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call to join the Friends of the Braumart

We need your help. It’s that simple. Our community suffers from a substantial gap in the arts. Our bold vision of developing the historic Braumart Theater into a dynamic center, which embraces all arts and artists and provides cultural, educational and economic stimulus for the area and to provide a social and cultural gathering space is very simply…..a vision. We are very passionate about this vision which is why we need your help determining how to best bring this to life to serve our wonderful community.

Restoring this historic theatre is a rare chance to do something special for our community. With the support of the community, the Braumart can provide us with a central location for arts and culture showcased in a beautiful historic building. Many communities have overlooked the importance of a local theatre to downtown vitality. Considering the Braumart as an economic as well as cultural asset opens doors to new opportunities and new life for our downtown.

We are all very fortunate to enjoy the amazing quality of life that this area provides. It is a great place to raise a family and there is no comparison to the outdoor opportunities that are available to all of us. To make things even better and to round out the opportunities available to all of us, Dickinson County and the surrounding area needs an enriched cultural atmosphere that provides economic stimulus as a benefit. Many local cultural groups have expressed a need for facilities that are available, affordable and up-to-date to showcase and support local artists. Employers also report that attracting and retaining quality employees is challenging because of a significant cultural gap in the arts. A renovated historic theater will provide a venue for ongoing educational opportunities and community activities for people of all ages.

Emotional bonds – We have heard countless stories of fond memories of members of our community over the 80 plus year life of this historic theater. Among our favorite stories are those of first dates with high school sweethearts at the theater who became future husbands and wives. There are also those who remember as a kid saving up some change to catch a movie and eat some of that outrageously good theater popcorn. We can all close our eyes and smell the buttery goodness of our favorite theater delicacy.

Excitement – It is always wonderful to hear the excitement in people’s voices when they learn that this community gem is going to be restored.

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Nashville Pipeline

One of the premier acts in Northern Wisconsin will perform on the Braumart stage on Friday, August 1!  

The Friends of the Braumart Theater and the Northern Lights YMCA Dickinson Center are pleased to announce that country music group Nashville Pipeline from Green Bay will be making an appearance at the historic Braumart Theater.   The concert will take place on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Doors will open at 7:00 PM for the Social Hour. Snacks and beverages will be available, including beer and wine. 
“We are thrilled about this fantastic partnership to bring such a talented country music group to the community,” said Carmie Schmoll YMCA Membership & Marketing Director.  “I love country music,” noted YMCA Vice President Katie Maxon.  “Nashville Pipeline promises to be a real treat for the community and it should be a great evening for those who enjoy live music.”
“Our goal with this partnership is to provide a fun filled night for people” stated Friends of the Braumart board member John Estes.  “We strongly support efforts to bring a year round arts and cultural calendar of events to the community.”  
Nashville Pipeline is a group that has more than just a great show; there is a natural chemistry.  With their early beginning in 1997, this band has evolved to be one of the premier acts in Northeast Wisconsin.  The show is focused around good music and a good time. The energy this show gives the crowd is electrifying. Their whole attitude is to have a great time doing what they do best: entertain.

Tickets are available now for $20 at the Dickinson Area Chamber building on Stephenson Avenue, the YMCA Dickinson Center located at 800 Crystal Lake Boulevard, or by calling 906-774-4076.

Here they are on YouTube: 

in category Music
Mostra d'Arte

Call for entries: All artists are invited to submit work for inclusion in the second annual Braumart “Mostra D’Arte” (Italian for art exhibition) a juried gallery exhibition put on by Friends of the Braumart. Accepted artists will have their work featured in the exhibition, which will be held August 13 through 16. The exhibition will be located in the downstairs conference room of the Downtown Plaza building in Iron Mountain. Accepted artwork will be eligible to win cash prizes. Entries for the jury awards will be judged on originality and the overall artistic quality of the work. A $100 People’s Choice award will be voted on by the public.

Original two-and three dimensional work completed within 2 years of the entry deadline is eligible. Ineligible media includes reproduction prints and work which is obviously derivative of other artists’ work.

Eligibility: Artists 18 and older are invited to submit from 1 to 4 pieces. Each work of art will be considered individually. Diptychs or triptychs will be considered as one piece. Entries will be juried from digital files.

1.       Submission deadline: Enter between June 10 and midnight Friday, July 25. ***NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR ENTERING HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY, JULY 30*** Email digital files to info@friendsofthebraumart.org  and pay the nonrefundable entry fee at www.friendsofthebraumart.org.
2.       Results notification: On or before Monday, August 4. Artists will be notified via email or phone whether their pieces have been accepted for the exhibition.
3.       Art must be delivered to site on Monday, August 11, between 3 and 5 PM or by other arrangements. Two-dimensional work will be displayed on easels and walls. Tables will be available to display 3D work.
4.       Hanging day is Tuesday, August 12.
5.       Exhibition August 13, 14, 15 from 3:00 to 7:00; August 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 (coincides with Italian Fest). Reception Wednesday, August 13, 5:00 to 7:00.
6.       Art must be picked up on Saturday, August 16 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM or Sunday, August 17, between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
Submission guidelines: Images should be JPG format. High quality images are essential for qualification. Out of focus, crooked, or poorly lit images will not be considered.

File names: In order to keep track of all the entries, it is necessary that files be named systematically. Each file name has two parts separated by an underscore (_). Part one is the artist’s name and part two is the title of the art work (e.g. Picasso_the three musicians).

File submission instructions:
1.       Take a great photo of your art.
2.       Format and name files appropriately.
3.       Email to info@friendsofthebraumart.org. Type “art entry (your last name)” in the subject line. Include artist name, the media used, year of completion, and dimensions of the piece (height x width x depth) in body of email. You may also include a brief artist’s statement about the submission – 300 words or less.
4.       Hit “send”.
5.       Submit your nonrefundable entry fee payment via PayPal to Friends of the Braumart.

Artists will be notified via email or phone by Monday, August 4, which pieces have been accepted into the exhibition. Artists must submit a brief artist’s statement about the piece (if not already submitted), and the price of the piece OR indication that it is not for sale. Sale price should include a 10% commission for the Friends of the Braumart.

Entry fees:
1 piece                        $20
2, 3, or 4 pieces         $30

Pay Online here:
Choose entry type:
$20 - 1 piece
$30 - 2, 3 or 4 pieces

Entry fees are nonrefundable.
First place:          $100      
Second place:    $75
Third place:         $50
6 Honorable Mentions:                 $25 each
People’s Choice:              $100
First, second, and third place prizes and honorable mention awards will be determined by the juror(s).

Display requirements: All 2D work must be ready for display (wire hangers are preferred). Artists are encouraged to provide their own freestanding displays (easels) for 2D work. A limited number of floor and tabletop easels are available.

Sales: Artwork may be sold at the exhibition. A Friends of the Braumart volunteer will be on hand to conduct sales – artists need not be present during exhibition hours. FOTB will retain a commission of 10% on any art sold at this event.

Use of images: Entry of artwork grants permission to FOTB to reproduce all accepted entries for promotional or educational purposes only for a period extending through December, 2015. Any image used will be accompanied by the artist’s name and the name of the artwork.

Disclaimer: The exhibition will be staffed by Friends of the Braumart volunteers during the hours of the exhibition. By entering this exhibition, artists release Friends of the Braumart and Downtown Plaza from any liability regarding the show. Artist agrees to assume all risk of damage to or loss of his/her own art from whatever cause.  
Sliver of Color by Stephen Wysocki, First Place Jury award, Mostra d'Arte 2013

in category Art