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Take Me to the River Healing Waters

Healing Waters is a multi-disciplinary series of events designed to engage students (K-12 and university), faculty and the regional community in celebration of water and its profound impact on the region. The Guest Artist Residency will be held September 20-24, 2023, and is sponsored by the UWSP College of Fine Arts & Communication, Academic Affairs, the Native American Center, and the City of Stevens Point.

Take Me To The River is a collaborative project by an international group of visual and performance artists from four continents who share a common vision of building bridges across borders to address environmental concerns about water. The group has traveled to various states and countries to work with communities to connect with the arts. The community work and exhibitions include New Orleans, LA, Montevideo, Uruguay, Aix-en-Provence, France, Maryland/DC, Wichita Falls, TX, South Africa, and Cairo, Egypt.  In reaction to the 2020 pandemic, the artists created works which expressed healing and surviving. Artist Judy Jashinsky (UWSP alumna in Art, 1970), one of the longstanding visual artists of this collective, proposed the theme and title of this project, “Healing Waters,” inspired by Wallace Nichols, marine biologist and author of the book, Blue Mind, which focuses on the “benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water.” This concept fit well with the artist group whose mission is to spread the importance of water, life, and stewardship. Dr. Nichols plans to make a special appearance at the Healing Waters events held on September 23, 2023.

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1800 Portage Street

Healing Waters Exhibition

Edna Carlsten Art Gallery

Exhibition September 18-October 1

  • September 19-25
    Take Me to the River: Healing Waters Residency
    Noel Fine Arts Center & Community, and Carlsten Art Gallery Exhibition
  • September 23
    Take Me to the River: Healing Waters Exhibition Opening
    Carlsten Art Gallery, Noel Fine Arts Center



Monday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.


International Aritsts with a Common Vision, Common Concern, and Common Method

At its core, Take Me to the River (TMTTR) is an international group of artists who share a common vision of building bridges across borders. This collective of artists represent Chili, France, Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa, and the United States. Through art making, the organization transcends language barriers to speak a more universal language of Artistic Expression, to come together to build bridges. Thus, the river has been adopted by the artists as a primary activist concern. TMTTR projects effectively address environmental concerns about water, involving whole communities around the world. What distinguishes this group from other art cooperatives is their diversity tied together by three qualities: our vision of building bridges, our environmental activism, and our involvement with communities.

Bukolt Lodge

Weskohsek Sepew: A River and a Place Remembered

1:30 p.m. | September 24

Ray will outline the deep presence of Native peoples along the Wisconsin River locally, and how Indigenous ideas of place, naming, and mutual co-existence with landscape features and resources drove prehistoric interactions we should strive to remember and understand today.


The Flow Project

The 2023 Flow Project brought together undergraduate artists from all 13 University of Wisconsin Schools to partner with water professionals to make art inspired by water. The work of this year’s Cohort is featured in a Traveling Exhibit, which shares the artwork with communities across Wisconsin to further our awareness, appreciation, and engagement with water in our state.

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Schedule of Events

September 20-24

COFAC Create Series

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Prof. Andy Gambrell Painting class meet and work with
visiting artists – UWSP NFAC Courtyard

11-7 p.m.
Two-day painting en plein air landscape workshop through RIVERFRONT Art Center (see Thursday for details)

1:30- 5 p.m.
UWSP School of Design & Communication Students with Visiting Artists


11-7 p.m.
Two-day painting en plein air  workshop through Riverfront Art Center, cost $10

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Prof. Andy Gambrell Advanced Drawing III/IV with visiting
artists – NFAC 123

12-1 p.m.
Digital Music Composition w/Jake Allen – NFAC 340

2-4 p.m.
Prof. Andy Gambrell Intro to Drawing I/II with visiting artists  – NFAC 123

3- 5 p.m.
Prof. Jeannie Hill Dance (Composition II) with Jake Allen and visiting artists -NFAC130

4pm-5:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet: Evening with local artists, gallery directors and visiting artists.  we will begin at Riverfront Art Center, then Lee Ayers Jewelers and end at Gallery Q.

5:45-7 p.m.

 7:30 p.m. at Marshfield
Theatre Reading of “Spoon River”




1-3 p.m.
Healing Waters Painting Workshop
Register Here

 7:30 p.m. 
Theatre Reading of “Spoon River,” Lecture Hall, NFAC 221




10 a.m.-12 noon
Healing Waters Painting Workshop
Register Here

12 – 4 p.m.
POP IN and PAINT Open Painting
Pop-Up Gallery at Bukholt Lodge

5:30 p.m.
Carlsten Gallery Opening & Reception
Take Me To The River: Healing Waters Artists Exhibit.

Judy Jashinsky (UWSP alum) TMTTR spokesperson about
the project and artwork.
Special appearance by Wallace J. Nichols (author of Bue Mind).

6:00 p.m.
TMTTR artists individual mingle and talk about work throughout the gallery. Includes cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

7:30 p.m.
Healing Waters Concert – Michelsen Hall
beginning with Concert Choir surrounding Courtyard

World Premiere of Ode to Mansoora Hassan by Ashraf Fouad – Michelsen Recital Hall


 7:30 p.m. 
Theatre Reading of “Spoon River,” Lecture Hall, NFAC 221

9-12:30 p.m.
POP IN and PAINT Open Painting

Pop-Up Gallery at Bukholt Lodge until 4 p.m.

1 p.m.
Native American Drumming Circle at Bukholt Lodge

1:30- 3 p.m. 
Dr. Ray Reser Lecture: Weskohsek Sepew: A River and A Place Remembered

2 p.m. at Wausau
Theatre Reading of “Spoon River”  ticketed

3:30-5 p.m.
Jake Allen concert @ Bukolt

The Flow Project – Flowing Exhibition


Flowing showcases works inspired by conversations with individuals who are working to better understand, care for, and protect Wisconsin waterways.

Artists bring to life the work of a vast array of water professionals through dance, poetry, visual art and more.


UWSP Bands | Fluid









John P. Lynch, conductor

Featuring Wisconsin based composer Pierre LaPlante and Minnesota composer Aaron Perrine with the Wind Symphony.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw’s playful “Twist” about the Murray River, and one of Holst greatest works “Hammersmith” about the River Thames. The epic “Ecstatic Waters” by Steven Bryant will conclude artfully fusing electronics with acoustic instruments.

Events in the Area

September 1-October 27

Just One Drop

Water is a precious substance. Fresh water is a necessity for the survival of all living organisms on earth. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water and we cannot survive without it for more than a few days. While water meets our physical needs, it also is of great spiritual importance to many people as well. Water is an intergral part of many ecosystems that support us and myriad other species.
September 1-October 22

Open Water

Riverfront Art Center

The Open Water Art Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Take Me to The River: Healing Waters project, an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the vital importance of water in our lives. This exhibition will provide artists with a platform to express their creative interpretations of this theme, fostering a deeper understanding of water’s influence on our environment and personal well-being.
July 20, 2023-January 7, 2024

See/Sea: Beyond the Horizon

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

This exhibition showcases artwork inspired by the vast beauty and mystery of the ocean. Artists have always been drawn to the sea, capturing its changing moods and the infinite play of light and color on its surface. The artworks on view are a testament to the enduring fascination the sea holds for artists and art lovers alike.
September 7 – October 12, 2023

Rapid Waters

Central Wisconsin Cultural Arts Center

Opening Night/Meet the Artists 5:30-7:30 p.m., September 7

Sponsored by UWSP
College of Fine Arts & Communication
Academic Affairs

Native American Center

Special Thanks to the City of Stevens Point for partnering with us
for this special week of events.

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