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Smart Moving Tips for Artists: How to Enjoy a Hassle-Free Move

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The Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory measures positive and negative life changes and their impact on your stress level. Among the 43 most stressful events in life, five are related to where and how you live. Moving can wreak havoc on anyone’s stress level. That stress is compounded when you’re moving financially or sentimentally valuable artwork. For artists or collectors moving precious materials and products, preparation can mean the difference between a happy move and a devastating one. Pack smarter for a smooth transition to your next space.

First, take inventory and organize your work. Separate priceless canvases from the framed needlework your grandmother made for you. While you may appreciate both, you’ll need special supplies and techniques for transporting valuable art. Once you’ve completed an inventory, set up an area in your house to pack all of your art. Take measurements and note special features. Is anything exceptionally heavy? Can it be disassembled into smaller pieces? Which parts are breakable? Taking these considerations into mind, make a list of supplies you’ll need to pack each item. These can include paper, bubble wrap, masking tape, blankets, foam, boxes, and materials to build your own crate. What you use depends on the item.

Framed art or Canvas: Professional movers recommend avoiding newsprint and packing peanuts, as they can damage the art. For art framed behind glass, take steps to keep it intact, even if it shatters in the move. This will help you avoid damage to the art behind the glass. Use masking tape to place an “X” on the glass, then tape the glass around the edges of the frame. For both exposed canvas and glass, wrap the painting in bubble wrap. Be sure that no materials touch exposed canvas. If your artwork is especially valuable, consider building a crate to size. For less valuable items, purchase boxes made to move art, and stack your artwork vertically inside them. Be sure to mark “fragile” on all sides of the box.

Heavy or awkward items: Sculptures and equipment like kilns and easels can be tough to move. These may be awkwardly-shaped in addition to being heavy. Break down your items into smaller pieces before the move if you can. Take pictures at each step to make it easier to put together in your new home. Measure pieces (and the boxes you plan to use) to be sure they’ll get through the door. Pack the sculpture or piece in foam padding. Next, use bubble wrap around the entire piece. Finally, place the bubble-wrapped piece in a box or crate, and add additional padding around the item before sealing. Mark “fragile” and “heavy” on all sides of the box whenever applicable, and use the smallest box you can for heavy items. This protects your movers, and gives your piece less room to move around. For an especially large item, you may have to consider using a crate and crane. In this case, it’s best to consult with a professional. For licensed products, like a brand name kiln, contact the manufacturer. Many have instructions on their website for moving the item, or can recommend a specialist. Weigh the cost of hiring a specialist against the cost of your equipment. How much will you lose if the item is damaged? Is it worth the risk to go it alone?

Insurance: We hate to think it, but accidents do happen, so it’s important to protect yourself in the unlikely event of damage to your equipment and art. In case of an accident, moving companies do have federally or state mandated liability. But that liability coverage can be far inferior to the value of your goods. Instead, consider a special policy – one that isn’t through the moving company – or ask your insurance agent what your homeowners insurance covers. If you’re lucky enough to own a priceless piece like a Van Gogh, make sure it’s listed on your policy so you can be compensated if the worst happens.

You’ve worked hard for your art, so be smart and protect your investments. Supplies, specialist movers, and insurance costs can add up, but the assurance of protection is priceless. If you’re strapped for cash, take a value inventory, and invest where loss or damage would be most devastating, and don’t forget to compare rates when looking for movers. Smart planning and packing is the best way to protect the art you love.

Call For Artists: 5100 Restaurant

5100 Restaurant
Email
dorenesoret@gmail.com
Phone
(608) 223-1418
Address of Venue
5100 Erling Ave
McFarland, WI 53558
Map It
Size of venue/space in which the art would be displayed
5,000 sq. ft.
Preferred media/style you would like to display
We are looking for any and all handmade goods and art for local vendors and artists to sell and display. It’s our Annual Holiday Market, and we are expanding our venue. 6ft Tables will be provided, and its for one afternoon only. An easy commitment! I understand this may be a little different than the usual art gallery requests, but we wanted to showcase our local artists for our event.
How long before/after Gallery Night would you like the art to be up?
This is not a Gallery Night event: 1 day event
Are you interested in hosting an artist talk or demo? If so, are there any restrictions?
Not unless anyone has a great idea to do this! 🙂
Can art be hung on walls?
No
Can artists display on a flat surface?
Yes
What size surface is available?
6ft tables, and surrounding floor space
Does the artist need to bring a display table of their own?
No
Additional Comments or Requirements
Please contact us for more details, we’d love to host you!! Thanks for your time. 🙂

