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ArtStart Exhibit Brings the Outdoors In

Natalie Jablonski

ArtStart kicks off a new summer exhibit today in Rhinelander.  It’s the first show to go up in the gallery after a series of renovations. 

The work on display in the "Art of Hunting and Fishing" ranges from woodcuts and drawings of duck hunters, to a collection of antique decoys and a birchbark canoe.  ArtStart Board President Ken Juon says he hopes the outdoorsy topic will appeal even to those who might not typically find themselves in a gallery.

“It’s accessible enough and it is a topic of interest to a large number of people in this area, that people are going to come in relating to the hunting and fishing aspect. What they’re going to find is work that they’re going to be able to relate to – but they’re also going to see some things that’s going to stretch them.”

ArtStart has been open less than a year and a half.  Juon explains that one goal has been to give local residents a chance to see fine art.

That they would have to frankly work hard at seeing somewhere else. I mean it’s not something you’re going to typically find in Rhinelander. So we wanted to provide an opportunity to see some high quality work in a local gallery.

More than a dozen pieces are on loan from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau.  The exhibit also features work from several local artists.  

For a closer look at "The Art of Hunting and Fishing", tune in to Morning Edition this Friday on WXPR.

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