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Art Along the St. Croix April 6, 2009

Are you searching for the perfect piece of art to grace your mantle?  Waiting to run into a vase the exact size and color you need to fill that huge void above your entertainment center?  Look no further!  The Hudson area has some fantastic art resources to take advantage of.

Seasons on St. Croix is located on Second Street in Downtown Hudson, and represents dozens of local and regional artists in all media.  From textiles to pottery, glass to paintings, you will find it here.  They have a brand new gallery, and an artist reception event on the first Friday of every month.  Visit their website at http://www.seasonsonstcroix.com/ for more information.

Kelley Galleries and Framing is located a little further down Second Street in Hudson.  They offer a gorgeous array of original works, as well as reproductions, furniture and home accessories.  To finish off your art selection, they offer framing services, as well.  Check their website at http://www.kelleygalleries.com/ for more information on their upcoming events, new artists and more.

Bonnie Rubinstein, of River Falls, is a fused glass artist.  She is amazing, and works on a very large scale.  Sinks, countertops, tiles, light fixtures, window panels – she can do it all!  View her portfolio and contact her to discuss your custom project:  http://www.rubinsteinstudio.com/.

Another local glass artist, Laurie Wilson, offers works in both stained and fused glass.  She is well-known for her custom architectural window panels, as she has worked with many builders in the area.  See her work at http://www.ilwacoglass.com.  I have had the pleasure of working with her on several past projects, and my clients have been thrilled with the results!

For a little something old, check out Abigail Page Antiques, also on Second Street in Hudson.  You never know what you may find; that perfect piece for your home may be hiding in the corner!  http://abigailpageantiques.com/

A wonderful array of home accessories, furniture, artwork and more awaits you at Etcetera on Second Street in Hudson.  I love browsing through their beautiful displays looking for a gift for someone special.  http://etchudson.com/

If you want to take an afternoon drive, head east to Roberts.  Color Crossing specializes in fiber arts.  Whether you weave, knit, crochet, felt or spin, they will have just the yarn, fiber or supplies you need.  They also just added a gallery, featuring pottery, rugs and more from local artists.  Check out this fun little shop at http://www.colorcrossing.com

Just another few minutes east, you will find a little gem of a gallery.  Stone Soup in Hammond is a great resource of local artwork.  Owner Jane Nicol features different artists than you will find in Hudson, making her shop well worth the drive.  I have found so many inspiring pieces there – check it out at http://www.stonesoupart.com.

Whether you are looking for an original piece of art, or a more affordable print, or something small or large to decorate your home, the Hudson area has everything you need!  You don’t need to cross the river to find high-quality, affordable gifts and artwork.  And, of course, stay for something to eat – it’s hard to beat the restaurants in Downtown Hudson!

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A New Home for Furniture March 4, 2009

Filed under: Interior Design news — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 9:12 am
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Has your basement become something of a furniture graveyard?  Have you inherited more furniture than you can fit into your house?  Did you recently purchase new furniture?  I am often asked where my clients can donate their pre-loved furniture.  Thankfully, there is a local non-profit called We Do Feet!  They are a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson, WI, and they have a warehouse to store and distribute used furniture to people in need within the St. Croix River Valley area.  Furniture is needed by people just coming out of shelters, abuse victims setting up a new home or apartment and current or new area residents in need.  As you can imagine, the need is even greater in these ecomonic times!  If you have a piece of gently used furniture taking up space in your home, please contact me.  I will put you in touch with We Do Feet, and they will arrange for pick-up or drop-off of your donated pieces.  They are willing to take on just about any type of furniture in usable condition – the only things they cannot accept are king-sized mattresses, sleeper sofas or appliances.  Especially needed are mattresses and sofas.  Give that old furniture a new home – there are many in the St. Croix River valley who will thank you!

Update: I have been informed by the people at We Do Feet that if you call Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson (715/386.9313), they will put you in contact with We Do Feet. Pick-up or drop-off can then be arranged. They are very excited with the prospect of more donations – calls for furniture needs have outweighed what they have to offer! Thanks so much for your consideration.