RHINELANDER - Artwork will hang on brand new walls in Rhinelander this spring.
ArtStart organizers moved forward with renovations inside Rhinelander's old Federal Building.
Contractors and volunteers gutted the inside of the building in early January.
Right now, the walls are up and partially painted.
Flooring, ceiling and lighting should be finished in time for the building to reopen in April.
The rebuilt space has three galleries and a community room.
President Ken Juon hopes the community will put the space to different uses.
"The primary function of the building will be visual arts gallery. There will be also the opportunity for small concerts, poetry reading, films, things of that sort," Juon said. "So we needed space that was going to be fairly flexible for a lot of different activities."
This last renovation phase includes finishing touches like tables, glass doors, and a film projector.
Juon hopes they'll have enough money to finish that by February 2014.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander couple thought they were empty nesters. However, an experience volunteering made them open their doors back up to kids who need a temporary home. The Zoerb's adult children moved out years ago. But at any moment they could get a call from social services that make them bring out their parenting skills for another round. Rick and Danielle Zoerb work together as realtors putting people in homes that are the perfect fit. However, the husband and wife know their home can be a good fit for others too. "There's no reason for kids to have to fall through the cracks," said Dani. Rick met a child at a mentorship program a few years ago. It was a meeting that opened a new door for him and his wife. "There was no hesitation on our part when we felt the situation was deteriorating for this young boy," said Rick.
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