Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) celebrated Youth Art Month (YAM) with an opening reception of the YAM gallery recently, which featured 2D and 3D works of art from Land O’ Lakes Elementary, SOAR Charter School and home-schooled students. However, the exhibit closed early due to COVID-19 precautions.

“LOLA was lucky enough to be able to host the young artists’ reception just prior to schools closing,” said LOLA Program Director Wendy Powalisz. “Families and students were able to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate their children’s artwork. It was certainly a bright spot of fun and color.” 

To keep the YAM celebration going, LOLA found another way to share the students’ artwork by recording the gallery on video and putting together a virtual tour. The tour can be found on the LOLA YouTube and Facebook pages.

“Now more than ever, artistic expression and creative outlets will be so important to our well- being,” said Powalisz. “While the LOLA center is also closed for a period of time, we hope our community will remain strong, stay healthy, and we look forward to the return of arts programming to bring us together.”

The LOLA building will remain closed for the month of April or until further notice while staff navigates the layers of concerns and issues created by ongoing events. Staff said that they are staying hopeful and anticipate the launch of “The Art of Wellness” summer programming. Until then, LOLA will move forward with positive energy, creativity, and updates on social media.

For more information, visit lolaartswi.com or call (715) 547-3950. Messages will be checked while the center is closed.

LOLA Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located at 4262 Highway B in downtown Land O’ Lakes.