A new wall abuts the original 19th century bead board wall with early 20th century wallpaper remnants. A historic renovation fanatic’s dream in Hortonville, WI! thematchfactory.org
It never fails to amaze me just how quickly time can fly. In the last couple of weeks I’ve nearly lost track of all of the cool and innovative things that have happened (and are happening!) that I’m privileged to be a part of.
First, the last time I mentioned anything specifically Young Space-related, I was still winding down from the pop-up show in Green Bay, which was another huge success, and I’m so happy to have been able to present the artists and work that came together so beautifully in that space. A part of that project branched out to a local charter program, Appleton Career Academy at Appleton North High School, spent 5 weeks developing curated gallery/museum exhibitions using the blog 356artists365days.com as a resource. Because the blog has a database available, it was possible to search for artists based on media and location, and it just so happened that one of the bloggers behind the project, Frank Juarez, is a Wisconsin arts activist, and we were able to coordinate with him to plan the future vision of this course and project.
Most of my attention is focused on a brand new project in a village of a little over 3000 people just outside of Appleton, WI. Hortonville, founded by Alonzo Horton in the mid 19th century (he went on to co-found San Diego) was also the home of one of the world’s first match light factories. A brand new contemporary arts and project space located on Main Street nods to Hortonville’s unique past with the name Match Factory, and there we hope to be able to present some amazing and experimental contemporary artwork while also connecting to the community through local-interest events and workshops. It’s a heck of a lot of fun to plan and create, and my friend Claire, founder of Standard Projects, which hosts artists-in-residence throughout the summer, is helping to make the physical space into everything it can be. We’re so excited to enhance the sense of community and creativity already so vivid in Hortonville, and we’re really interested to explore the potential of a rural contemporary arts space!
So if you’re wondering where I’m at lately — never fear! You can keep up with current projects and updates at the new site, thematchfactory.org, or on Facebook. Once settled into the new space, I intend it to be a spot for Young Space projects as well, so stay tuned!