 

 

 

Call for Artists: Arts and Literature Laboratory

Name of Venue
Arts and Literature Laboratory
Email
hello@allgallery.org
Phone
(608) 556-7415
Address of Venue
2021 Winnebago Street
Madison, WI 53704
Map It
Size of venue/space in which the art would be displayed
750 sq. ft.
Preferred media/style you would like to display
Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL), a new community art space, is seeking proposals for a two- or three-week exhibition or installation during the month of November 2015. All media are welcome. There is no cost to submit a proposal. Please email hello@allgallery.org with a written proposal describing your installation and a link to your website that includes recent examples of your work and biographical information. If you do not have a website, please include your bio/CV and share recent samples of your work via Dropbox. Proposals must be received electronically by October 28th. The exhibition will ideally be installed by November 4th, but dates are negotiable.
How long before/after Gallery Night would you like the art to be up?
This is not a Gallery Night event.
Are you interested in hosting an artist talk or demo? If so, are there any restrictions?
Artist talks or collaborative events/performances encouraged.
Can art be hung on walls?
Yes
Are there fixed hangers/nails in the wall?
No
Can wall hangers be moved?
Yes
Can artists display on a flat surface?
Yes
What size surface is available?
Various pedestals or floor space available
Does the artist need to bring a display table of their own?
No
Additional Comments or Requirements
Video/audio installation equipment must be provided by the artist, if needed.

 

 

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: instagram.com/the.artery

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.

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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.

artography Madison art mapping project #madartmap

Alaura Megan Seidl is Making Art and Making Change

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Alaura Megan Seidl

Alaura Megan Seidl is one fascinating and busy creator and community activist. Alaura is an artist, founder of ArtWrite Collective, and teaches at the University. She even found time to hike the Appalachian Trail.  Alaura has a lot to share, so let’s get right to it!

Alaura Megan SeidlI see that you are the founder of an intriguing cooperative called ArtWrite Collective. In one sentence, how would you describe ArtWrite Collective to the community?

The ArtWrite Collective is an emerging organization of LGBTQ folks, folks of color, and womyn who are cultivating a resilient community through art.

This initiative is already doing so much–ArtWrite can’t be fully captured in one sentence! Our strategies for cultivating a resilient community include: creative youth development, activist artist development, and public aesthetic diversification. We support artists who support our community through anti-oppression work; we collaborate with local organizations in order to celebrate our community and catalyze change. Keep an eye out for summer art shows and projects around Dane County, WI!

So one of your pleasures in life is finding objects. What are some of your favorite “keepers”?mirror2

I believe that art, writing, and creative expression should be accessible for everyone in our community. This means that everyone has access to creative education and materials for creation. Often, people assume that means we need expensive gouache or fancy easels, and that absolutely is not the case. Creativity surfaces when we move, in conversations with friends, or through experimentation with the everyday objects around us. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with finding traditionally domestic objects, objects that have been discarded, or objects with visible history—ultimately, I project my own identity and experiences onto those found objects by drawing self-portraits directly onto their surfaces with inexpensive permanent markers. Paper or canvas, for me, can be costly, intimidating, and truly boring—I prefer cardboard fresh out of the dumpster, cups no longer needed by friends, and plates that have been eaten off of by a stranger.

My favorite “keepers” have been antique or vintage mirrors. I don’t own a car, so, locating and hauling these heavy mirrors back to my studio entails a certain kind of physical labor; I once walked two miles with a mirror bigger than I am in order to get it to a private space for toiling. The physicality of the projects continue through the self-portrait-drawing process. I place myself in mundane or precarious positions and repeatedly trace the lines of my body that I see in the reflection. In this sense, I consider the mirror portraits to be performance pieces that explore ability, gender expression, and the boundaries between art/craft while implicating onlookers in my story.

I read that you will be teaching a new course at the UW entitled “Art + Social Justice.” Can you share a brief synopsis of what this class will be about?

Art 448 Lab 009: Art + Social Justice is a UW-Madison Art Department course in creative grassroots activism. Art + Social Justice is open to undergraduate or graduate students of any discipline and will explore counter storytelling as a tool for social change, develop students’ narrative aesthetic for anti-oppression work, and engage in community-based projects.

