Month: October 2013

Social Media, Chicken Feed & Plein Air Painting…

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Courtney Scanlan, 23, is taking the Paoli art scene into the world of social media one gallery at a time.

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Zazen Gallery
6896 Paoli Rd
Paoli, WI 53508

Cluck the Chicken Store
6904 Paoli Road,
Paoli, WI 53508


Courtney is currently running the social media marketing campaigns for both Zazen Gallery and Cluck the Chicken Store in Paoli, WI. She’s also working with the Paoli merchant’s association in helping draw a younger crowd to the town, which has long been known as an artist community.

Zazen Gallery is owned by Richard Judd, a renown furniture designer whose work includes seats and tables made of beautifully bent wood. Cluck the Chicken Store is not only a chicken supply store, but also an art gallery. (See below for more information). The two businesses are next door neighbors.

Courtney’s professional career started much like many of her generation. She graduated college from Truman State University in Missouri with an English degree and didn’t have a job or much money. So she moved back to her hometown of Monticello and started hitting the streets trying to garner some experience. She sent emails to every art gallery in Paoli.

Susan Troller, left, is owner of Cluck the Chicken Store, a chicken supply store that is also an art gallery. Courtney Scanlan, right, works at Cluck and the Zazen Gallery next door, helping with social media marketing for both businesses.

Susan Troller, left, is owner of Cluck the Chicken Store, a chicken supply store that is also an art gallery. Courtney Scanlan, right, works at Cluck and the Zazen Gallery next door, helping with social media marketing for both businesses.


“I loved working at my school art gallery. That enlightening process and watching people be inspired was amazing,” Courtney said. “I told Richard I would work for free, but he decided to hire me.”

Courtney realized during an internship that a lot of artists and creative people are struggling to keep up with marketing themselves, and many of them are not taking advantage of various social media such as Facebook, Instagram and e-newsletter campaigns. She hopes to user her experience and continue in artists management.

“I’m really interested in taking the load off these people so they can focus on their craft,” Courtney said. “They don’t teach in art school how to get your work in a gallery. It takes a lot of stamina, and there are so many factors involved.”

Zazen Gallery has been open for 15 years, and Richard Judd has been making furniture for 30. His pieces are so beautiful one would hate to actually use them as furniture. The gallery also features a variety of artwork, including other woodwork and furniture, paintings, glasswork, pottery and more. Judd has his woodworking studio behind the gallery.

Cluck the Chicken Store‎

The chicks

The chicks: Lola, Dorothy Vader and Friendly

I have three chickens of my own, so Cluck the Chicken Store is an amazing gem for supplies, information and best of all, a place where you can “talk chicken” without people thinking you are ridiculous. While the store doesn’t actually sell chickens or eggs, when I visited, the store had three “tween” chicks inside and a few adult hens outside just for fun.

Susan Troller, owner of Cluck, was inspired to start the store in 2012 while doing book readings from “CLUCK, From Jungle Fowl to City Chicks,” a book of stories and essays Sue wrote with the artist Sue Medaris.

The store sells everything from beautiful and quirky chicken-related art and jewelry to chicken supplies such as food and pre-built coops.

2“I have always loved the decorative arts,” Susan said. “And I thought, maybe you can have an art gallery and a feed store at the same time.”

Cluck carries the work of many local artists in the form of painting, pottery, jewelry and more. Most of the art is chicken or farm centric. Together with Zazen Gallery, they are hosting a double artist reception Oct. 25, which features the work of local painters Cynthia Quinn and Jan Norsetter. “They both have such beautiful work, and they’re both really well respected with a lot of fans,” Susan said.

The theme is Whole Fresh Local Farmscapes & Landscapes. Cynithia’s work will be at Cluck and Jan’s at Zazen. Together the businesses are trying to make art more accessible and less intimidating for people.

“It’s just this wonderful camaraderie between businesses,” Susan said about Zazen. “There’s a lot of shared sentiment and encouragement between us. I’ve always admired Richard’s work. He’s such a good furniture maker, designer and such a nice guy. We’re good neighbors.”

Susan saw how effective Courtney was for Zazen Gallery, so she also hired her to help with social media marketing for Cluck.

“The traditional marketing comes easily to me.” Susan said. “But with social media, you have to have a really strong message. You have to know how to use it effectively, and it has to be beautiful.”

