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play Jura Silver- man Studio and Gallery range of artsy experiences within this small city stretches from the big stage at Ameri- can Players Theatre to the tiny curiosities at House on the Rock, there’s more to savor than just these tourist hotspots. For architecture lovers, there really is Play Around Town in Spring Green I Get lost in a creative hub for artists and art-lovers alike n the mix of locales known for inspir- ing artistic activity, Spring Green is one of Wisconsin’s busiest. While the no better place to start than Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic home and design studio— Taliesin. But a trek off the beaten path presents Wright’s influence in a number of other buildings in town—from the Cham- ber of Commerce building to St. John’s Catholic Church. If you’re looking to feast your eyes on smaller-scale visual arts, you’ll find a plethora of great downtown galleries fea- turing locally made arts from paintings to sculptures, woven baskets to handmade paper. Then head to the Albany Street Shops, a shopping district boasting plenty of opportunities to pick up treasures— textile creations to home décor—crafted by local artisans. If you get hungry along the way, local cafés with scrumptious treats and coffee offer the perfect down-home finish to a day of strolling. From performing arts to visual arts, glass blowing to quilting, Spring Green blends a rich artistic history with a dose of country air to create an inspiring day trip in the summer. Jura Silverman Studio and Gallery 143 S. Washington St.; (608)588-7049 Located in an old cheese warehouse, this gallery is known for displaying prints, paintings, glassware and basketry. No Rules Jewelry 120 S. Albany St.; (608)588-7509 Find handmade pieces, including jewelry, pottery, stained glass and prints from over 30 local artists. Stage Stop 334 E. Daley St.; (608)588-7221 Home décor, jewelry and Amish furniture stretch as far as the eye can see in this large, family owned gift shop. May 2011 65 Don’t miss... Photo by Brittney Scharine

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