What piques your interest outside of the art world and finding objects?

I care about what type of society that young people are growing up in today. Dane County, WI has profound racial disparities that the public needs to critically and innovatively address with persistence—there are local groups who have taken leadership roles in shifting the culture of institutions and policies around us, and we need a larger wave of allies to acknowledge and immediately join that movement in order to see big change today and for the generations who will follow us. Research and personal experience also show that queer and trans* folks disproportionately experience food and housing insecurity, trauma, and other health disparities in our community and across the country. These experiences can’t be overlooked. My role in all of this starts with introspective reflection but manifests in community through youth partnerships. Through projects with the ArtWrite Collective, I’ve had the joy​ of collaborating with youth groups in order to celebrate the unique talents, experiences, and voices that make up our community but who may not always be heard. Individual voice and autonomy pique my interest. Waves of impassioned voices really get me going.

Alaura Megan Seidl You did something reminiscent of Cheryl Strayed, author of the book Wild, by hiking more than 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail.  What did you learn about yourself on this journey?

I’ve wanted to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail since high school but have had chronic back pain stemming from a wrestling injury that made me believe I could never do it. A series of fortunate upswings in my health and some serious financial planning ultimately allowed me to walk 1,019 miles of trail, see nearly twenty bears up close, and pee (a lot) in the woods for five months last year. Although a new injury ultimately took me off trail, the journey really allowed me to grow into my body. The body can be an especially funny thing for folks with chronic pain, for queer folks, and for womyn. For me, being inundated with feelings other than back pain (exhaustion, chafing, thirst, blisters) actually helped me refocus my emotional energy on my relationships and not on how much I may hurt—because in a lot of ways, we always hurt. I still struggle with chronic pain, but now I know that I can be sore at home on the couch or be sore at the foot of a stream, laughing with friends, checking out red spotted newts, and feeling ready for whatever may come. There’s a lot of privilege that comes along with that awakening, but I am forever grateful that the hike gave me the capacity to feel and exist beyond the physical limitations of myself.

Anything else you would like us to know about you or your work?

There is no way I could do anything of value without reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships. So many folks in our community are doing creative, thoughtful, and necessary work that I wouldn’t be able to name them all. Thank you to all of you doing the hard work in your intimate circles and out in public spaces. We need all of you.

You may contact Alaura by email at alauramegan@gmail.com.

Or visit her website:

http://alauramegan.com/

http://alauramegan.com/artwrite-resilient/



 

Josh Ciolkosz Photographer and Family

Josh Ciolkosz Photography

Josh Ciolkosz the type of guy you wouldn’t mind being trapped in an elevator with for several hours.  His sunny disposition and faith would buoy your spirits, stories and pictures of his family would make you smile, and he would probably give you half of his sandwich. Josh is a talented photographer who remembers CD clubs and what it’s like to shoot on film. Read more about Josh in our Q&A below and check out his Artery store!

Josh Ciolkosz Photographer and Family

Getting to Know You as a Person:

What is your favorite place in the world?

In a park, on a warm sunny day, with my family. Hasn’t the weather been great lately?!

Name 3 adjectives that describe your personality.

Thoughtful, considerate, friendly

Name one of your guilty pleasures.

I enjoy a good cigar now and then.

What was the first tape/record/CD you remember buying?

As a teenager I was in a couple different music clubs and got lots of CDs in the mail. Some of my first were Green Day – Dookie, Metallica –And Justice for All, and Seal. I still enjoy anything Seal sings today.

What is your favorite smell?

Dinner, when my wife is cooking!

What makes you angry?

When people are judgmental or make snap judgments about other people.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Don’t ever lose your faith”. A random guy told me this during a mission trip in South Carolina. My faith in God is the most important thing about me.

If you had to choose one, would you rather be rich while you are alive or famous after you die?

I never really desired to be rich or famous. But if I have to choose… I’d rather be rich- in love and compassion, and famous- for strength and integrity.

What would your 15-year-old self think of you?

He’d be wide-eyed with disbelief, and eager with anticipation. . .

What rule do you enjoy breaking?

I love to explore and poke my nose (and my camera) in places it doesn’t usually belong.  But that’s the best way to great photos- off the beaten path.

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About Art & Madison:

How long have you been a photographer?

About fifteen years.

What makes your photography unique?