Whole Fresh Local Farmscapes & Landscapes: A Celebration of Wisconsin’s Rural Heritage

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Cluck the Chicken Store will display a selection of Cynthia’s work – not just chickens – starting October 25 with an artist’s reception at the store. The focus of the work will be farm and pastoral scenes from Wisconsin’s remarkable rural heritage. If you have seen Cynthia’s work at the Overture Center for the Arts, the Pyle Center, Olbrich Gardens, the Racine Art Museum, the DiRicci Gallery at Edgewood College, or the Steinhauer Trust Gallery at the UW Arboretum, you know she is accomplished at everything from landscapes to still life to animal — and human — portraits. The evening will also include a showing of paintings in a similar vein by Jan Norsetter at ZaZen Gallery next door. Jan Norsetter of Verona paints mostly plein air landscapes and still lifes.

Refreshments will be served. Gallery hopping encourage. Twice as interesting, twice as lovely — all on the same remarkable night.



Arts and Jewish Culture

The Madison Jewish Artists’ Laboratory Seeks Participants for an Initiative in the Arts and Jewish Culture

For many Jews, the arts can serve as a common denominator regardless of their degree of belief, cultural literacy, or religious affiliation. The UW-Madison Hillel at the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life, The Conney Project on Jewish Arts (an initiative of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin), The Sabes JCC of Minneapolis, and The Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, are collaborating on a new initiative to assist Jewish artists and the regional Jewish community in finding meaning, community, identity, and spirituality through the arts thanks to the support of the Covenant Foundation. During the 2013-2014 program year, this project will take place in Madison, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.

The Regional Artists’ Laboratory seeks to enrich two populations in our region: artists who may or may not already be drawn to art as an expression of their Jewish identity, and the Jewish public at large. We seek to create two interrelated programs: 1) An Artists’ Laboratory in which artists will combine the study of Jewish texts, both traditional and non-traditional, with their own creation of works of art that intersect with those texts; and 2) An Artists-in-Residence program for emerging artists that will interact with both the Laboratory and the Jewish community. Both aspects of the program will connect with an annual exhibit/showcase for the artists’ work. In all cases, we will seek artists from across disciplines, including visual art, theater, music, dance, literature, and beyond.

The Program in Madison
The project is intended to bring together local artists in all media to engage in conversations about contemporary art practice and to study both traditional Jewish texts and modern non-religious texts. Participants will consider and discuss what it means to be an artist who is Jewish and/or a Jewish artist, and will create work relating to a central theme in order to elevate the understanding of both art and Judaism.

The Laboratory will meet twice monthly at UW Hillel, Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life, beginning in October 2013 and ending in May 2014. Each two-hour session will engage the artists in an exploration of the Jewish experience, and will serve as a forum for their own work. Participants in the lab will be able to showcase their work in a lab show built around our theme light and based on projects they work on independently during the year. The spring exhibit/showcase will open on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Session dates are as follows. All sessions are on Thursdays from 6-8PM.
October 24
November 7,21
December 5
January 23, 30
February 6,20
March 6, 27
April 3, 24, Artists’ Retreat TBD

The Theme
The theme for the 2013-2014 program for all three locations is: Light.

In discussions facilitated by Rabbi Andrea Steinberger and Associate Curator at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Leah Kolb, participants will consider how the intersections of Jewish life and the arts advance new understandings of the culture of Jewishness; help to uncover new hybrid identities; and simultaneously solidify traditional ideas of Jewish practice. A central goal of our project will be to make our discussions relevant to the broadest possible community.

The Facilitators
Leah Kolb is the associate curator at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. She received a BA in history, and a master’s degree in archival studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked on numerous curatorial projects and organized several exhibitions, some recent favorites include: I Dream Too Much: Paintings by Leslie Smith III, Structural Films, and Cecelia Condit: Within a Stone’s Throw. Leah is thrilled to be a part of the Jewish Artists Laboratory and looks forward to combining her enthusiasm for art and art history with her love of all things Jewish.

Andrea Steinberger has served as the rabbi at the Hillel at the University of Wisconsin, Madison at the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life since 1999. She received a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She works with UW students through teaching, holiday programming, alternative break programs and trips, and one-on-one conversations. She participates in regular dialogue, projects and programs in the Madison Jewish community and at state-wide events in the larger community.

The program includes artists’ residencies for emerging artists in any medium. The Residency Program will provide a $1,000 stipend for two artists who will participate in the Laboratory and who will contribute, through their art, to the Madison Jewish community. For an application for this program, contact Jennifer Jennings (see below).

For more information and to apply to the Madison Jewish Artists’ Laboratory, contact Jennifer Jennings at or (608) 256-8361 ext. 702. Or visit us online at

Each applicant will participate in a short phone conversation regarding the Artists’ Laboratory upon receipt of their application.

Applications are due by Thursday, October 10, 2013. A $36 course fee is required. Subsidies are available upon request.

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