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~ Rock Foraging Nature Artist & Real Estate Agent in Kingston, AR ~

Madison Woods is my creative chosen name. My real name is Roxann Riedel, and aside from being a nature-loving artist, I’m a REALTOR® with Montgomery Whiteley Realty.

(479)409-3429, or email madison@wildozark.com

Working on the Wild Ozark Studio

Today hubs and I went over to Alpena, Arkansas where the new Wild Ozark studio space will be (inside the upcoming Alpena Mercantile). He brought his metal detector to look around the lot to see if he could find anything interesting. While he did that, I cleaned. Before my daughter bought the building it was a small engine repair shop for many years. So, there is a deep layer of oily dust on the shelves in my corner. A correspondingly deep layer of dust all over the concrete floors, too.

I did not bring enough cleaning supplies to make a very big dent, but it sure felt good carving out a little space to call my studio. I’ll be out there again on Monday (3/6/23), so if you’re in the area stop in and say hello if you see the doors open. We don’t have electricity or water yet, so opening the doors lets in some light. I’ll bring jugs of water from home so I can scrub those grimy shelves more effectively. A bottle of 409 and paper towels weren’t very helpful, lol.

First Space on the Right

When you walk in the front door, the studio and gallery wall will be to the right. I put my panels in there today to try and figure out a good configuration, but I need to move two of the end pieces so they don’t block the view into the back. In the back and on the other side there will be other vendors. I’ll take those two extra panels and put them outside on days when I’m there to try and attract passer-bys into stopping.

So much cleaning still to do! I’m taking that pegboard round-about off of the counter, but needed a screwdriver and didn’t have one with me. Once I get all of the stuff off of the shelves I’ll paint them. What color? Red like the door?

I talked with one of the other shop-keepers farther down the row. She told me they’d done a traffic study last year and 8000 vehicles pass on the road daily. That’s a lot of potential art lovers! On the days when I’m there, I’ll sit outside on the porch with my easel and paint. Maybe that’ll entice some to stop?

Signage Needs

We’ll get a sign for the building that says Alpena Mercantile. But we also need signs to take in and put out on market days, so people will know the market is happening. One in particular needs to tell folks there’s parking in the back. On those two panels I’m moving away from the inside space, I want to put something that will be visible to traffic that will lure some stops for my studio/gallery. It needs to be short and sweet in order to read it quickly. It also needs to be catchy in order to pique interest quickly. Any suggestions?

The view of the side door of the Alpena Mercantile where the Wild Ozark Studio space will be.
The side door is large and lets in a lot of light. When both doors are open, it also lets in a lot of air flow. This will help to keep it cooler during the summer months.

Wild Ozark Studio & Gallery Contents

What will happen in the Wild Ozark studio space? Well, I’m bringing one of my large easels so I can paint something big while I’m there. I’m also bringing my desktop easel so I can paint inside at the counter when the weather isn’t good. It gets windy often, so I won’t be able to paint outside until I can get a better easel that clamps onto the canvas on those days. But I can’t buy another easel until I make some income. So that will wait.

My goal is to make the art studio draw in the tourists (like the cornerstone store of a mall) who will then also visit and buy from the vendors (and me). Or it can work the other way around, if folks want to stop to see a market and then will also visit and buy from me (and the vendors). I suspect the farmer’s market part of things will attract both local and out of towners. But I suspect the studio will attract mostly out of towners. But if I offer lessons then it would also attract locals (see last paragraph of this section for why I’m not sure I should teach painting lessons, though).

Here’s what I plan to offer:

  • Paintings in progress
  • Framed originals
  • Unframed originals
  • Framed prints
  • Unframed prints
  • Notecards
  • Sets of Paleo Paints
  • Pigment powders
  • Pigment rocks
  • Watercolor binder

Some of these items can be packaged as souvenirs, too. Like a cute little canvas bag of Wild Ozark pigment rocks, with the logo and my origin story printed on the bag! Well, the printing might get too expensive, but I can attach a little card with the story and logo.

Eventually I’d like to hold workshops there, too, on how to make the paints. Not painting lessons, though. I don’t think I know what I’m doing well enough to teach anyone else how to paint. But maybe one day. Or maybe beginner classes. But I can’t claim to know proper technique on anything, as everything I do is either self-taught or scrounged from my research and then adapted to my own way of doing things. No formal education on how to paint, though I could teach how to paint in the way that I paint, hahaha. We can all be surprised at what we produce during those classes, as I often am at my own works.

Contact Mad Rox: (479) 409-3429 or madison@madisonwoods and let me know which hat I need to put on 🙂 Madison for art, Roxann for real estate, lol. Or call me Mad Rox and have them both covered!

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