Off the Beaten Path: Seven Great Small Town Art Galleries

Whether you’re out for a fall drive and looking for an interesting stop or you are an avid art lover searching for new work to explore, Wisconsin’s small towns boast a slew of wonderful art galleries that are waiting for you.

Northern Wisconsin Art Galleries

Madeline Island has not just one, but four art galleries all within walking distance. The Bell Street Gallery and the La Pointe Center Art Guild and Gallery feature Great Lakes inspired art work from over forty local artists in a variety of media from clay to metal to painting and printmaking. Woods Hall Studio and Gallery specializes in hand-crafted items, including hand-woven rugs and tapestries, pottery, quilts, and jewelry. Finally, Island Carvers Woodcarving Studio and Gallery contains intricate hand-carved figures, woodburnings, and even chainsaw sculptures!

A simple, wooden warehouse, the Hardy Gallery features Door County artists and seeks to enhance and educate people about Door County’s unique artistic community. Located on the shoreline of Eagle Harbor in Ephraim, the gallery also offers wonderful lake and sunset views.

Central Wisconsin Art Galleries

A regional arts center, the Pump House in La Crosse has three separate art galleries that feature ever-changing exhibitions. In addition to the artworks, the Balcony Gallery showcases historic photographs of the Pump House itself from the 1880s to today.

Tucked away in the lobby of Marshfield Clinic, New Visions gallery can be easy to miss, but make sure you don’t pass it by. Encompassing 1600 square feet, New Visions Gallery coordinates a series of exhibits that draw from national traveling exhibitions, works on loan, and other regional artwork. In addition, artworks from the gallery’s own permanent collection can be seen throughout the hospital.

The ARTgarage in Green Bay is located in a historic cannery factory in the sprawling shopping complex of the Cannery on Olde Main. Composed of two studios, the ARTgarage offers a larger Front Gallery, side galleries and gift shop that sells everything from paintings to ornaments and even kimonos.

Abode Gallery in Stockholm is an excellent place to take a break from your Great River Road drive. With an emphasis on beautiful living, Abode is split into three sections: the Home and Lifestyle Store featuring unique hand-crafted items, the Artist’s Gallery, which houses regional fine art, and the Interior Design Studio, which will help you create your perfect home.

Southern Wisconsin Art Gallery

Located in what was originally a creamery, the Artisan Gallery and Creamery Café in Paoli is a must see. The Artisan Gallery hosts three concurrent exhibits that feature the work of both locally and nationally known artists.

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