Start Your Paintbrushes!

The Paint Out has begun!




photo-57 photo-54 photo-53 photo-52 photo-51 The finished works of art will be on display and available for purchase starting Saturday at noon at Wantoot, Longbranch and Bottle Works Galleries.

This First Annual Paint Out, organized by AMP, is expected to draw 50 artist-participants.

It seems like a picture-perfect event for Mineral Point.

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Paint Out

A new and curious addition to the Mineral Point 4th of July Parade was the group from AMP (Arts Mineral Point) as they created paintings whilst walking down High Street.


They were promoting the First Annual Paint Out, which will take place this weekend.

The idea for the Paint Out is for artists to get outside and paint our historic town and the scenic surroundings of the Driftless region this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday August 7, 8, & 9, 2014.

Maybe they will paint the Wisconsin High School Rodeo taking place at the Fairgrounds, or Jammin’ on The Porch at Orchard Lawn on Friday night, or the hundreds of bicyclists riding through Mineral Point Saturday morning as part of the Dairyland Dare (see the new Mineral Point route below).


The completed works of art will be on display Saturday and offered for sale at three sponsoring galleries: Bottle Works, Longbranch, and Wantoot.  Paintings will be judged by a jury committee and nearly $3000 will be awarded in cash and prizes.

Artists can still register, by clicking here.

The Paint Out is just one of the innovative ideas of AMP, a newly formed not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to “nurture and promote the arts in Mineral Point.”  Last October, AMP created the sculpture garden at the top of High Street.  They are also promoting arts incubation to provide additional incentive for artists to move to Mineral Point.

The First Annual Paint Out is just one example of how AMP is amping up the arts scene in Mineral Point.

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Gallery Night – Johnston’s Anniversary

Tonight is the third gallery night of 2014.  The next one will be December 6th, so you might want to come out tonight and take advantage of the weather.

861230_549380118419315_996326681_oBe sure to stop by the Johnston Gallery at 245 High Street to wish the Johnstons a Happy 25th Anniversary.  Tom and Diana opened the Johnston Gallery back in 1989 (back when Lucille May was 61) and have been a mainstay on High Street ever since.

In this recent article about Mineral Point (that went viral) Diana Johnston makes the point that “Everyone is important here, and no one is too important.”   If there is an exception to the latter part of that, it could certainly be the Johnstons whose vibrant gallery is open seven days a week and showcases the work of over 200 artists.

Take a look.


It’s a must-see stop for anyone visiting town.

Tonight at 5:00 p.m. there will be a celebratory ribbon cutting.  Throughout the day, the Johnstons are giving out these cool ceramic magnets.


You may enter a drawing to win one of these commemorative cups.


Here is the official Gallery Night Map to guide you as you tour the other galleries in town (disregard the date).


It should be a great night!

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For many who move to town, the first person they meet is realtor, Lucille May.  As Lauren Powers recalls about their first meeting fifteen years ago,

“What especially endeared Lucille was her immediate connection with our then two-year old toddler. When looking at houses, Lucille would grab her little hand, and just take her off so we could take our time and thoroughly check out the homes. A bond was made. For years and years we couldn’t walk down (or up) High Street without a stop in to see Lucille ‘to give her a Big Hug.’ She is still considered a very special family friend who welcomed us to town in her warm way.”

Multiply that story by all the homes Lucille has sold in the past thirty-two years at Potterton Rule and you begin to understand the impact she has on newcomers to town.  According to Potterton Rule, Lucille is a top producing realtor, not only in Mineral Point but in Iowa County, regularly selling over $1 million of real estate a year.  In fact, many Mineral Point homes have been sold by Lucille more than once.

Lucille is an ambassador for all that is good in Mineral Point.  She gives much of herself back to the community and rarely misses an event.  She gives no sign of slowing down.

1073050_687657997925613_267743110_oHer boundless energy speaks to the town’s Shangri-La-quality. Like Shangri-La, some people don’t seem to be getting older. Lucille is certainly one of these people. In addition to her work with Potterton Rule, she’s busy planning class reunions, keeping the Kiwanis in line as Secretary, and serving as Secretary of the Mineral Point Historical Society Board. She’s also active at St. Mary’s & St. Paul’s Church and the Mineral Point Chamber of Commerce, which recognized her last year as “Volunteer of the Year.” Lucille accepted the award with a rousing speech that came right from her heart.

It seems shocking that she turns 86 on August 6th. It’s being called a Platinum-Plus birthday — turning 86 on 8-6.

To commemorate this milestone, Lucille’s seven children, sixteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren are hosting a birthday celebration at the Walker House tomorrow Saturday August 2, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.. Don’t worry if you did not get an invitation, they simply put a notice in the Democrat Tribune inviting everyone to join the celebration.

Lucille Regan May has lived all of her eighty-six years in Mineral Point.  Along with her eight siblings, she was raised on a dairy farm, and her grandparents lived nearby.  Lucille still picks apples (for making her famous apple pies) from the same tree as her grandmother.

Lucille graduated from Mineral Point High School in 1946.


The following year, Lucille married Paul May at the Dodge-Point Country Club.


Together they established the Fernvale Angus Farm. In 1985, the Wisconsin State Legislature awarded Lucille and Paul May the Master Agriculturist Award. The farm is now run by their son, Gregg.

Lucille and Paul were married for fifty-five years.  The photo below was taken at their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by their children.  Paul passed away in 2002.


In 2011 Lucille and her daughters, Teresa and Marcia, visited cousins in Ireland. Here they are in the room where Lucille’s great-great-grandmother was born.


As you can see, Lucille passed on her Irish good looks to her daughters.


  There is no one better than Lucille at sending birthday cards and remembering everyone on their birthdays.  That’s impressive, given the size of her family (shown below in 2012).


We feel truly thankful to know Lucille and look forward to joining tomorrow’s celebration at the Walker House.  It is impossible to believe that Lucille will be 86 years old.  To demonstrate that point, here’s a photo of Lucille with a car built the same year she was born.



- Contributed by the Hays with special help from Lucille’s daughter, Marcia May Wagner

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1965441_1426871437588690_5240518918801526568_oNational Tequila Day (July 24th) has come and gone, and still Tequila Point has not opened. But don’t worry!  It’s still in the works.

Recently, we talked with the Tequila Point team and they now estimate a September opening.  That’s not that far away!

Ask anyone who has started a new business, and they will tell you that it takes time to get all the details right.  Delays are inevitable.

Not only are Tim and Richard busy getting the restaurant ready, but they recently purchased a new home in town and they’re sprucing it up.

So, let’s be patient and thankful, not only that Tequila Point is still moving forward, but that yet another house is being rehabbed.

Perhaps Tequila Point will be open in time for National Guacamole Day (September 16th) or at least by National Taco Day (October 4th).

In the meantime, we will wait.  Remember, good things come to those who wait.

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