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TCD’s Guide to Gallery Night

By - Apr 16th, 2012 04:00 am
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Photo courtesy of PSOA website

Special Note: TCD will be out and about documenting various Gallery Night and Day events (see below). Follow us at #TCDART for real time updates and be sure to use our hashtag to share your favorite stops and artists along the way. And if you’re not already following us on Twitter, now is the time to start! Connect with@TCDigest today!

Get ready for Gallery Night with TCD’s hand-picked list for exhibits and events. Spring Gallery Night is Friday, April 20, and remember, the gallery gallivanting doesn’t have to stop on Friday night!

Be sure to check out the Peck School of the Arts‘ (PSOA) Kenilworth Open Studios event from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Gallery Day. The exhibit will be packed with five floors of action and will feature more than 100 artists.

“This is the best way to get a taste of everything the school has to offer,” says Ellen Schupper, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for the PSOA. “Students, faculty and alum will all be hosting, presenting and showing their work.”

With so much activity going on for Open Studios, be sure to take a look at the event website to set your agenda and itinerary. If you prefer to wing it, Schupper suggests going floor by floor until you find something that tickles you. Some interactive and hands-on activities include button-making, live screen printing, collaboration in the animation studio and more.

If you’re into the unusual, be sure find Brooke Thiele’s “Serving Still Hunting” installation, which combines hunting, cake-eating and film. The varied event will also include classical guitar, woodcut demos, a jewelry and metalsmithing show, dance, preview theater performances, visual art, the Milwaukee LapTop Orchestra and so much more.

“This is a way to experience art and to support the Peck School of the Arts at its fullest,” Schupper says. “We are producing hundreds of visual and performing artists on an annual basis.” This is your opportunity to witness the future leaders of the art world at the beginning of their careers. “We’re thrilled that this event is happening during Gallery Night and Day,” Schupper adds.

The event is free and open to the public, concessions will be offered on the third floor, and the UWM Bookstore will be selling goods on the fifth floor. You can enter for a chance to win free tickets to performances, art prints and DVDs from the PSOA Film Department by entering a free drawing online. (You caught the magic word, right? “Free.” As in no charge to enter.) Hope to see you there!

Historic Third Ward

THE Fine Art Gallery
Marshall Building: 207 E. Buffalo St. (Suite 210)
Spring Fervor
5 – 10 p.m.

Stop by the Marshall Building for a look at new work in a variety of media and styles by: Michael Broderick, Dagmara Costello, Virgi Driscoll, JJ Joyce, Nancy Lamers, Marie Mellot, Robert Popp, David A. Powell, Darlene Rzezotarski and Jean Sobon.

Gallery 218 in the Marshall Building
207 E. Buffalo St.
An Abstract Nature
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic of our Time (film screening)
5 – 10 p.m.

Celebrate Spring Gallery Night with artists: Daniel Fleming, Judith Hooks, Jared Plock, Jean Marc Richel, Kathryn Kmet and Bernie Newman. Stick around for the screening of Green Fire at 7 p.m. Light appetizers available and cash bar by Milwaukee Brewing Co.

Katie Batten - Untitled, 8 x 9 ft., from the series "Laser/Lace." (Photo courtesy MIAD)

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
273 E. Eerie St.
MIAD 2012 Senior Exhibition
5 – 9 p.m.

150 graduating seniors from MIAD’s largest class will be presenting and discussing their Senior Projects at this spring Gallery Night event. Michael Petrella will be displaying his highly inventive card game with an instructional video. Come out and play! Join the “Gallery Day Conversation” on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. to engage in more intimate discussion.

Chris Colby, "The Peruvians"

Portrait Society Gallery
207 E. Buffalo Street, Fifth Floor
Photo Book Show

6 – 9 p.m.

The Portrait Society Gallery’s Photo Book Show is a juried exhibition of self-published photo books. This year’s Best in Show winner was the book titled “Brief Encounters” by Marta Shumylo. Show runs through June 2.
Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA)
262 E. Menomonee St.
Members’ Exhibition
5 – 9 p.m.
CoPA presents its Seventh Annual Members’ Exhibition for this spring Gallery Night. The exhibition will feature 112 photographers showing a range of photography from natural and urban landscapes to fantasy to psychological portraits and more. CoPA’s members include professional photographers, college students and amateurs.

Downtown/East Side/Riverwest

The view of the reception space for this cycle of Gallery Night with ART Milwaukee, as seen on its facebook pages.

