Today my boyfriend and I went to Art in the Mill Park located in Paoli, Wisconsin. My mother had a booth in the art fair so we decided to go visit her then explore what else the town had to offer!
We started off the morning with a trip to Fat Cat Coffee Works in New Glarus. I ordered an almond mocha and my goofy boyfriend, having only $1, decided to order two flavor shots (meant to go in coffee) and drank them straight up! I thought it was icky, but he didn't complain!
We made it to Paoli and found ourselves a parking spot. Art fair time! The fair was in Mill Park which is located along part of the Sugar River. There were about 50 vendors total along with food stands, live music, and an auction tent.
We made a big loop around the park so we could visit every single booth. Along the way we met lots of interesting people! One man was a metal artist and had recently complete the biggest sculpture he'd ever made. It was a life size buffalo! If I can get my boyfriend to hand over his photos I'll be sure to post what it looked like. The giant metal creature was priced at $190,000! Wowzah!
Another artist who made metal jewelry told us the secret to her multicolored metal pieces: paint the metal with pigments of another metal then dip it in water and send electrical currents through it! There was also an interesting artist who made hanging animal sculptures out of old bottles and broken musical instruments! They were all so creative and really made me want to get back into art!
For lunch we visited a food booth called UW Soho. They sold Asian cuisine with a specialty in different types of potstickers! We ordered two flavors for and chose Mac and Cheese and So Beefy. I had never thought of potstickers being altered from the original authentic pork type and was pleasantly surprised!
Mac and Cheese on the left, So Beefy on the right (if you couldn't already tell lol).
After lunch we decided to explore and see what the rest of Paoli had to offer! They had an adorable little shop called Cluck the Chicken Store that sold both chicken supplies and chicken themed artwork and gifts. It was quite charming.
We also stopped at a small shop that specialized in air plants! They put the plants inside all sorts of little blocks and tree branches!
Since they require so little care I picked up this one for my dorm room! I don't know if plants typically get names, but I decided to call mine Pickle to make it more personal.
From another gift shop I picked up a journal called My Lifelong Journal of Firsts. It's a really cute book that allows you to write down specific details every time you try something new! This is something I often forget to do which causes my memories of events to get foggy over time!
Here's a closer view of the entry pages. This brand of journals has books for every single occasion! I had a hard time picking out which one I wanted, but decided on Journal of Firsts because I will be doing a lot of new things once I start college! See all the journal options available here.
After exploring Paoli we decided to take a shopping trip to Madison since it was only 20 minutes away.
While inside of Hot Topic I found this shirt and was really tempted to buy it!! I managed to resist though since I'd already bought two pairs of jeans which made my bank account very unhappy!
I also spontaneously got cartilage piercings in both of my ears! I had no intention of doing it when we first got to the mall, but as we were leaving I casually mentioned to my boyfriend that I wanted to get it done someday and he was like, "why wait?" And so it was done!!
On the drive back to town we stopped for dinner at a cute little place called "Tuvalu." We had pasted it several times before on our way back from Madison and finally stopped for a visit!
What a cute little place! It was full of art by local artists and fair trade import pieces. We each ordered a sandwich then explored a bit more.
One of the products they sold was this poo paper stuff! I've seen it before but am always surprised when I see it because making paper out of poo is just really strange to me. It obviously doesn't smell or anything, but the fibrous particles in the paper make me extremely wary!
The gallery was filled with all sorts of wonderful art, but because it was a gallery I'm not posting any specific pictures of work here because I don't know the names of the artists and don't want to worry about copyright or anything! I would however recommend stopping at Tuvalu to check things out if you're ever in the area!
Our sandwiches were super good! I don't remember what my boyfriend ordered but mine was a Caprese sandwich with a side of garden greens. It had mozzarella, basil, and tomato slices. Yum!!
That pretty much sums up our day! It was full of adventure and very colorful! :)
Hi my name is Emilee and I am a kinesiology undergraduate student. These are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!