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