Arts & Culture in Marshfield, WI
PHOTO CREDIT: J. Kyle Keener
Imagine that. Marshfield is home to several imaginative, eye-pleasing attractions that are open to the public.
One of them is New Visions Gallery, housed in a somewhat unusual location – Marshfield Clinic. The medical facility has hosted the nonprofit art gallery in its lobby since 1975, with exhibits changing every 6-8 weeks.
“We are independent of the clinic but they are nice enough to provide us space – plus they are art enthusiasts,” says Betsy Tanenbaum, New Visions Gallery director.
Besides exhibits, the gallery is known for staging a juried Marshfield Art Fair each Mother's Day that brings in artists from several states.
“Also this year, we'll be hosting an Art Olympics photography exhibition to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics in London,” Tanenbaum says. “Our gallery always has a lot going on.”
Also eye-catching in Marshfield is the Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, situated in an historic church in the downtown district. The building is home to performing, visual and literary arts, and is ideal for concerts, plays, poetry readings, recitals, art exhibits and workshops. Its slogan: “You make it happen at Chestnut.”
Mind Your Manors
Upham Mansion, the restored home of former Wisconsin governor William Henry Upham, was built in 1880. The mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places, and features vintage Victorian architecture and furnishings.
Visitors can see more than 250 iron sculptures on outdoor display at Jurustic Park, where owner Clyde Wynia has been welding and sculpting iron scrap metal into animal masterpieces since 1993.
“I just couldn’t stop welding these critters together once I got started,” says Wynia, a former lawyer.
Around 15,000 people from all 50 states and about 30 countries tour the attraction each year, viewing everything from tiny mosquitoes to a 45-foot dragon.
Barn in the USA
Marshfield is also home to the World’s Largest Round Barn, which was built in 1916 and measures 70 feet in height and 150 feet in diameter. The interesting structure is the main attraction at Marshfield’s fairgrounds, especially during the Central Wisconsin State Fair.
The barn holds an ecumenical church service each June during a three-day Dairyfest that welcomes more than 20,000 dairy lovers to Marshfield. Events at the longtime festival include a parade, Cheese Chase 5K run, and the mayor's Dairyfest Breakfast.
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