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Artrageous Weekend coming to Wausau

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Artrageous Weekend has been a tradition in Wausau for more than 20 years.

This year, organizers say they expect over 30,000 people to come through the exhibits each day.

"It's a favorite fall tradition for the people in the area - in the region," said Amy Beck.

Artists from around the world come to share their works.

"All the major wildlife artists in the world paint to get into this exhibit," said Jim Bortz.

People from all over go to see them.

"There are people who come year after year to get their catalogs signed," said Beck.

There will be the 37th Birds in Art exhibit at the Woodson Art Museum, pottery and painting at Marathon Park, and the Festival of the Arts on Third Street.

Making Wausau the showcase for the art of the world.

"From Belgium, from England, from Canada, from Japan, just seven different countries represented," said Beck.

For artists who've gotten the chance to be a part of it, it's a dream come true.

"I feel incredibly fortunate to be here," said Bortz.

Hundreds of artists submitted their works to the Birds in Art exhibit, but only 125 get to share them, and they said they're excited to enlighten others with their passion.

"The energy is just amazing, the atmosphere is electric," said Bortz.

An atmosphere and international reputation organizers said brings people to Wausau, year after year.

"You'll get to see it, you'll get to ask questions and really experience the process as well," said Beck.

Organizers said 73 artists will be at the Birds in Art exhibit on Saturday, giving early birds a chance to meet artists behind the works.

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