Art Fest

The pandemic has severely cut the income possibilities for artists, who often find a place to show and sell their work in public places, now nearly entirely closed. Beginning Friday, a collaboration between Nate Sheppard Media, Nicolet College and ArtStart offers 'Art Fest Online'.

The event includes a platform and potential income for artists while developer Nate Sheppard says giving the public an option to view and become involved in their creativity...

Create Portage County

The concept of arts and culture advocacy creating a more engaged community and strengthening the economy is the key to an event Tuesday at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

Nicolet College is hosting their next HireUp Series event from 8 a.m. until noon Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the college's Northwoods Center.

CREATE Portage County is inspiring this collaborative effort. ArtStart's Melinda Childs says she will reveal plans soon to begin a similiar program here called CREATE NORTHWOODS...


ArtStart in Rhinelander is the site of two sessions over the next two weeks to teach people how to communicate effectively concerning public policy.

The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service is hosting public dialog training, "How To Manage Difficult Conversations" with the first sessions Tuesday at ArtStart.

Eric Giordano is an associate professor of Political Science at UW-Stevens Point and is Executive Director of the Institute.

He says the most recent political discourse across the nation is a backdrop for the sessions...

ArtStart Rhinelander

Area artists can have their artwork on display for no charge this week at ArtStart in Rhinelander as part of their annual "Free For Wall" exhibit.

Program and Operations Director Ashley McLaughlin says it provides an opportunity for area artists to exhibit their work in a gallery setting. She spoke with Ken Krall about the event beginning this week...


Area artists can have their artwork on display for no charge this week at ArtStart in Rhinelander as part of their annual "Free For Wall" exhibit. 

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A unique art exhibit has been the focus at ArtStart Rhinelander since May. Layers by artist Phillip Faulkner is on display through Saturday, August 10th.

The exhibit combines appropriated imagery with original work and the artist behind it says he's open to any and all interpretations you might have of it.

Mackenzie Martin has this report from the opening reception in June.




ArtStart Rhinelander Richard LeCoin photography

 A famous chef from the TV show "A Taste of The Islands" on PBS will be in Rhinelander this weekend cooking for people who also want to support ArtStart and taste Haitian food and culture.

The Waterloo Center for the Arts began collecting art from Haiti in 1977. Over the last four decades, the Haitian Collection has grown to more than 1,500 works of art and is recognized as the largest public collection of Haitian art in the world. The exhibit is at ArtStart through Sunday.

Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

RHINELANDER, Wis. (Dec. 21, 2018) – ArtStart Rhinelander,  in partnership with the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce, WXPR Public  Radio and Nicolet College is celebrating the best of the Northwoods with a brand-new music, art and environmental festival.

With help from a $14,690 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Project North aims to promote the area as a top destination for natural resources and cultural entertainment. The festival is set to take place Sept. 26-29, 2019 in Rhinelander.

Nicolet Area Technical College

Nicolet College in Rhinelander and ArtStart are collaborating to advance community arts and cultural development in the region. The new partnership creates a new position at ArtStart to manage the day-to-day operations of the Nicolet College Art Gallery and oversee cultural projects at ArtStart, on the Nicolet Campus and in area communities.

Current ArtStart development director Melinda Childs has been named to the new position. ArtStart President Ken Juon says the collaboration will bring more to the community...

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One talented person is Forest, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties will get a chance to further their artistic career but the application deadline is nearing.

Northern Arts Council is sponsoring the Emerging Artist Grant Program. Jaron Childs is on the board of the Northern Arts Council.

He moved to the area from arts grant rich Minnesota where he noticed it wasn't so fertile, money-wise, for artists...

One of the founders of ArtStart Rhinelander has picked up one of two awards from a state arts group.

Ken Juon will receive the recognition at the tenth annual Arts In The Community Awards at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities conference October 25, in Wisconsin Dells.

Arts Wisconsin Executive Director Anne Katz talk about what it means to win this award...

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A unique art exhibit has been the focus at ArtStart Rhinelander for the last few weeks.


Mackenzie Martin has this report from the opening reception in June.




Over the past two years, Karen Bondarchuk has found more dead birds than at any other time in her life. The exhibit at ArtStart Rhinelander through August 18 is called - And by the Wind Grieved - and it’s all recreations of dead birds, both sculptures and paintings.

ArtStart Rhinelander

Fridays in downtown Rhinelander will include more live music starting in late July.

ArtStart Rhinelander located at 68 South Stevens Street has just built a brand new outdoor stage in the back of their building and they have plans for a six week concert series, to be held outside during the lunch hour.

Program & Operations Director Ashley McLaughlin says the concerts will start in late July and be held throughout all of August.

ArtStart Rhinelander

There’s a new type of open mic coming to the Northwoods community Wednesday, May 30th. 

The evening of performances at ArtStart in Rhinelander is called In Progress to encourage people to share things that aren’t quite done yet. The whole idea is to build a community that can support each other’s artistic endeavors as well as give constructive feedback. That being said, presenting finished or published works is also encouraged.

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Have you ever felt like you’re talking to someone, but they just aren’t reading your body language?

The New York based dance company the Equus Projects will be performing “The Breaking Ring” at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander this weekend and they’ve made a name for themselves by listening and responding to the way humans — and horses — move.

Record Store Day

Jan 9, 2018

Record Store Day will be celebrated this year on April 21st.  It’s day dedicated to honoring and celebrating the culture of indie record stores.

On April 21st WXPR will open our own “pop up record store” selling used vinyl and CDs.

The fun will take place at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander, Saturday, April 21st from noon to 4pm and will include a cash bar and music.

Do some spring cleaning, dust off those old records and CDs in your closet, and bring them into WXPR!

All proceeds from the sale benefit WXPR.

Questions? Call us 715-362-6000.