Celebrate the holidays at River Arts on Water Gallery!
Celebrate the holidays at River Arts on Water! Join us for a special weekend to ring in the season with handmade gift items, local artists, giveaways, and SO MUCH MORE! We are open our normal hours of Saturday, December 1 from 10am-5pm, and hosting our 4th annual Gift Item Trunk Show from 10am-3pm (more info below). Plus join us for a special gift making workshop on Sunday, December 2 as well! Check out all of the happenings below!
Saturday, December 1st
Holiday Open House: 10am-5pm
Join us for some additional holiday shopping opportunities! John Joseph Coffee will also be on site for free tastings, and you can enter to win door prizes and giveaways
Guest Artist Holiday Trunk Show: 10am-3pm
- Pam Ryan (Silver Jewelry)
- November Blue (Soap, bath/body)
- Amber Kelter (Fiber)
- Dan Kelter (Screen prints, clothing)
- Therese Miskulin-Brethorst (Jewelry)
- Heidi Clayton (Ceramics)
- John Joseph Coffee
Pam Ryan statement:
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been creating various businesses with little projects I’d created. From paper snowflakes to flower paintings; I’ve been forcing my family to buy my goods for years. When I turned 14, I realized I needed a more practical product and became interested in soap-making. I researched all the processes, watched countless videos and asked for the needed soap-making supplies for Christmas. It wasn’t long before my soap-making had taken over the kitchen! Initially, the business was limited to friends and family, but they were asking for more and more. That’s when I thought I could make this a viable business. In addition to earning money for college, I also wanted to bring awareness to a cause that is important to me. My 9 y/o brother has type 1 diabetes, so when I was thinking of a name, I wanted it to mean something and wanted it to be an opportunity to educate people about this disease. My mom and I brainstormed, we talked about November being Diabetes Awareness Month and the color of the awareness ribbon is blue…and so, “November Blue” was born. I hope you enjoy the soap as much as I have enjoyed taking on this mini-adventure. *A portion of soap sales goes to a diabetes-related organization.
Amber Kelter Statement:
I learned to crochet when my first child was born, 7 years ago. I needed something to do during her naps that was creative and quiet- I found crochet! I enjoy making items for people as well as incorporating vintage buttons wherever I can. At this trunk show you’ll see scarves, hats and bracelets from me. Great gifts for friends and family!
Therese Miskulin-Brethorst Statement:
I have been teaching art in the Sauk Prairie School District for 22 years using a variety of media. I have found in my Object Design classes that copper is an inexpensive and easy material for the students to work with. It can be etched, enameled and holds various patinas. Due to the lack of space and funding, I have focused on cold connections, meaning attaching the different components together using wire and/or rivets. Another new medium I have been investigating is Precious Metal CopprClay ™ . This new medium is molded, fired twice in an activated coconut carbon and tumble polished. It also can be enameled and soldered. My inspiration comes from organic items found in nature. I combine base metal with stones, resin and fused glass to produce a piece of jewelry.
Heidi Clayton Statement:
I work with a high fire stoneware clay body heavy with iron to create a depth of color and texture in the final glazed piece. This technique is used because of the bright and varied color pallet that can be achieved as well as a guaranteed diversity of color found in each piece. Each piece is thrown on a pottery wheel by hand. As a result every object is unique and one of a kind. Each object is made to encourage the viewer to want to explore it with their hands; to feel the texture, weight, and overall essence of the piece. The goal is that everyone will be able to find that one piece that speaks to you, it just feels right in your hands, it makes you want to explore it with the rest of your senses.
John Joseph Coffee:
Who is John Joseph? Well, both us, father and son, III and IV, partners in this adventure of coffee! We started off as coffee drinkers, then we met a coffee roaster! It was just drinks around a campfire, for not even that long, but it changed our possibilities, and at the very least gave us a great idea for a really cool new hobby. Soon after, we built our first roaster, bought our first burlap sack of coffee, and burned our first beans. It didn’t go well, didn’t taste good, and confused our neighbors, but we had a start, a first step, and we liked it. The coffee got better, we learned what was happening and when it should be happening. We came up with a name, a logo (which we drew on all of our bags, some better than others), and started selling at farmers markets, here and there.
When the opportunity arose to expand, in 2017, we jumped at it, and opened up our Roast Shop, at 112 Van Buren. A little bit workshop, a little bit roastery, a bit coffee shop, and a lot of space to do all of the coffee related projects that we have always dreamed of. We operate our Roastshop with the values that we hope to pass on to John Joseph V.
With each pound of coffee, we are proud to share our belief that a cup of coffee is kindness, generosity and energy in liquid form. Coffee brings us together. Drink it. Enjoy it. And for the love of coffee, be kind to one another.
Sauk Prairie Chamber Chili Cook-Off: 12pm-3pm
Stop in and warm up by sampling our entry in the Sauk Prairie Chili Cook-Off! Free to sample at all participating locations. Stop by other local businesses to try them all, then vote for your favorite!
Sunday, December 2nd | 1-5pm
Workshop: Herbal Gift Making with Linda Conroy