On Madeline Island making things by hand, functional or beautiful, and many ways both is embedded in the island way. From hand-poured candles to jewelry, pottery and ceramics, carvings, paintings, soaps and weavings, islanders are people who are resourceful and creative.
Madeline Island Candles has been hand-pouring soy wax candles since 2011. Container, pillar, travel tins, tealights, votives and wax melts, both scented and unscented available. Located a short walk from the ferry dock and open year-round, the store also sells handmade soaps by Artisan Shepard Soaps of Madeline Island and notecards by Katherine Parfet.
Lake Superior Soap Company is the maker of all natural soaps, felted soap stones and soap sculptures. Each wonderfully scented and unique in color and beauty.
Turtle Tracks Studio is a working weaving studio, owned and operated by Michele Auger, weaver/painter. Studio showcases the island tradition of woven art and paintings in many forms and functions in original custom work. Works include rugs of all sizes, pillows, runners, scarves, lamps, wall hangings and painting. Open studio the last Friday and Saturday of July. Work also for sale at Woods Hall Gallery & Studios. For more information call 715-747-3023.
Woods Hall Gallery & Studios opened it doors in 1955 as a place for local residents to put their creative energies to work during the winter months. Today it is an artist co-op featuring the work of some 70 local and regional artists, with original design and hand-woven items, rugs, scarves, table runners, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, clothing and more, plus floor looms on display.
Bell Street Gallery features four galleries, open-air pottery garden, Art Bar with wine and beer, and the Island Boutique featuring locally designed and made Island Lifestyle clothing. Gifts, cards, pottery, paintings, all locally created and inspired by Madeline Island and Lake Superior.
La Pointe Center Art Guild & Gallery exhibits area artists’ work in a variety of mediums. One-of-a-kind jewelry, paintings and sculpture, along with locally produced cards are available at their Backdoor Gallery.