Category: Local Art Galleries

Artography | #MadArtMap

Artography: An Instagram Madison Art Mapping Project!

Artography | #MadArtMap

The Artery recently launched a crowd-sourced art mapping project called Artography.

“Madison is full of amazing art, but it’s not obvious to everyone where it is,” said Candy Phelps, founder of The Artery. “We wanted to make art more accessible for people by literally putting the art on a map. The goal of the project is to document and photograph the art venues, galleries, public art and street art in town and then produce a comprehensive art map.”

Visit the Artography project on Instagram:

logo-squareThe Artography project will leverage social media to promote the project and crowd source the majority of the information. People can contribute their photographs via Instagram by using the hashtag #madartmap. When someone sees a piece of art, they can take a snapshot with their camera or phone, upload it to Instagram, geo-tag it and use the special hashtag (#madartmap), Phelps said. Then people can comment on each photo, contributing knowledge of the original artist, location, when it was installed or created, how it was obtained or commission and stories about the art and how it came to be.

The Artery was created to provide an online home for all things art in Madison and to bring artists and art lovers together offline in the community and at local events, Phelps said. With an art event calendar, a newsletter, and an online store selling art exclusively by Wisconsin artists, The Artery aims to promote local art and be a resource for artists and to make art more accessible to the public.

“By creating the Artography map, we hope to encourage residents, students and tourists to explore art in different areas of town they may not normally venture to,” Phelps said. “We also hope to bring more awareness and foot traffic to the many wonderful art galleries in town.”

Phelps is pleased to be working on this project with two students in a service-based learning class at the University of Wisconsin, Sela Gordon and Marissa Haegele.


Gordon is a sophomore at UW- Madison majoring in geography. Gordon said her general interest in art has driven her to dedicate time to both local artists and local viewers of art. While studying GIS, a computer system that visually represents geospacial data, she has developed a passion for planning and the development of urban areas.

Haegele is a freshman at UW-Madison and is currently undecided in her major. She is interested in Psychology and Sociology and plans to get a certificate in Studio Art with a focus on Photography. Marissa has always had a passion for art, specifically in photography. Haegele said she is looking forward to this project because it will give her a chance to visit art work around town and capture it through her photographs.

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Exploring the Yellow Rose Gallery

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Yellow Rose Gallery

I had the pleasure of exploring the Yellow Rose Gallery for the first time, along with chatting up the owner, Miles Kristan. Aside from the impressive pieces of art on display, I’m really fond of the gallery’s layout. There are multiple rooms, so I felt like I was in an art “house.” The gallery is warm and inviting, and I look forward to checking out one of their events. The first photo you see here is a beautiful tribute, and it will become clear why after reading the interview.

Yellow Rose Gallery's Tribute

A beautiful tribute to a friend.

When did the gallery open and what inspired you to do so?

It opened in March of 2014, and I had been wanting to open a gallery for a while for two reasons. One – it was an opportunity to help the many artists in town, and two – to honor my friend Jim (who passed away two years ago). There was an anti-war bus called the “Yellow Rose of Texas” that Jim drove across the country, which is where the name yellow rose comes from. So in a way, the gallery is to honor my friend Jim and the State of Texas.

Yellow Rose Gallery 2Do you host regular events here at the gallery?

Yes, at least one event each month. We have had as many as three events in a month.

Are you interested in a particular style of art from artists and do you have a personal favorite?

I’m a photographer, and photography is probably one of the easiest mediums to hang. The pieces are usually smaller and can be placed in different areas; however, I’m interested in having any type of medium here from prints to ceramics to 3-D objects.

I have to say that Ryan Robinson is one of my favorite artists to work with. He has done amazing things as an artist, and I’m really interested in what he is doing with Fat City Emporium.

Photography, Art, Ceramics, 3-D Objects

 How can artists get their work exhibited here and is there a fee involved?

Artists can apply at The fee ranges from $25-50 depending on the size of the art work.

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Jason Yi Installing a Piece at the MMoCA

Jason Yi Installs Wonder at MMoCA

Jason Yi Installing a Piece at the MMoCA

I had the utmost pleasure of meeting and interviewing Jason S. Yi at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Jason has been installing an exhibition entitled A Fragile Permanence, and it’s quite an astonishing site. I have never had the experience of watching an exhibition unfold and wanted to capture it “behind the scenes.” Did you know that passersby are encouraged to not only peer through the museum’s State Street windows, but are welcome to come inside and get this same amazing experience first-hand? I encourage the public to come out and explore before the finished product is unveiled on August 23, and learn a little more about the mastermind right here.

