Where is Paoli?
Paoli is a small farmers crossroad turned artisan community seven miles south of Wisconsin's Capitol City, Madison.
What is the Mill Park?
The Mill Park is a private park that is a part of the Hastings Group. We are grateful to Bill Hastings for his generous support over the years of Art in the Mill Park and we hope to work with Bill for many years to come. The Mill Park is located at 6890 Paoli Rd., and is not to be confused with the Paoli Square Park.
The Mill Park is available for rental for weddings and other private events.
What is the History of Art in the Mill Park?
Art in the Mill Park when event organizer Bonnie Lubet said, "lets run an art fair." The first Art in the Mill Park was organized in three short months but with over 30 artists and a great response it is has become a labor of love ever since.
Organizers Bonnie Lubet and Mark Dilley are partners in life and love and are the owners of the Paoli Mill Park Gallery and the Paoli House Inn. After exhibiting at art fairs for nearly a decade prior to organizing Art in the Mill Park Bonnie and Mark wished to incorporate as many elements of the art fairs they loved to attend and return to.
One element that Bonnie and Mark wished to add was a cause as a means for giving back to the broader community. For the four years of Art in the Mill Park a silent auction has benefited the Autism Society of South Central Wisconsin. Both Mark and Bonnie have loved ones on the Autism spectrum so this cause has a special personal meaning for them.
In 2016 Gilda's Club of Madison joined as a Silent Auction beneficiary. We were honored they accepted our invitation as Bonnie's sister is an ovarian cancer survivor, the type of cancer that took Gilda away too soon, and Bonnie's mom, Jewel, the best soda and water sales person ever, passed away in May of 2016.
We pride ourselves on being an art fair with a cause beyond a single community.
We miss you Jewel Schoeneman!