Willy Street's Hatch Art House A Gallery-Gift Shop Hybrid
Find vieux et nouveau here at this funky emerging-artist showcase
When I stroll into Hatch Art House on Willy Street I instantly feel at home. Perhaps it’s the Tiffany-blue walls and soft yellow ceiling, juxtaposed against the polished concrete floor, reclaimed furnishings and the smattering of local, handmade jewelry, paintings and quirky décor pieces throughout.
It’s an art gallery, glam-ified—thanks to owner, artist and Portland transplant Tammy Schreiter.
“I knew I wanted to be here because it reminds me most of Portland—it’s up and coming; it has a good vibe,” says Schreiter.
Currently the six-month-old shop carries thirty-five local artists who make jewelry, accessories, handbags, photography, paintings and little decorative items. Many of the pieces use “upcycled” or reused elements, such as handbags fashioned from hardcover books, jewelry made with vintage elements and a chair découpaged with comic book strips. It’s not a new concept, but the stuff here are definitely items you haven’t seen before.
Schreiter sells her own paintings and jewelry too, and the name of the space references showcasing up-and-comers. She found many of her artists through visiting last summer’s Art Fair Off the Square.
“When you buy from us, you know where it’s from—the artist could be from two blocks away!” says Schreiter. “Madison’s on the right track for buying local—and that’s what we’re all about.”
Clockwise from top left:
Lisa Penning’s handbags and wristlets are made out of remnants, vintage fabrics and buttons and lined on the inside with a contrasting fabric. $36
“Nathan Gieseke, a local glass blower, has pieces that are so affordable. You can buy a vase for $60, which is nice,” says Schreiter. Gieseke also uses recycled metalwork like gears in his work, too. $60–$220
ANYTHING BUT WATER
Schreiter features one artist per month—but among her favorites from a few months ago were Tahlia Day’s watercolors and abstracts. $12–$800
We’d seen Beth Heeney’s Green Cricket Salvage pieces before—but were wowed by this superhero chair. Be on the lookout for her absolutely unique works. $165
Adorn your ’do with a sparkly pin or one-of-a-kind headband by Jennifer Zarrinnam. Or pick up a necklace or ring fashioned out of vintage buttons and charms. $6–$32
Schreiter says photographer Jeremy Sailing had never sold his work anywhere—until she spotted it and asked to carry it. “It was such a great feeling telling him his first photograph sold.” $30–$220
1248 Williamson St. 237-2775. hatcharthouse.com
Shayna Miller is associate and style editor of Madison Magazine.
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