Opening June 15 for new, expanded Oil Gallery
Latest work by Koenig, Patt to debut in Third Ward’s Marshall Building atrium
New paintings by artist-owner Hal Koenig and featured artist Richard W. Patt will be featured at a June 15 opening event celebrating Oil Gallery’s new, expanded space in the first-floor atrium of the Marshall Building at the corner of Buffalo and Water in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. The gallery is moving into larger and more visible adjacent space formerly occupied by the Elaine Erickson and Timothy Cobb galleries.
“We’re excited to be taking over gallery space with such a rich Milwaukee history,” Koenig said. “It’s an honor to show work in the epicenter of the Third Ward art scene.”
The 5 to 8 p.m. event on June 15 will feature new urban landscapes by Koenig including the 6-foot-square downtown Milwaukee panorama “Cream City Sienna,” and colorful abstracts evolved from Patt’s renowned agrarian landscapes. The new gallery has ample wall space for large canvases, and features modular panels for flexibility in configuration, designed by Koenig, who came to art from a career as an architect.
“It’s a dream gallery for a large-scale painter,” Koenig said. “We can show a six-foot-by-six-foot painting without overwhelming everything else.”
Art won’t be the only attraction at the opening – the event will feature bites from Jing’s Chinese Restaurant, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top 30 dining spot, also located in the Marshall Building atrium, and the classic blues music that has become an Oil Gallery signature will be playing on the sound system in the new space. Gallery 207, the new gallery occupying Oil’s previous space, will be holding a concurrent opening event, and the building will provide a cash bar.
“It’ll be a fun evening for anyone who collects or enjoys art, or would like to learn more about it,” Koenig said.