Waunakee Artisan Market builds, nourishes local art community

WAUNAKEE, Wis. — The Waunakee Artisan Market returned on Saturday, bringing in dozens of local artists to show off and sell their work, all while building on the area’s art community.

The market has nearly doubled in its second year, a trend the event’s organizers hope continues.

“We started this for Waunakee so that we can support Waunakee artists,” Natasha Lutes, the event’s co-chair said. “Most of our Waunakee artists don’t do any other shows, so if you come to this one you’re gonna see art that you’re not gonna see anywhere else.”

The market emphasized bringing in artists with varying backgrounds and techniques, allowing spectators to witness art they’ve seen before.

“We were careful to hand select our artists and we tried to really make sure we had a diversity both of people and the types of media that were recovering,” market co-chair Rona Neri said. “So we really had something for everyone at this event.”

The market provides platforms for emerging artists. It gives scholarship money to young artists and funds new artists to kickstart their careers through supplies and more.

“Our focus here is to make sure that we’re building a community of artists,” Lutes said.