Welcome to Art’s Place.
Art’s Place is a historic event venue & home to Compass Occasions. Located in the heart of downtown Hutchinson, Art’s Place offers a versatile and welcoming raw industrial backdrop for your next meeting or intimate event. Renovations revealed original architectural details of the historic Nemitz Paint Factory. Original hardwood floors, exposed wood siding, reclaimed sliding barn doors, stained glass windows, and restored neon signage are a few of the characteristics you’ll find in this beautifully restored venue. With 4 spaces that can be rented individually or together, Art’s Place is the perfect fit for your next event. Our services range from DIY to full-service planning, so whether you’re delighted by details or an event visionary, we’ll meet your hosting style and elevate your event together.
Looking for a space to host an event for up to 88 guests where you handle the planning and details? Check out our DIY Package.
Looking for a full service planning experience where you enjoy the party & we handle the planning and set up? Check out our Celebration Package.
Somewhere in between? Visit our Add On page to customize your experience at Art’s Place.
Select Your Package
Do It Yourself
Our DIY Package is perfect for those that plan to handle all of the details.
Learn more about our full service planning & rental package here.
Our historic event venue is a charming and intimate space to say “I do”.
We offer a package for our non-profit partners who host their event at Art’s Place.
Our full service corporate event packages to assist with the planning.
Enhance your event with one or more of our add on options.
Select Your Room
Swanky & vintage, the neon signage lights up the rustic historical details. Great for live music and come and go events.
Bright and white, this is a popular space for showers and parties. Plenty of space and a modern industrial vibe to the space.
This space can be added as additional seating to The Shop or the Show Room or rented individually during the week.
Thank you for your interest! Let us guide you through the steps to booking with Art’s Place.
- Please review our website and take our virtual tour. Questions? Please read through:
- Decide on your package.
- Select your event date & time.
- Weekdays (Monday – Thursday)
- 3 hour minimum for anytime from 6 AM to midnight.
- Weekends (Friday – Sunday) Please select a time slot.
- 9 AM – 2 PM or 3 PM – 8 PM (You can add additional hours for $65 an hour per room)
- Weekdays (Monday – Thursday)
- Select your space. Please read each page as to what is available based on your date/time. The Shop & The Show Room are the most popular spaces.
- Once you are ready to move forward in securing your event, please fill out our Art’s Place Contact Form. If you have further questions, email us at email@example.com
History and Background
In 1912 Gustave F. Nemitz, son Walter and daughter Adela founded G. F. Nemitz & Son. Carriages, automobiles, and signs were painted in the shop. Over time, glass and wallpaper departments were added.
In 1950 they began manufacturing paint. After nearly 50 years, Gustave sold his company to Adela‘s husband, Arthur J Benjamin. His son, Arthur Benjamin Jr., eventually took over. In 2012, they celebrated their 100th anniversary of the business. Art’s tools, equipment, floors and shelving are a window on the company’s long history. Many of these items have been preserved and can be viewed at the McLeod County Historical Society or in the interior of the newly renovated Art’s Place venue.
A local investment group purchased the property from Art and Linda Benjamin with the hope of preserving the building. Once the decision was made to restore the building by the current owners, the name “Art’s Place” was adopted. The name encompasses Art’s name as a historical character of the community while playing with the term as an artsy historic gathering place.
We (Kayla & Valerie) started our event coordination and design company Compass Occasions in 2014. Our 5 year goal was to open our own event venue. In 2018, we toured the Nemitz building for the first time and fell in love with the quirky details and the industrial charm. In 2020, we officially opened the doors to Art’s Place and began hosting events.