Abel Contemporary Gallery Now Open in Stoughton
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
524 East Main Street - Stoughton, WI 53589
In 2018, Abel Contemporary Gallery’s owners, Theresa Abel and Tim O’Neill were informed by their Paoli landlord that the creamery building which housed the gallery, would be put up for sale. The property was financially unattainable for the couple. The need to find an affordable building with unique characteristics not far from their previous location brought the search to the south of Madison and fortunately they stumbled upon a historic tobacco warehouse for sale in the city of Stoughton that had similar qualities found in the current space. It was important for them to be located a short distance from Madison with easy access for their customers and collectors, a large space to continue current programming while maintaining the large stable of artists, and an older distinct building which has always complemented the contemporary art and point of view of the gallery.
The building, located at 524 East Main street, was built in the late 1800’s and has a beautiful brick exterior, post and beam construction with soaring ceilings and original wood plank floors and walls. Realizing that two floors of this new building will more than accommodate the needs of the gallery, it was decided that a beneficial use of the lower level would be to offer reasonably priced artist studios for rent, artists in Madison and the surrounding area are under-served by the lack of available professional artist studios.
The new building needed renovation and upgrades which were extensive and will continue for years to come. The new space was designed by Reddymade Architecture and Design in NYC, and countless volunteer hours by friends from the local artist community made this transformation possible.
In this new space Abel Contemporary will continue to host three concurrent exhibitions: a solo show, a group show and an exhibit in a space akin to the previous Cooler to feature more experimental art work. This new space is called no.5 to pay homage to the history of the building as the no.5 tobacco warehouse.
We are excited about this opportunity to own the building that houses the gallery and believe the space offered by this historic building is a perfect backdrop for contemporary art. Abel Contemporary will build upon its great history and our mission to support the arts and artists will persevere.
524 East Main Street • Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589 • 608-845-6600 • Located just southeast of Madison