by Gary Baum

PLEIN AIR or a live outdoor painting competition. Artists select a landscape, downtown building or other outdoor location within one mile of the Wabeno Band Shell in the heart of town.  That’s where they paint and visitors can view the action! The painting begins anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Each artist may submit up to three Plein Air paintings. Guest art judges will award cash prizes and ribbons. Framed, ready-to-hang paintings will be sold at the artist’s selected price during the “buy it now” period 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the WAM Fest Art Gallery.

ARTFUL ACTIVITIES for Young Artists (10:30 am to 2:30 pm in area near the Wabeno Logging Museum.  Art supplies will be provided for participants.)

  • Sidewalk Chalk Art
  • Creative Bubble Hoops
  • Face Painting
  • Junior Rembrandt Competition: Young artists can create their Junior Rembrandt art work from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the kid’s area by the Logging Museum. Kids can get their picture taken with their art in the “artsy” photo booth. Judging this year is optional. Top artist in each age category will receive art supplies and be recognized on the Band Shell at 2:45 p.m.

FINE ART AUCTION will be held starting at 6pm at the Big Easel Gallery & Bistro located on Maple Ave.

Regional and local art for sale
from 10am until 5pm


  • Do you create unique, original, handcrafted items?
  • Do you want exposure to our art supporting audience?
  • Do you wish to add individuals to your own mailing list?
  • Do you want to market the Art Fairs you will participate in 2017?
  • Do you have the ability to sell your items for cash and by credit card?

Interested artists will display and sell their items at our growing event in its 3rd year.  Last year’s surveys asked for more art vendors!!

The event features:

  • Delicious and unique food and drink offerings
  • Live music all day
  • Plein Air Artist Competition with purse
  • Free mini art and music workshops: fiddling, flute, magic, cigar box guitar and acrylic painting
  • Art Walk showcasing local and area artists – (that could be YOU!)
  • Creative activities for kids including Jr. Rembrandt competition and photo booth
  • AND, art and 50-50 raffles
  • 600 attendees in 2016

WAM fest would ask in return that you make a monetary donation of any amount to WAM Fest to help us bring more events like this to Wabeno.  Space is limited, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone that is interested.  Artist selections will be based on artistic quality, variety, price point, and originality.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Sue Bessert at 715-473-4603 or  We hope this is a start to annual partnership.  Please feel free to pass along this information to your local artist friends.

Acceptance/Jury Procedure: This is event is an art fair with exhibitors displaying and selling only handcrafted items. All artists are required to submit 3 photos with their application. Photos submitted must be representative of the majority of the work to be exhibited.  An exhibitor found selling store merchandise, manufactured items, purchased crafts, etc.; will be asked to leave.   In addition to compliance with the guidelines, work will be juried on artistic quality and the variety of artwork.

Rules: Eligibility: Artist must be present the day of the event and the work must be of original concept, design and execution; no kits, commercial molds, etc.

Exhibits: The Art Walk will be held as part of WAM fest.  Arts shall supply their own canopies, tables, etc. not to exceed 10’x8’. There are a limited number of indoor spaces in the art gallery area available on a first come, first serve basis.

Display Date/Hours: Saturday, August 5th 10am-5pm. All displays may be set-up on Friday, August 4th, 4pm-7pm or on Saturday 8am-9:30am.  All exhibitors must be ready to operate by 10am August 5th.  All displays must be in operation until 5pm, packed and removed by 7:30pm.

The application is here: