Kat Murrell

TCD’s Winter Gallery Night Guide

This weekend's gallery options get broken down, neighborhood by neighborhood.

By - Jan 16th, 2013 12:54 am

Over 60 venues will be showing art for Gallery Night and Day in the Historic Third Ward and around Milwaukee this weekend. Photo: Angela Morgan

Put on your warm, fuzzy scarf – fine, maybe a beret – and get ready for an urban winter adventure: let’s go out for Gallery Night.

This edition of the quarterly event brings together more than 60 venues showing the gamut of contemporary art. The stomping grounds for the evening range from the downtown epicenters of East Town and the East Side, to the Historic Third Ward, Bay View, Riverwest, and beyond.

The Gallery Night Express bus will get you around with two different routes, the East Town/Historic Third Ward Route and the Harley-Davidson Museum Route, circling every 15 minutes to make gallery hopping more hospitable in the winter wind.

If outdoor art piques your interest, especially when done with chainsaws, hang out in the Third Ward on Friday. The 10th Annual Sculptures on Ice competition begins at 10 a.m. A gallery of icy blocks will be transformed into pieces on this year’s theme, “Flora and Fauna.” The artists will have until 6 p.m. to finish their cool inspirations, and with the winner announced at 7 p.m. at Club Charlies.

ThirdCoast Digest will be there to capture this year’s Gallery Night as it happens. Tag your tweets with #TCDart to join the conversation here, and follow TCD on Twitter at @TCDigest. 

Downtown  / East Town / East Side

Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique  

The work of artist and syndicated cartoonist Gary Markstein will be on view. Markstein will talk about his work on Saturday.

  • Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 11am-5pm
  • 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. (inside Grand Avenue Mall)

Cathedral of St. John 

Liturgical vessels, vestments, books, artifacts and more are on display, with a talk on the history of the objects at 7:30pm Friday.

  • Friday, 6 to 8:30pm
  • 812 N. Jackson St.

CityCenter at 735


Art from Jenny Anderson, Jeffery Eckel, and Anna Banwell, plus music by To Be a Painter, will be part of the evening and exhibition.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 12-5pm
  • 1024 E. State St. at Prospect

David Barnett Gallery

Featuring Wisconsin Artists from the Collection of David Barnett Gallery

David Barnett Gallery illuminates a selection of famous Wisconsin artists, including Francesco Spicuzza, Ruth Grotenrath, Schomer Lichtner, and many more .

  • Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 11am-5pm
  • 1024 E. State St. at Prospect

Claire Stigliani, Sleeping Beauty in Harrods. Image courtesy Dean Jensen Gallery

Dean Jensen Gallery

Claire Stigliani: Making Fictions

Stigliani’s work is a sweet combination of autobiography and history, played up with cameo appearances by fairy tale figures. Sophisticated and sharply whimsical.

  • Friday 6-9pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm
  • 759 N. Water St

DeLind Gallery of Fine Art

Bare Walls

Don’t let the title fool you; there’ll be plenty of art in this exhibition. Works focus on the nude figure in 19th through 21st century drawings, paintings, and prints.

  • Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10:30am-4pm
  • 450 E. Mason St.

Dick’s Pizza and Pleasure  

Art by Brewcity Bruisers 

The ladies and fans of Milwaukee’s roller derby club are busy in and out of the arena, as evidenced by the art, photography, and music in this exhibition.

  • Friday 5:30-9pm
  • 730 N. Milwaukee St.

Gallery at THE BLUE 

Charlette Fung Miller’s Chinese watercolor brush paintings and Matthew S. Miller’s impressionistic paintings are featured.

  • Friday 5-11pm
  • 310 W. Wisconsin Ave., Lobby

Galerie M, Intercontinental Milwaukee

Pfister Hotel Artist-in-Residence Finalists 

While the Pfister hosts the final Gallery Night exhibition of their current Artist-In-Residence, the finalists for the next year’s cycle are waiting in the wings – or at least, in Galerie M. Vote for your favorite; the winner will be announced in mid-February.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday throughout the day
  • 139 E. Kilbourn Ave.

Green Gallery

Tony Matelli 

Meticulous and subtle in reorganizing ordinary things, Matelli’s installations are more than meets the eye.

  • Friday and Saturday, 2-6pm
  • 1500 N. Farwell Ave.

Grohmann Museum

Bridges: The Spans of North America, Photographs by David Plowden

The photographer will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. during the opening reception of this exhibition of images from his travels through the American landscape.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday, 12-6 pm
  • 1000 N. Broadway at State St.


Gregory Crewdson’s “Twilight” is one of the many water-focused images in the Haggerty’s “Dark Blue” exhibition.

