The Best of WashCo: The Creative Side

Best of WashCo: The Creative Side

Michelle Martin, Washburn County Staff Writer

From mosaics to murals and downtown galleries to spaces to create your own masterpiece, Washburn County is bursting with art everywhere you look. It’s no wonder that the Best of WashCo: The Creative Side was one of our categories for 2020. With some incredible nominations, it was hard to narrow it down to a top three, but you did it and here they are!

An absolute must see (and do!) located in Shell Lake, The Potter’s Shed not only offers art, but is an extraordinary sight to see as well. From the front of the building to the enchanting garden, you’re sure to fall in love with this gem in the northwoods. A trip to the gallery will have you in awe of the incredible artwork and a short walk to the creative zone, located in the cafe building, will have you creating your own work of art in no time. 

Located in downtown Spooner is where you will find Gypsy & The Frog. This incredible gallery owned by Mary Kay Latzka (Gypsy) and Rich Meaux (The Frog) offers a delightful collection of art primarily made by the owners themselves. From intricate pottery to paintings and even metal work, you’ll be sure to enjoy a trip to this eclectic gallery. When you visit their gallery oftentimes, one (or both) will be working on their latest piece of work, but a messy apron never hurts anyone!

A wander around this charming lakefront community isn’t complete without checking out the beautiful Shell Lake Mosaic Tour, located throughout Shell Lake. With three of the mosaics located right downtown, a short walk is the best way to view these works of art. Created by local artist Mary Dosch, along with many community members and students, the mosaics represent the community’s rich art vibe and are definitely worth a visit. Along the tour you will even find a stunning bathroom with mosaics all over the floor & walls - yes, you read that right...a bathroom, it’s a Brickyard Pottery so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself! 

For more information on the art stops in Washburn County, be sure to request an information packet and mark the box for “art galleries.” Trust us, there are even more great spots that you are going to want to check out while you’re here.