A Series of Agri/Cultural Experiments

Test Plots, a series of unique exhibits, lectures, and field trips in Reedsburg and other Sauk County locations, are named to reflect the role of experimentation in generating community dialogue, learning, and engagement. Each features the work of local and regional artists and thinkers representing the healthy rural/urban flow that is vital to any thriving region.
Times and details will be continuously updated so check back often!

ZOETHICA – BIO-INSPIRED ART AND SCIENCE, with PETER KRSKO 

Friday, April 7, 6-9 pm – Opening reception at Woolen Mill Gallery, Reedsburg

Presenting recent projects straddling art and science, inspired by patterns in nature, by Peter Krsko, University of Wisconsin Arts Institute Artist in Residence, with his students and collaborators.

ZOETHICA, continued – WORKSHOP WITH KATIE SCHOFIELD

Saturday, April 8, 1-3 pm –  at Woolen Mill Gallery, Reedsburg

1-3 pm Explore geometries found in nature, through crochet techniques, with artist Katie Schofield.
3-4 pm Meet the artists in City Park to view and discuss the bio-inspired art installation.

RURAL/URBAN CONTINUUM:  A PANEL DISCUSSION

Friday, May 12, 7-9 pm – AT Woolen Mill Gallery, Reedsburg

Are rural and urban realms as divided as the 2016 election suggests? Curt Meine, James Godsil, Sarah Lloyd, and Brittany Beyer discuss our connections, co-dependencies and future opportunities.

VIRGINIA’S SECRET:  The Work of VIRGINIA AHRENS (1914 -1978)

Friday, June 9, 5-9 pm – Art & History Exhibit Opening Reception

A view into the imaginative life of a young woman during the 1930s with this trove of provocative drawings found hidden in piano sheet music after her death.

URBAN/RURAL FLOW:  Bus Trip – Reedsburg to Milwaukee and Back

Saturday, June 17 – All Day (Ticketed Event)

Sauk County creative placemakers go to town. A curated bus trip to Milwaukee’s art and farming hubs where collaborations are seeded.

WORMFARM ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE – Art Exhibit with Opening Reception

Friday, July 28, 5-9 pm – Woolen Mill Gallery, Reedsburg

Multi-media work by Wormfarm resident artists during the citywide Reedikulus ArtCrawl in collaboration with Reedsburg ArtsLink.

OFF THE WALL – ART/FASHION SHOW

Saturday, July 29

A rural / urban collaboration with Milwaukee artist Martina Patterson creating garments from the paintings of Reedsburg artist Josh Hess.

ORCHARD HAPPY HOUR

Saturday, August 5, 5-9 pm, (Ticketed Event) – Hilltop Farm, LaValle WI

Mid-summer twilight in the orchards, enjoying artisanal beverages created by Mike & Kari Walker of Touchdown Tavern and field tours with hosts Erin Schneider and Rob McClure.

CORN AGAIN – ART EXHIBIT WITH OPENING RECEPTION

Friday, August 18, 6-9 pm Woolen Mill Gallery, Reedsburg

Four artists, passionate about a ubiquitous crop, explore the value, beauty, controversy, poetry, and contemporary views of this shared, beloved plant.  Curated by Catherine Schwalbe.

VERGE:  FIELD TRIP – WORKSHOP & ARTIST TALK

Saturday & Sunday, August 26-27

This Bio-Char Workshop and talk by artists Amber Ginsburg, Lia Rousset and Sara Black is a follow up to their 2016 Farm/Art DTour project that examines complex environmental systems.

INSIDE OUT –  LECTURE & EXHIBIT with ERIKA NELSON

Thursday, September 21, 7-8:30 pm – Woolen Mill Gallery, Reedsburg

EXPLORING SELF-MADE WORLDS IN WISCONSIN AND BEYOND:  An entertaining lecture and whirlwind tour of art environments across the country – wonderlands of invention, color and assemblage, often taking over the maker’s life and property.

DOCTOR EVERMORE’S FOREVERTRON TOUR – FIELD TRIP

Saturday Sept 23, Baraboo (Ticketed Event)

A guided tour through Sauk County’s very own Doctor Evermore’s sculpture park in Baraboo by insider, explorer, artist Erika Nelson