Makers District

The Sketchbook Project Drops by Madison


by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery Madison continues to strike it rich in the art department, because the Sketchbook Project is on the road and heading to Madison. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 20th from 4-8pm, at the Central Library, located at 201 W. Mifflin, will be hosting the traveling Sketchbook Project. Not familiar with this organization? If you are an artist, you should be and you can … Read More →

Wheelhouse Studios: a Public Playground for Artists

wheelhouse studios Madison

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery There is an exciting new “playground” for artists called Wheelhouse Studios. The studios are located in the lower level of the newly renovated west wing at the Memorial Union. I had the pleasure of attending a preview party, and the space is quite impressive. Wheelhouse is made up of three studios: 1)     A full ceramics studio for wheel throwing, hand building, sculpture, and … Read More →

Behind the Scenes with Meghan Blake-Horst and MadCity Bazaar

madcity bazaar

We’ve all know Meghan Blake-Horst as the the owner of Absolutely Art, and now she is spreading her wings as one of the founders of MadCity Bazaar, the urban pop-up flea market that you keep hearing about. No matter where her professional career takes her, it’s clear she’ll always be truly invested in Madison, a steward of the arts, and a joy to all who know her. Meghan, a mother … Read More →

Fat City Emporium Opens on Madison’s Artsy East Side

Fat City Emporium window display

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery There’s a new kid in town and it’s called Fat City Emporium. The venue showcases and sells local artists’ work in a casual and eclectic atmosphere. The pieces are diverse with a wide range of prices, allowing affordability for everyone. Ryan Robinson, a local artist, is the brainchild behind Fat City Emporium. On behalf of The Artery, I interviewed Todd Maahs to see … Read More →

Central Library Opens with a Bang: Stacked

Madison Central Library

My library is hipper than your library, now say the people of Madison to, well, pretty much everyone else. The grand opening of the Central Library in Madison was kicked off Sept. 19. with Stacked, an event featuring art, music, performers, adult beverages and warm gooey cookies. It was a major party in the stacks — a game changer pushing the envelope of what library space is used for. Dozens … Read More →

Alisa Toninato


Spending a couple hours with Alisa Toninato, owner of FeLion Studios in Madison, is pure delight. No story of hers is complete without grandiose hand gestures, captivating facial expressions and, if you’re lucky, a pretty darn good New York accent. I was giggling practically the whole time I was at her studio. Besides being a total badass iron artist, she is also an inspiring entrepreneur. Her and her partner, Andrew, … Read More →