Pablo Center at the Confluence Provides a Fall Full of Visual Arts Programming and New Permanent Collection Acquisitions


Pablo Center at the Confluence Provides a Fall Full of Visual Arts Programming and New Permanent Collection Acquisitions
Pablo Center at the Confluence is pleased to launch a fall filled with visual arts including new art acquisitions and donations to the Laurie Bieze Permanent Art Collection, the weeklong, socially-distant GO Paint Chippewa Valley event, and multiple virtual exhibitions.

Manager of Visual and Literary Arts, Rose Dolan-Neill said, “Fall is always a busy season for Pablo Center’s visual art programming, and this year is no exception. Through the viewing of art in our virtual exhibits on our website, we can all have a common experience. We can gain an understanding of our community and our humanity by scrolling through the images of artworks that have been created by our region’s top artistic minds. We can reach audiences from across the world and those communities close to home that might not get to come into Pablo Center that often. Please be sure to read through the artistic statements and biographies of the artists on display, these words will add to the enjoyment and appreciation of the artwork and may give you further reason to purchase a work of art from Pablo Center. Who knows, it may even inspire you to take the next steps in your creative endeavor.”

Commissions and Acquisitions
Pablo Center is excited to unveil a newly commissioned stained glass installation titled The First Treasure created by artist, Michael Pilla, renowned owner of Monarch Studios, Inc. The piece was graciously commissioned on behalf of Pablo Center by James W. Hansen, the namesake of the James W. Hansen Gallery. When Hansen introduced his concept of commissioning a work of art to be installed in Pablo Center, he did so in full knowledge of his leaving a legacy. The work presents the story of himself as a collector, a gift of beauty to be enjoyed by future patrons, and a lasting touch of color, contrast, and joy in the form of stained glass that has been masterfully crafted by Michael Pilla.

Hansen said, “This art piece was built and installed during the pandemic of 2020 and embraces the symmetry of the confluence of the rivers and our lives.” He continues that, “I hope in this stained glass piece by Michael Pilla we see the challenges and the responsibilities of our own lives and their ultimate end but also the birth of a new and stronger tomorrow.” The installation now resides in the Riverfront Room on the first floor of Pablo Center.

In addition to Pilla’s piece, several additional works have been donated to Pablo Center’s Laurie Bieze Permanent Art Collection.

  • The untitled sculpture that once stood outside of the office doors to the State Theatre in downtown Eau Claire, which was donated to the former Eau Claire Regional Arts Council in the early 1980s by Mickel and Bob Reise. The six-foot tall sculpture is slated for minor refurbishments before it can be unveiled to the public.
  • Three large canvas paintings by Terry Meyer that were created as part of a collaborative, music and live visual art performance by FLOWt, that was streamed live at Pablo Center’s annual fundraising gala. Meyer’s work was auctioned off and then donated back to Pablo Center’s art collection by Roger and Mary Tlusty. These three large works of art will tell the story of visual and performing arts colliding beautifully at Pablo Center.
  • A bronze sculpture by David H. Turner titled Canada Goose with Turtle has been donated by local philanthropist, Dick Cable, adding to his many contributions to Pablo Center. The piece tells the tale of geese flying in formation, keeping each other safe and sound. Because of this gift, future generations will view this masterful work, and gain an understanding of hard work, determination, and weathering the storm.
  • A newly acquired, untitled work of Laurie Bieze, the renowned artist who is the namesake of both a gallery space and the permanent collection at Pablo Center, has been donated to Pablo Center by long-time friend Barbara Gramenz. The work is a perfect example of Bieze’s fluid and feminine approach to stained glass. Pablo Center is glad to welcome another masterful work of Bieze’s to be loved by future generations.
GO Paint Chippewa Valley
Pablo Center’s annual plein art competition GO Paint Chippewa Valley offers a week’s worth of opportunities for artists to create paintings outdoors within a 10-mile radius of the Eau Claire & Chippewa Rivers between Augusta, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Durand, and Nelson, Wisconsin. As part of the week-long festival GO Paint Chippewa Valley kicks off on September 26 with the Youth and Adult Quick Paint competitions. Additional events include a socially-distanced, painting social at Lazy Monk Brewery on September 28 from 4-8 p.m., as well as designated painting days in Durand, Chippewa Falls, and Altoona. Virtual exhibitions featuring the art of the Quick Paint Competition as well as submitted artwork from the five-day festival will be featured on Pablo Center’s website and Facebook page. Artwork featured in the exhibits will be available for purchase.

Youth Quick Paint
Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
FREE for young painters age 18 and under
Young painters will have two hours to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of nearby Phoenix Park starting at 10 a.m. at
Haymarket Plaza and ending at 12 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. Participants are welcome to bring their own paint supplies or use Pablo Center’s for free! Art instructors will be present to assist with supplies.

