There’s always something happening on Platteville Main Street.

Jul 31, 2014

Congratulations to our newest Main Street business!

Julie's Da Vine Wine & Stein- Antiques & Local Products

110 West Main St.  


Tue - Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dear Orleans - Authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine

125 East Main Street 


Monday- Saturday – 11:30am-9pm 

12 Baskets – A Bent and Dent grocery store

185 W Irving Pl (on the corner of Main and Court Street, across from Garvey’s Service Station)


Tue - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Jul 31, 2014

Platteville Community Fund accepting grant applications

The Platteville Community Fund is now accepting grant applications for its fall grant cycle. The application deadline is September 15, 2014. Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 4 p.m. Monday, September 15, 2014. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

In making the grant application announcement, Platteville Community Fund advisory board chair Nathan Curry noted, “We are extremely pleased that the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin has implemented a user-friendly online grant application. Grant applicants will no longer be required to mail copies of grant applications to an office in Janesville. The information requested in the online application mirrors that which was requested in the prior application. Lindsey Hulstrom, CFSW grants and scholarship manager, will be available via phone (608-758-0883) or email (lindsey@cfsw.org) to answer questions and assist with online grant completion.”

The Platteville Community Fund seeks projects or programs that address current community needs in the areas of arts, education, environment, historic preservation, and health and human services. Projects or programs provided by charitable non-profits that serve the people within the Platteville School District are eligible for consideration. Requests from individuals are not eligible. The PCF Advisory Board is particularly interested in projects that support initiatives in sustainability, community access, events and activities that promote the arts and diversity and innovative ideas for children and families.

Since 2005 the Platteville Community Fund has awarded over 140 grants totaling just over $256,000. During this fall 2014 grant period, inaugural awards will be made from the Carmen and Eva Beining Community Fund as well as from the Platteville Community Fund Endowment, the Robert and Marian Graham Community Fund, and the Schneller-Tang Charitable Endowment.

The application form is available online at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website (www.cfsw.org). Select the “Grants” tab and then “Open Grant Applications.” Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 4p.m., Monday, September 15, 2014. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications will not be accepted.

The Platteville Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Nathan Curry, advisory board chair, at (608)348-2615 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org. Community members interested in making a donation may send a check to the Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, WI 53815, or make a donation online at www.cfsw.org.

Jul 31, 2014

Rountree Gallery’s latest show, opened July 30th  and features the art of Carole Spelic’ and Tisha Sandberg.  An artist reception will be held Sunday, August 3 from 1pm-3pm.  The show runs through August 24th

Carole Spelic lives in one of those fabulous old stone buildings in downtown Mineral Point, WI, just above the gallery, Green Lantern Studios.  Her studio is in another, even older, stone building on the property. Her current sculptural output employs home-made paper mache’.  Her primary concerns are regional Native American artifacts (both functional and ceremonial), obsolete writing systems, and the forms of Wisconsin lakes and rivers. Carole also teaches a variety of art classes at UW Platteville.

“All of the forms I am working with are made of paper maché, for which I have developed my own "mash" recipe.  The major ingredient is "found" material - such as office paper, junk mail, old art announcements, and remaindered and reclaimed books.”

A wonderful public school education and opportunities available growing up in a college town (DeKalb, Illinois) made a lasting impression on Tisha Sandberg’s creative life. Tisha was Arts and Culture Coordinator at UW-Platteville for two years, coordinating the ArtsBuild program as well as the Sewing and Quilting Expo. She currently works from a home studio high above the Mississippi river in rural Grant County.  She teaches and exhibits in a variety of venues throughout the Midwest.

“My current art-making involves …Dyed, printed and painted fabric, free-form stitching and beading, combining paper and fabric with found objects, hardware or other materials: I’m open to using just about anything and love finding ways to utilize things that would usually be thrown away. Used dryer sheets are a main component of many of the pieces in this exhibit. “

Rountree Gallery 385 East Main Street, Platteville WI 53818

Rountree Gallery is located on the second floor of the Mining Museum building on the corner of East Main Street and Virgin Avenue.

Summer hours: Wednesday-Friday 12-4:30 pm, Saturday 10 am-4:30 pm, Sunday 12-4:30 pm

Jul 16, 2014

Join us for Music in the Park at City Park in Downtown Platteville

Music in the Park is open to the public free of charge. Funding is provided in part by the City of Platteville along with sponsor donations.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy performances by local musical groups. Concessions are provided by the Platteville Main Street Program and Gina's Restaurant.

