Preview the holiday season and enjoy some of the tunes from the upcoming “Christmas Schooner” at the “Gala at the Gallery,” opening Friday at the Langlade County Historical Society Museum.
“Share the Spirit—Winter in the North Woods” is the theme of the seasonal show, which will run through Jan. 12 in the Antigo Visual Artists Gallery located in the museum’s main floor.
The exhibit will showcase the seasonal work of four area artists, Karen Aulik-Now of Antigo, who works primarily in watercolors; photographers and graphic designers Jim Martinsen of Antigo and Sharon Dowis of Merrill; and historical photographer A.J. Kingsbury, who captured many winter scenes on his early 20th Century travels across the region.
Along with original artwork and prints, many of the images will be available as cards, creating a one-of-a-kind and very personal Christmas mailings for family and friends. Choices will range from stylish snowmen and the Deleglise Cabin to historic winter scenes of skating on Antigo Lake and Dowis’ playful “playground carnage” of “dismembered” snowmen in a school yard.
Friday’s opening reception will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the museum and will include the opportunity to visit with the artists and place orders. There will also be free refreshments.
In addition, guests will get a sneak preview of Antigo Community Theater’s musical production of “The Christmas Schooner,” which will be staged at the high school’s Volm Theater beginning on Friday, Nov. 2.
Cast members will perform the opening number of the show, which was first staged locally six years ago to excellent reviews. The encore performance comes on the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Christmas tree ship on which the show is based.
The gallery is open during regular museum hours. Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.