Erin Petersen
Gallery Night January 2010


By - Jan 13th, 2010 12:50 am
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As I sit at my desk to compile this list, the rest of Milwaukee is just waking up to see the aftermath of the first winter storm of 2010. The plows are making their rounds, and I can hear my neighbor’s shovel as it scrapes against the frozen ground. I’m reminded of Winter Gallery Nights past, when the average temperature was less than zero, the wind so ferocious that most people could barely stand the thought of leaving the house. But not me. Every year, I vow not to give into the winter blues, and that means getting out when the gettins’ are good. In the last two years, winter Gallery Nights meant visiting dozens of galleries (too cold to stay in one place for too long) and starting impromptu dance parties in the middle of some of them to stay warm. It’s also a small taste of what’s to come — an offering for the new year full of hope and inspiration as burgeoning artists step onto the scene and old pro’s re-evaluate their work in light of the new year. It’s an exciting time.

Last week TCD’s Kat Murrell gave you a veritable feast of must-see shows this Gallery Night, so consider this more of an aperitif- a few suggestions for a smooth finish to your night’s activities.

By Amos Kennedy, Jr.

Photo by David Burnett


VP Gallery
320 E. Buffalo St.
Gallery Night 6-10 p.m.; Gallery Day 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open Wednesday-Friday 1-6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

The VP Gallery will be hosting photographer David Burnett and presenting his stunning collection of  photographs of Bob Marley. Burnett will also be signing copies of Soul Rebel, his intimate portraits of the singer. The Gallery Night event features music from Milwaukee reggae all stars Chalice in the Palace.

The Cedar Gallery
326 N. Water St.
Gallery Night 5-10 p.m.
Open Wednesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m.

Jessica Steeber and Cassandra Smith of the now-defunct Armoury Gallery have gathered six of Wisconsin’s finest up-and-coming artist for their first exhibition (hosted by Cedar Gallery) since closing the doors on their own gallery this past spring. Show runs until Saturday, March 13.

By Steve Somers

By Steve Somers


The Tool Shed
2427 N. Murray Ave.
Gallery Night 5-10 p.m.
Open Tuesday- Saturday Noon-8 p.m.
Sunday Noon-5 p.m.

The Tool Shed hosts a night dedicated to four of Milwaukee’s new and emerging artists working in a variety of media including photography, drawing and painting. Featuring the work of Michele Parliament, Balthazar, Bankky and Steve Somers.


Sparrow Collective
2224 S. Kinnickinnic  Ave.
Gallery Night 6-9 p.m.
Open Wednesday- Saturday 12-7 p.m.
Sunday 12-6 p.m.

Sparrow Collective hosts  You Are the Weather, new fiber work from Courtney Stevens. From the artist : “My work explores that space between strength and vulnerability; how the two co-exist in people and in nature; in the seasons, and in every person. I see my current work as one piece, one continuing, ongoing, installation/sketch/process. It is based strongly on reflections of my childhood, as I find myself back in the place I grew up. I work intuitively with a strong reference to tradition, vintage, and old fashioned, in both material and process. I enjoy making site specific work that incorporates the elements of space and light into each piece. I work with found fabrics for their inherent history and also my identity with them as a female. I make pieces that can be packed up and reorganized; pieces that I can take with me and set up somewhere else; which reflects my stage in life right now. I do not feel permanent and this allows me to carry home with me, and make my place wherever I go, much like the memories I carry with. Tattered, worn, and changed over time.”

Jackpot Gallery
825 E. Center St.
Gallery Night 6-11 p.m.
Open Monday-Saturday Noon-4 p.m.

Riverwest’s newest art space Jackpot Gallery closes out their latest show, Rustbelt Footprints, this Gallery Night featuring original prints of various technique from young artists from Baltimore and the Bay Area .

Categories: Art, Arts & Culture

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