Downtown Rhinelander Inc. is in need of the artists or anyone who enjoys painting or crafts to transform Hodag statues into colorful, creative creatures.
This year, there are one large and five “mini” Hodags. The five “minis” are about half the size; approximately three feet long and 27 inches high.
This size makes it easier to handle and to paint the statues.
A one-page application and artist’s sketch of the Hodag is all that’s required; applications are available at www.downtownrhinelander.com or by contacting Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. at 715-362-7374. Applications will be accepted now through April 4.
Designs will be selected in April and selected applicants will have approximately four weeks to paint the fiberglass sculpture. The large Hodag will be decided from the designs submitted. Those interested in painting the large Hodag will need a place large enough to house it and will have to transport the statue.
Selected applicants receive a $60 stipend ($125 for the large) to help with art supplies; and the artist’s name will be on all promotion materials. In addition, the applicant receives 10 percent of the sale of the Hodag art sculpture at the fall auction.
This year marks Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.’s sixth year of Hodags on Parade. The project is a traffic-building promotion that allows the community to extend the story of the unparalleled legend of the Hodag.
Hodags on Parade have already been securing sponsors for the program–businesses, organizations and individuals that have assisted in the cost of the development, decoration, placement and maintenance of each of the Hodags. This year individuals and businesses can be a program sponsor for $500.
If interested in being a sponsor call Maggie Steffen, Executive Director at 715-362-7374 or Project Chair Kathy Brich at 715-493-3663.