and better horizon
in sight for Madison Art Cub
art club in Indiana
is on the move again
(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
by Patti Watson
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 chambers After
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 clubs 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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