To many people, making art remains a mystery. They would love a chance to watch over an artist's shoulder as art is being created.
Well, here's a chance to do just that.
The Capital Times Art Project 2007, which is meant to showcase the creative process with local artists, will take place Friday (3-7 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 4 p.m.) along State Street and around the Overture Center for the Arts.
The Capital Times has partnered with Madison's Central Business Improvement District and the Overture Center for a "window art exhibition" featuring not only the creations of local artists, but the creative process itself. Local artists will spend the weekend producing works of art in the windows of State Street businesses in full view of the public.
Artists producing everything from painted furniture and watercolors to precious metal jewelry, linoprints and drawings will be on display for you to see.
Then on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Overture Center, The Capital Times will host an open reception and silent auction. You can view the final pieces created throughout the weekend -- and maybe take one home, too.
"As Madison 's local newspaper, The Capital Times is committed to supporting the arts in and around Madison," said Megan Roepke, who has coordinated the event. "We want to support local artists by giving them the exposure that an event like this can bring as well as supporting them monetarily through the closing reception and silent auction.
"We believe the creative arts are an essential component to learning and would like to educate the community and celebrate local artists by showcasing the entire artistic process as it unfolds," Roepke added.
"We also believe this is a great opportunity to support the local business community by driving traffic downtown on a weekend that might not otherwise be as busy. The Capital Times Art Project is a new and different, interactive art event that will benefit the entire community, and that we believe will only continue to grow in the future."
Participating artists agreed.
"I feel that for the artist this is an opportunity to share the creative process but also a challenge," said watercolorist Trudi Theisen. "When working in front of people, you never know if the created work will be successful. I think it's great The Capital Times is recognizing the artistic process and giving the public a peek."
"I think it's great they're helping bring attention to the arts in the city," said Anthony Dallman-Jones, who added he will create a large 7-foot abstract painting and several smaller pieces. "It's a wonderful initiative, and all of us are very appreciative of the effort."
Here is a list of participating artists and stores: Dan Hefty & Tom Ainsworth at Capitol Kids; Anthony Dallmann-Jones at the State Street Gallery; Mike Konopacki at the Overture Center for the Arts; Catherine Gilbertson at Little Luxuries; Trudi Theisen at Noodles; Karen Reppen at Cosi; Miriam Hall at Fontana; C. Matthew Luther at Jazzman; William Cravis at Heartland Birkenstock; Melanie Kehoss at Artist and Craftsman; Janelle Thompson at Mirage; Ruth Meszaros at Peacock; Shingo Yanagi at Steep & Brew; Christy Stetson at Starbucks; Patricia Almlie at Digital Outpost; Janis Nussbaum Senungetuk at University Book Store; and Paul Briskey, Dana Slowiak and Melissa Cooke at the Mullins Group.
For more information, visit www.madison.com/tct/artproject.