The Alexander House, 1131 Wisconsin River Dr., Port Edwards, has two purposes. The first is to showcase artwork. The second is to keep a small tradition in Wood County alive.
Currently showcasing the encaustic beeswax artwork of Stevens Point native Jessie Fritsch, the center features a series of art exhibits throughout the year. In doing so, the center's directors say it is keeping a piece of Wood County history alive.
In the days of the former Nekoosa-Edwards Paper Company, the founding families of this once major employer often featured art exhibits connecting with the community in their headquarters.
Though the company as it was originally built no longer exists, the Alexander House is carrying on that small tradition in the name of those philanthropic families by displaying various art features through the year, and preserving historic artifacts from the former company.
Admission to the center is free. It is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
2013 Exhibition Calendar:
January 11th - February 26th
"Encaustic Beeswax Painting by Jessie Fritsh with Artwork in Clay by Marsha LaTulip"
March 3rd - April 2nd
"Port Edwards Public Schools Youth Art Month"
April 5th - May 21st
"Oil Paintings by Todd Voss with Blown Glass Sculpture by Nolas Prohaska"
May 31st - July 23rd
"Variety of Two and Three Dimensional works featured in the VSA Wisconsin, Traveling Children's and Adult's Collection"
July 26th - September 10th
"Watercolor Paintings by Connie Henke with Pottery Sculpture by Nancy Briggs"
September 13th - November 12th
"Holes In Heaven: The Bird Art of Walter Anderson with Pottery by Lara Hagen and Mosaics by Pauline Merry Pray"
November 15th - January 7th
"Celebrating Native American Culture Through the Arts: Oils and Pastels by Deann De La Rone with Iroquois Raised Beadwork by Karen Ann Hoffman and Watercolors by Geri Schrab and Basketry by Dianne Brown-Hahn"