RR 70th Anniversary - 2018

The Rural Rembrandt Art Group is celebrating 70 years in continuous existance during 2018! We are very excited and proud of this achivement and we will be celebrating with a special anniversary show on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 & 22, 2018 at the WW II Memorial in Wautoma.

Over that weekend we will have demonstrations, music, giveaways, a history exhibit and fun things for the kids! Join us!

Please visit this site and this page for more information as it develops!

Rural Rembrandt Art Club Celebrates 70 Years...a little history!

Soon after they were married in 1925, Dorothy Spaulding of Wautoma gave her husband Ray a small set of oil paints for Christmas. When Dorothy began to paint, the rest became history. She and her artist friend Bea began Thursday night art get-togethers. The circle of artists grew, and the Rural Rembrandt Art Club was born.

At the time, Ray’s former teacher, Professor James Schwalbach hosted “Let’s Draw,” a radio program for elementary schools. To expand art instruction to rural communities, he formed the Wisconsin Rural Artists Association through the UW Extension Program. Ray Spaulding was founding president. The goal of WRAA was simple: to recognize, teach and advance art in Wisconsin. Non-professional painters were encouraged to paint for pleasure, not for profit.

The pioneer members set a template which endured. On the fourth Tuesday of the month, after board and business meetings, refreshments are served followed by an art education program. To this day, the monthly schedule includes a “winter challenge,” a professional critique, a summer picnic, a field trip and a Christmas party with a handmade ornament exchange. The club sponsors two shows each year: the WRAP show in June and the RR Annual Show in July. It’s a resource for area art information, and members still exhibit across Central Wisconsin. The art club sponsors workshops and scholarships and donates to charity. It’s a non-profit, and volunteers have kept it going for seventy years.

This year the 2018 Annual Show will celebrate the spirit of creativity with a two-day event. In addition to members’, childrens’, and Redgranite inmates’ art displays, there will be a historical exhibit of founders’ art and artifacts. The Sunday program features Maryo Gard Ewell with “The Wisconsin Idea and the Visual Arts,” from WPT; Gail Spaulding Schwersenska with a tribute to her parents; and descendants’ memories of the club. The community event will feature refreshments, live music, art demos and children’s activities. Please join us at the World War II Memorial in Wautoma on July 21 and 22, 2018.

For more information contact President Sue DeLain at 920-293-4626, or visit us at ruralrembrandts.com and on Facebook. New members are always welcome.

Early Rembrandt Show

An early Rural Rembrandts Art Show in Wautoma