Located in scenic Spring Green, the Jura Silverman Gallery features work in all media by Wisconsin's finest artists and artisans.
An early 1900's cheese warehousehouses the gallery, a papermaking and printmaking studio, and frame shop.
In the early 1900s, every small town along the railroad tracks in southwest Wisconsin had a cheese warehouse where the dairy farmers brought their cheeses for packaging and distribution to the large cities around the country. Spring Green had two such cheese warehouses. One is now the Jura Silverman Gallery, housing the Wisconsin Artists Showcase, the other, once a farmer's co-op, is the Spring Green General Store and Cafe.
The Jura Silverman Gallery was Richland Center's Schmidt Brothers Dairy's 3000 sq.ft. Spring Green Warehouse, later acquired by the Borden Company, which served as a distribution point for area cheeses until the 1950s when the US highway system was developed and trucking took the place of rail as the main distributor for the nation's food and produce.
In the 60s, when the Borden company was giving up its former warehouses, this building was acquired by Ralph Monteith, the Borden's supervisor in charge of its warehouse operation in Spring Green. He sold it on contract to a florist, but it reverted back to him after the business failed. Subsequently it was used by his daughter Jean Monteith Upton as a photography studio and frame shop until it was acquired by Jura and Charles Silverman in 1985 as a studio/gallery space.
The gallery still retains the old exhaust fan which carried off the fumes from the paraffin vat into which cheeses were dipped to seal them, now serves as an outdoor sculpture. The floors are marked with nail gouges from the wooden crates that held the cheeses, as they were slid across the floor to the shipping area for loading into the box cars waiting on the railroad siding outside. A large window has replaced the open doorway to the boxcars, though the large sliding wooden door still hangs outside.