This event is presented by Pablo Center’s ARTmobile and sponsored by the Janet Carson Art Education Fund.

Adult Quick Paint
Saturday, September 26, 2 - 4 p.m.
Registered GO Paint Chippewa Valley painters will have 2 hours to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of nearby Phoenix Park and the surrounding confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers starting at 2 p.m. at Haymarket Plaza and ending at 4 p.m. Cash prizes awarded.

GO Paint! Chippewa Valley Competition
Saturday, September 26 – Friday, October 2
To register, please visit this link. Open Paint events are free and open to the public.

GO Paint Chippewa Falls, Social(Distanced) Paint
Monday, September 28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Plein art painting in Riverfront Park, Downtown Chippewa Falls, on the banks of the Chippewa River.

GO Paint Lazy Monk, Open Paint
Tuesday, September 29, 4 - 8 p.m.
Mask up and join us at Lazy Monk Brewing, located across the river from Phoenix Park in Downtown Eau Claire, for a night of camaraderie and painting! There is an open deck, and river access that is perfect for socially distanced painting opportunities. Family and friends are welcome. This event is free and open to the public.

GO Paint Durand, Social(Distanced) Paint
Wednesday, September 30, 12 - 4 p.m.
Plein art painting in Lower Chippewa View Park, Durand, Wisconsin, on the banks of the Chippewa River.

GO Paint Altoona, Social(Distanced) Paint
Thursday, October 1, 4 - 8 p.m.
Plein art painting in River Prairie Park, Altoona, Wisconsin, on the banks of the Eau Claire River.

Artist Submission Deadline
Friday, October 2 by 5 p.m.
Artists turn in work for judging by sending photos of their artwork via email to Pablo Center at the Confluence. Awards will be determined by juror and cash prizes will be announced by October 9.

Upcoming Art Exhibitions, Call to Artists and Awards
This fall, Pablo Center will present several virtual exhibitions to the public.

Confluence of Art Annual
September 1 – November 20, 2020
This juried art exhibition featuring recent work by our region and nation’s most talented artists will announce the winners chosen by jurist David Brock on September 28, 2020. View recent and relevant artwork that will enlighten, inform, and entertain at

Patricia Mayhew Hamm - Abstract Expressionist Extraordinaire
October 2, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Known for her swirling imagery and colorful splashes, Patricia Mayhew-Hamm has mastered the abstract as a form of expression. Through her work, Mayhew-Hamm captures emotion, concept, and self-exploration. Works of Mayhew-Hamm have been selected from Pablo Center’s Laurie Bieze Permanent Art Collection and the exhibit will be presented virtually.

Music Moves Me: Artwork Inspired by the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra
October 30 – November 27, 2020
Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and Pablo Center at the Confluence invite submissions for the virtual exhibition of the annual Music Moves Me: Artwork Inspired by the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra. Artwork for the exhibit will be based on Czech composer Bedřich Smetana’s symphonic poem The Moldau, which depicts the sights and sounds of the Vltava river in his homeland. An ARTmobile video will be posted on Pablo Center’s social media channels on October 8 detailing how elementary-aged students can create and submit their music inspired artwork.

First Nations Contemporary Art
October 30 – December 13, 2020
What is the experience of First Nations people living in the Midwest? Perceptions, misconceptions, and identity are explored in this second annual exhibition of First Nations artwork.

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire American Indian Planning Committee.

Support the Visual Arts at Pablo Center
Donors like James W. Hansen have made it possible for Pablo Center to acquire beautiful works of art. To donate artwork to the Laurie Bieze Permanent Art Collection, contact Rose Dolan-Neill at For more ways to supportthe visual arts and Pablo Center, go to


Pablo Center operates in support of a mission that is focused on developing and augmenting endless opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the performing, literary, and visual arts.

Inside our doors, guests can experience two internationally-recognizable performance spaces; the 1,204-seat RCU Theatre and the innovative 400-seat Jamf Theatre. These spaces allow us to showcase the endless possibilities of the arts in a facility capable of providing transformative experiences and creative opportunities. The Pablo Center experience and mission is enhanced by our support spaces: three rehearsal, dance and community rooms; three visual arts galleries; a sound and lighting lab; university classroom spaces; a state-of-the-art recording studio; and workforce/vocational training spaces. While our building makes Pablo unique, it is our community - patrons, members, business partners, constituent groups and local artists - who make us remarkable.

For more information, please contact Monica Frederick, Director of Development at Pablo Center at the Confluence, at 715-471-6124 or by emailing


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