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Art enthusiasts from throughout the area attend opening of exhibit here
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Art connoisseurs from across the northwoods gathered at the Langlade County Historical Society’s Museum Friday evening, celebrating a new exhibition that features the exceptional work of three local artists.

“The Painted Canvas” sponsored by Antigo Visual Arts, focuses on the eclectic work of Sandra MacArthur, a summer resident of the Bass Lake area, and Antigo’s Brittany Haakenson and Karen Aulik-Now.

The show is located in AVA’s gallery space located inside the museum and continues through July 12. It may be viewed regular summer hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m.

At Friday’s opening reception, MacArthur, Haakenson and Aulik-Now mingled with guests and discussed the artwork while enjoying punch and an array of hors d’ oeuvres, including mini-cheesecakes, fruit and cheeses, and desserts.

The three artists all work in different, but complementary styles.

Aulik-Now describes herself as an “experimental artist” who paints in a variety of water mediums inspired by her love of nature. Her acrylic landscapes are usually based on plein-air studies that are painted on-site, outside.

MacArthur is an impressionist painter who loves color and how it can vibrate on a canvas. She is exhibiting acrylic landscapes and pastel portraiture. She said her goal is to develop paintings that are “pleasing to view and understandable.”

Haakenson offers a series of large-scale animal subject paintings drawn from her childhood experiences growing up on a local farm. By use of pattern and stylized environments in her paintings, Haakenson captures on canvas the complexity of each animal’s characteristics.

The gallery is a joint project between Antigo Visual Arts and the Historical Society undertaken in an effort to expand the arts in the northwoods. Since its inception two years ago, interest from artists and the public has grown on a steady basis, with the two most recent shows—loon photography by Greg Galbraith and Jim Rowe’s block printing and collages—drew the best response to date.

The gallery also regularly hosts student art exhibitions.


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From left, artists Karen Aulik-Now, Brittany Haakenson and Sandra MacArthur at Friday's opening reception for "The Painted Canvas.''
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