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Art Scene: Why Juarez Gallery Returned to Third Ward
Art Scene

Why Juarez Gallery Returned to Third Ward

The city’s “a thriving art community” says teacher, gallery owner and publisher Frank Juarez.

Fonz Wins, Brenner Leaving Town

Fonz Wins, Brenner Leaving Town

My sources, namely Twitter, tell me that Mike Brenner and his Hotcakes Gallery will soon be a part of Milwaukee history.  The eccentric gallery owner promised to close his gallery and leave Milwaukee if the Fonz statue was fully funded.  Well I haven’t heard for sure that that has happened yet other than from Brenner, but it’s more or less inevitable at this point.  Brenner has announced that July 3rd will be the last day to purchase artwork at Hotcakes Gallery. Brooks Barrow, owner of the Brooks Barrow Gallery in the Third Ward, vowed to leave town if Brenner did.  I’m awaiting to see what Brooks has to say. Personally, I think Brenner is acting pretty unreasonable about the entire thing.  I guess if you need a scapegoat to close your business, opposing a bronze statue of a Milwaukee legend is a good route to go.