ART Milwaukee
City Center at 735
Wedding: Gallery Night After Party
9:30 p.m.

Witness the Gallery Night after party event where two local artists will “Marry” live and on one canvas. ART Buses before the event are sold out. Make sure to get your tickets early for the next gallery night!

Charles Allis Art Museum
1801 N. Prospect Ave.
Forward 2012: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now!
5 – 9 p.m.

This biennial, juried exhibition of Wisconsin artists highlights a range of current artistic production from around the state. Exhibition open Gallery Day from 1 – 5 p.m.

1661 N. Water St.
Bob Brinkman, North American Images
5 – 9 p.m.

Photographer Bob Brinkman’s exhibit, North American Images, shows the exciting colors of autumn in New Mexico and the peace and serenity of winter in Wisconsin. Danceworks will perform a sneak preview of “Want or Need” and will give Samba lessons on Gallery Night. Open Gallery Day from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dean Jensen Gallery 
759 N. Water St.
Jim Dine: Nine Studies for “Winter Dream”
Sally Hutchison: The Shangri-La Project
Naives, Seers, Lone Wolves and World Savers
6 – 9 p.m.

This Dean Jensen Gallery exhibition includes rare etchings by Dine, one of America’s most prominent proto-Pop artists. Madison abstractionist Sally Hutchison will display her series of paintings done on the covers of discarded books. There will also be a sprawling display of “Outsider Art” by such major figures as Milwaukee’s own Josephus Farmer, Howard Finster, Ernest (Popeye) Reed, and Purvis Young. Open Gallery Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin; Courtesy: MSOE website

Grohmann Museum
1000 N. Broadway at State St.
H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin
5 – 9 p.m.

German artist Hans Dieter Tylle is one of the world’s premiere industrial painters. His work explores the relationship between man and machine, celebrates industrial achievement and pays homage to the entrepreneurial spirit. This exhibit brings together the recent work Tylle did during his two-year tour in Germany and previous work he’s done for local industries.

"Car," Philip Guston; Courtesy of Gemini G.E.L. LLC

Haggerty Museum of Art 
13th and Clybourn
Philip Guston – Inevitable Finality, The Gemini G.E.L. Prints
10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

This exhibition features the 25 lithographs made in the final months of Philip Guston’s life. They reveal Guston’s lifelong passion for drawing and the importance he placed on the immediacy inherent in this mode of inquiry. Also showing are “The Europeans,” photographs by Tina Barney; “Marriage,” photographic collages by John Stezaker; and selections from the Mary B. Finnigan Collection. Open Gallery Day 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

InterContinental Milwaukee (Gallerie M)
139 E. Kilbourn Ave. 
John Bell: “Always Hungry”
5 – 9 p.m.

John Bell is a painter from Rockford, Illinois who received his BA from Grinnell College in 2008, where he studied history, philosophy, and anthropology along with studio art. He graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with an MFA in visual studies in spring 2010. The opening reception includes complimentary champagne, light appetizers and a cash bar. Also taking place at the InterContinental: live music by Rectifier starting at 8:30 and indulge in tasty treats provided by the Chocolate Bar.

"A Moonlight Swim," 1952. (Warrington Colescott)

Peltz Gallery
1119 E. Knapp St.
“Looking Backwards” Paintings and Prints of Warrington Colescott
6 – 9:30 p.m.

Warrington Colescott displays his colorful watercolor paintings inspired by popular cultural images of John D. Rockefeller, of “MasterCheese Theater,” “Grandpa’s Fin de Siècle,” “Scenes of Frequent Flyers,” Calatrava Bridge and many more. Don’t miss the Gallery Day breakfast and conversation with Warrington Colescott and guest, Frances Myers from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Timothy Westbrook, (Photo courtesy Pfister Hotel)

Pfister Hotel
424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Artist in Residence: Timothy Westbrook

5 – 9 p.m.

