Jewelry Arts Shine at Shake Rag Alley’s Vendor Night and Jewelry Boot Camp

Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts invites the public to Jewelry Boot Camp Vendor Night 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Lind Pavilion, 411 Commerce St., Mineral Point. 

Midwest jewelry artists welcome the public to shop a wide variety of their handcrafted pieces in the spacious Lind Pavilion — just in time for Mother’s Day. Entrance is free and Glenda’s Tamales will be serving delicious cuisine that, along with beverages, will be for sale. Vendor night brings together the public and Jewelry Boot Camp’s teaching artists and students to socialize, shop and dine together. The Lind Pavilion features an outdoor patio with seating to enjoy the spring air.

More than 11 beginning jewelry making workshops will attract students to Mineral Point during the April 29-May 1 Jewelry Boot Camp retreat, billed as “a gateway to jewelry arts.” Many workshops have sold out, but a few remain open for registration. Ali Kauss of Ali Kauss Adornment in Spring Green is inspired by metaphysics and Eastern spirituality. Register by April 18 for her April 29 Power Pendant & Chain Making class or Leslie Perinno’s Fused Loop Earrings and Deb Donaghue’s Riveting workshop, both on April 30.   

Face coverings are currently required indoors.  

Spring Into a New Season of Creativity at Shake Rag Alley 

In addition to Jewelry Boot Camp, the following April workshops are open for registration at www.ShakeRagAlley.org:

  • April 9 | Simple Fold Formed Jewelry with Leslie Perrino 
  • April 10 | Blacksmithing and Welding Open Forge Day with Josh Petit
  • April 11 | The Business of Art: Brick and Mortar Retail with Paul Pendola (via Zoom)
  • April 12-May 31 | Tuesday Evenings | Drawing the Head: An Introduction with Richard Moninski
  • April 18 | The Business of Art: The Online Store with Paul Pendola (via Zoom)
  • April 22-24 | Coppersmithing 101 with Vickie Schertz 
  • April 25 | The Business of Art: Art & Craft Fairs, Festivals, and Tours with Paul Pendola (via Zoom)
  • Available Through April: 2021 Youth Program make-at-home art kits are available to order online while supplies last. This year’s kits will be available beginning May 1. 

The upcoming calendar also includes these free or low-cost programs and events (register at www.ShakeRagAlley.org):

Make a Fairy House Workshop | April 2 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Cabinet Shop, 18 Shake Rag St.

Kids of all ages are invited to make homes fit for fairies that will be featured on the annual Tour 

of Fairy Homes in June. All sorts of materials and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring bits and baubles to add to the stash! Free, no registration required. 

Driftless Poets Workshop | April 9 | 2-4 p.m. on campus and via Zoom

The Driftless Poets invite you to join them in person or via Zoom for their free monthly workshop to discuss and share poetry. New poets are always welcome, but only those who have submitted work prior to the workshop will receive feedback and critique. Poets take turns leading the workshops by sharing a poem that demonstrates a form or craft technique and monitoring time. Free; registration required for Zoom link. 

Makers & Shakers Art Party | April 20 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Lind Pavilion, 411 Commerce St.

April’s project will be dedicated to making mini-books with mixed media painting techniques. Monthly art parties meet on the third Wednesday of the month through November to work on volunteer led projects. Project fee: $5. Registration required; project fee waived for middle and high school students. 

Antiracism Book Club | April 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Join the conversation about the second half of “Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois. Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism — and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Free; registration required for Zoom link. 

Spring Garage Sale Fundraiser | April 22-23 | Lind Pavilion, 411 Commerce St.

Come shop the biggest garage sale in town during Mineral Point’s City-Wide Garage Sales weekend! Our generous friends always donate the most eclectic items imaginable to support Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. Our 3,500-square-foot Lind Pavilion will be bursting at the seams with piles of art supplies and materials as well as donated household and collector items.

Donations are welcome by appointment by calling our office at (608) 987-3292 or by dropping off at the Lind 9 am-4 pm April 19-21. No clothing or electronics, please.

For more information and Shake Rag Alley updates throughout the year, see the website, subscribe to twice-monthly e-newsletters and follow Shake Rag Alley on Facebook and Instagram. To request a catalog, call (608) 987-3292 or email info@shakeragalley.org. Staff will be glad to assist with workshop registrations and lodging reservations (workshop students enjoy a 10 percent discount off Shake Rag Alley lodging).


About Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts

An independent nonprofit school of arts and crafts founded in 2004 by local artists and community members, Shake Rag Alley’s 2.5-acre campus at 18 Shake Rag St. in Mineral Point (population 2,500) is a national destination for participants of adult workshops, a robust summer youth program and a host of annual special events. In addition, Shake Rag offers on-site lodging and custom facility rentals for meetings, events and celebrations. For additional information about Shake Rag Alley’s workshops and events, or to request a catalog and information about facility rentals and volunteer opportunities, see www.ShakeRagAlley.org or call (608) 987-3292.