I learned photography when everybody still used film. I’m so glad I did because it taught me that each frame, each shutter click, has an associated value with it. You couldn’t get it back. It taught me how to be careful, how to compose each shot, and see the picture in your head before you push the button. I still approach photography this way. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

What do you think makes someone an artist?

An artist is anybody who can re-create what they see or feel with a personal touch. My photography professor once said, “Art is really in the head. It doesn’t matter what tool you use.” I agree.

Do your experiences as a child come out in your photography?

I don’t think so. But I’ve noticed the things I found interesting when I was a kid I still find interesting today. It’s fun to look back over old pictures and realize that some things never change- with the world and with myself!

What is your involvement in the Madison art scene?

My wife and I are really trying to reach out to the Portage and Madison area communities- with our business- but also with our creative arts. We frequently participate in meetup groups and workshops. We’re actively trying to get plugged into the local community and network with other creative and entrepreneurial types.

What have you observed about the Madison art scene or other Madison artists or photographers you have met?

They (we) are out there. You just have to get plugged in, know which rocks to look under, and you can be part of a great community.

2015 Artery Scholarship Fund Goes To ArtWrite Resilient

Art Scholarship Fund

The Artery is committed to helping promote art in the community and the use of art in programs in various ways. 10% of all the net proceeds on our website are put toward The Artery Scholarship Fundwhich will go each year to an underprivileged student who is applying to or attending art school or for art supplies for a program in need. The more sales we have each year, the larger that scholarship fund will be, and the more budding artists we can support!

In 2015, we discovered the ArtWrite Resilient program, an emerging community arts initiative in Dane County, WI developing intentionally inclusive and potentially empowering art workshops alongside queer youth, youth of color, and young womyn. After hearing about the amazing work they plan to do with Briarpatch Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin, we knew that the small donation of art supplies would be utilized for a wonderful cause.

ArtWrite Resilient, also known as the ArtWrite Collective, is an emerging community arts initiative in Dane County, WI developing intentionally inclusive and potentially empowering art workshops alongside queer youth, youth of color, and young womyn.

The ArtWrite Collective represents a collaboration between community artists, educators, UW students, non-profits and youth passionate about social justice. Together, they develop uniquely strengths-responsive programming that encourages creative expression, cultivates resiliency through skill building, and shifts the local landscape to represent the experiences of all youth in our community.

Supporting local artists engaged in anti-oppression work is just as critical to the ArtWrite Collective. The current cohort of volunteers identify as pro-queer, pro-womyn, pro-POC artists and activists. As program capacity expands, paid community-based artist residencies will be offered to artists interested in contributing to this justice-oriented organization. The initiative utilizes multiple artistic disciplines to meet program goals and seeks expertise across media for future projects.

The ArtWrite Collective is partnering with Briarpatch Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin for a major pilot of this initiative; our artists facilitate weekly programs with the transitional living cooperative, GoldenEye, which prevents homelessness among youth ages 18-22. Members of this cooperative are working with ArtWrite to plan an art show and mural that represent their unique experiences and creative talent. The Artery donated money from the scholarship fund to be used to buy art supplies for this project. This donation will give the youth the chance to control a small supplies budget in preparing for the art show and mural. Negotiating use of these communal funds and managing the budget is a great opportunity for some life skills development.

Contact lead artist Alaura Seidl at alauramegan@gmail.com for information about bringing ArtWrite programming to your agency’s portfolio, to apply to volunteer with ArtWrite, or to offer resources to this arts initiative.

Jessica M. Pankratz

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Jessica M. PankratzJessica M. Pankratz is one of The Artery’s new artists. I actually saw Jessica’s work for the first time at a solo exhibition at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. I was so impressed that I wanted to learn more about her and her unique style of art. Find out how Jessica gets her creative juices flowing, and more, right here.

I read that you started as an artist by writing poetry. Do you still write and have any of your poems been published?

Yes, I started writing poetry when I was 13 years old (about 22 years ago). I also started doodling cartoon characters all over my homework and notes back then. As far as if I still write, it’s rare these days. When I switched over to exploring visual art (3 years ago), the words stopped flowing out of me the way they once had. It was interesting to notice that switch in gears.

Yes, I have had poems published. When I went to school at UW-Eau Claire, there was a poetry and visual arts book called NOTA that got published every year. I had a few poems in the book for two different years. Also, one other time in a magazine/book called Poetry Motel in 2003. It’s funny, because they sent me a copy of the book that they said would have my poem in it, but it was the wrong issue so I never saw it actually published.

