The Hatch Art House featured artist for April is paper mache sculpture, Steve Wirtz. Titled: “TAXidermy” in honor of the dreaded tax due date, April 15th, Steve has created trophy like, paper mache animal sculptures using old tax forms. In Steve’s words: “Finishing my taxes for the year is like landing a big fish, or bagging a big game trophy. It’s an accomplishment. They say nothing is certain except death and taxes. Well, I say all I know is life and taxes, because no animals were harmed in the making of this exhibit. I hope you enjoy it, and many happy returns.”
The artist reception will be Friday, April 11th 6-9pm and the exhibit will run from April 1st to April 30th.
Check out the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396832730592168/?source=1
EcoSquared Art Show 2014!
EcoSquared is a SMALL WORKS art show, with an upcycling theme along with affordable pricing. Every piece is under $200 and all artwork is sized between 6″sq. to 12″sq. and of course, incorporates upcycled materials. Thus, EcoSquared. The show will run for the month of January.
As always, Hatch only represents Wisconsin based artists with the majority being from the Madison area.
The artist reception will be Friday, January 10th from 6-9pm. Most artists will be in attendance to talk about their work and refreshments will be served.
All pieces are available for purchase but we do appreciate pick-up near the end of the show.
Check out the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/235807799927380/
Thanks to Brava Magazine for including EcoSquared in January’s Art Preview!
This month at Hatch we are showcasing (our first ever) EcoSculpt Art Show for the entire month of July.
EcoSculpt is a small sculptures art show, with an upcycling theme along with affordable pricing. Every piece is under $200 and all artwork incorporates upcycled materials.
As always, Hatch only represents Wisconsin based artists with the majority from the Madison area.
The artist reception will be Friday, July 12th from 6-9pm. Most artists will be in attendance to talk about their work and refreshments will be served.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for photos of the artwork in the show!
I’m also honored to be the judge for the Art Fair Off the Square this year! It is put on by the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople (WAAC). All the artists involved must live in Wisconsin…just like HATCH! This is happening July 13th and 14th. I’ll be there on Saturday with my clipboard in hand; please say hello if you see me:)
We are already into our final few weeks of the EcoSquared Art Show here at Hatch… Our opening reception January 11th was a roaring success with a gallery full of creative and energetic people! Lindsay Christians gave the show quite a boost with her wonderful article in the Arts section of the 77 Square newspaper. Next up is the closing reception this Friday, February 8th from 6-9pm. Stop on by to see what it’s all about! Remember that all art pieces are available for purchase but we do appreciate pick-up near the end of the show. The artists will be available to talk with and we’ll have refreshments on hand. Please join us! Click here for the Facebook Event Page, click on join…then feel free to invite your friends.
Another “happening” this month is the Madison Magazine “Best of 2013” ballots are out. Hatch has been nominated for the best “Art Gallery” category. But we ALSO think we would work well under the “Gift Shop/Specialty Store” category! Write us in next to ‘other’ for that one. Hatch and it’s artists would really appreciate your vote! We’ve worked really hard these past 2 years;) VOTE HERE …The results are announced in the July issue.
2012 was kind of a big year for Hatch. I learned a ton and we grew a lot! We now have 43 artists, up from the 20 we started with back in December of 2010. Twice as many artists means twice as much work…so thank you for being patient with me while I figure out how to achieve a nice balance (and maybe get a bit more help!). I am THRILLED with the way Hatch is growing! So many people are embracing the ‘shop local’ culture and are happy to have us here on Willy Street. That being said; I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for supporting Hatch and every artist in the shop!
To kick off the year 2013 we are embarking into the world of themed art shows! For the months of January and February you can stop in and see our small works show; EcoSquared. Artists were given the opportunity to create work between 6″ square to 8″ square while incorporating upcycled materials. All priced between $50-$100. The results are fun, creative and very inspiring! All are available for purchase but we do appreciate pick-up near the end of the show. We’ll be having our opening reception for EcoSquared, Friday, January 11th from 6-9pm. The artists will be available to talk with and we’ll have refreshments on hand. Please join us! Click here for Facebook Event page.
It seems that there are a lot of ‘art happenings’ this weekend! Starting with Friday the 13th here at Hatch! 6-9 is the artist reception for photographer Jeremy Sailing. We’ll have ice cold beer and a special summery cocktail available for you.
“Wigs” black and white photograph; Jeremy Sailing.
Bourbon Street by Jeremy Sailing.
Next up for the weekend; Art Fair Off the Square, Saturday the 14th 9-6 and Sunday the 15th 10-5. Hatch artist, Steve Wirtz have been selected (Yes, he’s THAT good…) to be their FEATURED ARTIST! Steve makes fun-filled paper mache sculptures (think whimsical animals) and also large wire sculptures. (Look up next time you’re in the shop.) The main thing to remember about this show is that it showcases Wisconsin based artists only. What?! So does HATCH! 🙂 http://www.artcraftwis.org/afos.html
Art Fair OFF the Square, Steve Wirtz; Featured Artist
Also this Saturday and Sunday we have Art Fair ON the Square. This year I have been chosen as one of the four jurors for this ENORMOUS art fair. Of course, we’ve already completed the task of narrowing down about 1600 applicants to 450 or so. Saturday we will be judging the artists up close and personal for artist awards including “Best of Show”! Funny thing…I haven’t received any fruit baskets yet;) Kidding. Really… This show is filled with amazing talent from around the country. http://www.mmoca.org/events/artfair/Artists.php
Father’s Day is this Sunday… so it’s time for a few ideas for your pop!
Is Dad a comic book lover? Retro comic book table- made by Beth Heeney of Green Cricket Salvage.
“More Cow Bell!” How can your Dad not love this paper mache sculpture created by Steve Wirtz?!
Maybe an original painting of his favorite watering hole? “Mickey’s Tavern” painting by Lynn Lee.
Is Dad a bike enthusiast? These hand printed t-shirts made by Rosy Hawbaker of Recreative Crafts are perfect!
Let Dad show his Wisconsin pride with a ceramic trinket dish perfect for his keys or pocket change. Made by Potter Jenny Blasen.
The Hatch Art House April featured artist is Steve Wirtz. His work will be showcased all month long with an opening reception Friday, April 13th from 6-9pm. Refreshments will be served. http://www.facebook.com/events/185085614942215/
Steve Wirtz is an award-winning papier mache’ sculptor. He often creates sculptures that have humorous themes. Steve creates his sculptures in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based studio.
In Steve’s words; “I guess I’ve always had a fear of being boring; and stepping on something icky while wading barefoot. The medium I work in alleviates my first fear. My art explores the second. My current sculptures are the result of 20 years of experience with laminated paper (a form of papier mache’) techniques. It gives me great reward to make people laugh. When a collector tells me how they smile every time they look at their Wirtz original, I realize what keeps me going, and why I keep taking my shoes off before stepping in the creek.”