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The Pewaukee Area Arts Council (PAAC) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring the arts into closer relationship with the Lake Country community. Believing that the arts are for everyone, its mission is “to encourage and promote quality arts experiences, programs, events, and cultural opportunities” for the area.

Founded in 2004, PAAC meets the second Monday of every month (except July and August) at 5:30 p.m. in the Pewaukee Public Library. Each month they welcome a guest speaker including artists, writers, dancers, poets, musicians, quilters, teachers, vocalists, designers and others who bring creativity to our lives. Members also enjoy sharing news about their accomplishments and networking with others who love the arts. Meetings are open to the public.

PAAC has collaborated with other community organizations such as Positively Pewaukee, Oconomowoc Arts Center, Pewaukee Park & Recreation, and the Delafield Arts Center to bring arts programs to the community. In the last two years, PAAC has expanded its support of students by awarding scholarships to promising high school artists.Some recent and upcoming projects of PAAC are:

Wall Mural
The 2012 Art in the Downtown project was a wall mural painted by middle school students enrolled in the Pewaukee Park & Recreation Department’s Jr. Leader Prep camp program. PAAC provided artistic guidance in creating the mural and partial funding for supplies. Positively Pewaukee also collaborated on this project. The mural is on display at Robert Lynch dental office right next to Village Hall, where it can be seen by those driving into Pewaukee.

Antique & Classic Boat Show and Waterfront Art Fair
PAAC has partnered with the Glacier Lakes Chapter since 2008 for the “Antique & Classic Boat Show and Waterfront Art Fair” held this year on August 18, at Lakefront Park on Pewaukee Lake. In addition to the boat exhibit, the event features PAAC sponsored plein air (open air) competition with artists painting on site, a raffle, and silent auction of the freshly painted plein air artwork.

PAAC’d With Talent
Our first community-wide talent show was hosted by PAAC on June 2, 2012, at Studios Etc. (behind Roots Coffeebar & Cafe) in Oconomowoc, and was a great success. Local musicians, poets, jugglers, writers and others shared their talents with the audience.

Showcase of Art
The PAAC Showcase of Art is a non-competitive biennial exhibition of works of visual art created by emerging artists in Waukesha County public and private high schools, colleges and home-schools. Held at Steinhafels Education Center in Waukesha, the shows are scheduled in mid-April. The Showcase features awards, a Gallery of Masters spotlighting the talents of high school and college art teachers, door prizes, a raffle, artists at work demonstrating talents, an exhibit of PAAC member artwork, and musical and dance performances by local youth.

Spring Bling! Fashion Show
PAAC’s major fundraiser, the Spring Bling! is a fashion show and luncheon held at the Country Springs Hotel and Convention Center in Pewaukee in early spring. The event features a live purse auction, fashion show, lunch, raffle, and local celebrity models and emcee.

Community events
PAAC regularly participates in community events such as Waterfront Wednesdays, Art in the Park, Fall Fun Fest, and the Pewaukee Holiday Festival, bringing hands-on art experiences for children and adults.

Past projects:

• Clay Stomp®.” community wall mural in the Pewaukee Public Library

• CommUnity Weaving, traveling art project, on display at the library

• Get Benched! artistic painted benches in downtown Pewaukee

• Banner Up! original artwork banners on light posts downtown

• One Vision: A Fusion of Art & Poetry, show and exhibit at Oconomowoc Arts Center

• Members Exhibit at Delafield Arts Center

Website: www.pewaukeearts.org

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