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
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Harry Nelson Rec Center @ 4:00
Please join the LPC Board for our annual meeting which will be held at Rec Center this year with masks and social distancing. Unfortunately no picnic this year…
Thank you for your 2020 membership support of La Pointe Center (LPC) for the Arts. We are hoping you will choose to become a member of our organization in 2021 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), Micaela Montagne (treasurer), Cynthia Mueller (secretary), Rae Lesmeister (co-chair), Ken Myhre, Beth Speckien, Peggy Ross and Samantha Dobson
We will have a short business meeting followed by presentations from our affiliate organizations and the winners of our 2019/20 grant awards.
Call the meeting to order
Approve Minutes from the 08-25-19 Annual Meeting
Vote on re-election of current Board Directors:
Vote on new Board Directors:
Affiliates: La Pointe Center Gallery, Positivity Children’s Theatre, Performing Arts Affiliate, Madeline Island Book Club, and Garden Masters.
August 18- September 12
Carolyn Cone :: Watercolor
Kim Mager :: Jewelry
Robert Tiesberg :: Woodwork
Masks required in Gallery.
Noon – 5 PM
July 13, 2020
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The Town of La Pointe Public Arts Committee believes that public art—art that is freely accessible to all—can humanize, beautify, and invigorate our public spaces. Our committee strives to increase the cultural, social, and economic value of La Pointe by working to install art that reflects the uniqueness and diversity of our community.
The Public Art Committee was excited to discover we had a lot of interesting and beautiful art on Madeline. We decided to share what we found with the public and hired Barbara With to create a “Public Art Map of Madeline Island” with Google Maps. Each pin on the map represents a place where the public can enjoy a piece of art created by a local artist. It is separated into three areas of the island.
The downtown area is organized to be a walking tour, beginning at the LPC Art Car and ending at Island Carvers. The rest of the pieces are located at the State and Town Park and also in various locations outside of town.
Thank you to the many people who have contributed to the creation of this map. Not just the making of the art, but to the artists who provided the stories about the pieces in various places around town. Island history and local lore is included for more entertainment! Click on the legend on the left to see where each pin leads. Then click on the photos to see them all.
To embed the map into your website:
Go to the map here:
- Go to the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the legend and choose “embed map”
- Use on your website, in a blog post, or on a page
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
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
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