Last Friday night, the Riverfront
Arts Center held an opening reception
for its annual Gift Gallery.
The Riverfront Arts Center has
been hosting this event for the last 15
years to give community members
the opportunity to feature and sell
their original works during the
This year, close to 85 localartists, including University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point students, are
showcasing their work, ranging from
dramatic watercolors, to beautifully
crafted pottery, to local fiber works,
such as knitted scarves and fleece-
lined baby booties.
Nancy Thorson, director of the
Riverfront Arts Center, says this is
the center’s biggest fundraiser of the
“It supports the ongoing efforts
of the Riverfront Arts Center for exhibits, classes and educational
programs, and the general operations
of the gallery,” Thorson said.
According to Thorson, the center
accepts two or three UWSP student
interns, usually arts management or
graphic design majors, each semester.
This experience gives students an
opportunity to gain experience in
the business while receiving credit
towards their major area of study.
UWSP junior Emily Hoffman is
an intern at the center this year.
“It’s definitely something I’d
recommend to other students. You
get a taste for what it’s like to work in
a local gallery setting,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman has been given a variety
of duties at the center including basic
bookkeeping and correspondence,
making sales, setting up the current
exhibits, and greeting visitors and
answering any questions they may
In addition to interning, a few
UWSP students are displaying theiroriginal works.
UWSP junior Justin Behm is exhibiting a life-size ceramic piece
at the gallery this year. The piece
depicts his interpretation of a classic
“I am very happy that they took
an interest in my work,” Behm said.
It is his first year participating and
also his first time collaborating with
There are a variety of ways, such
as interning and volunteering, for
UWSP students to become involved
with the center’s work.
“I am the only employee. We are
able to keep the doors open six days
per week with the help of wonderfuldedicated volunteers. They are
the lifeblood of our operation and
we always appreciate more help,”
Thorson also encourages
all students interested in the arts
to become familiar with the work
done at the Center, as there are many
opportunities available to showcase
their own work and view the work
Riverfront Arts Center’s Gift
Gallery is now open for public
viewing Tuesday through Friday, 11
a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through