Jason Yi Piece at MMoCAHow do bystanders play a role in the creation of this art installation?

Art for me is interaction, whether it’s just observing and seeing the work and getting interpretations out of that or about revealing the process of making. When people walk into the space, some don’t actually talk to me while others engage in conversation, but they hear me talk about the work to my assistants on how to arrange and finish off a certain area. For me, the interaction is for them to get insight on how I produce the work and what I have in mind as far as my overall vision is concerned. If they want to engage in a conversation with me about the why and how, I will talk to them about that as well. The conversations are wide ranging from very practical stuff to fairly conceptual aspects about what I’m trying to do.

Do you prefer working with color or black and white?

It depends on the work. Two or three years ago I preferred not to use color, but lately I have been inserting color into my work. The reason was because of the stereotype and representation of color – color is related to emotions, mood, and so forth (red means this, green means that). I prefer a certain level of subtlety to my work. A lot of it comes from Asian landscaping, because when you look at it, it’s very minimal color or no color. I think I was influenced by that and always fascinated with how much information can be relayed with just an image that doesn’t have any color to it. More and more, I’m inserting a jarring color into what I do. Why am I doing that? Maybe it’s because I’m just evolving. I’m using orange as a practical, functioning color. There’s something about orange that attracts people, but at the same time, it symbolizes re-direction to things.

Jason Yi Installing a Piece at the MMoCA

What is your favorite activity outside of the art world?

I like traveling as much as possible. The immersion into a different culture and region rejuvenates my senses about who I am, and gives me a good bearing about what I’m wanting to do with my art work and how I want to communicate what I do to my audience. I’m interested in what artists from other parts of the world are formulating, and what they do and are influenced by. Ultimately, I would like to think that we can see creative practices happening not just in a museum or gallery setting, but all around us, and for me to witness or discover that also feeds into what I do.

What is the Pitch Project in Milwaukee all about?

I’m one of four co-directors of the Pitch Project, which is a gallery and artist studio space. We have a large gallery within the building with 22 artists who reside there in artist studios. It’s a space that tries to bring the contemporary art world outside of our region to Milwaukee as much as possible. The Pitch Project, through the gallery space, tries to expose the community of Milwaukee to artists who are in the larger outside art world. The gallery has been open for about a year now and is really an exciting space.

I want to add that people will get a special treat if they come prior to the opening while this is being put up, because it will change and they can see the fascination from day to day.


The Sketchbook Project Drops by Madison

sketch1by 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 learn all about it right here, because I interviewed the founder, Steven Peterman, to get you all up to speed.

Can you describe the Sketchbook Project in one sentence?

The Sketchbook Project is the world’s largest crowd-sourced collection of artist sketchbooks, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

How did this digital concept get its start?

Our Digital Library has existed for several years, but we recently launched a library card free digital checkout system. Our new system allows users to check out books using their own smartphones and iPads provided at our library locations. Users can create a cue of books to view and even preview digitized sketchbooks on their devices. We wanted to create a system which allows our audience to easily preview, access, and search our vast sketchbook library using keywords and themes. Users can even curate collections of their favorite sketchbooks on our new website.

Do you accept artists from anywhere in the world, and if so, how does one get their work included?

Anyone can join The Sketchbook Project by visiting our website, There, you can order a regular sketchbook to be mailed to you, which you can complete throughout the year. Sketchbooks that are mailed back to us by our annual deadline are included in the following year’s Mobile Library Tour throughout North America. Participating artists can also choose to have their sketchbooks digitized for easy viewing on our website by anyone around the world.

sketch2One interesting fact about participating in the project is that artists who register for a sketchbook have the option to create their own book from scratch, as long as it fits the normal 5″ x 7″ parameters when closed. Because many artists are bookbinders as well, we have a number of completely handmade books in our collection!

Are you looking for volunteers to assist in any way? If people are interested in helping out, who should they contact?

The Mobile Library will arrive with trained librarians on site to assist folks with check out!

What makes this project important to the art community?

