Local Artist Showcases Last Exhibit in Hometown

LeRoy Bayerl To Feature Art in Chestnut Center Exhibit

Looking for a thriving and robust arts community? You don’t need to look any further than Chestnut Ave and Marshfield’s own Chestnut Center for the Arts.

Maybe you don’t think of yourself as being particularly artistic or even “into” art.
But local artist LeRoy Bayerl who will be featured in an upcoming Chestnut Center exhibit disagrees.

“The Chestnut Center is such a great addition to the community of Marshfield. I almost said ‘art’ community of Marshfield, but no, it’s for everybody, those who create art create art for those who enjoy art, those who enjoy art, enjoy art for those who create art!” he said.

“That covers all of us! I don’t know anyone who does not enjoy some form of art or another be it visual, musical, literal etc. In a way, we all create and we all enjoy. Life itself is art. The Chestnut center is vital in doing its part to bring all the arts to the people of our community and enriching our lives by taking us ‘away’ through what we see, hear and feel.”

Chestnut Center Executive Director Adam Smrcka agrees that art should feel relate-able to everyone in the community.

“Founded in 2003, we offer a broad range of programming aimed at enriching the lives of the community we serve. Our goal is to offer accessibility to the arts in all forms for all ages to enjoy. Our patrons enjoy exciting events, concerts, plays, gallery exhibits, classes, family arts programming such as the “Going Nutz for the Arts” summer arts camp, piano lessons, recitals, high tea parties, cork & canvas/clay events and so much more, “ he said.

Bayerl, who lives in Marshfield with his wife Jane, is excited about his upcoming exhibit titled the Timberblossom: LeRoy Bayerl Exhibit and will feature his wood vessels.

“I’m getting more excited about this exhibit as it nears because it is my ‘hometown’ show and will give local folks who have never seen my work or do not even know what I’ve been doing the past 27 years an opportunity to see and enjoy my work. I hope the exhibit will encourage folks to pursue their own creative talents and evoke their imaginations,” he said.

If you want to view Bayerl’s work in a gallery setting, you should stop down during the exhibit which runs from October 17 to December 2 because he said it might be his last show.

“This most likely will be my last exhibition and what is more fitting than to wind up a career than to do an exhibit at home?” he asked.

Smrcka is also intrigued to view Bayerl’s exhibit.

“When viewing LeRoy’s work, it becomes obvious his imagination never rests. Each piece, with its subtle beauty and individual qualities, presents itself in such a way that art lovers often feel called to a specific vessel,” he said.

Overall Smrcka is glad that the Chestnut Center, which is a non-profit art center that survives primarily on donations, can provide an artistic outlet for the community.

“The arts bring energy, creativity and communication to a society. Art is universal in communicating across cultures, languages and societal class….it has no boundaries or barriers. Placing importance on the arts accentuates life, learning and the ability to visualize human emotion. We are so fortunate to have a strong and thriving arts scene right here in Marshfield, WI,” he said.

For more information about Bayerl’s work or exhibit, or the Center itself, check out their website or Facebook page.

Timberblossom: LeRoy Bayerl Exhibit
Where: Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S. Central Ave.
Chestnut Gallery
When: October 17-December 2