With a focus on Fine Craft and Fine Art, the Artisan Gallery for the last 25 years has been building a reputation for one of the largest and most impressive collections of artwork in Wisconsin; featuring over 100 artists from throughout the United States.
Located immediately southwest of Madison, in historic Paoli, the gallery opened in 1987 under the direction of its original owner who converted a former creamery into a showplace for the work of local ceramicists, other craft artists and the furniture of her husband.
In 1998, Theresa Abel became the Art Director and helped continue the growth of the gallery, both in quality and in reputation. In 2004, she and artist Tim O'Neill took over ownership, broadening the focus of the gallery, exhibiting artists with national reputations along with work of well known local artists.
The 5,000 square foot gallery features notable work in many media, hosting three concurrent exhibits every six to seven weeks. There is also the recent addition of an alternative display space "the Cooler" which offers an opportunity for more evocative work such as installations and video art.