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
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
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
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 email@example.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
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