Meet the Pfister’s new Artist in Residence, Timothy Westbrook. Timothy has a BFA in Fine Arts from Syracuse University and is a Fiber Artist. Westbrook will create Victorian clothing pieces using sustainable materials like organic cotton and recycled cassette tapes, using a non-electric 1904 treadle sewing machine and loom. Join the artist for a post-Gallery Night reception with complimentary snacks and a cash bar in the Rouge. Open Gallery Day throughout the day.
Tool Shed
2427 N. Murray Ave.
Alexandra Hawley: Daydreamer/Nightschemer
5 – 9 p.m.
The Tool Shed will feature the photography from local artist Alexandra Hawley. Hawley’s work comes from her need to dream, desire, and idealize.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
2220 N. Terrace Ave.
The Decorative Impulse
5 – 9 p.m.
This exhibit brings together six international metalsmiths whose work actively engages with the decorative arts to pose provocative questions about the place of the decorative in current art dialogues. The Decorative Impulse is a collaboration between The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and the UW-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts. The show is co-curated by Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Head of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the PSOA. Open Gallery Day from 1 – 5 p.m.

Photo courtesy Arts @ Large

Walker’s Point

Arts @ Large
908 S. 5th St.
March to Equality—200 Nights in Milwaukee
4 – 8 p.m.

Nova High School students shine their unique perspective on the Milwaukee Civil Rights movement. Learn about the time when Father Groppi, Vel Phillips, the NAACP Youth Council and other activists changed Milwaukee’s history forever.

Michael Banning's "Port of Milwaukee" (image: WPCA website)

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
839 S. 5th St.
Vanishing Points: Explorations in Architecture and Identity
5 – 9 p.m.

Michael Banning, a painter from Chicago, Morgan Craig, a painter from Philadelphia, PA and Mark Slankard, a photographer from Rocky River, Ohio, take a look at urban environments from the perspective of growth and decay during this exhibit. Don’t miss the gallery talk by Michael Banning at 7 p.m.

Bay View

The Hide House 
2625 S. Greeley St.
6 – 10 p.m.

The Hide House will feature three floors of live music and art. This historic space is home to a creative community in the Bay View neighborhood.

Collaborative Plate, Stack & Eaton 2012

Sky High Gallery
2501 S. Howell Ave.
New Work by Beth Eaton and Tom Stack
6 – 10 p.m.

This show will feature a combination of ten new paintings by stack along with a collection of collaborative ceramic pieces. This is Sky High curator, Faythe Levine’s first gallery show of the year after finishing her most recent manuscript.

Anything else we should know about? Leave a comment and let everyone know!

Categories: Art, Arts & Culture

0 thoughts on “Open Studios: TCD’s Guide to Gallery Night”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Also, don’t miss Splash Studio’s grand opening party on Friday, April 20 from 6-10 pm, followed by a late night paint session from 10pm-midnight. Splash is the Third Ward’s new painting bar, located at 184 N. Broadway. More at or 414.882.7621.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Cardinal Stritch Visual Art students will be exhibiting photography, graphic design and ceramics as part of their senior thesis on April 20-29 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery. The opening reception is April 20 from 5-8 p.m and includes food and beverage as well as a Stritch student music ensemble performance.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Opening: Fri April 20th – Sat, Apr 21st
    Gallery Night & Day: “Vestiges” –
    Elaine Erickson Gallery – 207 E Buffalo (Marshall Building)
    Artists: Alison B Cooke and Rebecca Crowell –
    Non-representational (abstract)
    in oil & beeswax and oil & mixed media
    Note: Reception for the artists from 12-3 Saturday.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Opening: Fri April 20th – Sat, Apr 21st
    Gallery Night & Day: “Vestiges” –
    Elaine Erickson Gallery – 207 E Buffalo (Marshall Building)
    Artists: Alison B Cooke and Rebecca Crowell –
    Non-representational (abstract)
    in oil & beeswax and oil & mixed media
    Note: Reception for the artists from 12-3 Saturday.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget Gallery Grand, 604 N. Water! (I haven’t exhibited collages for a few years now but have four in their World Of Whimsy show!)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Greymatter will present new work by Illinois artist Christian Arrecis. A critique of photography using photogrophy, Chris challenges understandings of the materiality and truth of the printed image. He uses exaggerated photographic processes, such as lens placement in relation to existing images, and makes the viewer more aware of the circumstances surrounding the production of these images.

    Greymatter is located in the Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo, Suite 222. Open Gallery Night from 5-9pm and every Saturday 12-4pm. Show runs through May 26th.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey Graymatter, Christina, Tosa720, Christine and Splash:

    Thanks for posting. We can’t necessarily keep track of absolutely everything, and your additions enhance our story. Have a great Gallery Night and Day! — Strini

  8. Anonymous says:

    Totally! so much great stuff going on in Milwaukee this weekend!

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