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61st Helen Mears Art Exhibit

On Friday March 16th at 5:00 pm, the Boscobel Public Library would like to invite our community and the many friends, businesses and  organizations who supported our 2017 Elevator Project to attend a dedication ceremony thanking them for their generosity. Take an elevator ride, have a look at the new commemorative plaque and enjoy some tasty snacks and refreshments. We could not have accomplished this project without the support of each and every one of our donors, and so we  invite you to come join us as we celebrate its completion!

After the dedication,  join local families, teachers and members of the GFWC Boscobel Woman's Club for the opening reception and awards ceremony of the 61st annual Helen Farnesworth Mears Art Exhibition, hosted at the library.The Woman’s Club is again sponsoring this event showcasing the talents of local middle school students. The annual contest and exhibit is open to all 7th and 8th-grade students from any private, public, parochial or home school. 

The Mears Art contest is unique to Wisconsin. The goal of the contest is to promote the visual arts within the local community and to offer encouragement to the creative talents of developing artists and students. The student’ artwork will be displayed at the Boscobel Public Library March 16th thru April 12th. 

Helen Farnsworth Mears was born in Oshkosh on December 21st, 1872. Helen’s first achievement came t the age of 20. Her clay image of a woman and winged eagle entitled “Genius of Wisconsin” was commissioned for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. She traveled to Chicago to chisel the design into a nine-foot piece of marble; the sculpture now stands in the Wisconsin state capital where it can be viewed. Mears continues to be regarded as Wisconsin’s premier sculptor.  

 Everyone is welcome to attend the awards ceremony and reception, beginning at 5:30 pm on the 16th. At that time winning entries will be honored for first, second and third place in the categories of painting and sculpture. Honorable mention will also be awarded. This year's contest judge is Boscobel artist, Carole Young. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. We hope you will join us for this celebration at the library next Friday to honor the achievements of the young artists of our community. 

Members of the GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club would like to extend their appreciation and sincere thanks to area teachers and their students who are participating in the contest and sharing their talents.  Every student's entry is unique and creative in its own way and a diverse variety of work, materials, and themes are anticipated. GFWC Officers and Arts Committee members would like to encourage everyone to visit the exhibit during March and April and show your support for local youth. For additional information, please stop by or call the library at 608-375-5723.

The picture below are of some of last year's students, teachers and families at the reception, listening to artist John Larsen discuss the students' artwork. We hope to see you @ the library!


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