Tuesdays with the Mayor: Aug. 31
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – Mayor Mike Wiza sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on Stevens Point developments. Wiza touched on a new art project fundraiser, and an event coming to the Cultural Commons.
Wiza’s art project fundraiser
Wiza teamed up with Rhinelander Mayor Chris Frederickson and Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg to host an art project fundraiser. The catch is that each mayor is going to paint their own piece of art and auction them off. The piece of art that raises the most money will win the collective pot of all art projects sold to help fund a local municipal project in one of the three cities.
Wiza used a paint by numbers kit, with a splash of his own creativity, and created an abstract Elvis Pressley portrait.
“I decided to enlist a tactic to level the field and found a ‘Paint By Number’ design that caught my eye,” Wiza said.
Wiza told those interested to stay tuned and to check his Facebook page for updates on the project and how to bid.
Cultural Commons art installation unveiling
Wiza said a new art installation is coming to the Cultural Commons Polish Gardens. The art piece will be two eagles, perched on large iron branches. The project is being spearheaded by Boleslaw Kochanowski Iron and will be celebrated with an unveiling on Sept. 18.
The two larger-than-life eagles, perched on tapering spires, represent Poland and the United States and the unity between the two nations.
The unveiling will be held at the Cultural Commons in Stevens Point starting at 10 a.m.