Order the Official Wisconsin Dells Vacation Guide®
Return to Listing
Note - All submissions will be reviewed by the Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau staff, may be shared with Chula Vista Resort Waterparks, and may be used on this web site or in other publications to help share your Dells experience with others.
Some art collectors collect a specific artist, others a specific style of art. And then there are those who just collect what they love. Here are four artists with ties to Wisconsin Dells whose works of art just might entice you to take up collecting.
Henry Hamilton Bennett, H.H. Bennett Studio historic site, famed 19th century landscape photographer
He is heralded as one of the finest landscape photographers of his era and, according to staff at the H.H. Bennett Studio in Wisconsin Dells, he described his profession as “artist” and considered all his photography “fine art,” although he was not a commercial success during his lifetime. Today he’s heralded as the man who made Wisconsin Dells famous thanks to his stunning photos of the Wisconsin River and sandstone cliffs. It’s fair to say he was one of the earliest promoters of the area too, displaying his photos in train stations between Chicago and Wisconsin as a way to introduce people to the grandeur of the dells. After you’ve toured his original 1875 studio and the gallery exhibits, browse the many prints for sale. The most popular photos are “Leaping the Chasm at Stand Rock” (there were actually 19 different versions of this) and “Looking Out From Boat Cave.”
Dave Watson, Watson’s Woods, chainsaw wood carver extraordinaire
On a warm summer day you’re apt to find Dave Watson outside enveloped in a cloud of wood chips . It’s just another day at the office for this U.S. Grand National Champion chainsaw carver. Asked to describe his talent, Watson let us in on this secret: “I use the sculpture side of my brain, not the drawing side. I can’t draw and my wife never wants me as a partner in Pictionary.” Early on his sculpting mediums of choice were ice, butter, cheese and chocolate. When he won an ice carving championship he decided to try his hand at a more permanent medium, white pine. His custom pieces can take upwards of several days to create.
Richard Nagle, Hand Blown Glass, glass artist
Richard launched his career as a glass artist in 1974 and has been perfecting his technique ever since. It’s not unusual to see him working away at his station in the front window of his shop on Broadway, creating dichroic “color shift” glass jewelry, figurines and paper weights. “Customer interest plays a great part in my work and I take a lot of satisfaction when they purchase the item I’ve just created,” offered Richard. The store is open March through October.
Joseph Leute, 21st century landscape photographer
Born and raised in Wisconsin Dells, this thirty-something photographer has stuck around his small hometown because of a deep connection to the natural beauty of the area and the endless opportunities to create grand landscape images. He’s perhaps most proud of his fine art Wisconsin River series prints
-- Select --Alaska - United StatesAlabama - United StatesArkansas - United StatesArizona - United StatesCalifornia - United StatesColorado - United StatesConnecticut - United StatesDistrict of Columbia - United StatesDelaware - United StatesFlorida - United StatesGeorgia - United StatesHawaii - United StatesIowa - United StatesIdaho - United StatesIllinois - United StatesIndiana - United StatesKansas - United StatesKentucky - United StatesLouisiana - United StatesMassachusetts - United StatesMaryland - United StatesMaine - United StatesMichigan - United StatesMinnesota - United StatesMissouri - United StatesMississippi - United StatesMontana - United StatesNorth Carolina - United StatesNorth Dakota - United StatesNebraska - United StatesNew Hampshire - United StatesNew Jersey - United StatesNew Mexico - United StatesNevada - United StatesNew York - United StatesOhio - United StatesOklahoma - United StatesOregon - United StatesPennsylvania - United StatesRhode Island - United StatesSouth Carolina - United StatesSouth Dakota - United StatesTennessee - United StatesTexas - United StatesUtah - United StatesVirginia - United StatesVermont - United StatesWashington - United StatesWisconsin - United StatesWest Virginia - United StatesWyoming - United StatesAlberta - CanadaBritish Columbia - CanadaManitoba - CanadaNew Brunswick - CanadaNew Foundland - CanadaNova Scotia - CanadaNorthwest Territories - CanadaOntario - CanadaPrince Edward Island - CanadaQuebec - CanadaSaskatchewan - CanadaYukon Territories - Canada
-- Select --United StatesCanada
Send Me The Wisconsin Dells Newsletter
Get the inside track on Wisconsin Dells activities, festivals and events, seasonal specials and key information.
Sign Me Up For Market Research
I am also interested in participating in periodic research studies about Wisconsin Dells. I agree to allow the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau, or its market research partner, to contact me up to three times a year to participate in the studies.
**By submitting your experience, you warrant you are the sole owner and author of these items. You understand and agree that all submitted information will become the sole property of the Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau and will not be returned. You also give us permission to use your comments as we see fit and you understand that we may even contact you via e-mail or phone for more information. While under no circumstances will your personal information be shared with the general public, we may share your contact information with businesses you've identified in your story.
Our monthly e-newsletter gives you the scoop on things to do in Wisconsin Dells, so sign up today!
Wisconsin Dells respects your privacy. Your information will not be shared, sold, or used for any other purpose.
701 Superior Street, PO Box 390
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965-0390
(608) 254-4293 (Fax)
Chat With Us!