The Madison Area Felters’ Guild is hosting a week-long art show at Four Winds Farm in Fitchburg from September 30th through October 8th. The Artful Felt at the Farm event will include a variety of activities for all ages, including wool and felting demonstrations, beginning felting classes, kids activities, and exploring the farm. A rich variety of felted art, some 50 pieces, created by 13 Wisconsin artists, will be on display in the farm’s new gallery space, open for viewing and purchasing throughout the week. There is a variety of free events as well as paid workshops. Click here to register and purchase tickets.
Schedule of Events
Friday, September 30th, 6pm – 8pm | Opening Reception
Join us for light refreshments as we kick off Artful Felt at the Farm with our first gallery opening. Get a first look at the felted art on display and mingle with our artists. Registration is requested, but there is no cost to join. Click here to register.
Saturday, October 1st, 10am – 4pm | Family Day at the Farm
Family Day includes activities throughout the day for the whole family. There will be a “touch table” with wool and felted items for handling, wagon rides to view our sheep pasture, and hands-on events throughout the day.
From 10am – 12pm, kids can drop in to learn how to blend colors with wool and make felted beads. At 10:15am, there will be a wet felting demonstration presented by Susan Bond. At 12pm, Katie Fritz-Jung will be demonstrating nuno felting (felting with fabric). From 2pm-4pm, Peter McMasters of Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts in Stoughton will be teaching a beginning class, “Felting 101: Felted Flowers” for adults and teens, 14 and over, who want to try their hand at felting. Registration and a $30 fee is required to participate in this class.
The Artists Gallery will be open for viewing the felted artwork and guests are welcome to explore Four Winds Farm throughout the day.
This day will cost $10 per vehicle ($12 if paying with credit card) which will be charged upon entrance at the Four Winds Farm gate. If you are registered for the “Felted Flowers” class at 2pm with Peter McMasters, click here to register and pay workshop fee. If registered for the felting workshop, your vehicle fee will be waived.
Sunday, October 2nd, 10am – 3pm | Fiber at the Farm
Join us for Fiber at the Farm on Sunday for a day of fiber events, which includes three 45 min. presentations all related to felting. At 10:30am Terry Tackett will present, “Sheep to Felt,” about sheep shearing, wool processing and making felt. An artists panel discussion on creativity and feltmaking lead by Jennifer Angelo will take place from 12pm to 1:15pm, and a guided gallery walk-through with docent Carol Cohen will begin at 1:30pm. The public is encouraged to attend all three events, which are free. The Artists Gallery will be open for viewing the felted artwork and guests are welcome to explore Four Winds Farm throughout the day.
Registration for the day of events is requested, but there is no cost to join any of the presentations on Sunday. Click here to register.
Monday, October 3rd – Friday, October 7th | Artist Gallery Open Hours
View the Madison Area Felters’ Guild Artist Gallery located on the lower level of our Barn space. Admission is Free and Pre-registration is NOT required. Staff will be available if you are interested in contacting an artist about purchasing their work.
Monday, October 3rd | 2pm – 6pm
Tuesday, October 4th | 2pm – 6pm
Wednesday, October 5th | 2pm – 6pm
Thursday, October 6th | 6pm – 8pm
Friday, October 7th | 4pm – 7pm
October 8th, Saturday, 10am – 4pm | Workshops & Final Viewing
Our final day of the Artful Felt at the Farm event includes activities throughout the day for the whole family.
From 10am – 12pm, kids can drop in to learn how to blend colors with wool and make felted beads. At 10:15am, there will be a demonstration by Sandra Wysock of “painting” with wool to make two dimensional landscapes. From 11:30am – 1:30pm, Michelle Martin will be teaching a class, “Felting 101: 3D Needle Felting.” From 2pm to 4pm, Renee Dauplaise will be teaching “Felting 101: Wet Felted Coasters.” Registration and a $3o fee are required to participate in both of these classes. Click here to register.
The Artists Gallery will be open for viewing the felted artwork on display and guests are welcome to explore Four Winds Farm throughout the day.