The Sketchbook Project is a crucial platform for international artists to connect on a very personal level. At our Mobile Library Tour stops, our audience has the chance to view work by artists from around the world in a personal, tactile format, which can be much more direct than viewing a drawing on a gallery’s white wall. Similarly, viewers of our online Digital Library can see full detailed spreads of thousands of sketchbooks, providing an important tool for research in illustration, art, and specific themes which are tagged and searchable in our sketchbook database. In this sense The Sketchbook Project provides ways to connect for individuals who may be professional artists, aspiring artists, researchers, and people of all backgrounds who are simply interested in getting to know a stranger through their personal sketchbook story.

I am really excited about the Sketchbook Project’s visit to Madison. What can you share with the community about why they should check it out?

We are looking forward to visiting Madison this month. We hope the local community will join us at our tour stop because The Sketchbook Project acts as an outlet for artists to share their stories with the world, as every book tells a tale. From finding a cancer patient’s chronicle of their recovery, a marriage proposal between the bindings, or drawings made by distant friends, the Mobile Library has allowed for sketchbooks to evolve into a means of connecting with artists in a way you may otherwise never experience.

Fat City Emporium window display

Fat City Emporium Opens on Madison’s Artsy East Side

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 what they are all about.

What type of art do you sell?

Abstract paintings, hand-made furniture, paintings, pottery, photography, hand illustration, abstract pop art, mixed media, and antiques–any artifact is fair game. The majority of the pieces are original work. Our goal is that your experience is different each visit.


Are you looking for work from artists, and if so, how should they contact you?

Yes we are! Artists can contact or reach us on our Facebook page. Other details can be found online at

SAM_4568Do you plan to host any events?

Absolutely; as many as we can. We are definitely going to do art parties and other weekly and monthly events. Details for our events are on our Fan Page ( Soon we’ll have some musicians play to give that a go. We’ve discussed having some artists do some work live too. Our goal is to be casual, friendly, and approachable. We want to engage the community and other neighborhood businesses.

Is there anything in particular that made you choose this location?

This area is an important area for the local art scene. We gravitated here and have experience with the space already, and because we’ve spent a lot of time in this part of Madison.

What do you think about Madison’s art scene?

It’s like other scenes in Madison. It’s the biggest small town in the world and very personable. There will always be a need and environment for more unique opportunities. Definitely not too much art here. I feel we are a long ways from having a very noticeable art scene, but it’s a great city for art and people are right-minded for it.

What would you say to the community to get them to check out Fat City Emporium?

We are a consortium of artists for artists primarily, with an eye for the public as an art experience. Our pricing, artist opportunities, and featuring an ever evolving collection of art are the main draws to come to the shop. Unlike Ryan, I’m new to collecting art, and the thing that really appeals to me is the diversity styles and reasonable prices. Fat City offers something for everyone and is a brand with a feel to it. It’s comfortable without sacrifice to make it accessible to everyone. Attracting a very diverse set of artists who care more about getting their art in the world rather than making a ton of money.


Little Galleries, Big Ideas

Mini displays bring contemporary art to sidewalks

Little Galleries in Madison | Rachel Bruya & Jeremy Wineberg

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

I was intrigued with Little Galleries as soon as I heard about them last year. I  jumped on my bike to check out the Little Monroe Gallery and have been following them ever since. I get excited in anticipation of the new art to be viewed every month, which is why I thought it would be great to meet the curators of this unique concept. I set up an interview with Rachel Bruya and Jeremy Wineberg on behalf of The Artery. They were a delight to chat with and learn all about the galleries right here.

How did Little Galleries come about, and do you have plans for more of them?

Rachel – I have always wanted to do something here like a backyard or garage gallery. I’ve thought about it for years and one day it just clicked. By doing something small it could be relatively easy to sustain both in time and cost. I mentioned my idea to Professor Gail Simpson in the Art Department at UW-Madison and she really liked the idea. She asked if the project could become part of the Service Learning in the Arts Course, which involved two students having internships with us, and she worked with the Art Department to provide funding for the materials to build the structures. This really helped us get off the ground and expand our plan to do more than one gallery, which is how Jeremy Wineberg got involved. Jeremy works on Monroe Street and worked with the owners of Monroe Street Framing to grant permission to use a small part of the property to site the Little Monroe Gallery. We applied for two grants through the City of Madison Arts Commission and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission. We spent the winter of 2012/2013 planning the program and designing and building the structures with the graduate students.

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How does an artist get their work into a Little Gallery?

