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The artists of Mitchell Wagon Factory Lofts are opening their doors for three days, during which they will sell art and gift items. Their “Home for the Holidays” Shoppe will be open Friday, Dec. 5, from 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Prices will range from 50¢ to $2,500, and represent the works of over 20 artists, the majority of whom live at the lofts located at 815 8th St.

The artists will be offering diverse products. A few of the participants include:

  • Cub E. Behr, retired tattoo artist, has converted his “flash” tattoo onto candles
  • Wanakee Pugh, former Vogue model and now a Milwaukee gallery owner, will show abstract acrylics
  • Shelley Behling, well known in the area for her floral pottery has added Italian knit scarfs
  • Jamie Metz will be exhibiting his wood furniture.
  • Michael Grieve, RUSD chef, will show abstract watercolors.
  • Jeff Gruber, a pilot trainer for Midwest Airlines, will show photography.

Mitchell Wagon Factory Lofts are owned by Gorman and Company of Madison. The building is a 250,000 sq. ft. former factory now filled with 100 spacious artist lofts ranging from 1,000 to 2,500 sq. ft. When the New York Times wrote about it a few months after its opening in 2005, the article noted, “The complex was the headquarters of the Mitchell & Lewis Company, which started manufacturing farm wagons in the 1800s and later switched to automobiles before selling out to the Nash Motors Company in 1922. The building was sold during the Depression and has been largely empty for decades.”

This “live-work” rental community was designed specifically for working artists. The building features several galleries and amenities including a painting studio; pottery wheel and kiln; woodworking room; and a theater. The development and artists play a role in a city’s downtown arts district. Mitchell Wagon Factory Lofts are located across the street from the Fire Department and are home to close to artists in all fields of the fine arts including culinary, dance and music.

Parking for this event is in the city lot on the corner of Center and 8th Streets, just ½ a block east of the entrance.