Creativity Takes Courage
Art is for everyone to enjoy, become inspired by and appreciate. Making something using your hands is a special creative process. Taking an idea and turning it into a physical item takes time, patience, openness and skill. It is a way of expressing oneself. To share your hand-made artwork with others can be scary and overwhelming. It is such an intimate process, you are sharing your inner thoughts with others and as we know todays world can be a cruel place. The gallery provides a safe haven for artists to showcase their work to the public and learn from each other. We thank you for supporting and enjoying art.
It is key to any community to have a strong and healthy artist community.
We are proud to be a small part of that.
Art Connective Inc is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting the arts.
The Art Connective is a non-profit art gallery located in historic downtown De Pere, WI. It started as a pop-up in 2018 and the original name was Artless Bastard which was met with much controversy. It quickly found its current location of 353 Main Ave, West De Pere, WI 54115. The gallery focused on unique call for art themes giving artists opportunities to showcase their original artwork to the public. It was created as safe haven for artists and still is to this day.
The gallery changed ownership October of 2019 when Alexis Arnold took it over. Alexis heard about the possible closure of the gallery and immediately knew she was meant to take it over.The gallery was the first to accept a piece of her fine art photography and showcase it after she had been out of the state for fifteen years in Portland, Oregon. She had felt lost trying to find where she fit into the art community after moving back. Portland had an amazing creative community that valued connections, referrals and learning from one another. Moving to a new city, even if it is your home state, made her feel alone and unsupported at times. She felt called to help the local art community connect and support them on their journey.
The gallery has evolved over the years in many ways, including its name. It now gives emerging artists representation, expanded to a teaching center located next to our back patio at 353R Main Ave, hosts special events, hand-made gift section, awards best in show cash prize, offers working artists studio space, and more.
You are welcome to attend an opening reception, meet local artists, & enjoy the beauty and inspiration of original art.Thank you for stopping by either online or in person. We appreciate you and your support of the visual arts.
Let's keep connecting & creating!