Exhibitionism in Downtown Wausau
by Tom Neal on May 14th, 2008
This Friday night, Wausau’s downtown gallery night returns with a passel of businesses decked out as host galleries, exhibiting (and selling) original art, and generally treating Citizen Wausonians and neighbors to a good time. If you’ve never attended one of these gallery nights (this is the fourth year for this twice-a-year event), it’s a chance to stroll downtown, from gallery to gallery where you will be offered free delectables and drinkables.
Typically, there are free horse-drawn carriage rides, free collector wine glasses, sidewalk musicians, and just a dynamic social scene. It’s gratifying to see all those heads bobbing down the sidewalk; groups of friends congregating, wine glasses in hand, outside businesses to catch up on things; bars and restaurants packing ‘em in as gallery-goers settle in to make a night of it. And lots of art … all media … usually with the artists on hand to meet you or demonstrate their work.
The weather forecast looks pretty good so far. And, knock on wood, that’s usually the case for Exhibitour. It’s become a signature event for Wausau; a grassroots celebration of art. I’d like to applaud the 16 or so downtown businesses that are investing in this evening as host galleries … they’re footing the bill for food, refreshments, staffing and they’re dedicating time and floor space to put on a great show.
Thanks also to Wausau Area Events for their support in making it possible. I hope you’ll all make the scene downtown, enjoy art, buy art, be art.
Exhibitour takes place Friday, May 16 from 6- 8 pm. Go to wausauareaevents.org for a complete list of host galleries and accompanying “fringe” business venues.