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Our instructors are drawn from a wealth of talented teachers, including nationally known artists from across the country and across the street. They are innovative craftsmen and artists who enjoy trying new techniques and love sharing what they do with their students.

If you are an experienced art, craft, writing, or performing arts instructor and are interested in teaching at Shake Rag Alley, click here for more information.

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Gail Willert

Gail is a mixed media artist who works with photography, assemblage, collage, and ceramics. She loves experimenting and combining as many of these mediums as she can in her work — whatever it takes to express an idea! Having been a teacher in adult education for 30 years, she loves teaching all levels of students. Her work can be seen locally and nationally in museum and gallery shows.…Read More

Gail is a mixed media artist who works with photography, assemblage, collage, and ceramics. She loves experimenting and combining as many of these mediums as she can in her work — whatever it takes to express an idea! Having been a teacher in adult education for 30 years, she loves teaching all levels of students. Her work can be seen locally and nationally in museum and gallery shows. She happily lives amid nature in southeastern Wisconsin.

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From the Heart

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Lindy Wilson

During her art teaching days at Wingra School in Madison, Lindy’s favorite class offering was “Mish Mosh” Fridays. That’s when the kids were greeted by an overabundance of art supplies, found objects, “whatzits”, sticks and other gifts from nature. Lindy marveled at the creative and unique assemblages that were born. That sort of creative spirit is what calls Lindy to the Woodlanders Gatherings! …Read More

During her art teaching days at Wingra School in Madison, Lindy’s favorite class offering was “Mish Mosh” Fridays. That’s when the kids were greeted by an overabundance of art supplies, found objects, “whatzits”, sticks and other gifts from nature. Lindy marveled at the creative and unique assemblages that were born. That sort of creative spirit is what calls Lindy to the Woodlanders Gatherings!  Her mantra…”what else could this be?”

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Get a (Rustic) Handle On It

Get a (Rustic) Handle On It (reprise!)

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Greg Winz

Greg Winz brings a background in metallurgy as well as some Folklore Village showmanship to his blacksmithing workshops. Greg, trained as a machinist, retired as a research technician from UW-Madison. He enjoys sharing his love of the metal arts with aspiring students. Workshops Beginning Blacksmithing - May Beginning Blacksmithing - AugustRead More

Greg Winz brings a background in metallurgy as well as some Folklore Village showmanship to his blacksmithing workshops. Greg, trained as a machinist, retired as a research technician from UW-Madison. He enjoys sharing his love of the metal arts with aspiring students.

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Beginning Blacksmithing – May

Beginning Blacksmithing – August

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Terri Wolf

Terri has a long standing history of intrigue with the fiber arts. After weaving for several years, she became interested in a more 3 dimensional expression and began exploring wet felting. Currently she creates hollow vessels she constructs into "bird pods", often incorporating foraged finds from the natural world , taking a keen interest in strengthening our relationships with the natural world.…Read More

Terri has a long standing history of intrigue with the fiber arts. After weaving for several years, she became interested in a more 3 dimensional expression and began exploring wet felting. Currently she creates hollow vessels she constructs into “bird pods”, often incorporating foraged finds from the natural world , taking a keen interest in strengthening our relationships with the natural world.

Workshops

Three-Dimensional Wet Felted Bird

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David and JoEllen Wollangk

"As life-long crafters and artists, we try everything. We have done workshops on both Viking Knitting and Fold Forming numerous times. We like helping others learn the basic techniques and provide a creative outlet." Workshops Fabric Eco PrintingRead More

“As life-long crafters and artists, we try everything. We have done workshops on both Viking Knitting and Fold Forming numerous times. We like helping others learn the basic techniques and provide a creative outlet.”

Workshops

Fabric Eco Printing

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Denise Anton Wright

Denise Anton Wright has made three really good decisions in her life: becoming a librarian, marrying her husband, and dabbling in jewelry-making. Since retiring from Library Land in 2015, Denise spends her days creating, taking care of two high-maintenance cats, and watching lots of classic old movies while working on jewelry projects. Her growth as an artist and creator has been helped immeasurably by the wonderful classes that she's taken at Shake Rag Alley (a big shout-out to Lorraine Reynolds).…Read More

Denise Anton Wright has made three really good decisions in her life: becoming a librarian, marrying her husband, and dabbling in jewelry-making. Since retiring from Library Land in 2015, Denise spends her days creating, taking care of two high-maintenance cats, and watching lots of classic old movies while working on jewelry projects. Her growth as an artist and creator has been helped immeasurably by the wonderful classes that she’s taken at Shake Rag Alley (a big shout-out to Lorraine Reynolds). Her jewelry business is Salve Regina Tchotchkes; the name is a combination of Latin and Yiddish and can be very roughly translated as: shiny objects with no practical purpose for our Heavenly Queen.

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Workshops

Messy Memory Wire Bracelet