Susanne von Schroeder

Susanne von Schroeder

Dear Readers:  Those of us who live in Rusk County know it as a place of great year-round natural beauty, blessed with abundant wildlife, clear, clean rivers, large forested areas and the Blue Hills. If only we had the time and ability to get out there and record it all with a camera! Susanne von […]

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Sage Leary

Sage Leary

Dear Readers:  It’s safe to say that most people, even those of us who can’t carry a tune in a bucket or have never learned to play an instrument, enjoy music.  Whether it’s rock, gospel, blues, jazz, classical, folk or a host of other musical varieties, there’s something out there for nearly everybody’s taste.  And […]

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Andrea Korpinen Interview

Dear Readers:  It’s late springtime in Wisconsin and Mother Nature is definitely on the move. The trees are green, migratory birds have returned and all of nature appears to be welcoming new life. So this seems an appropriate time to meet an area artist who has a deep appreciation for nature and whose work is […]

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Bill Fucik

Bill Fucik

Dear Readers: Dictionaries tell us the term multi-faceted describes something with many facets, or sides, such as a cut gem. So a multi-faceted person is someone with many sides, or interests and abilities. In today’s column we’ll meet Bill Fucik, a Rusk County resident who fits the description of a multi-faceted person to a tee. […]

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Erin Fiser

Erin Fiser

Dear Readers: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter — the four seasons seem to provide endless inspiration for artists of many kinds, from poets and painters to dancers and musicians.  Here in Rusk County the seasons have helped Erin Fiser find a theme for her work as a budding sculptor. Erin, who grew up in Ladysmith and […]

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Monica Morris

Monica Morris

Dear Readers, most of us are familiar with the old adages “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.” In today’s column we’re going to meet Monica Morris, a Ladysmith resident who finds potential beauty in things that others might regard as unusable castoffs and re-creates them […]

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Bonnie Ohmstead: acrylic painter

Bonnie Ohmstead: acrylic painter

Dear Readers: mechanical drawing/graphic art, which the dictionary defines as “drawing, as of machinery, done with the aid of rulers, scales, compasses and so on,” doesn’t appear to have much in common with fine art, which is defined as “a type of art. . .that is concerned with the creation of beautiful things.” But today […]

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Kitty Mitchell, jewelry designer

Kitty Mitchell, jewelry designer

Dear Readers: Appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us in Rusk County is a theme that runs through the work of many area artists, from painters and photographers to sculptors and carvers. Today in this column we’re going to meet Kitty Mitchell, a Rusk County resident who works with natural materials to create jewelry […]

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Don and Georgie Anderson, Musicians

Don and Georgie Anderson, Musicians

Dear Readers:  Many of us are familiar with the song that begins “The hills are alive with the sound of music. . .” While that song refers to mountains in Austria, today we’re going to meet Don and Georgie Anderson, who for many years have made our own Blue Hills, and the rest of Rusk […]

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