Wisconsin Concrete Park

Always Open ~ Best Seen During Daylight Hours

FREE Admission ~ Donations Appreciated

N8236 South Hwy 13,

Phillips, WI 54555

One mile south of Phillips on Hwy 13

715-339-7282

In 1948, at age 62, Price County native Fred Smith began creating what is known today as the Wisconsin Concrete Park. Smith, a lumberjack, tavern owner, farmer, and dance hall musician, created over 230 figures depicting his vision of the local culture and the world. His work is considered by experts to be one of America’s most unique displays of folk art. Smith’s characters came from local legend and personal acquaintances as well as legendary heroes. His most widely recognized statues include Ben Hur, the Lincolns, Sacajawea, and Paul Bunyan.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pinch Pots & Alternative Clay Firings 1 Workshop

October 18, 2014
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friends of Fred Smith Studio at Wisconsin Concrete Park, N8236 South Hwy 13, one mile south of Phillips
715-339-7282
Website: www.friendsoffredsmith.org
E-mail: fofs@pctcnet.net
In this first of two ceramic workshops, potter John Langer returns to the park to share more advanced techniques in creating ultra-smooth surfaces and textures on hand worked clay pieces, which will be later fired at the November 1 workshop. The cost for the workshop is $50/person. Open to all ages; children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited. Registration required. 

Pinch Pots & Alternative Clay Firings 2 Workshop

November 1, 2014
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friends of Fred Smith Studio at Wisconsin Concrete Park, N8236 South Hwy 13, one mile south of Phillips
715-339-7282
Website: www.friendsoffredsmith.org
E-mail: fofs@pctcnet.net
This is the second workshop of a two-part clay series. In this second series, attendees will experience two exciting ways to kiln fire pottery outdoors, each creating different dramatic glazing effects. With students’ help, John Langer will load a steel barrel with bisque pieces created during the October 18 workshop, along with various other materials, and set it on fire outside. While this “pit firing” is burning, John will demonstrate a raku firing, also outdoors. There will be a potluck lunch to enjoy in between the firings on this late fall day. The cost for this two-part workshop is $50/person. Open to all ages; children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited. Registration required. 

Holiday Evergreen Decorating

November 15, 2014
1-4 p.m.
Wisconsin Concrete Park, N8236 South Hwy 13, Phillips
715-339-7282
Website:  www.friendsoffredsmith.org/index.html
E-mail:  fofs@pctcnet.net
Learn how to make & decorate a fresh holiday evergreen wreath as well as trying your hand at an evergreen swag. Wreath or swag packages with all necessary greenery & supplies available for $10. Great gifts for the holiday season. Open to all ages; children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited. Registration required.

Barn Quilts Workshop
December 6, 2014
1 – 4 p.m.
Friends of Fred Smith Studio at Wisconsin Concrete Park, N8236 South Hwy 13, one mile south of Phillips
715-339-7282
Website: www.friendsoffredsmith.org
E-mail: fofs@pctcnet.net
Join Jeanie Heizler, life-long fabric quilter and owner of Custom Outdoor Covers, for an afternoon of learning the tradition of making and displaying barn quilts. Then create a mini-sized version of a quilt for your home or mailbox. Patterns and supplies are provided. Barn quilts make great holiday gifts as well! The cost for this workshop is $6/person. Open to all ages; children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited. Registration required.

Heritage Days – Get Hooked on History

May 16, 2015
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A look into the past in Price County and all that makes us who we are. Enjoy interactive history stations for the kids, tools and skills used by early European settlements in the area, an authentic Fur Trade Era re-enactor’s camp, ethnic food booths by area churches, stage performances with five (5) hours of continuous traditional music, ethnic dancers & singers, musical instrument makers, storytellers, working blacksmith and demonstrations of many old skills, tools and weapons. Celebrate our northern Wisconsin heritage! Fun for the whole family. FREE admission.

28th Annual Wisconsin Concrete Park Celebration

August 8, 2015
Noon – 4 p.m.
A celebration of the arts in a park setting with FREE fun for the whole family. Lots of kids’ activities and entertainment for all ages including make & take art creations, quilt display, art exhibit, live music, guided park tours, arts & crafts, silent auction, beverages and great food. On the same weekend, enjoy watching painters capture the park on canvas & compete for prizes.

 

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The Wisconsin Concrete Park has been named one of Seven of Wisconsin's Man-Made Wonders


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