Madison Art Hub is a new space on the east side that is ready to welcome artists with open arms. In need of a place to create? They have you covered with 17 private studio rentals available. The Hub would also love to showcase your work. Want to learn more about what they can do for you? Look no further than right here, as Sher interviewed co-owner Jeff Gabriel.
What inspired you to open Madison Art Hub?
Ever since I was a teenager, my friends and I would drive past old warehouses and factories, and imagine using them as an art studio, gallery, coffee shop, or pretty much anything else for that matter. After meeting my wife several years ago, with her background in arts management, we decided it was time to do something productive with ourselves. As much as I love working on art, I know I don’t yet possess the skill to cut it as a full time artist, so erecting the Hub was our way of promoting our own development as artists and trying to help the rest of the art community.
Are you and/or your wife artsy? Do either one of you have a favorite style of art?
My wife and I have always been interested in the arts; however, we both have very different styles and opinions on the matter with her being more sculptural, and myself more in tune with painting and photography. Rachael has a good eye for combining found objects and re-purposing them into something new and more interesting. I tend to focus on photography, working a lot in details and macro work.
What do you like to do outside of the art world?
Unfortunately, that implies we have any spare time. That said, when Rachael and I aren’t working, trying to organize things at the Hub, or running between other events, we actually spend most of our time at home with our two dogs.
Do you plan to host any community events?
We’ve already been putting on exhibits for artists in our gallery since our grand opening back in June. The Hub’s got several shows under its wing already, and I’m looking forward to more in the next year. Aside from that, we’ve been in contact with a few arts organizations (Project Famous for one) that have helped us hold a few workshops and events including a writer’s workshop and the “art jam” earlier this year. In the future, I’d like to start having our resident artists and myself put on classes, but I’ve been holding out this year until we can raise more awareness about the studio.
What types of services are available to artists at Madison Art Hub, and do you charge a fee for these services?
Here at the Hub, we’ve been offering access to gallery space for artists, a communal workshop, and several individual studios. We have been charging varying fees for the spaces available, because sadly, the studio costs money to run and maintain. Additionally, there are some extra opportunities we’d like to provide in the future that we’re still working on, so I hope everyone stays posted by following our website and Facebook page.
Will the Hub be doing any exhibitions, and if so, is this service available solely to artists who live in Madison?
I plan to keep up on exhibitions as best as possible, although I expect we’ll take it a little more easy during the winter months, since turnout is always a trick with Wisconsin weather. Currently, we’ve been focused on artists in the general area, but it’s been more a matter of logistics. However, for gallerynight, we contacted Tyler Holman, an artist fresh out of Lakeland College near Sheboygan, to offer him a solo show. I have no reservations about allowing artists from outside of Madison to utilize our space, but the goal is to help promote local artists as best we can.
Although I’m far from the best person to take advice from, do not get discouraged. Whether you’re having a hard time finding receptive clients or positive feedback, do not let that slow you down in your passions. Art has so many facets to it and so many different kinds of people both working on it and backing it, that there will always be room for your work. I don’t mean to trail off, but an artist that showed with us earlier this year was very let down about the response he received to some of his pieces, and those same works ended up being the most popular in his show. So you never know what’s going to come around the corner, and you need to keep focusing and honing your skills.
In one sentence, tell Madisonians why they should check out Madison Art Hub.
Since the beginning, we have strived to help grow the art community, helping beginners and veterans become more connected to the art world, and we have every intention of doing everything in our power to continue promoting artists in their endeavors in the future.