The changing fall colors on my left and on my right are the cascading hills along the Minnesota border, which is right across the Mississippi River. There is just something about the sun shining through on this moody overcast day and seeing the bright beams of light as it ripples acrossContinue Reading

By Patrick Shea – Bicycle Touring came into my life during my college years. I attended a small school on Lake Superior’s south shore, where the deciduous and boreal forests meet and mingle. From Northland’s campus in Ashland, Wisconsin, I spent four years in an ever-widening spiral of aimless pedaling.Continue Reading

7th Annual Writing Retreat Join us for the seventh annual Writing Retreat at Shake Rag Alley, open to writers of all levels. Explore storytelling, narrative, flash forms, and working across genres with retreat faculty Patricia Ann McNair (Explorations in Flash Forms; Retreat Artistic Director), Christine Maul Rice (Writing Fiction), andContinue Reading

Oil and Cold Wax Annual Retreat Spend four inventive days painting with other oil and cold wax artists! Shake Rag Alley is pleased to host this annual non-instructional retreat. With Mineral Point’s Gallery Night corresponding with the retreat, gallery field trip opportunities abound! Previous attendees have found the retreat anContinue Reading

A Mixed Media Art Retreat Treat yourself to a four-day artful getaway where you’ll get to explore a variety of art forms, media, and aesthetics. Work with metal, fiber, collage, assemblage, oil & cold wax, painting, calligraphy, and mixed media. 15 workshops with nine talented instructors from across the countryContinue Reading