RHINELANDER - An image is worth a thousand words- and some Wisconsin veterans are using their art to tell vivid stories…
Right now ArtStart in Rhinelander is filling their gallery with works of former soldiers and their experience in combat.
From paint on canvas, to photography, and spray paint- the exhibit called "Impact: The Experience of Service" gives viewers a peek into the lives and minds of veteran soldiers.
The pieces are emotional, and sometimes hard to process- just like an experience at war.
The artists know some messages could be unpopular- but are still important stories to tell.
"They'll say, 'Well, do you think the public will understand this?' And I’ll say, 'No, but vets will'...” said spray paint-on-stencil artist, Shawn Ganther, “It might be seen as offensive… [But] to other vets who have served, and who have been through things, they kind of relate to that distress of ‘Why did I trust someone who let me down’... It became very clear to me that the “reasons” we were there, were not why we were there.”
One of Ganther’s pieces is spray painted directly on the wall at the gallery. As he paints with the stencil in place it’s hard to make out the picture. But once it’s removed his message is clear. The image is powerful, in stark black and white. It depicts a man being held in the air, then violently dropped by an elephant that is standing on top of a donkey.
Ganther says it can be hard for veterans to put their experience into words, but art can be an easier way for them open up and speak about it.
The "Impact" exhibition will open at ArtStart October 11th.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
Diehard Bears fan trades in his orange and blue for green and gold
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
Students celebrate International Day in the Northwoods
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
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