On Thursday, April 11, local artists and art enthusiasts will gather for the artist reception of Wisconsin ArtsWest, the fortieth annual juried art exhibit sponsored by the library.
The first ArtsWest show opened in September 1979. With ArtsWest Two in April 1981, it became a spring show and has been held annually since then. Since its inception, ArtsWest had provided a venue for thousands of artists to exhibit their talent and creativity, as well as the opportunity for everyone in the community to experience and support the arts in a uniquely personal way.
This year, 139 artists from 28 communities submitted 220 to be judged for entry into the show. The jurors for the exhibit are husband and wife team, Franklin and Lynn Zetzman. The couple met while they were attending UW–Eau Claire. Lynn Zetzman is the director of the Aylward Gallery, UW–Fox Valley, while Frank Zetzman currently teaches studio courses at the same university.
Cash awards for the artists were inaugurated in 1984. Prizes for ArtsWest 40 will be selected in person by the jurors prior to the artist reception held on Thursday, April 11.
The exhibit may be seen in the gallery and throughout the library through April March 31 during the library’s regular hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.