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Shake Rag Alley School of Arts & Crafts

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Address: 18 Shakerag St, Mineral Point, WI 53565-1134
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 08:00 - 17:00

Shake Rag Alley is a lively arts education center set in a historic...

Shake Rag Alley is a lively arts education center set in a historic picturesque valley that was the heart of Mineral Point's early days. Students come from all over the country to join in the creative fun that takes place here. Several buildings are used as classrooms, and in the summer, you may find classes taking place under the trees or inside tents set up on the 2.5 acre oasis of gardens and tree lined paths. Additional classroom space is available in studios nearby in the artist community.Workshops at Shake Rag Alley are lively, and hard to find anywhere else. We enjoy offering workshops in just about every art and craft media you can imagine. Experimental concrete and mosaic sculpture. Traditional and offbeat bent willow and twig furniture. Jewelry making and beading. Blacksmithing. Vibrant and nonacademic classes in writing - fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, and playwriting. Fiber arts. Book and paper arts. Plus a variety of fine arts. We're a bunch of arts enthusiasts who love to share what we know how to do with anyone who wants to learn. Our motto is "Inspire Creativity". And we do that well. Our creative faculty is drawn from a wealth of talented teachers, including nationally known artists from across the country and across the street.Kids love Shake Rag too. We offer a wide variety of youth programs taught by talented and creative instructors who bring out the amazing talents of kids.Alley Stage, an outdoor summer theater is tucked into the hillside at the end of a winding path. We invite you to enjoy a delightful evening as our company of actors performs original plays written by playwrights from near and far.The valley is always open for strolling the pathways, viewing the lush gardens and rustic buildings and savoring the peaceful ambiance. Shake Rag also offers on site lodging, so when the day is done, you can stay in one of several guest rooms.

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Enjoyed a fantastic wire working art retreat

I flew in to Madison from out of town to attend a 4-day wire working retreat at Shake Rag with Sarah Thompson. Everything about it was great! Easy to register, easy to find, easy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I flew in to Madison from out of town to attend a 4-day wire working retreat at Shake Rag with Sarah Thompson. Everything about it was great! Easy to register, easy to find, easy to check in.... The studio was great and actually DID have all the tools available and enough for all the students to be sharing without a... More 

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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

A group of friends planned a last minute ladies get away to Mineral Point. A week before our departure, I spoke with Megan Kulick the director at Shake Rag and inquired about scheduling a craft type class. She arranged for Cheryl Smeja of Smeja Jewelry Studio to conduct a class on creating hand hammered silver rings. Some in our group... More 

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Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The class in knife making was excellent. Learned the process and had a nice knife at the end. The instructor was knowledgeable and very helpful in the forging of and making the blade all the way to the finished knife

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

With this being our first time to Mineral Point, we were a bit confused on what was going on. We went into the registration building to ask and they told us it was an art village. There was a pamphlet that was given to us to tell us the history of each building which was really neat. There's also a... More 

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Mount Carroll, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

Have now taken five different classes at Shake Rag Alley, and have enjoyed each one. Each was unique and very enjoyable, all positive experiences. Not having been blessed with any natural artistic ability, I was at first concerned about trying any class. I soon learned that this is a very welcoming community where all are encouraged to try new venues... More 

Thank KarenfromIL
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Just finished Introduction to Torch Welding this past Saturday and it was Awesome! I had great classmates and our instructor Dennis was patient, informative, down to earth and very affirming. Welding has always been a bucket list item for me and thanks to a great 50th birthday gift from the amazing ladies I work with it has now come true!... More 

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Wisconsin Rapids
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Interesting collection of old buildings and grounds around the 1800's mining community. Free to just wander around. Office staff full of information and interesting tidbits. Offerings of many different art and crafting classes at various times on the grounds.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

I've taken several classes here over the years and keep coming back. The artists and artisans really know their media and the teaching is generally excellent. Classes offered have ranged from woodcrafting, metal forging, fine jewelry-making, collaging, painting, felting, repurposing....every year has more to offer. Shake Rag Alley's beautiful setting in this historic town is inspiring. Mineral Point is an... More 

Thank Rupertgigi
Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed 21 March 2016

I've been coming to Shake Rag for years for their classes. In addition to learning lots of cool stuff, the town of Mineral Point is a destination in itself with shops and art everywhere. I try to get there for a long weekend at least once a year.

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Steger, Illinois
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Reviewed 29 June 2015

Three friends and I visited Shake Rag Alley for the Fine Silver Rings in a Day workshop on June 27. Sherry was a great instructor and the staff of Shake Rag Alley made the entire experience from registration through exit survey an outstanding experience. While in town, we stayed at The Mousehole. Very charming and comfortable though when we made... More 

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