The NSAA Arts Mill in Grafton Wisconsin

Buying Local Art for your holiday gift giving just got a little easier The Northshore Academy of the Arts: Arts Mill in Grafton has all your gift and giving needs in a  one stop shop.

This Historic Mill on 1300 14th avenue on the edges of the river now houses some 18 plus artisans that make their studio, show and sell their work on the premises. The Artisans are working in all mediums from painting, paper, sculpture, glass, oil, wearable, fiber, photography, mixed media, jewelry and much more.

The building also houses a gallery space which have reoccurring shows running about 6-8 weeks in length. I attended the Winter White show Dec 2nd, 2011 which was a juried show with a theme of winter white. The best in show was awarded to a local photographer.

What makes the Arts Mill unique?

The Arts Mill Studios - Grafton, WIThe Arts Mill Studios – Grafton, WI

Housed in the Grafton Historic Mill, two flights up from where they began, the Arts Mill boasts a place for artists to do their art. A cooperative environment, artists have an opportunity to secure a space among other artists. Open to the public, it fosters a cultural appreciation of the arts in our communities. Community members can visit the second floor and watch artists in work. Students from the academy are able to pursue mentoring opportunities with these professional artists. The space is also home to the Arts Mill Boutique, where local artists sell their work to promote the arts and the organization.

On the third floor, is a gallery, home to art shows and special events. It is shared with Balancing Arts, that will offer holistic movement classes that compliment the creative process of performing, visual and literary artists.

Visit The Arts Mill.  Feel the creativity within the historic walls. Watch an artist at work. Shop for one of a kind gifts. Enjoy an event. Become inspired.

The Arts Mill Gallery & Boutique

Regular Hours of Operation:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11am-5pm
Wednesday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-5pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: Closed

Sunday Holiday Shopping Dates:

November 27th: 12-4pm
December 4th: 12-4pm
December 11th: 12-4pm
December 18th: 12-4pm

If you would like to schedule a tour of our gallery & boutique, contact Adria Willenson

The mission of the “Arts Mill Boutique” is to support local artists and artisans throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. We are pleased to be showcasing wonderful merchandise from a variety of local artisans throughout WI.

Below is a list of the Arts Mill Boutique vendors:

  • Tiny Bubbles (Hand-crafted soaps, lotions & candles by artisan, Kim from West Bend WI).
  • Mary Alison Handbags (Beautiful handbags designed by Alison Wolf – a Milwaukee-based artisan).
  • MAN VS. GEORGE (Modern greeting cards designed by a Milwaukee design firm)
  • KateFunk (Creative greeting card designer).
  • The Local Artist (Hanging Torches).
  • Sewing In Circles (Creative, one-of-a-kind home and personal accessories)
  • Meredith Kane Shimp (Creative bottle-cap Necklaces)
  • Paula’s Palette (Whimsical, hand-painted tote bags & aprons by Milwaukee artist, Paula Christensen)
  • Two Joys Art (Child inspired home accessories by Milwaukee artist, Jennifer Frontier)
  • Adria Willenson Designs (Hand-dyed silk scarves, personal & home accessories)
  • Moon-Tide Designs (specializes in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, business card holders and candle holders)
  • Ruta Murphy (specializing in hand-made jewelry)
  • Kandy Gibson (Beautiful, hand-crafted ceramics)
  • Generations In Style (Beautiful children’s clothing designed by Dawn Meyer)
  • Al Buss Designs (Hand-made necklaces)
  • Nancy Going (Custom Jewelry Designs)

New Arrivals

Linda Lipp Glass Fusion functional / decorative glassware and jewelry

Valorie Schleicher of VL Schleicher Sculptures LLC an award winning Sculptor and Photographer

The Boutique will showcase the high-caliber of talent among artists in our community. Any funds derived from the Boutique will be earmarked to the North Shore Academy of the Arts to provide vital arts programming.
If you are a local artisan interested in displaying your merchandise in our boutique, contact Adria Willenson at:

Buy Local Art Wisconsin will be doing Artisan Interviews over the next few months with each of these artisans. Meanwhile stop in and see their works and give the gift of local art!

One Response to “The NSAA Arts Mill in Grafton Wisconsin”
  1. scott hill says:

    Would like to on ur mailing list of art shows and craft shows,i live as an artist for 21 yrs.

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