About the Gallery


Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Extended holiday hours November 23 - December 30 open Monday - Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Open Christmas Eve - Monday, December 24th 10a.m. - 5p.m. (Closed on Christmas Day)


Abel Contemporary Gallery opened in 1987 as the Wisconsin Artisan Gallery under the direction of its original owner, who converted a former creamery into a showplace for the work of 30 local artists. A few years later the gallery shortened its name to the Artisan Gallery, enabling the gallery to show talent from a broader region.

In 1998, Theresa Abel became the Art Director and helped continue the growth of the gallery, both in quality and in reputation. In 2004, she and artist Tim O'Neill took over ownership, broadening the focus of the gallery, exhibiting artists with national reputations along with work of well-known local artists. Abel, a painter, and O’Neill, a woodworker and metalsmith focused on exhibiting fine art and fine craft side by side.

In 2017, as the gallery's reputation grew to attract visitors from across the country, the gallery changed its name to Abel Contemporary Gallery in order to differentiate itself from other "artisan" galleries and businesses. Abel Contemporary Gallery continues to build upon a great tradition and our mission of supporting the arts and artists remains unchanged.


Gallery Staff

Theresa Abel Owner & Art Director

Theresa Abel
Owner & Art Director

Ann Orlowski Assistant Art Director

Ann Orlowski
Assistant Art Director


Tim O'Neill

Kay Myers
Gallery Associate

Lauren A. Miller
Gallery Associate




6858 Paoli Road • Paoli, Wisconsin 53508 • 608-845-6600 • Located just southwest of Madison