Seeking Instructors for Virtual Programming

For our 2021 Winter Programming Season, LOLA will have a variety of virtual offerings in the following areas; Cooking Demonstrations, Art at Home, Music performances, Photography classes, Exhibits and, Artist Demonstrations. Sessions will be scheduled January – March. 

These offerings will be done in the form of a pre-recorded video, Facebook Live video, or a Zoom class.  Sessions can be anywhere from 10 minutes – 2 hours. The programming will be free for participants.  Instructors will receive a small stipend. LOLA staff are willing to travel up to an hour and one half to videotape/or do a Facebook Live at the instructor’s home/studio. Instructors also may elect to present their offering at the LOLA building and have staff record it there.  Zoom classes will be hosted by LOLA.  

Please let LOLA know of your interest in presenting an offering by filling out this form – click here or by calling Jennifer Anderson, Executive Director at 715-547-3950.   

Calling All Musicians – Help LOLA Create and Share Holiday Music

Carol of the Bell performed by the Woodland Strings

LOLA Arts will be participating in National Make Music – the Winter edition – again this year. We have developed an idea for Winter that musicians can help out with from afar.  Our event will be a drop-in campfire gathering held in the LOLA parking lot on the designated Make Music Winter day with holiday music piped outside for people to enjoy AND join in by shaking SLEIGH BELLS and/other percussion instruments. 

Here is where you can help out. . . We’d like to compile our playlist from recordings sent in by you, our musicians!  

How Would This Work?

I have selected secular holiday songs that lend themselves to having a chorus of sleigh bells accompaniment. 

Here are more details: 

  • I will only make an audio recording.  Feel free to send a video – I can take the audio off the video. 
  • I am looking for instrumental versions, song versions, any instrument, voice, etc.  
  • 2 minutes or more in length (feel free to repeat)
  • Feel free to change things up – for example – Jingle Bells in blues, tango, celtic, reggae, etc style
  • Send more than one song! 
  • Send a photo of yourself and if you have a website for our promo/thank you page. 
  • Record yourself using a phone, ipad or computer. OR come to LOLA and I will record you.
  • Send to me no later than Dec 1st.

Click here for the song list – it is ok if songs are performed by more than one person, so no need to let me know your song in advance.  If you are willing to do this, I’d love it if you would send me a quick email letting me know you will be working on sending something to me! 

Questions? Please email me at

Jennifer Anderson, Executive Director

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.

Get to know the rest of our Board members!

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!