Dance & Theater Summer Internships Available

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!

Home School Class Schedule Announced

LOLA offers art classes to home school students on select Tuesdays starting in November and running until March. Classes are from 1-3 pm and suitable for students ages 5 – 16 (unless noted). Wendy Powalisz will lead the classes, with a few guest teachers. Cost of each class is $12 for an individual student or $10 each for siblings. Deadline for registration is one week prior to each class. See below for the home school class schedule.


5th Found Object Paintings – Canvas boards will be covered with a variety of found objects with a fall theme and then painted in the warm hues of autumn.

19th Thankful Leaves – Make marbled clay leaves to use as gifts with a message of gratitude.


10th Gilded Pinch Pots w/ Air Plants 2-Part Class – Part 1: Create pinch Pots with Artist Rita Kickert and take a spin on the pottery wheel.

17th Part 2: Gild the pot, paint it, and add the air plants.


7th Freestyle Chip Carving 2-Part Class – Students will make carvings on wood panels with Wood Carver John Modjewski.

21st Freestyle Chip Carving Continued


4th Yay for Yeti’s – Create a soft sculpture snow friend from recycled materials.

18th Color Wheel Challenge – Students will be challenged to work with a variety of colorful objects, utilizing the color wheel for still life drawings and paintings.


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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 .

LOLA’s Zombie Crawl Recognized as a 2019 Top Rural Development Initiative by Wisconsin Rural Partners

Wisconsin Rural Partners is an organization who’s educational mission is dedicated to building collaborative partnerships across the public and private sectors to benefit rural Wisconsin.  Each year they can only recognize a fraction of the wonderful rural initiatives as Top Rural Development Initiative winners. However, many other applicants had stories they thought should be shared. The WI Rural Partners highlighted two top rural success stories from the past year, and one was LOLA’s annual Zombie Crawl! Continue reading to see how they shared our story.

LOLA’s (Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans) Annual Zombie Crawl will enter its 4th year in 2019. The event began as a fun Halloween-themed pub crawl, and has evolved into an annual weekend-long event in 2018 offering themed art classes and events. LOLA collaborated with community partners Land O’ Lakes Historical Society & Northern Waters Museum where a story telling session focused on local legends was held, and The Gateway Lodge, which offered ghost tours of the historic hotel and hosted LOLA’s special guests, The Fox Valley Ghost Hunters.

Many area taverns, restaurants, and hotels received increased business over the Zombie Crawl weekend. Participating establishments are also part of a spooky scavenger hunt in which crawl participants collect candy “body parts” along the way. The main attraction of the Zombie Crawl is the most artistic aspect of the event: the costumes and makeup. Participants who purchase “Zombification Upgrade” are able to have their zombie makeup applied by LOLA artists using professional grade makeup and techniques. After makeup, participants also receive the option of zombie costume extras like fake blood, ashes, dirt, and other gruesome accessories.

– Wisconsin Rural Partners

Live Music on the LOLA Porch All Summer Long

Porch Songs

A FREE music series for Summer

Select Thursdays.  5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – LOLA deck.

Bring your comfy outdoor chair, relax and join us outside!

RAIN LOCATION – Inside the SNOWFLAKE BUILDING, behind the LOL Town Hall.


FRIDAY June 21  Celebrate Make Music Day!

5-7 p.m.  Street Dance with OPEN TAB of Wausau, WI , Hwy B in front of the LOLA Center.

Open Tab is husband and wife duo, Nick & Carmyn Hoen of Wausau.  Putting their own twist on covers, no song is off limits to be played acoustically or with high energy backing tracks.

Porch Songs Schedule    5:00 – 6:30 p.m.   LOLA deck.

June 27             Allen Brothers Band Allen Brothers Band is a fun and entertaining pop, rock, and funk band based out of Central Wisconsin. They cover a wide range of hit songs from the 60’s to the present. 

