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.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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