Monthly Workshop News

Looking forward to January 2020
Have you had a chance to visit our new website? Scores of people have placed orders since our 2020 curriculum of arts and crafts workshops went online Dec. 1. Three classes — Seth Apter's Bento Box and two of Carole Spelic's Robust Rag Rugs — have sold out. Thank you to all the students who have registered for workshops and made lodging reservations with us so far! We know this is a busy time of year, but we hope you'll carve out some creative space for yourself to make plans to join is in 2020! Remember that workshop students get a 10% discount off Shake Rag Alley lodging, and you can add your name to our waiting list if your desired workshop is full.
visit our new website
Pottery Open Studio

Want to practice your pottery skills and/or work on your own projects? The Sardeson Pottery Studio is available to anyone who would like to use our space and equipment. [Learn More]
Robert Russell, winner of the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest, is a recovering economist currently living in Madison. For over ten years he was co-producer of the “Radio Literature” program on WORT-FM, and was coordinator for the CheapAtAnyPrice poetry series. Russell led the Madison National Poetry Slam teams from 1992 to 1994, and has taught poetry in high schools and colleges here and abroad. His short fiction and poetry have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies, and his chapbook, Witness, is available on Amazon.

This year, each Winter Writer Reading Series event will include an optional open mic for those in attendance who wish to share their work. All genres and styles are welcome! Sign up for a five-minute time slot on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please join us for our first author reading of the season and save these upcoming dates:

Winter Writers Reading Series
January 8 | Christina Clancy | Kay W. Levin Award for Short Nonfiction
January 15 | Marilyn Annucci | Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award
January 22 | Laura Jean Baker | Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award
January 29 | Steve Fox | Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest Winner
February 26 | Margaret Rozga | Wisconsin Poet Laureate
March 4 | Kathryn Gahl | Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award
March 18 | Liam Callanan | Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award [Mineral Point Library]
March 25 | William Stobb | Zona Gale Short Fiction Award

NEA Big Read: Citizen: An American Lyric: April-May 2020

What to Expect

In a writing workshop, a group of people engage in intensive discussion during a time set aside to focus on and improve one’s craft. Driftless Poets meet monthly to learn from one another by listening carefully to feedback on work submitted to the group.

How to Participate

Driftless Poets workshops are free but an RSVP is requested.

Save the Date! 
Poetry by Driftless Poets members will be the featured exhibit at Cafe 43 beginning January 19. Join us at 7:00-9:00 pm February 13 for an open mic evening of poetry and prose at Cafe 43.

It's not too early to start making your plans for the four fabulous retreats we're offering in 2020Jewelry Boot Camp, Writing Retreat, Woodlanders Gathering, Art Adventure – or to lock in those New Year creativity resolutions by booking a winter custom arts and crafts retreat at Shake Rag Alley. Just consult with our friendly office staff about the possibilities for a variety of workshops that can be set up just for your group. It’s fun, relaxing, and a great way to spend quality time with friends, family, business colleagues, or a reunion of fellow crafters you've met in other workshops!

Looking back over 2019, we are filled with gratitude. So many lingering moments of joy, wonder, and surprise have sprung from time spent among such generous, creative, and enthusiastic artists and craftspersons. Each of you has left a unique and lasting mark upon the memory of this place and your spirit of curiosity and adventure has impacted its purpose.

We hope you feel it, too — a connection to this beloved and historic campus, and that the year ahead affords you bountiful time and opportunity to continue your creative journey by pursuing growth and expertise in quality art and craft workshops here at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts.

Our best to you and yours this holiday season — and a toast to road ahead!
Thank you for your support in 2019! There's still time to make a tax-deductible donation of general support that sustains our nonprofit's mission to provide educational experiences in visual, performing, and literary arts for adults and children; to cultivate the creativity that thrives in our rural community; and to rehabilitate and preserve our historic buildings and rustic campus. 
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Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts was supported in 2019 in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Youth programming at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts was supported in 2019 in part by grants from the Mineral Point Community Chest and United Fund of Iowa County.
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