By Trinity Martin
Just as membership in the Madison Artists Guild has grown to more than 100 members since its founding in 1985, the guild’s downtown gallery has likewise grown so much that space was getting tight. After searching for a building that was equipped to serve the gallery’s growing needs, the MAGallery has recently settled into its new home on W. Jefferson St. The new location not only offers more space, but has more of an art gallery design, according to Patricia DuBose, acting co-president of the board.
The gallery now has a dedicated space for classes, a separate “feature wall” that is designed to hold special exhibits, and has access to a security system.
Right now you can find artist Bev Jones’ newest set of work, Whispers of Tranquility, hanging in the space. The exhibit includes 12 pieces of different sizes and content and will be on display through October.
The new location also regularly features the work of more than 20 other local artists, including Fred Veal, Rita Knight, and Dottie Kurtz.
The move has been beneficial for the artists, offering them a more qualified space to hang their art. “I’ve been painting a long time, and I’m excited to get my painting in this new space,” said Veal.
Jewelry designer and angel painter, Rita Knight, echoed this enthusiasm.
“I really think this will be an asset for Madison,” she said.
The gallery includes many types of art pieces in various mediums. Its new store front showcases pottery, paintings, jewelry, glass, fabric art, and wood pieces.
“This place really falls together,” said artist Dottie Kurtz.
And artists are anxious for their community and many contributors to visit the new space. According to a press release, the gallery “has an ‘arty’ feel and creates an inviting environment for art makers and appreciators alike.”
MAGallery has reopened Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM. to 5 PM. and is also open by appointment by texting (706) 474-4374. Also visit MAG Online, our new online store.
For more information, visit themadisonartistsguild.org.