April 4 is the deadline to submit applications and designs to transform Hodag statues into colorful, creative creatures. Anyone can submit a design. There are five “mini” Hodags and one large Hodag in need of help.
The five “mini’s” are about half the size; approximately three feet long and 27 inches high. This size makes it easier to handle and to paint.
A simple 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. Artist should specifiy if their design should be considered for the large Hodag. Artists will need a place large enough to house the large Hodag and need to be able to transport the statue.
Selected applicants receive a $60 stipend ($125 for the large) to help with art supplies; and their 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.
It’s not too late to become a sponsor for the program–businesses, organizations and individuals have assisted in the cost of the development, decoration, placement and maintenance of each of the Hodags. Businesses can be a program sponsor for $500.
The date for the “Hodag Howl”/ Auction has been set for Oct. 25. The proceeds go the downtown Rhinelander revitalization efforts including the free parking program, low interest loan program, directional banners, hanging flower baskets and the coordination of various events and promotions throughout the year.
Those interested in being a sponsor can call Maggie Steffen, Executive Director at 715-362-7374 or Project Chair Kathy Brich at 715-493-3663.