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Hipper than a sock hop, better for your liver than a bar hop, the Third Ward’s quarterly gallery hop comes to town July 21-22.

There are too many galleries in the city to see in a single day. Maybe that’s why the Historic Third Ward Association decided to call their quarterly art festival “Gallery Night and Day.” This Friday, July 21, from 5-11 p.m., and Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 44 venues open their doors to the public for a free arty party.

Wondering which venues to visit first? You can’t go wrong with any of the ones on this list.

Portrait Society Gallery
207 E. Buffalo St.

The group exhibition Now Figuration examines why the human figure continues to remain a favorite subject in the art world. Many Wisco artists are represented, along with internationally acclaimed heavyweights like painter Eric Fischl.

Tory Folliard Gallery
233 N. Milwaukee St.

Sometimes more really is more. Take The Salon Show, which teems with dozens of artworks hung floor to ceiling from the gallery’s walls, a la a nineteenth-century Parisian salon. Bask in the over-the-top opulence Friday evening, 5-9 p.m., while sipping a glass of complimentary wine.

Tory Folliard Gallery

Photo by Kenny Yoo; courtesy of the Tory Folliard Gallery

Pfister Hotel
424 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Margaret Muza, The hotel’s artist in residence, opens her studio Friday evening from 5-9 p.m. and invites visitors to pose for an old-timey tintype photograph. You’ll want to stick around to see the photo developed too.

MOWA on the Lake
1800 N. Prospect Ave.

Struggling to motivate yourself to drive to the MOWA’s West Bend location? You’re in luck, because the museum is sharing some of its iconic Paul Hammersmith works at its satellite location on Prospect Avenue. Many consider Hammersmith (1857-1937) the finest Milwaukee artist of his generation.

Museum of Wisconsin Art

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Wisconsin Art

Grohmann Museum
1000 N. Broadway

At this group exhibition of industrial art, organized with the Cedarburg Artists Guild and Art on the Move, you’ll find 42 works by 14 local artists. Stop by Friday evening to meet some of the featured artists, all of whom created new works specifically for the show.

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