I also read that you are a self-taught artist. What advice would you offer to others who wish to share their creativity with the world?Jessica M. Pankratz

When I look back, there were so many times as a child, as a teenager and as an adult that I wanted to be an artist, but then would stop because I would give my power over to others to determine whether I was “good enough”. One day, after taking a good look at where this belief came from that “I wasn’t an artist” or “wasn’t good enough”, I realized that it wasn’t true. It was clearly a life changing experience, because I started seeing the world in a totally new way. It was as if I had just opened my eyes for the first time and everything was brighter, shinier and more colorful. From that moment forward, the “art” flowed out of me and wouldn’t stop:) So, I would say, realize your own power, play as much as you can when you create, let go, take risks, and listen to yourself because your art IS you, an extension of you and your unique expression. There is no right or wrong with art. That’s the beauty in it. Nobody can tell you that you did it wrong. Many people may try, but it’s your choice how you want to hear them.

Jessica M. PankratzMany of your pieces include the image of a Buddha. Is there a special meaning behind this?

I honestly can’t explain it. I feel drawn to these images like a magnet. Typically, the images I find are statues that I take photos of and then feel inspired to draw from a different angle or many angles. There may also be an underlying influence because of my spirituality/spiritual journey, but the “feeling” of being inspired is what is more present when I read this question.

Do you have a favorite place to give life to your beautiful art?

Thank you for the compliment:) Yes, I do almost all of my artwork at Mother Fool’s coffeehouse on Willy St. One of the owner’s actually made a silly ad for his Facebook page of me indicating that I “only feel creative at Mother Fool’s”. Ha ha. It was a cheesy but funny advertisement. Typically though, I feel inspired by something in the world and then feel like making the actual art at Mother Fool’s. Many people ask me to create bigger pieces, and the main reason I don’t, is because then I’d have to be holed up at home or in a studio. That doesn’t feel exciting to me:)

What are your goals for the future?Jessica M. Pankratz

Other than to create a website for my art work, I have to think about that. Right now, I feel like I’m nurturing my soul and that the next wave of artwork that’s going to come out is in a cocooning period.

See more about Jessica M. Pankratz!

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Deepa Sampath

by Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

Deepa Sampath adds beauty and color to the world with incredibly vibrant paintings. Deepa is quite versatile, working with a number of different mediums. Did you know you can paint with coffee powder? Deepa has done it, and find out what else this talented artist can do right here!

Deepa Sampath

 

Do you generally look at an object when drawing or painting?Deepa Sampath
I prefer looking at an object, especially when I sketch, because of the detailing. In the case of painting, like landscapes, I put them in my own way.

I read that you sketch or paint on just about any surface. Do you have a favorite? Is there a surface that is more challenging than others?
Yes, I love to paint on different surfaces. My favorites to paint on are wood, egg shell, and grip mats. The challenging surface is ‘egg shell,’ because it needs careful handling techniques starting with the cleaning procedures and then painting on them.

Deepa SampathYou use an excellent array of colors in your work. Have you ever done black and white?
So far, I haven’t tried painting with black and white, but I have an idea of doing it. I also do ‘coffee painting’, a technique I practiced using coffee powder. This type of painting has just the brown color.

Deepa SampathIf you could only choose one color, what would it be? What is the first word that comes to mind with that color?
If I had to choose one color, I would go for ‘green,’ which I feel is the most attractive among all colors. Thinking about the color green, the word that first comes to me is ‘leaf.’

What are your aspirations for the future?
I have exhibited my artworks in Megan’s Custom Framing store as a part of the MMoCA Gallery night for the past two years. In the future ­ I aspire to be featured in more art galleries displaying my unique style of paintings; look forward to being an art instructor, where I can inspire people who are really interested in learning new styles of painting; and planning to be part of future art fairs conducted across Wisconsin.

Deepa Sampath

 

Madison Art Hub

Madison Art Hubby Sherry BonDurant, writer for The Artery

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.

Madison Art HubAre 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?Madison Art Hub
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.

Madison Art HubWhat 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.
https://www.facebook.com/madisonarthubstudios
http://www.madisonarthub.com/

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.

What kind of advice do you have for up and coming art peeps?Madison Art Hub

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.