WAMbanner2016_smallWHAT: The Wabeno Art and Music Fest (WAM Fest) is an outdoor celebration of fine art, eclectic music, and culinary delights for every tastes in historic downtown Wabeno. The one day event is packed with musical performances on two stages with a platform for Emerging Artists on a third stage, a Plein Air Competition of visual artists from around the state and culinary creations for everyone to enjoy- something for every palate! This event will be for all ages and will feature games and activities for children. Free admission.

WHEN:  Saturday, August 6th, 2016 — 10:00AM – 10:00PM

WHERE: Wabeno, Wisconsin.  Music performances will be held at the Wabeno Band Shell and the East Pavilion. On the green in front of the Logging Museum there will be an open-air art competition, as well as a food & drink concession, and a children’s stage.  Several locations along North Branch Street (Hwy 32) will be open, including restaurants, bars and shops along the street.


What is a Plein Air?
En plein air (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ plɛn ɛːʁ]), or plein air painting, is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”. It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, also called French: peinture sur le motif means painting of the object(s) or what the eye actually sees. A painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting. This method contrasts with studio painting or academic rules; those might create a predetermined look. WAM Fest Plein Air Competition will offer a purse for first and second place as judged by a juried committee.

Visual Artists: Register Here for Plein Air Competition (rules and application form)

Questions?  Contact us at WAMfest@townofwabeno.org or call us at 608-628-0757.  Add us on Facebook here

Pictures from the 2015 WAMfest:

This page was last updated on May 21, 2016


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