News briefs

One of WP&Ss former Presidents, Larry Rathsack, has died. There will be two plein air events this June. The first in Beloit from June 6-13. Register at For more information call 608.312.2411 or email The second event will be in Cedarburg from June 19 - 28, 2008. For information and registration visit: or call Sandra Pape at 262.377.8828.
The artist deduction bill (S.548), is before congress. This bill would give artists the right to deduct the fair market value of their work when donating it to a charity. Currently an art patron may deduct the full value of the art, whereas the contributing artists and artisans can only deduct the amount of the material costs of creating their work (the cost of paint, canvas, clay, paper...) Consisder using this website to tell your congress person to support this bill.