue my art again. I mainly paint & have an original painting ‘Alive’, purchased by Madeline’s library, but as you can see I also enjoy creating 3-D work.
Loving the imagery of Madeline’s father’s name Chief White Crane and discovering that the crane clan were identified as the founders of the Ojibwe villages on Madeline Island helped me create my piece. I also wanted to incorporate imagery essential to the island’s history to its base: fur trade (beaver) industry, logging (pine/maple), winter season (snowflake), fishing (trout), native American (turtle/bear), flora (raspberries), reptile (crayfish/frog), land animal (deer). My thought was also wanting the white crane to be the only winged animal and to have it rising from the red earth. The steel base lends itself to this by not painting it.
The sculpture would be 1/2” & 1” painted (2 coat epoxy/urethane paint) & unpainted, A588 weathering steel with galvanized high strength bolts. Painted steel white cranes 10’ with a 2’ base. A total maximum height of 12’, base of 5’diameter. Estimated weight 1.3 tons.
Project Cost $19,000 installation cost not included
Examples of Lisa’s previous commissions
Until September 12, enjoy the watercolors of Carolyn Cone, the jewelry of Kim Mager, and the woodwork of Robert Tiesberg.
September 13- October 17
Anything Goes Community Show
OCTOBER 17 4 PM – 7 PM
ROME, A HISTORY IN SEVEN SACKINGS,
BY MATTHEW KNEALE
Robin Trinko Russell led the conversation. To enhance the discussion, she and Joe Scarry put together a power point slide presentation from her trip to Italy this past fall.
The next Madeline Island Book Club zoom discussion will be Tuesday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. featuring the latest novel by award-winning bestselling author Leif Enger, entitled Virgil Wander. Copies of the book are available at the Madeline Island Library.
The book club is open to all who enjoy reading and sharing. To be added to the email list and receive the zoom link, contact bpweiss at mtco.com.
Dear La Pointe Center Members,
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!
Chair, LPC Board of Directors
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
Come join to close another great season!
103 Lakeview Place
Madeline Island, WI
Friday, August 2, 2019 7 PM
Saturday-Sunday, August 3-4, 2 PM
La Pointe School
La Pointe, WI 54850
Come see the 25th Annual Performance of the Positivity Children’s Theatre Summer Program. Guided by Founder and Artist Director Julie Stryker, PCT employs local playwrights, actors, and musicians to assist island children in the process of creating an original presentation that often contains history and stories from Madeline Island and the region.
Their performance of their final product is open to the public, and ticket sales support the program.
For more information, contact Julie Stryker, 715.209.0417
Tonight at 6:30 PM grants committee members will be available at the Madeline Island Library to assist with help you may need in creating your grants for the La Pointe Center for the Arts. Come and get expert guidance for submitting a grant to receive support for your artistic project.
Deadline for submission is May 31, 2017. Applications available at the Library and the La Pointe Center Art Gallery. You can also download them here.