Haggerty Museum of Art – Marquette University

The Haggerty opens four new exhibitions: Dark Blue: The Water as Protagonist, Images of the Virgin Mary, Perimeter: Photographs by Kevin J. Miyazaki and Read Between the Lines: Enrique Chagoya’s Codex Prints.

  • Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-4:30pm
  • 13th & Clybourn

INOVA – UWM’s Peck School of the Arts

Makers in Print: International Exhibition 

The annual Southern Graphic Council (SGC) conference will be held in Milwaukee this March, hosted by UWM and MIAD. In conjunction with this major event, dubbed Print: MKE, this exhibition features innovative works in contemporary print practice.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday, 12-5pm
  • 2155 N. Prospect Ave.

Katie Gingrass Gallery

100 Artists of the Midwest

This group exhibition show dozens of artists working in the region today.

  • Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
  • 241 N. Broadway

Latino Arts Gallery 

Contemporary Inspirations from Ancient South American Pottery 

The work of artist Luz Angela Crawford will be on view, showcasing her ceramic works inspired by the indigenous cultures of South America.

  • Friday 9am-8pm
  • 1028 S. 9th St.

Milwaukee Art Museum  

MAM After Dark: Salsa

The art party takes a spicy turn with music, food, and docent-led tours of the collection beginning at 8pm.

  • Friday 5pm-midnight
  • 700 N. Art Museum Drive

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Two Shows, One Night 

Photographers Andy Karol and Steven Patrick Leahy exhibit Facets of Gender, alongside a group show including Thomas Hellstrom, Deb Stanislawski, and others with “Art Under $200.”

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-1pm
  • 1110 N. Market St., Second Floor

Morning Glory Gallery 

Jewelry by Mark Hanson is shown, along with work by over 50 Wisconsin-based artists.

  • Friday 12-9pm, Saturday 12-9pm
  • 929 N. Water Street (inside the Marcus Center)

Museum of Wisconsin Art on the Lake

Suzanne Rose: A Deepening Vision

Self-described “mindful minimalist” Suzanne Rose presents images of nature with sharp clarity.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10-5pm
  • 1840 N. Prospect Ave.

Peltz Gallery

Two exhibitions will be on view: Top Drawer Prints I, curated by Warrington Colescott, focuses on artists from UW-Madison, and Top Drawer Prints II, curated by Cheryl Olsen Sklar, presents Milwaukee-area printmakers and participants in the upcoming SGC conference.

  • Friday 6-9:30pm, Saturday 11am-4pm
  • 1119 E. Knapp St.

Pfister Hotel

Check out the work of Artist-In-Residence Timothy Westbrook and his fiction-based art on “The Life of Mrs. Charles Pfister.”

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday throughout the day
  • 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.

RedLine Milwaukee

Entwined: Laci Coppins & Ann Mory Wydeven

Love and loss are explored through a variety of mediums, including painting, photographs, and installations.

  • Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10am-3pm
  • 1422 N. 4th St.
Terry McCormick Gallery
Blanche Brown: Celebrate Obama – Forward America Exhibition and Sale
  • Collages by Blanche Brown represent current events and honor the reelection of President Obama. The exhibition is accompanied by additional artists presenting watercolors, drawings, paintings, and mixed media and more.
  • Saturday, 1-5pm
  • 2522 N. 18th Street

VIA Downer

Come check out Transfer and VIA Downer’s black-and-white photography exhibit Side Work, extended through February 11. In this series of photos, the restaurants’ employees take on the roles of both artist and subject.

  • Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm
  • 2625 N. Downer Ave.

Village Church Art Gallery

A Celebration of Truth Tellers and Risk Takers: Mixed Media by Emerging Milwaukee Artists 

Billed as “cozy and eclectic,” this exhibition features painting by Erico Ortiz, photography by Jeannée Sacken, plus Appalacian folk music by Lou Nielsen.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-3pm
  • 130 E. Juneau Ave.

Historic Third Ward

A Trio Jewelry Design Studio

Jason Altobelli 

Billed as “psychological and romantic,” this exhibition features new pieces by Jason Altobelli.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 12-4pm
  • 215 N. Water St.

Art Institute of Wisconsin

Works from the Coalition of Photographic Arts

This group show features the myriad of photographic techniques practiced by CoPA members.

  • Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 8am-2pm
  • 320 E. Buffalo St., Suite 100

Artasia, LLC

A myriad of oriental art, accessories and furniture are among the main features of this gallery.

  • Friday and Saturday 10am-7:30pm
  • 181 N. Broadway

Blue Ant Gallery  


Our modern lives and love affair with screens are undercurrents of this group exhibition of video and new media work.

