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Start with a plan is my mantra for most things in life, including Gallery Night. Try as I may, I never end up making it to more than a couple galleries in a four-block radius. Here are a few roadmaps to help you navigate. If you plan to hit up the East Side, check out […]

Start with a plan is my mantra for most things in life, including Gallery Night. Try as I may, I never end up making it to more than a couple galleries in a four-block radius. Here are a few roadmaps to help you navigate.

If you plan to hit up the East Side, check out these galleries:

Atwater Park (Lake Drive & Capitol) – Shorewood’s Atwater Park is not technically part of gallery night; however, Juame Plensa’s new sculpture “Spillover II” is a stunningly lit addition overlooking the lake (you might be familiar with his more notable Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park). Cruise by on your way to the East Side and form your own opinion before you read Mary Louise Schumacher‘s review – she does not seem to like it.

Inova (2155 N. Prospect Ave.) – The UWM’s new Peck School of the Arts building will house the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund 2009 Fellowships for Individual Artists through Dec. 12, including: Peter Barrickman and Harvey Opgenorth (Established Artists category), and Kim Miller and John Riepenhoff (Emerging Artists category).

Peltz Gallery (1119 E. Knapp St.)  – This little gem of a gallery has the cozy feel of an old home, contrary to other stark, bright galleries. The Return of the Men Show” exhibit has paintings, drawings and small sculpture by more than 30 male artists including new works by John Buck, Enrique Chagoya, Christo and Gruenwald. Also, humorous prints by Colescott, and “Monk Heads” sumi ink drawings by Newhall. Exhibition runs Oct. 15-Dec. 18. Pop in for a French Breakfast 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday and stay for the artist discussion from 1-2 p.m.  

If you want to check out the Third Ward, may I suggest:

Dean Jensen Gallery (759 N. Water St.) – Show some Wisconsin pride! “Wisconsin Moderns” brings together paintings, drawings, original prints and sculpture work by Fred Berman (born 1926), Carl Holty (1900-73), Karl Knaths (1891-1971), Jon Schueler (1916-92), Lucia Stern (1895-1987) and Mark Tobey (1890-1976). Although each artist exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries in the U.S. and Europe during their years as active artists, their names are not widely known among Wisconsinites. This effort is believed to be the first to celebrate the six innovators as a group. (Painting to the left by Jon Schueler.)

Rustico (223 N. Water St.) – Milwaukee-based multimedia artist Nicolaus Ortiz is on display with pieces created with pen and ink, gouache and digital software. He blends these images together to create snapshots of an alternate world inhabited by versions of ourselves. Exhibition runs Oct. 15-Nov. 15.

Luckystar Studio (207 E. Buffalo St.) – If you want cutting-edge art that’s not too stuffy, go for the “The Good, The Bad and the Chimp.” This exhibit features the creative duo behind the monkey – Jeremy Wolf and Jeff Sadowski – and very special guest John Scotello. Exhibition runs Oct. 15-Nov. 19.

 

If you’ll be in the Walker’s Point/Bay View Area, check out:

Riviera Maya (2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.) – In true Mexican tradition, Rivera Maya is showcasing a “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” exhibit by Gilberto Botello with mixed media art, including acrylic paintings, paper mache and wire sculptures. Work inspired by the artist’s childhood memories of the oldest Mexican tradition, a respectful yet humorous celebratory offering to the dead. Exhibition on display Oct.15-Nov.12.

Sky High Gallery and Pop-Up Boutique (2501 Howell Ave.) – Sky High is the new project of Faythe Levine, who previously co-owned Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery in Bay View. She is also internationally known for her film, “Handmade Nation,” which drew attention to the rise of do-it-yourself crafting. The pop-up boutique will be a retail space add-on to the gallery and will feature a mix of handpicked jewelry, books, ceramics and art objects. Check for updates on the Facebook page. Faythe’s blog is a great read, too.

(Mural by Sofia Arnold.)

For a full list of the fall gallery night participants, click here.

 

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