Introducing the MARN Artist Book Club led by MARNmember and local artist, Carley Knight, every first Wednesday of the month starting at 5:30PM at the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB (191 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI). 

MARN Artist Book Club joins together like-minded creatives for a monthly conversation over texts to foster understanding of what it means to be an artist today. 

Join us for our first meeting at the HUB on Wednesday, December 7th starting at 5:30pm.  Grab a drink from the cafe and join Carley as she leads discussion surrounding, “Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking” by David Bayles.

The MARN Artist Book Club is FREE and open to the public.

Arrive early and tour the current exhibition, explore the offerings of the MARN MARKETPLACE, and grab a treat from the cafe. 


“Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking” by David Bayles.

Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn’t get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book’s co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is experienced by artmakers themselves.

This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it’s about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, Art & Fear quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone—now enhanced by internet posting—has placed it among the best-selling books on art making and creativity nationally.

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Carley Knight is an abstract fiber artist living in Milwaukee, WI. Her work explores many themes including: connection, mental health, and tradition.

Carley is also an avid reader. Growing up she would get in trouble for reading books in class. She has long wanted to start a book club for fellow artists where they gather to discuss what it means to be an artist today and the contemporary art world through reading a mix of more philosophical and practical books.