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  cover story - september 2014

key coverRecord-breaking number of artists featured
at Ninth Annual Hidden River Art Festival

Now in its ninth year, the Wilson Center’s Hidden River Art Festival this month will feature a record-breaking 120 artists from 82 cities and seven Midwestern states, working in a diverse range of mediums.

Located in Brookfield’s beautiful Mitchell Park, the festival will include both indoor and outdoor events open to children and adults of all ages. Artist workshops and demonstrations, a gallery showcase, an emerging artist exhibition, a silent auction, and hands-on craft activities are just a few of the many activities available to attendees of the festival, which runs Sept. 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Selected by this year’s jurors—Laurie Winters, Director of the Museum of Wisconsin Art; Patricia Frederick, Art Department Chair at Pius XI High School; and Molly Evans, Manager of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery—exhibiting artists will transform the Wilson Center’s lawn for one weekend only. Attendees can discover artists’ trade secrets, or refine their own practice through instructor-led workshops.

Emerging Artists, Exclusive Gallery Showcase, and Ploch Art Gallery
Meet some of Wisconsin’s most promising artists in the festival’s invitation-only Emerging Artist Exhibition. Thirteen artists from UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and Carthage College will discuss their practice and share their work with the public. On Saturday, visitors can vote for their favorite emerging artist. The winner will be awarded a solo exhibition in the Ploch Art Gallery in January of 2015.

River’s End Gallery of Waukesha, Fine Art Montage of Brookfield, and Katie Gingrass Gallery of Milwaukee will be on site exhibiting some of the area’s finest art in the indoor Gallery Showcase. The Ploch Art Gallery will feature the signature watercolors of Katie Musolff—last year’s Hidden River Art Festival “Best in Show” Award winner.

Many exhibiting artists have contributed pieces to the festival’s silent auction to benefit programming at the Wilson Center. Support artists in our community and take home a piece of the art by casting your bid on your favorites!

$5 Admission
Free for Children under 12
Festival admission is $5 per day or $7 for a
weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (262) 781-9520, or in person at the Wilson Center Box Office.

key coverAbout the Wilson Center for the Arts

Now in its 13th season, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary cultural arts center that presents performances by world-renowned artists and ensembles, offers myriad arts education opportunities, and curates an ever-changing art gallery featuring nationally renowned artists.

The Wilson Center for the Arts is just minutes west of Milwaukee, nestled in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park, south of Capitol Drive, just west of Brookfield Road. For additional information about the Wilson Center and its programming, visit or call (262) 781-9470.





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