Feel free to bring the adult beverage of your choice and picnic with us in the park.

The program is provided by the Platteville Main Street Program and the City of Platteville.

The following is a listing of dates and performers.
Date Scheduled Band
06/19/2014 City Band
06/26/2014 Aquatic Hitchhikers
07/10/2014 Takin' the Fifth
07/17/2014 Mama's Puddin'
07/24/2014 The Wundo Band (Party in the Park)
07/31/2014 Okham's Razor
08/07/2014 The Matriarchs
08/14/2014 Mascot Theory
08/21/2014 Swingtet (Main Street Annual Celebration)

May 6, 2014

Thanks to the creative designs of several local and regional artists and metal workers, Platteville’s Main Street district will welcome 4 additional creative bike racks to the landscape, as well as a Platteville Middle School and High School collaborative bike rack whose future home will be Legion Park.  The creative designs were submitted in response to a competition, which was organized and managed by the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee and generously funded by a grant from the Platteville Community Fund, funds from the Platteville Main Street program and the City of Platteville/Safe Routes program.  This is the second year of what is now an annual Bicycle Festival at the end of National Bike to Work Week which supports the communities growing interest in biking, recreational trails and healthy/active lifestyles in our community.

5pm - Creative Bike Rack Unveiling Walking Tour - meet the artists! begins at Livingston State Bank, 170 West Main

6pm - Bike Tour - bring your bike and helmet for a family friendly bike ride! begins at Momentum Bikes, 25 West Main

6:45pm - Food, Music and Fun! at the Platteville City Park


2014 Bike Rack Locations and Artists:

Livingston State Bank  

Title:  Wheels on the Rising Sun

Artist: Brandon k. Marteny, Platteville, WI


Cold Fusion

Title: Miner's Tribute

Artists: Jennifer Haile & Jeff Baker/Baker Iron Works, Platteville, WI


Platteville Post Office

Title: USPS – Mail Rack

Artists: Team Schwert, Gays Mills, WI


Platteville Police Department

Title: Platteville Police Department. Bicycle Rack

Artists: Emily Fields & Jeff Baker/Baker Iron Works, Platteville, WI


Legion Park and Field

Title: BART the Cow

Artists: Platteville Middle School Students - Rachel Burkard, Harllie Vosberg, Cameron Sokolik

Platteville High School Welding Students & Jeff Baker/Baker Iron Works, Platteville, WI

May 1, 2014

The 2014 WalkDown Main has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to the 2015 event.

Apr 23, 2014


Five unique designs will be installed during Bike to Work Week this spring

Thanks to the creative designs of several local community members, artists, and metal workers, Platteville’s Main Street District will soon be home to five more unique bike racks.  The creative designs were submitted in response to a competition, which was organized and managed by the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee and generously funded by a grant from the Platteville Community Fund.  This is the result of the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee’s Creative Bike Rack Design Competition, in which community members and metal workers were invited to submit design proposals for functional public art bike racks.

The competition winners are:

  • Jennifer Haile of Dubuque, IA and Jeff Baker of Baker Ironworks of Platteville, WI.  Jennifer’s design is a tribute to all the original miners that made Platteville what it is today will be featured at Cold Fusion.
  • Emily Fields and Jeff Baker of Baker Ironworks of Platteville, WI.  The Fields-Baker Ironworks team’s collaborative design features a police badge for the Police Department.
  • Brandon Marteny of Platteville, WI.  Brandon’s stylized sun & wheel design will be installed in front of Livingston State Bank.
  • The John, Lois, Sandi, and Sheri Schwert family team of Gays Mills, WI.  Team Schwert’s stylized design features the letters USPS in front of the Platteville Post Office.
  • 7th Grade Students(Designers) – Rachel Burkard, Harllie Vosberg, Cameron Sokolik & Platteville High School Students (Fabricators) of Platteville, WI.  The students’ design titled “Bart the Cow” is the winning choice from a total of 125 students in four classes as part of a 1st semester “Gateway to Technology” class project.  “Bart the Cow” will have a permanent home at Legion Field, the home of Dairy Days.

"The Platteville Creative Bike Rack Design Competition Committee was very impressed by the quality and variety of the 2014 design submissions.  To be able to add five more functional artistic bike racks to the Downtown area brings a sense of tremendous satisfaction to the Sustainability Committee", said Jack Luedtke the Executive Director of the Platteville Main Street Program.

These racks will help increase the amount of bike parking in several key areas that are currently underserved: Main Street, the post office, the police department, Legion Field, and the middle school.  They support continual efforts to make Platteville a bike-friendly city and encourage community health by promoting physical activity. 

The Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee meets on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm at Driftless Market and is open to everyone interested in advancing sustainability principles in Platteville. For more information about the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee, please contact Heidi McBeth at Heidi@driftlessmarket.com or (608) 348-2696.

Apr 23, 2014


“The Evolution of Platteville Higher Education”

Platteville, WI, April 25, 2014:  The Platteville Main Street Program is pleased to present the 2014 WalkDown Main, a historic traveling dinner, focusing on the history of higher education in Platteville. The May 7th event starts at Roundtree Hall which was home to the original Normal School and ends with dinner at the Nohr Gallery. The featured program will be presented by UWP Archivist James Hibbard. The cost for the event is $45/person or $80/couple. To join us for an evening of history, food and fun contact the Platteville Main Street office at 608.348.4505 or email Jack at director@plattevillemainstreet.com. Reservations need to be in by Friday, May 2nd.

Apr 4, 2014

Announcement of Upcoming “Eating Local on a Budget” Workshop

The Driftless Market, Platteville Farmers Market, and Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee are excited to partner with the Dubuque County ISU Extension to host a spring educational class in order for the community to prepare for spring and seasonal eating! Regional foods coordinator, Brittany Bethel, will provide suggestions and solutions for eating healthy and locally-sourced food on a budget.

This workshop will provide an overview of why it’s important to eat local, will reference research done comparing the cost of local vs. non-local foods and will offer practical advice on how to eat nutritious, seasonal, local and affordable meals.

Following the workshop participants will have the opportunity to visit a variety of local foods displays, and sample tasty local foods. Displays include tables by the Driftless Market, Platteville Farmers Market, Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee / Backyard Composting, and Two Onion Farm will have a display on featuring a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). This event will be kicking off the start of the regular Farmers Market season in Platteville, located at the City Park, just off of the historic Main Street district.

Cost for attending the class is a $5.00 donation for the Senior Nutrition/Food Pantry Voucher Program. Class is FREE for students.

What: “Eat Local on a Budget” workshop
When: Saturday, April 27th 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church Community Room
250 Market Street
Platteville, WI 53818

For questions, please call 608-348-2696 or e-mail heidi@driftlessmarket.com
Visit www.driftlessmarket.com

Feb 18, 2014

Hendrica Regez, Artist of the Month

Throughout the month of February, Rountree Gallery’s Artist of the Month display at Clare Bank in Platteville will be featuring the artwork collection of Hendrica Regez of Galena, Illinois.

Hendrica Regez is a versatile artist who paints with acrylics and also creates wearable art as well as art from recycled materials. Drawing on her experiences as a mother, engineer and environmentalist, she incorporates into her work a variety of theoretical ideas. Her paintings are inspired by the patterns found in Nature, and she is drawn to strong, simple shapes set off against vibrant colors. This creates artworks with a  startling contrast that makes one pause and focus on what is essential. In her latest work, she is experimenting with using quilt and ‘tangle’ patterns producing works that are a fusion of artistic skills, pioneer roots and mathematical concepts.

Hendrica , aka 'Rica', grew up in a small village in Germany, and early on became absorbed by the patterns all around us: the shapes, colors and cycles, that are repeated in all aspects of life and are universally understood. Taught about materials and tools by her father, an artist working as an architect and her grandmother, a seamstress, she developed a deep appreciation and understanding of artisan labor and craftsmanship. Further study and experimentation led her to develop her own acrylic technique as a vehicle for exploring the patterns of Nature.

Her nontraditional use of acrylics combines the spontaneity of watercolors with the texture of impasto. It creates three-dimensional layers of color with varying degrees of opacity and translucency. Her style is uniquely her own, and builds on her studies of symbols and modern art movements. She has invented her own iconographic language to communicate concepts and emotions.“I always wanted to paint to express my wonder at the shapes and patterns that can evoke such strong responses in us. There is such beauty in Nature, and at the same time, Nature always has a darker side. In my paintings I represent that with the tension between the colors and shapes,” says Hendrica.


The unique combination of elements Hendrica Regez brings to her work – artistic certainly “speaks for itself”, when seen in the context of the artist’s background, ideas, and, personal and professional – gives her the credibility of an original. While each individual piece of hers singular technique, it clearly gains a degree of vitality and significance that indicates the true measure of her work.

Hendrica invites you to see a sampling of her artwork at Rountree Gallery’s Artist of the Month display at Clare Bank, located at 345 West Pine Street, Platteville.