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Friends of Oconomowoc Parks and Trails will work in partnership with the City of Oconomowoc and surrounding municipalities to conserve, protect, improve, and enhance area parks and trails for the benefit of the general public. It will support opportunities to educate the public about these resources.  It will serve as a charitable conduit to provide financial support and a volunteer community to carry out the work of the organization.

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Tim Spransy Painting to Kickstart Fundraising

Two Ways to Donate, Help the Community, and Add a Historic Piece of Art of a Historic Place to Your Home or Office

Purchase the
Original Artwork

Purchase a Limited Edition Giclée Print

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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add an original piece of art of this historic Oconomowoc place to your home or office.  Bidding begins at $20,000. The original oil painting was created by local renowned artist Tim Spransy. The painting is 27.5” by 35”.  The painting is of Lac La Belle looking west over the isthmus from Rockwell Park. A heavenly cloud formation, which was recently seen over Oconomowoc, drifts over the lake with rays of sunlight bursting through while boats sail on the big end of the lake west of the two islands. The top bid will be posted here each week. Bidding closes on Friday, December 23, 2022, at 11:59 pm. The winning bid will be announced that weekend.

 

For questions or to see the painting, write to  buildrockwellpark@gmail.com  or contact Jane Herro at (646) 488-6981. 
 

On behalf of the Build a Park volunteers, the Friends of Oconomowoc Parks and Trails volunteers, and the community at large THANK YOU for supporting this important step to building a park on this historic site. 

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Another way to help build the park and add historic artwork to your home or office is to purchase a limited giclée print of the painting for $1,000. Giclée is a technology for fine art reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printer.  This sale is for the first 25 printed and each one will be signed and numbered. They are approximately 75% of the original painting size. The prints will be signed and numbered by the artist. Follow the link below, "Purchase a Print", to make your purchase. Once the purchase is made, you will be contacted by a Build a Park volunteer, who will personally deliver the print to your home or office.

 

For questions or to see a print of the painting, write to buildrockwellpark@gmail.com or contact Chris Both at (262) 567-8278.  

On behalf of the Build a Park volunteers, the Friends of Oconomowoc Parks and Trails volunteers, and the community at large THANK YOU for supporting this important step to building a park on this historic site. 

Tim Spransy, a celebrated local artist, born and raised in Oconomowoc, is donating a breathtaking painting. The painting is of Lac La Belle looking west from Rockwell Park. A heavenly cloud formation drifts over the lake with rays of sunlight bursting through while boats sail on the big end of the lake west of the two islands.

 

Spransy has painted a wide range of subjects over the years, including hall of fame athletes, like Brett Farve, and landscapes, including the Grand Canyon and Africa. The inspiration for the Rockwell Park painting hits close to the artist’s heart. Spransy grew up in the historic Merchants Plat neighborhood on the south side of Lac La Belle. 

 

“There are two things, in particular, that move me from the moment I’m into being fully immersed in hope: a beautiful melody or the way light settles on a thing,” Spransy states on his website. “My desire with each painting I do is to capture a moment that can help the viewer if only for a moment, forget what hurts and remember what is lovely; creating a feeling of expectation and desire for good to come near, briefly paying us a visit”.

 

His hope is that the painting will inspire the community to rally to “build” Rockwell Park. The original oil painting is 27.5” by 35”.  The painting will be unveiled Saturday, August 20th, at the American Legion Band Concert “Light Up the Lake Boat Parade and Fireworks” held at the Band Shell.  The concert and boat parade kick off the annual Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts. The painting will be unveiled following the Star Spangled Banner. Bids will be accepted from August 20th until December 23rd. The starting bid for this original painting is $20,000.

 

Giclées of the painting, a technology for fine art reproduction using a high-quality inkjet printer, will also be available for a donation toward building the park. The giclées will be approximately 75% of the original painting size. The prints will be signed and numbered by the artist.

 

Donations will help pay for the amenities that are needed, including a terraced shade garden, accessible kayak ramp, shoreline restoration, accessible walking route, a dropoff spot, and ADA parking to name a few.  

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Lake Country Pickleball Club

The "Friends" are partnering with the Lake Country Pickleball Club to build a world-class, tournament-ready, dedicated pickleball facility at Northeast Park on Hwy P and Hwy K (right behind Meadowview School). The goal is to raise $400,000. All donations are tax-deductible. 

 

The pickleball club has a member who has offered to match all donations up to $50,000. So, if you donate before the end-of-the-year, you will not only get a tax deduction but your donation will be doubled!!

 

Visit the club's website for details on this exciting project and details on the plan.

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Donate 

Donate towards our city parks!

Support Oconomowoc’s parks and trails by making a donation today. Your donation will support and sustain our public parks and trails. Make your donation online or donate by check. Print and complete this donation form and mail it to: 

 

Friends of Oconomowoc Parks and Trails, Inc.

P O Box 903

Oconomowoc, WI 53066

 

All donations are eligible for a tax donation

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Parks & Trails of Oconomowoc

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