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Wheelhouse Studios: a Public Playground for Artists

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

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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.

wheelhouse studios MadisonI 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 more

2)     Art metals, stained glass, glass fusing, lampworking, and polymer clay jewelry

3)     Drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, laser cutter, and fabric arts

wheelhouse Studios Madison, WIArtists should be excited about the hours, because they will be open from noon-11pm seven days a week. UW-Madison students will have free access, and all others can purchase passes in the form of daily, weekly, monthly and annual (best value).

Daily: Union Members $4 / Non-members $5

Monthly: Union Members $15 / Non-members $25

Discounted annual passes will be available and sold at either the Wheelhouse Studios Store or online: Union Members $135 / Non-members $225

wheel6In addition, the studios will offer DIY projects, courses, drop-in events, workshops, group parties, instruction and private instruction.

I spoke with Jay Ekleberry, Director of Wheelhouse Studios, and he is very excited about sharing the facilities with the community. I asked him what he feels Wheelhouse Studios will add to the art scene – “A true art maker space with multiple media capabilities and a truly affordable open studio space.” His advice for up-and-coming artists? “From someone who is not a professional/selling artist himself, enjoy the process and don’t get hung up on the end product.”

Wheelhouse Studios opens their doors to the public on September 2, 2014; however, you can check out their website now at www.union.wisc.edu/wheelhouse. Think about all the possibilities….

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