Headwaters Art League President Sandie Pauly of Land O’ Lakes and local artist Debbie Jircik work on their cyanotypes at the workshop held June 1 at Walter E. Olson Memorial Library. —Contributed Photos
Headwaters Art League President Sandie Pauly of Land O’ Lakes and local artist Debbie Jircik work on their cyanotypes at the workshop held June 1 at Walter E. Olson Memorial Library. —Contributed Photos
Area artists celebrated “the blues” June 1 as they participated in a cyanotype workshop led by Eagle River artist Norma Dycus Pennycuff.

The workshop was the culmination of the Eagle River area Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) show, which hung for a month at the Olson Memorial Library. Sponsoring the show, which is supported by the UW-Department of Continuing Studies, was the Headwaters Art League.

State Exhibit Awards were won by Marlyn Hupperts, Sharon Molinaro, Karen Kubacki, Robert Horn and Christine Metropulous-Friedrich. Honorable Mention awards went to Helen Hayhurst, Johanna Buwalda, Ellen Compere, Kathy Schuh and Sandie Pauly.

The process demonstrated by Pennycuff at the workshop was called cyanotype, a method using particular chemicals and sunlight or UV light on a variety of surfaces to produce a blue-hued print. Workshop participants had the opportunity to create samples of cyanotypes using watercolor paper, fabric and other substances.

Pennycuff attended the University of Tennessee- Knoxville and finished a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art with a concentration in film and photography. 

In 2011, she moved to Three Lakes with her family. Pennycuff was an interim programming director at the Warehouse in Eagle River as well as an instructor. She is currently facilitating TimeSlips events with participants affected by dementia and this summer will work with Moon Beach Camp on their art goals for campers.

She enjoys doing art in many various mediums. She lives in Eagle River with her husband, son and two dogs.

WRAP provides statewide art workshops and exhibits for nonprofessional artists. It began in 1940 with the intent of encouraging creative growth. Art work is shown in a noncompetitive exhibit in regional communities.

State award winning work is selected for an annual State Art Exhibit in Madison. A demonstration is given during the regional workshop by an established artist, and the exhibition judge answers questions from artists on design, composition and technique during a group critique and evaluative discussion.

Headwaters Art League, headed by Sandie Pauly of Land O’ Lakes, has sponsored WRAPs for more than 20 years.

The art league is open to all nonprofessional artists in all media. Members gather for Watercolor Wednesdays every Wednesday in Land O’ Lakes, although the program is not limited to watercolor artists. Artists gather to work, share information, and learn more about area art programs and opportunities.

For more information on Headwaters Art League, call Barbara Nehring at (715) 547-3333 or email tradingpostint@gmail.com. To learn more about the Wisconsin Regional Art Program and other area workshops, contact wrap@dcs.wisc.edu.