  • Friday, 4 to 8:30pm
  • 338 N. Milwaukee Street

Andrea Chasin’s (MIAD ’13) “floor desk,” part of Design Within Reach’s MIAD Furniture Exhibit.

Design Within Reach

MIAD Furniture Exhibit 

Organic and industrial desks, tables, benches and more designed by MIAD alums will be on view.

  • Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
  • 167 North Broadway

Elaine Erickson Gallery   

Eye of the Beholder: George Sanquist, Yong-ran Zhu

Works by these two photographers will be the focus of this exhibition. An artist talk will take place on Saturday at 2pm.

  • Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 12:30-3:30pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St.,  First Floor

Gallery 218

Winter Showcase: Contemplation 

Live entertainment will accompany a group exhibition that focuses on painting, photography, printmaking and mixed media works.

  • Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-5pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 218


Volta: New Work by Rachel Quirk 

This exhibition opens with the artist in attendance and a selection of recent pieces in this consistently smart gallery.

  • Friday 5-9 pm, Saturday, 12-4pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 222

Kral Real Estate

Various artists

Photography, accessories, and live acoustic music will be part of this gallery night opening.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
  • 120 N. Milwaukee St.


Joy Bach is the featured artist in this stylish clothing boutique, complemented by live music performed by Soul Kitchen.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
  • 321 N. Broadway

Mandel Creative Studios/ Plaid Tuba

New work by Reginald Baylor Studio and a video by Honeycomb Productions will be showcased.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo Street, 6th floor (note the group’s new address)

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)

Makers in Print: International Exhibition 

It’s a Major Deal! 

Designing Desire: The Cultural Effects of Marketing

MIAD shows international printmaking artists in conjunction with Print:MKE, as well as a juried exhibition of works by sophomore and junior MIAD students. Also on view is an exhibition exploring the varied messages of advertising media in the past century.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday, 10am-5pm
  • 273 E. Erie St.

Milwaukee Public Market

Art, science, and the “manipulation of matter” are part of the work of featured artist Sarah McCutcheon.

  • Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 8am-7pm
  • 400 N. Water St.

My Dwelling 

Live art! Artists will be creating on-the-spot views of the Milwaukee cityscape.

  • Friday 5 to 9pm, Saturday 9am-3pm
  • 316 N. Milwaukee St., Ste. 100

Parsifal Classic Mercedes Boutique 

Andy Warholski is the featured artist, along with holiday-themed, local, and student art.

  • Friday 5-9pm
  • 520 E. Menomonee St.

Shane Walsh, Possible Head 1. Image courtesy Portrait Society Gallery.

Portrait Society Gallery  

Gallery Night opens Shane Walsh: The Available Language, featuring portrait-oriented paintings, three-dimensional works, and the installation, The Store. The annual Winter Chapel is also revealed, with this year’s meditative space created by Kevin Geise.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday noon-5pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St., Fifth Floor

Rustico Pizzeria  

Stepping from the world of marketing and design, Mike Magestro presents his recent work called The Lotus Project.

  • Friday and Saturday 11am-1:30am
  • 223 N. Water St.

Sadler Gallery

Sculptures by Michael Santini

Fantasy creatures straight out of Medieval Surrealism (if there actually were such a thing) populate the paintings of Michael Santini. This exhibition introduces his sculptures based on his painting Guardians of the Barley, plus work by other noted painters including Sasha Kinens and Bridget Griffith Evans.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 200


Cyclic Histories (For M.L)

A multimedia installation of light, music, and images is presented by intermedia artist Lawton Hall.

  • Friday 5-10pm
  • 326 N. Water St., 2nd floor

SPiN Milwaukee

Portraitist Cole Kluesner will create a celebrity portrait as nominated by SPIN’s Facebook friends in a Gallery Night live drawing session.

  • Friday 8:30pm-2am
  • 233 E. Chicago St.

Splash Studio

Super. Secret. Glow. Paint. Project. Partie deux! Milwaukee’s painting bar holds another session of this event for your Gallery Night fun. The glowing part takes place between 10pm and midnight, but art by John Kowalczyk and Brie LaPlante is there all evening for viewing interest. Plus, you can get into the art by making your own piece for $5.

  • Friday 6pm-midnight, Saturday 6-10pm
  • 184 N. Broadway

The Fine Art Gallery

The Power of Ten

Celebrating four years, the gallery hosts a group exhibition featuring painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and more.

  • Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 11am-4pm
  • 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 210

“Encounters” by Jason Rohif, courtesy Tory Folliard Gallery site

Tory Folliard Gallery


The exclamation point means it – this is a show of very colorful works by a variety of artists working in traditional and experimental modes. The artists will also be at the opening of this exhibition on Friday.

  • Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 11am-4pm
  • 233 N. Milwaukee St.

Translator Labs / Memories in the Making   

Art in Unexpected Places  

Art and the power of memory underlie this preview of Translator Labs’ “Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making” program.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-3pm
  • 233 N. Milwaukee St.

Walker’s Point / Bay View

Arts @ Large

IMAGINE: A Youth-Led Campaign to Prevent School Violence

This exhibition brings together projects by students that speak out against bullying and violence, and promote respect and support in the classroom.

  • Friday 5-pm, Saturday 11am-4pm
  • 908 S. 5th St.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore 

The opening of Habitat for Humanity’s second ReStore location is celebrated with an exhibition of work by homeowners, volunteers, donors, and others, created with materials reclaimed from ReStore.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 9:30am-3:30pm
  • 420 S. 1st St.

Harley-Davidson Museum

Get a peek at the behind-the-scenes development of Harley-Davidson’s design for their 110th anniversary bikes. Free admission on Friday night, on Saturday regular admission rates apply.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
  • 400 W. Canal St.

Hide House

One Night Only

Explore three floors of artists’ work, space, studios, and live music.

  • Friday, 6-9 p.m.
  • 2625 S. Greeley St.

Iron Horse Hotel

Art by Ari David Rosenthal will grace the walls, including a ranges of subjects presented through photographs and graphic design.

  • Friday, 5-11 p.m.
  • 500 W. Florida St.

Milwaukee Satellite Galleries Project 

A group show of photography, prints, paintings, three-dimensional work and more will be on view.

  • Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 12-5pm
  • 3333 W. National Ave.

Colin Matthes’ “Getting By in the Foreverscape” will feature new work. Image from http://skyhighmilwaukee.blogspot.com

Sky High Gallery  

The timely and pointed works of Colin Matthes will be on view with Getting By in the Foreverscape, including drawings from his recent residence in Ireland and the poster series Essential Knowledge: Volume 1.

  • Friday 6-10pm
  • 2501 S. Howell Ave.

Transfer Pizzeria and Cafe

Come check out Transfer and VIA Downer’s black-and-white photography exhibit Side Work, extended through February 11. In this series of photos, the restaurants’ employees take on the roles of both artist and subject.

  • Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm
  • 101 W. Mitchell St.

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts

CoPA’s 6th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition

It’s the last weekend to catch this juried exhibition of CoPA photographers from around the region.

  • Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 12-5pm
  • 839 S. 5th St.


Carol Curley, “Oh No Not Today.” Image from http://www.coroflot.com/CarolC/Screaming-Pastels.

Dominion Gallery 

Tony Bussalacchi

Whimsical assemblages, mobiles and sculptures by Bussalacchi are on view, as well as pastels by Carol Curley, photographs by Sukey Pett, handmade jewelry and accessories.

  • Friday 3-8pm, Saturday 2-6pm
  • 804 E. Wright St.

Jackpot Gallery  

Work by Milwaukee artists Mike Brylski, Al Bardin, Mike Fredrickson and others will be featured, along with “music, food, and good vibes!”

  • Friday 6-10pm
  • 825 E. Center St.

Jazz Gallery

Sights and Sounds: Art and Jazz at the Jazz Gallery

A group show at this gallery, operated by the Riverwest Artists Association, will open on Saturday, January 19.

  • Saturday, noon-5pm
  • 926 E. Center St.

King Drive Commons Gallery & Studio 

Images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dr. King’s accomplishments are commemorated through art and images, and accompanied with live jazz by Larry Moore Trio and a performance by Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company.

  • Friday 5:30-9pm
  • 2775 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.

Around Town

Cardinal Stritch University- Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

Weightless Words

Ted Brusubardis, Annushka Peck, and Calvin Whitehurst collaborate in an exhibition combining art, audio, reality, and history.

  • Friday, 5-8 p.m.
  • 6801 N. Yates Rd.

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Lynden isn’t open late for Gallery Night, but both of their current exhibitions – paintings by Riga-born artist Leo Michelson, from the Bradley Foundation collection, and artist-in-residence Yevgeniya Kaganovich’s plant-like installation grow – will be on display Saturday.

  • Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
  • 2145 West Brown Deer Rd.

Kat Murrell isn’t just a master of Gallery Night guides – she’s also put together a comprehensive Guide to Museums and Galleries for Milwaukee, updated regularly.

Looking for visual art on a more regular basis? Danielle McClune’s Milwaukee This Week column is published every Tuesday, listing the art and events coming up in the city.

0 thoughts on “TCD’s Winter Gallery Night Guide”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a comprehensive guide! I was able to pick out all the shows that I wanted to see – thanks, Third Coast!

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