We are currently accepting proposals for the 2015 season, and interested artists can submit their idea to Artists should have a good track record and be site-specific. We strongly suggest to anyone that submits a proposal should first visit the galleries and/or one of our events. Here is the link to submit your work –


Last year, we secured approval for a third gallery, Little Forward Gallery, near the  Red Gym on campus, and it will be installed as soon as we have it built. The gallery part of the structures are built out of steel with very thick glass to provide UV protection. They also have to be weather-proofed and vented and deter vandalism.  We originally thought we would build the structures more simply and out of less durable materials; however, one of the graduate students, who is a professional fabricator, convinced us to build them in a more substantial way.

Jeremy – We run into the same kinds of problems that big galleries have in terms of space, the design, and finding art to go into the space. What works nicely between the two galleries is that they are different shapes and proportions. We ask the artists to design work to fit into the spaces. It can get tricky, especially with the shape of the Little Monroe Gallery, but it challenges our artists to come up with very interesting solutions.


Does anyone keep an eye on the Little Galleries and which months are they on display?

Each gallery needs a caretaker, checking on them every day. They become part of the neighborhood and community, and we’ve found that neighbors keep an eye out for us too. Both Little Mifflin Gallery and Little Monroe Gallery run month-long solo shows from May through October. The shows switch the first week of the month.

Nathan Vernau's piece at the Little Mifflin Gallery.

Nathan Vernau’s piece at the Little Mifflin Gallery.

What is the message you hope to send to the community with Little Galleries?

We have a desire to make art accessible and part of an everyday experience. People are more familiar with art history, and we really want to show contemporary art that is happening right now and to help break down barriers and make art more accessible. We’re both passionate about the value of art in our culture and public art in particular, and we think of the Little Galleries as a type of public art.

Our mission is to expose the unsuspecting passerby to contemporary artwork. This drives every decision we make: from designing the structures, to siting the galleries and curating the shows. Artists are an important component of creating a vibrant city.  We want to provide the artist with a space to make something that is thought-provoking and professional, and allows the opportunity for their work to be seen by a wide audience.

monroe street Little GalleryHas this concept taken off in other cities that you are aware of?

While we were in the planning stages, we ran across some small galleries, but nothing that is happening right at the sidewalk and with a regular schedule of shows. We hope this concept will spread and we’ve had five or six artists in other states express interest in becoming part of the program. We’re always looking at ways to improve the program and this is one area we are very excited about.

Connect with Little Galleries!

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest by searching “Little Galleries”. We do regular updates, including notification of our print-a-day-program.

Funding for Little Galleries is provided by the City of Madison Arts Commission; the University of Wisconsin-Madison with partial funding support by the Art Department Board of Visitors Fund; and Dane Arts with additional funds from the Evjue Foundation, charitable arm of the Capital Times.


Hatch Art House

by Sherry BonDurant hatchOn behalf of The Artery, Sherry BonDurant paid a visit to the Hatch Art House to learn more about the shop and the owner who started it all, Tammy Schreiter. Hatch Art House is brimming with eclectic, beautiful pieces of art from more than 50 Wisconsin artists. Everything at the shop is for sale, and the variety is endless including jewelry, magnets, ceramics, note cards, and a whole lot more. See for yourself by checking out Hatch Art House, located at 1248 Williamson Street across from the Willy
Street Co-op.

How did Hatch Art House get its start and where does the name come from?
As a young emerging artist, I found myself wishing there were a casual, inviting art gallery that would be welcoming to ALL artists and patrons. The word “hatch” means many things, but mainly fresh and emerging and Art House is more casual and relaxed than the word “gallery.” We are more of a gift shop/gallery hybrid. I wanted a place that would welcome people from all walks of life and income levels.


Are you an artist, and if so, is your work displayed here?
Yes to both questions. I have a Fine Arts degree in painting and work with mainly watercolor and acrylics. I also enjoy rehabbing old furniture and making jewelry.

Are your collections permanent, temporary, or both?
All of the collections here are temporary. I have art displayed from more than 50 artists and every piece is an artist’s work that is for sale. Each artist must reside in the state of Wisconsin in order to have their work here on consignment.

paintingsDo you offer regular events or art classes?
I do not offer any art classes. I do offer an event that is once per month, which is the “Featured Artist of the Month.” This is an in-house artist of my choosing, who is featured for an entire month including a reception the second Friday of the month. In addition, I host a juried art show two times per year (EcoSquared in January and EcoSculpt in July) featuring upcycled art.

How does an artist apply to have their work consigned at your shop?
Artists can apply online at I review submissions and contact the artist if there is a good fit and availability.

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.