Since 2013 Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF) has provided quality cultural arts education programming in the Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Adams-Friendship, Reedsburg, and Madison areas.
Join us and together we can make our vision a reality! Our headquarters and future community art center will include a gallery area to showcase our LEAF art collection and our teaching compendium, an "open concept" collections allowing visitors to have an up-close experience with the Native art objects in our LEAF Art Collection. A commercial kitchen and "forage/forest to table" cafe, an open-air market and performance space, artist studios & classrooms, and a nature walk.
Jim Terry (Ho-Chunk), contemporary graphic novel illustrator and featured artist at Comic-Cons across the country will provide a children’s art workshop at the Kilbourn Library, 620 Elm Street, on August 8 from 1 - 4pm. This free workshop is part of a summer workshop series sponsored by the Wisconsin Dells Art Association, the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, the Friends of the Kilbourn Library, and Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF). Children ages 12 - 15 will view some of Terry’s work, learn the basics of illustration, and work with supplies and tools introduced by the instructor. Space is limited; participants can drop by or call the Kilbourn Library to reserve their spot: (608) 254-2146. Terry’s art work can be seen at his website: www.jimterrycomics.com
Are you a collector of Ho-Chunk baskets or vintage Wisconsin Dells memorabilia? If so, this is the event for you! Bring your cherished heirlooms to our Native Presence Gallery for appraisal and support a great cause at the same time. Mike Schmudlach, Ho-Chunk basket collector and expert will be joined by Phil Helley, antique collector and authority on Wisconsin Dells memorability will be on hand to appraise objects. Fee is $10 for the first object, and $5 for additional objects up to 10 per person. Proceeds from this fundraiser support LEAF's River Road property improvement fund.
The art and functionality of Ho-Chunk basketry will come to the fore this month in Wisconsin Dells.
Starting July 15, “The Art of Ho-Chunk Basket Making” will celebrate the age-old, local and regional tradition of basket making by people of the Ho-Chunk Nation. The exhibit will take place at Native Presence Gallery in the downtown Dells’ Chalet Building, at 412 Broadway.
The exhibition will feature an array of historic and contemporary baskets from the collections of JoAnn and Tom Jones and Michael Schmudlach, who lent their collections for an exhibit that took place at Edgewood College a year ago and came to the attention of Native Presence and Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF) Executive Director Melanie Tallmadge Sainz.
“We’re so excited because (the exhibition) is going to be the highlight of our summer,” Sainz said.
The exhibit will kick off with a special event the evening of July 15 at the gallery. Author Charles Van Schaick will be on hand to sign copies of his book “People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families, 1879-1942” between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and an opening reception also will take place, Sainz said. The reception also will feature the music by Ho-Chunk violinist Brenna Two Bears.
Basketry as a symbol of art and commerce for the Ho-Chunk stretches back for more than a century in Wisconsin Dells.