Gallery / Exhibitions

The Chestnut Gallery aspires to visually enrich our community by exhibiting local, regional and national artists focusing on a broad spectrum of media and expressive styles.

"A Close Encounter with Wildlife" exhibit

For our January/February exhibit, Chestnut Center for the Arts is thrilled to welcome artist Chuck Heiting with his exhibit "A Close Encounter with Wildlife," featuring his amazing wildlife photography.

The exhibit begins with an Artist Reception on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 6-8 p.m. and ends on Thursday, February 22, 2024. The show can be viewed during our normal business hours or by appointment.

Artist's Statement

Raised in Stratford, Wisconsin, I developed an early interest in wildlife and spent much of my childhood exploring the woodlots and pastures of the area. I would spend many hours building feeders and traps for local wildlife.

I still have many of those black and white photos of wildlife taken with a Kodak Brownie camera. Although technology and the equipment have improved over the years, the excitement of waking at 3 a.m. to sit in a blind waiting for that close encounter with a wild creature has not faded for me. I have concentrated my efforts on photos of animals and birds from Wisconsin and Alaska, making three extended visits to Alaska in the past ten years

Taking pictures has always been personally satisfying for me. I have been fortunate to have my images published in calendars, note cards, and magazines. I enjoy participating annually in Fine Art shows throughout Wisconsin.

Stories From a Wildlife Photographer

Are you captivated by nature and the extraordinary wildlife photography of Chuck Heiting? Join us at Chestnut Center for the Arts Gallery Reception Area and experience what it is like to capture these moments from the artist's perspective, Chuck Heiting.

Thursday, February 15, 2024: 6-8 p.m.

Talk starts at 6:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

once loved art

Get your art to us!

We're currently collecting donated art --now!

Chestnut Center's "Once Loved Art" sale takes your "retired" art that you've retrieved from the basement or back of the closet, and gives it new life, in someone else's home!

As we travel through life, many types of art touch us in special ways. Gifts of art are given with love. A special moment is remembered with an art piece. Someone creates a piece of art that we value. These all become a part of our home decor and valued treasures.

There is a time however, when we move on, and these things hold a different meaning, but their value does not diminish. Chestnut Center understands and wants to provide a way for you to give these valued art pieces a new life and a new home.

Retired art might take the shape of a piece of wall art, an antique quilt, a piece of lace or jewelry, a sculpture or other three-dimensional pieces, or maybe autographed sheet music.

Consider donating your once-loved art to Chestnut Center. Funds raised are used for educational programming in the arts.

Donated art can be dropped off at the Chestnut Center during regular office hours (Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am-3pm) or by appointment (715-389-8999).

Let us put your retired treasures back to work!

Chestnut Center's "Once Loved Art" Sale will be held at least once annually. Watch for it! Sign up for our email blasts to be notified. Also, a selection of this art is on display--and for sale-- in the Terrazzo Room year-round.