LOLA Welcomes New Board Member Mary Anna Thornton

LOLA would like to welcome our newest Board member Mary Anna Thornton!

Mary Anna lives in Eagle River and works in the Northwoods year-round as the Camp Director at Camp Nicolet for Girls. Prior to making the move to Eagle River in 2020, Mary Anna worked as a faculty member and administrator in K12 and higher ed, mainly in Chicago and southern Wisconsin. Her career included several years at Conserve School in Land O’Lakes, where she came to know and love LOLA and the Artistree Gallery. Mary Anna enjoys the outdoors and the arts immensely and tries to make time regularly for drawing, painting, playing the flute, kayaking, and horseback riding.

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An Update from LOLA with Plans for Summer

As we continue to remain closed, following the Safer at Home order, we still have our sights set on a bright summer. LOLA plans to have our Art of Wellness summer programs and kids’ classes taught by their interns. We also plan for live music events that can be attended, including Make Music Day on June 21st. To make this possible, we are acting and adapting to new circumstances as they unfold. This might mean classes may be virtual and music events may practice social distancing, but the show will go on. We continue to press on with our mission on bringing art to the community, especially during today’s times.

“We are looking forward to new creative ways to present programming! Think – Car Park Concerts, and a Mini Music Crawl, along with working with our summer interns and teaching artists to present a variety of art classes with our health and well-being in mind. Including intuitive painting, basket weaving, line dance, theater skills for kids, drawing, felting, nature crafts, Bikes N Brushes paint day, collage series, plein air painting and much more. The classes might be on-line, outdoors or limited in number as LOLA is dedicated to following all safety precautions for our students and teachers, but we will still have fun and make art,” says LOLA Program Director Wendy Powalisz.

Visit the LOLA calendar to view upcoming classes and events (dates and times of classes are subject to change). Check for updates! Until then, LOLA will move forward with positive energy, creativity, and updates on Facebook and Instagram.

Together Through These Uncertain Times We Create, Share & Repeat.

The LOLA Board of Directors and staff wish you to know that we, along with the rest of the world, are trying to figure out how to live and how to adapt in this time of crisis.  

While we deal with the many layers of concerns and issues, and attempt to plan for unknowns, we are very sure we will get through this. We will move forward with positive energy and creativity, and with our Northwoods can-do determination, our community will remain strong. 

Watch for postings to our social media for creative ways to stay connected.  And when we are able, we look forward to seeing you all for many artful moments to celebrate, and be together.

If you need to reach out, email us or call us. Messages will be checked.

Stay safe and be well,


The LOLA Board of Directors

Jennifer Anderson, Executive Director

Julie Waidzulis, Assistant Executive Director

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Violin & Viola Lessons Available with Beth Hassler

Interested in taking Violin or Viola lessons?

Contact us today to schedule!

Violin and viola lessons for all ages and all levels of experience are available with musician, Beth Hassler. Hassler has been playing professionally for the past 20 years. She has a Masters of Music degree in viola performance, is a Suzuki method teacher, and has a teaching license for K-12 music education.


Dance & Theater Summer Internships Available

Deadline Extended: March 31

LOLA is offering two great teaching opportunities for the summer of 2020!

Apply Now! Visit the links below for more information.

Theater Program – Summer Teaching Internship 2020

Dance Program – Summer Teaching internship 2020

Benefits to Interning with LOLA:

  • Free housing
  • Stipend given to the accepted candidate ($200 per week)
  • Hands-on classroom teaching experience with children
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Gain an effective approach to working with young people
  • Meet teaching goals & deadlines
  • A chance to be creative
  • Develop communication skills
  • Pleasant work atmosphere
  • Supportive Board of Directors, artists & educators
  • Work with students who value art
  • Other summer work available in the area: cleaning, waitress, bar-tend
  • Plenty of nearby outdoor recreation: lakes, bike trails, parks

Fiber Fridays Return!

Starting Friday October 25th Fiber Fridays is back through March 27th

Join this FREE fiber “support” group from 10 am – noon every Friday at the LOLA Center from Oct. 25th to Mar. 27th. All levels of experience are welcome! Bring your work, your own materials, and sit with fiber friends. Fiber Artist Cassandra Nass will facilitate and help with any tricky knitty bits!

Look Out! Zombie Weekend is Coming! Oct. 24 – 27, 2019

The 4th Annual Zombie Crawl will be here before you know it. Don’t miss out on this weekend filled with thrills, chills, food, fun….. and Zombies! Read on for the Z-tails with more to come.

Thursday Oct 24

Friday Oct 25

  • Creepy Class & Pre-Zombie Party. 4 – 6 pm. Zombie Dolls – “Barbie turned Zombie” in the LOLA Art Room. Let’s get the party started! All materials supplied to make some creepy new friends to take along for your zombie weekend. Light refreshments served. $10 suggested donation.

Saturday Oct 26

  • Zombie Pub Crawl 5 – 9 pm. Eight participating bars/restaurants. Shuttle bus available. $10 red zombie cup. $25 face painting complete zombie makeup (including cup).

Sunday Oct 27

  • The Day After – Enjoy specials at area restaurants. Stop by the Forest Lake Country Store for their Bloody Mary special.

Please drink & drive responsibly!

2019 Art Impressions Exhibition Winners

The 36th annual Art Impressions fine art and fine craft show, sponsored by LOLA, was held on Saturday, July 27 at the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall grounds. “Beautifully perfect weather made for a very successful day for the arts and for all the fair attendees,” said Event Coordinator Karen Lenhart.

This year’s exhibition was judged by Photographer, Norma Dycus-Pennycuff of Eagle River, WI and Assemblage and Mixed Media Artist, Sarah Randall Thompson of Minocqua, WI. Music was provided by the Woodland String Band. Food was provided by the Land O’ Lakes Emergency Services, the local Lions Club, and Consumption Junction.

The 2019 Art Impressions Awards of Excellence went to Eileen McDaniel with Pottery – Wautoma, WI; Don and Susie Stiver with goat’s milk soaps and lotions – Rice Lake, WI; and Nancy Nyleen with Folk Art – Star Lake, WI.

Merit Awards went to Robin Zimmerman with Batik Art – Bradenton, FL; Kathy Hicks with Paper and Fabric Art – Eagle River, WI; and Jeff Gasper with Turned Wood Bowls – Neenah, WI.

Junior participant, Sophia Simac, from Eagle River, WI, received an Award of Excellence for her poured acrylic paintings and drawings on printed cards. Congratulations to the show winners and many thanks to all who helped make this event a huge success.

LOL Public Art Installs “Fish Tales”

Land O’ Lakes Public Art has installed “Fish Tales” on the morning of July 11, 2019. It is a large 8’x6’x3′ fish sculpture constructed by Ed Wuytack, Dan Balog and Caleb Hansen, located on the grounds in front of the Land O’ Lakes Town Hall. This Public Art piece has “scales” that shimmer with engravings from the community. If you had one engraved stop by and find it!

Community members can buy engraved medallions to mount to the fish in honor of family, friends, pets and events. If you would like to order a medallion, forms are available at the Town Hall or online in the link provided below.  

Completed forms should be returned to the town of Land O’ Lakes, PO Box 660, Land O’ Lakes WI 54540. You can also find purchasing information at .