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Best Art Gallery

1st Place: The Volume One Gallery
2nd Place: L.E. Phillips Memorial Library
3rd Place: Tangled Up in Hue

The thing about this category is people tend to vote for the places where they happen to see art the most, and those tend to be public spaces that have other purposes as well. Our own (and relatively new) Volume One Gallery topped this year’s list, narrowly beating out the LEPMPL. While ours is a dedicated gallery, it’s inside The Local Store and hosts numerous events like readings, concerts, film screenings, and more – which gives it a bit of an unfair advantage. The same is true for the library – thousands of people visit for other reasons and while there get exposed to great art. And then you have the downtown favorite, Tangled Up In Hue – a retail store that sells all sorts of artsy things but which also happens to have art hanging in it. These are all good galleries (LEPML in particular), but in our opinion, some of the best galleries are the places that mostly do art and only art – UWEC’s Foster Gallery, UW-Stout’s Furlong Gallery, and the Janet Carson Gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. If you want the real deal, check out those too. –Nick Meyer