Boulder Junction Public Library

Art in the Library

The Boulder Junction Public Library welcomes the public to view their upcoming “Art in the Library” exhibits. The Library Art Committee and Board of Trustees selected Susan Klassen Hartzheim for the November/December exhibit. Her work will be on display in the Reading Room, above the photocopier and in the Children’s Area.

Growing up in Boulder Junction was an incredible experience and a highlight of Susan’s life. Born in 1952, Susan grew up in a town known for its “scenic vista at the dump.” She was delivered by an 'Angel’, Dr. Kate Newcomb. Her mom was a groundhog and a pilot, and her dad was a butcher and a banker. They owned Klassen's U-Save Grocery Store. Susan was the “Musky Queen” of the 1959 Boulder Junction Musky Jamboree, alongside Jeff Long as King.

Susan has fond memories of Aqualand, Shrimp's Wildlife Display, The Dump, Musky Jamboree, renting horses nearly every year, and of 'George' her pet skunk. Susan can only begin to tell you about the respect she has for animals, nature, and tourism. Winters were full of Musky Mountain skiing, and her family owned one of the first Eliason snowmobiles, as well.

In the 70's, after a bit of college; Susan lived in Bozeman, Montana with her husband and two boys. She was a professional dog trainer and groomer; and her husband, Mike, was a farrier. In the late 90's, the family moved back to the Northwoods where Susan, for the love of art, opened "What's Up North?", a beautiful store of local artwork and crafts. After the store closed, she finally found time to do her own artwork.

Finding herself facing many health challenges, Susan recently began writing poetry, and started watercolor painting. With influences from both Montana and the Northwoods, you will see HOPE in her poetry, and KINDNESS in the eyes of the animals she paints.

Applications are being accepted for January-April 2018 exhibits. The application form is available in the library or on the library website. The exhibits can be a single artist or a group of artists representing a theme or medium.

If you have any questions about the Art in the Library exhibits, the application process or the Artwork policy, please email the library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the library at 715-385-2050.

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