Jillayne and Jeff Waite
11880 Grouse Covey Lane
Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin 54568
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#11 on the 2023 Tour
Waite Studio/ Gallery 517 is housed in a renovated five-car garage on our property. We are open Monday–Thursday from 9 to noon. Most likely longer, and sometimes we take a day off. Text to check times. Our gallery is open to showcase the crazy works of five artists as of 2023. When you see our art you’ll understand that our work compliments each other–a bit of whimsy–sometimes more practical. Always colorful. It is a real joy to be at a place in my life where my creativity can be a central focus. I am thankful to live in a place surrounded with the quiet beauty that helps to inspire me.
On the tour, we invite you to wander through our gardens and see the sculptures that we have made. We also have a labyrinth and an island garden with a pond and river. Our focus is Garden Art… and functional stoneware inspired by the world and colors of our surroundings that grace our property. Some wheel-thrown pieces … some using the slab technique with hand-made stamps, small molds, and imagination. Jeff adds his love of wood and carving skills to many of the pieces which make their collaboration complete. Commission work is not typical for us but in 2023 the rule was broken and making house number sculptures became fun. Each one stands 4-5 feet tall.
Gallery 517 Artists
It’s not just me in the studio. When I make a sculpture that needs a base Jeff Waite jumps in with his chain saw, sander, and keen eye for the grains of wood to make my pieces have an added element. It’s fun working together!
Jillanne Consie – Lac du Flambeau Flowers and Birdhouses – Gnomes and Fairy Neighborhoods are a delight in any garden. Each piece is uniquely created by hand. Look for the wash on the line, a cat… lots of cats, a swing, and more.
Mary Ann Panke – Park Falls Colors, shapes… the possibilities of seeing nature through glass. Discovering contentment in the joy of fusing glass, she has found a certain peace while creating her lovely pieces of glass art.
Mary Robinson – Wausau Artist and Art Educator… Mary creates art from “things found” and her collection of vegetable prints from original pastel paintings are surprising. You’ll think they are photos.