Moving Day

Bigger and better horizon
in sight for Madison Art Cub

Oldest art club in Indiana
is on the move again

By Angie Satterfield
Contributing Writer

(November 2011) – The oldest art club in Indiana is on the move again according to its president, Elle Smith. The Madison Art Club is moving into a new location, the third in a little over a year. Smith said the newest location is “almost three times the size of the previous location on Jefferson Street” and that the rent “is nearly three times what we paid before.”
The Madison Art Club moved from the highly visible Madison Area Chamber of Commerce-owned building at 301 E. Main St. last year when the chamber raised the rent, according to Kevin Carlson, past president of the art club. A building on Jefferson Street that Carlson owns became the next home for the club. But the challenge of not being in a highly visible location soon presented itself, along with the limited gallery space.
“The old location could show 20 artists in the gallery space while the new space on Main Street can show 50 gallery artists,” Carlson said.

Elle Smith

Photo by Patti Watson

Madison Art Club
President Elle Smith
poses with one of
her own creations.
The club relocated to
309 W. Main Street
in late October.

The new location for the old club is the Scott Building or the former location of Imagination Station, 309 W. Main St. The newly rented location opened in late October, even though renovations are still under way. The hours currently are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The grand opening of the new location is planned for Nov. 11 in conjunction with the chamber’s “After Hours” event.
The Madison Art Club has been in existence since 1949. The founding members were drawn to the beauty of Madison and the surrounding area, and have long been a source of inspiration for their work. According to information on the club’s website, www.MadisonArtClub.com, this serene beauty is most certainly one of the primary reasons so many talented artists from all parts of the country have chosen to make Madison their home in recent years.
The new location will boast not only additional gallery space but also classrooms and working studio space in the back. All types of classes will be offered, and not just limited to the fine arts, Smith said. The club is currently looking for a yoga instructor to teach classes. The club will also offer meeting space available for rent to groups for a small fee in the evenings.
“We are building temporary walls that can be moved for special exhibits, to keep the space flexible,” Smith said.
The club is not-for-profit and the fee structure to membership and gallery space are to cover rent, utilities and basic overhead, explained Carlson.
The gift shop will also be expanding. Look for additional offerings in this area as the club in looking for fiber artists, hot or blown glass, potters and sculpture to sell.
The new show opens on Nov. 11 and will feature Rhonda Deeg, a stained glass artist. The show runs until Dec. 9. A Riverboat Show ran through the end of October.
Madison Art Club membership, meeting times, events and more information can be found on the club website.

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