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“Welcome Aboard” Community Boat Sculpture Event

  • Woods Hall Craft Shop 712 Main Street La Pointe, WI 54850 (map)

Become a sculptor for a day!

Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15
10:00am – 4:00pm

Be sure to set aside August 14th and 15th for an exciting community project, where everyone can become a sculptor for a day! Thanks to a grant from The La Pointe Center for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board, artist Joan Slack will be providing a 2 day workshop open to all. The theme centers on the boats that have shaped island history, and will begin with the earliest boats used by inhabitants of the islands. Joan will create the basic forms in clay of dugout and birchbark canoes, and participants will help with details, embellishments, and adding their own unique small sculptures to the interior. Other types of boats may also be explored.

The workshop will take place at Woods Hall Craft Shop Pottery room from 10-4 each day, and is open to all ages. You’ll be invited to create figurines, animals, historical items-whatever arises as we talk about island history and look at the boats created in the past. The history, culture and stories of the islands will be woven throughout the workshop days, and the completed boat sculptures will be on display throughout the community. 

For a small fee, you can also create your own small boat out of clay, decorating and embellishing it as you like, which will be yours to keep. No experience is necessary, but younger children should be accompanied by an adult. Join us for an interesting and fun community event! Call Joan at 715-550-0858 with any questions.

Thanks to the Madeline Island Historical Museum for research materials,
the La Pointe Center for the Arts for funding this project,
and to Woods Hall Craft Shop for sponsoring the event.

Earlier Event: August 13
Tree Spirit Art Dolls
Later Event: August 17
The ART of Felt Making