Gallery / Exhibitions

The Chestnut Gallery aspires to visually enrich our community by exhibiting local, regional and national artists focusing on a broad spectrum of media and expressive styles.

"Woven Tales" exhibit

For our May/June exhibit, Chestnut Center for the Arts welcomes artist James Sanders III with his textiles exhibit "Woven Tales."

The show opens with an Artists Reception on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 6-8 p.m. and runs until June 20, 2024. The exhibit can be viewed during our normal business hours, Monday through Thursday from 10-3 p.m.

Artist's Statement

James Sanders III

 Jim Sanders saved all the textiles touching his body over the past 50+ years, initially sorting fabric by weight and then zig-zag machine- stitching to create these unique rugs.

All the rugs in this exhibit were woven for dearly loved colleagues, friends and family members, to dimensions and color schemes selected for each personally. All are functional rugs and intended for hard use, machine washable and drying with high heat. Sanders’ objective in creating the series was to encourage recipient reflection on lives shared.

This series of rugs was initiated after encountering a series of life-threatening physical events. 

once loved art

Get your art to us!

We're currently collecting donated art --now!

Chestnut Center's "Once Loved Art" sale takes your "retired" art that you've retrieved from the basement or back of the closet, and gives it new life, in someone else's home!

As we travel through life, many types of art touch us in special ways. Gifts of art are given with love. A special moment is remembered with an art piece. Someone creates a piece of art that we value. These all become a part of our home decor and valued treasures.

There is a time however, when we move on, and these things hold a different meaning, but their value does not diminish. Chestnut Center understands and wants to provide a way for you to give these valued art pieces a new life and a new home.

Retired art might take the shape of a piece of wall art, an antique quilt, a piece of lace or jewelry, a sculpture or other three-dimensional pieces, or maybe autographed sheet music.

Consider donating your once-loved art to Chestnut Center. Funds raised are used for educational programming in the arts.

Donated art can be dropped off at the Chestnut Center during regular office hours (Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am-3pm) or by appointment (715-389-8999).

Let us put your retired treasures back to work!

Chestnut Center's "Once Loved Art" Sale will be held at least once annually. Watch for it! Sign up for our email blasts to be notified. Also, a selection of this art is on display--and for sale-- in the Terrazzo Room year-round.