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In the UU Gallery: Washington Island Artists

Washington Island’s pristine land and water vistas offer endless subjects to inspire artists. The Washington Island Art Association (WIAA) will exhibit works during January and February at the UUFDC. The exhibit opens Jan 4th and closes on the last Sunday in February.

Jeanne Cauldwell
Jeanne Cauldwell

The WIAA was formed in the early 1960’s by a group of artists who gathered on Washington Island at Martha Stelter’s Holiday Inn to paint and make art. The WIAA has continued to grow in popularity and today sponsors numerous classes, open workshops, and art shows. It is a non-profit group dedicated to the idea of bringing exceptional workshops to its members. Membership is open to beginners, amateurs and professional artists.

Participating artists are members of the WIAA and include Bob Anderson, Bruce Boeck, Julia Bresnahan, Jeanne Cauldwell, Karen DeNoto, Gary Hanks, Irene Hoeff Kuiper, Steve Lynch, Cathy Meader, Gretchen Misselt, Jane Miller, Betty Proper, Kathy Sorensen, Martha Wagner, Joel Wish, Pat Wright, Judy Yamamoto, and Margaret Young.

The WIAA is working with the Washington Island Art and Nature Center (ANC) on a fundraising campaign for the ANC called the “50th Anniversary Canvas Quilt Project”.  WIAA is inviting all artists with a love for Washington Island and the ANC to create one or more 8 x 10 canvases and donate them for our “Canvas Quilt”.  Canvases can be done in many media, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, weaving, fiber, basketry, stitchery, quilting, ceramic, etc. These will be displayed together to form one large quilt for the opening of the ANC in June and be up for most of the summer. Patrons will purchase a winning ticket and will win one of the randomly numbered canvasses at a gala 50th Anniversary celebration later in the summer.

For more information about the WIAA please go on our website or contact Cathy Meader at