July 11             Steve Jones & the Garden City Hot Club   A swinging trio of two jazz guitars and bass, built around the hot lead guitar and easy-going vocals of Steve Jones. 

July 18              The Brothers Burn Mountain Soulful, blues-y, folk-y, gritty, tender, energetic – singer/songwriters with original music, straight out the woods of Duluth, MN.

July 25               Beth Hassler Viola and violin player, Beth Hassler of Eagle River, WI is new to the area, but has played and taught, extensively  in the Minneapolis area.  She will soothe our souls will classical selections.

August 8            Scott Kirby Singer/Songwriter Scott Kirby of Rhinelander, WI, will share his individual voice with alternative, blues & rock music.

August 15          MeMo – Trevor Moore & Jim Meiers Guitarist duo from Eagle River, WI, Trevor & Jim have a style that is firmly rooted in the classic, acoustic rock of the 1970’s, by artists such as Neil Young, Pink Floyd, America, David Bowie and a host of others.

August 22          Woodland String Band String musicians from around the Northwoods will perform American and Celtic fiddle tunes, Mariachi music, musical show tunes, light jazz, classical and pop music with a few extra surprises.






Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.  Learn more at .

Special Musical Classes  – LOLA will offer two free workshops Thursday, June 20, 201910:00 a.m. – Noon   or  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. as a part of LOLA’s Summer Art Venture & Make Music Day. A variety of music makers will be made during these special classes.  (Ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  Colorful maracas, bongos and other instruments will be created.  Then join in on the fun of Make Music Day on Friday, June 21.  Bring your instruments to downtown Land O’ Lakes  and share your own music with the world. Pre -register by June 13. Click here to register.

SCHEDULE – Friday, June 21, 2019 – Land O’ Lakes Make Music Day Events:

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Street musicians, various locations – Including artists – Rachael Brain, Beth Hassler, Steve Kickert, Jon Franke, OneVoiceUP & more to come!

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Instruments outside LOLA   Come bang the drums! Play the piano! Hoot on the harmonica! Anyone can play and be a musician for the day! No experience necessary.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Wandering Musical Art – Sound Suits – Watch for the colorful characters in musical suits!  Inspired by artist, Nick Cave, LOLA’s creative crew have created some funky, clunky, chunky and LOUD wearable art.  Artists will be traveling up and down County Road B in the downtown area of Land O’ Lakes.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Harmonica Workshop for Kids LOLA Center Art Room – Free Workshop!  Free Harmonica!  Ages 8 – 14.  Pre-register by June 18.  Space is limited.   Taught by blues harmonica player, Garry Schedin of Eagle River.  Each registered child will receive a free Hohner BluesBand Harmonica, generously donated by the Hohner Company. Click here to register.

TBA – Laurie Johnson – OPUS – Playing guitar and singing.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – One Voice UP – The Alley Lanes & Tavern – A soulful vocal group from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula singing a variety of classics from years gone by.

10:30 a.m. – Noon – Play the pBuzz! Music Workshop for Kids LOL Elementary School Commons –  Free Workshop! Pre-register by June 18.  Space is limited. Taught by Laura Plank, Northland Pines School District Elementary Music Teacher, and educators from the Land O’ Lakes Elementary School. After learning to play the pBuzz, students, parents & friends will parade down the road to Dairy Maid for one free small ice cream cone for registered students! Click here to register.

11:00 am – Carol Mason-Sherrill – Dari-Maid –  Playing the Autoharp.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Jon Franke Meyer Insurance Building – Acoustic guitarist featuring folk, swing and bluegrass music. 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Mery Krause  –  LOL Library  –  Playing the Qchord, an exciting digital instrument that strums like a guitar, plays chords like piano and melody like a keyboard.

1:00 pm – Carol Mason-Sherrill – Gateway Lodge –  Playing the Autoharp.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Eclectic Duo – Cindy Pesek & John Oliver – LOLA Deck –  Guitars and voices together, with an eclectic mix of popular song.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – LOL Library – Steve Kickert – Acoustic guitar performer doing a mix of his own music and that of singer/songwriters from across the country.

3:00 p.m. – Beth Hassler Dairy Maid – Beth will delight customers on Violin & Viola at our popular Dairy Maid – ice cream spot, playing the soul infusing music of Bach.

3:00 p.m. – Dedication of Musical Play Ground Equipment –  LOL Town Hall Art Park   Join the LOL Public Art Committee to cut the ribbons, play on the new equipment, and make the flowers sing!  Also, join in on making the old jungle gym into a new piece of art!  Free event.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Hymn Sing – Ely Memorial Church –  Listen to the Ely Memorial United Church of Christ Choir and the Ahh-Men Singers, and raise your voices by singing along!  What’s your favorite hymn?

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Street Dance w/ Open Tab of Wausau – in front of the LOLA Center –  RAIN location – LOL Snowflake Building – behind LOL Town Hall.

Open Tab is husband and wife duo, Nick & Carmyn Hoen of Wausau, who also head up their other band, The Third Wheels.  Putting their own twist on covers, no song is off limits to be played acoustically or with high energy backing tracks.  Nick’s full rich guitar tone built from years of playing, mixed with what the City Pages described as “Carmyn’s charismatic presence and confident voice” make it easy for Rebel Yell to rock and Higher Ground to groove.  Their originals are a great mix of stunning riffs, and clever lyrics.  Lyrics are always written from the music. So the music dictates the emotion of the song.  Open Tab performs across the state.

7:00 p.m. – Rachael Brain – Dairy Maid – Professional singer & comedian, who performed in Las Vegas, Rachael brings an up-beat energy and retro sound to contemporary songs.

Are you a musician?  Would you like to be a part of LOLA’s World Make Music Day Celebration?  We are looking musicians to perform in Land O’ Lakes during the day.  For more information, give us a call at 715-547-3950 and join in the celebration!

BUSKING IS PERMITTED.  You do not need to be a professional musician.  Contact LOLA for a time slot & spot!  715-547-3950

Take a Summer ART-Venture!


Be an art explorer and investigate painting, drawing, building, and imagining.  Classes will feature a variety of artist techniques, tools, forms, and styles.  These artful offerings are not only fun for young people, but interesting and creative for adults as well!

Click here to view the full SUMMER ART-VENTURE GUIDE 

Preregister for individual classes on site calendar date, or call the LOLA Office at 715-547-3950.  Pick and choose the classes that work for your UpNorth Art-Venture!

Unless noted, ALL classes are $12 per person  OR $10 each – for a Child & Adult together.   All materials included.  

Tuesday classes:   10:00 – 11:00  a.m.  Toddler Tuesday – Ages:  3-4, pre-k.  Each Tuesday, through July 30.  Experiential art based on the Reggio Emilia Approach, which is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strongcapable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. Toddlers must be accompanied by an adult.  Preregister on site calendar date, or call 715-547-3950.

Tuesday classes:  1:00-3:00 p.m.  All ages –  (ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  A variety of classes each Tuesday afternoon, through Aug. 8.  Preregister on site calendar date, or call 715-547-3950.

Thursday classes:  10:00 – Noon    All ages –  (ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  A variety of classes each Thursday afternoon, through Aug. 8.  Preregister on site calendar date, or call 715-547-3950.

Thursday classes:  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.   All ages –  (ages 5-6 must be accompanied by an adult.)  A variety of classes each Thursday afternoon, through Aug. 8.  Preregister on site calendar date, or call 715-547-3950.

DEADLINE for Registration and Payment for all classes is one week prior to class date.  No refunds will be given after deadline.

Classes are taught by Summer Art Intern, Maddie Crum, UW-Whitewater, Arts Education Major, LOLA Program Director, Wendy Powalisz, and special teaching artist guests – Denise Fauntleroy, Debbie Jircik, and George Rue.

Click here to view the full SUMMER ART-VENTURE GUIDE