Get Your Arts and Culture Fix

By Kate Lawless and Shelby Rowe Moyer


Located in Stoughton, Abel Contemporary Gallery has several new exhibitions this spring, featuring paintings, woodwork and sculptures. Highlights include oil painter Gregory Schulte’s masterful recreations of light through foliage and artist ian van d.’s installation of sculptures that capture an unnamed spirit that haunts America. You don’t need an appointment to enjoy these works of art during business hours, but you will need to make an online reservation, if you’d prefer a private showing. Hurry in — the exhibitions end May 30.


Make Music Madison is back! Since 2013 the city has hosted this one-day celebration of music on June 21, in honor of World Music Day. Amateur up to professional musicians will perform live during the COVID-safe event between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. at various
outdoor venues around the city — parks, in front of businesses and public plazas. Check for a list of venues and more information.


These Wisconsin-based, women authors have new works hot off the presses.

“I Thought You Said This Would Work,” by Ann Garvin

Released this month, best-selling author and Madison resident Ann Garvin dives into the complexities of friendship with the story of two estranged friends stuck together on a road trip. Samantha and Holly find themselves traveling to Utah to rescue the dog of their mutual best friend, Katie, who’s in the hospital with cancer. As the miles unfurl before them, so do unexpected twists, a romance and the secret behind their broken friendship.

“Love the Earth,” by Mel Hammond

American Girl’s new release aims to help kids 8 years and older understand climate change and empower them to use their skills to help slow it. American Girl editor Mel Hammond penned the book and included profiles of 15 real girls who are making positive, earth-friendly changes. The book is available at American Girl retail stores, as well as online and booksellers nationwide.

“The Seven Day Switch,” by Kelly Harms

Award-winning Madison author Kelly Harms tackles the social judgment of parenting in her newest title. In the book, a sangria-filled potluck results in Celeste — the stay-at-home Pinterest mom — switching bodies with Wendy — the career-driven, powerhouse mom. The women have always loathed each other, but they’re about to get a new perspective. The comedic tome releases in July.

“The Kindred Spirits Supper Club,” by Amy E. Reichert

Milwaukee-based Amy E. Reichert’s new novel serves up a much-needed, uplifting message proving that bad circumstances can become a great new adventure. Set in Wisconsin Dells, journalist Sabrina Monroe moves back in with her parents after she loses her job and is physically and metaphorically haunted by ghosts. However, her yearning for connection leads her to begin a series of anonymous acts of kindness that begin making a real difference in the community. This rom-com offers the warmhearted joy we all need.

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