FLUVIAL North

ON EXHIBIT MAY 22-OCTOBER 30, 2021
HARVEST PARK, 265 RAILROAD ST, REEDSBURG, WI

FLUVIAL North is a curated excerpt of FLUVIAL, a stream of 140 6’ blue banners that could be found weaving along Honey Creek during Wormfarm Institute's 2020 Farm/Art DTour The visual artist team of Sheila Novak, Emilie Bouvier and Crysten Nesseth, all with Midwest roots, created the bright blue banners with a cyanotype photographic process, weaving together water, light, and story.

To create the banners, the artists gathered stories and memories from folks with roots in the region that explored their personal experiences with the driftless landscape.  They also collected photographs, maps and assorted materials including things like old farm equipment and native plant life to illustrate the stories.

Taken together, the layered complexity of each banner builds upon the next to create a sense of journeying back through rich layers of cultural and agricultural history that powerfully lays bare the souls of local people whose families have lived upon the land for decades.  The patchwork of stories and images invites viewers to consider their own relationships to the land, the ways it has supported them, and their hopes for its future.

The FLUVIAL North project included low-cost, artist-led mini banner-making workshops for the general public.  As part of the public art exhibit, participants were invited to add their banners to the installation before moving them into their personal landscapes.

This project is supported by the Sauk County Extension Education Arts and Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin, and the City of Reedsburg Room Tax and Arts Committees.

Image of Cyanotype Banner in Harvest Park.
Image of workshop participants holding their completed banners.

Harvest Park Corncob Crosswalk

September 2020-present

Railroad Street between the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Harvest Park

This crosswalk mural was designed by Baraboo-based artist Laura Annis and features an ear of ripe corn.  It is a fresh take on an earlier crosswalk in the same location by Austen Weymueller.  The artist was supported by 12 local volunteers. The project was completed with support from the City of Reedsburg Arts Committee.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Reedsburg Arts Committee.

Image of Harvest Park Crosswalk

Harvest Park

Five years in the making, a vacant strip of city block has evolved into the tourist attraction that is Harvest Park: an icon to which out-of-towners attribute one of the reasons they remember stopping in Reedsburg.

Park achievements:

  • Quenched the curiosity of over 100,000 visitors
  • Enriched the community’s agricultural history and culture
  • Won national and state Awards
  • Served as a stop for artistic events including the Farm Art DTour and Reedikulus Arts Crawl
  • Hosted several events including a free public concert, Cider stand, and Native Arts Fair
  • Home to historical and memorial signage for Millie Zantow and Dolly Madison Dairy
  • Provides shade and art for rest and reflection
  • Direct connection to Chamber for visitors via the artistic Corn-themed Crosswalk

– and this is only the beginning!

We are raising funds for the fourth and FINAL phase of the Harvest Park project, which includes landscaping to define the edges of the park.  Developed with community input, we plan to add flowering trees and shrubs designed to provide a background for the artwork and screening along the west and north sides of the park.

To date, we’ve raised nearly $7,700 of our $17,800 goal for the final phase.  We would be most grateful if you could help us with a donation in 2019 to finish the park.

Thank you so much for considering this.  I am happy to meet with you to explain this phase of the project in more detail.

 

Sincerely,

Jan Aslaksen

Chair, Harvest Park Fundraising Committee

608-963-8806

[email protected]

Harvest Park is a Reedsburg ArtsLink initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, email Joann Mundth at Reedsburg ArtsLink: [email protected].

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A picture of Madison-based poet, Katrin Talbot leads a poetry workshop for the 20 Poems Project in September with students from Ms. Carey's English class at Reedsburg Area High School.
A picture of Madison-based poet, Katrin Talbot leads a poetry workshop for the 20 Poems Project in September with students from Ms. Carey's English class at Reedsburg Area High School.
Image of artists working on upgrading the Ruminant.

Reedikulus Polychrome Wild Flower

Participatory, Temporary June-October, 2019, City Park
 
The Reedikulus Polychrome Wildflower, created by Wonewoc artist Peter Krsko, was inspired by one of Wisconsin's native wildflowers, the Black-eyed Susan, and the second in a series of similar works.  A temporary, participatory installation, visitors to City Park were invited to add colored twine to complete the petals of the flower.  The wooden base was 15' in diameter and 20' tall.
This project was supported in part by a grant from the Reedsburg Arts Committee.
Image of artist Peter Krsko
Image of visitors tying strings to the Wildflower
Image of visitors interacting with the Wildflower.

Reedikulus Polychrome Walleye

July-October 2018
City Park

The first in a series of two similar works by Wonewoc-based artist Peter KrskoReedikulus Polychrome Walleye was a temporary, participatory sculpture created for the 2018 Reedikulus Arts Crawl.

The foundation of the installation was a wooden fish skeleton 22' in length and 12 ' tall. Visitors added multi-colored twine to complete the "skin" of the fish during public events in the park.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW Extension, Arts & Culture Committee, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Image of visitors walking through the Walleye.

Cowboy Mural

Cowboy

2016
Reedsburg Farmers Co-op - 224 South Walnut Street

Late in the summer of 2016, Texas-based artist Austen Weymueller returned to Reedsburg. Captivated with The Reedsburg Farmer's Co-op's rustic loading door, Weymueller crafted a site-specific mural combining elements of contemporary street art with a traditional agricultural scene. The mural is located downtown and just up the street from Harvest Park.

Image of Cowboy Mural.

To re-Wild

City Park, Reedsburg
July-October 2016

Austen Weymueller is a Texas-based artist who works in rural spaces with larger-scale processes. Her first introduction to Reedsburg was as a resident artist with the Wormfarm Institute during the summer of 2015. She returned in 2016 to create To re-Wild as a focal point for ArtsLink's 2016 Reedikulus Arts Crawl, a community arts event. This installation consisted of five 12' white concrete cowboys lounging alongside the park's mature trees.

Photo Credit, Katrin Talbot

Image of To Re-Wild project in City Park.
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