Our Mission

To strengthen our community through arts education and cultural engagement.

In The Galleries

We welcome visitors by appointment.  ArtStart is implementing cleaning, mask, and social distancing recommendations provided by the CDC and local health officials. All gallery visitors are required to wear a mask and remain 6 feet apart. Hand sanitizer and masks are available if needed.  Galleries will be reopening for normal hours beginning June 3rd! Weekly hours are: Thursday-Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 11am-2pm.  We look forward to your visit.

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John Bell

A Pigeon Year is a selection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings made of and from the artist’s experiences of the natural world.

The brutal world, which stores up what is stable, common, and therefore impersonal in human impressions, crushes, or at least covers over, the delicate and fleeting impressions of our individual consciousness. – Henri Bergson

I think of myself as a figurative artist whose work depicts subjects as verbs rather than nouns. While I always begin by thinking of them as some particular animal or vegetable, my subjects become more than the names and outlines I make for them, eventually adopting their own sense of time. The finished works care very little for what I think of them, choosing to describe their own bodily limits and define their own space by pacing out the edges of their territory on the canvas, page, or pedestal.

My art is a vehicle for exploring the realm of potential, for imagining the near-limitless variety of form that life can take on to particularize itself and still survive. I hope my work can serve as a small reminder that life does not proceed along exclusively rational lines— it constantly reinvents itself, bubbling over any container that we try to put around it.


Ash Kyrie

Ceramic Memes, 2020. This exhibition is an investigation into the internet and it’s accumulating effect on our lives. In the past two decades we have become untethered from the fiber network of computers. Cameras, microphones, and artificial learning have combined into one saucy mixture of complete surveillance and predictive algorithms.  The technology that is designed to make our lives easier is boxing our behaviors into quantitative integers to better the capital outcome of every interaction with humans.  The goal of capitalism is to completely monetize our bodies and our thoughts with zero regard to the quality of our lives

“I react to the mass information age, and the imagery that is chosen to create narratives. My work uses many mediums to actualize the concept; such as photography, ceramics, sculpture, projection, sound, and video. Art will always be taught with the social context of its origin. ”


Party on the Street: Celebrating the First Decade of ArtStart

Mark your calendar for August 7, 2021 and join us as we mark ArtStart's first decade with a community celebration.  Bring the kids to enjoy Cliff the Magic Man (5pm); dance to the bluegrass tunes of The Honeygoats(6:30pm); grab a bite to eat from Casa Mexicana's food tent or a beverage from the Rhinelander Brewery; don't forget a gallery tour with the current artists; and an informational walk through the historical building that houses ArtStart. Bring the whole family! We'll have the street blocked off and plenty of room to celebrate!  August 7, 2021. 5pm - 9:30pm.

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