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In addition to natural pollinators, our gardens and grounds have been abuzz with volunteers lately as friends return with the sunshine to help us ready for summer. The ceremonial opening of paint cans above was the first step to painting new murals in the outdoor bathrooms at the back of Ellery House. Mineral Point High School Art Club students, under the guidance of Mr. Hadfield, are taking their color and style cues from Shake Rag Alley’s first youth program instructor Di Sterba and her murals as they add to the art about campus. They’ll be working throughout the summer to add more whimsy to our spaces. 

We’d also like to thank the Mineral Point 5th Graders who visited in April and carried Alley Stage chairs, patio tables, and picked up sticks from spring storms. The high school Key Club hauled dirt, raked gravel, spread mulch, stacked brick, and a bunch of other outdoor jobs that brightened our spaces and set off the flowers just starting to bloom. We’re thankful for students from the Mineral Point schools who visit us each year for their volunteering. Up at the Blacksmith Barn, there are improvements as well: new tables and storage, improved lighting, and general spiffing up after a workday with instructors, volunteers, and staff. 

On any given weekend when artists are sketching outdoors, writers are ambling around the paths seeking inspiration, and families are walking with their leashed dogs, it’s clear the role our campus can play in encouraging creativity and community. That’s one of the reasons we’re excited to improve our spaces for everyone this year as part of our 20th Year Celebration. Stay tuned for more details on how you can be a part of it!


Christina Kubasta                                          

Executive Director     


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