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Stephanie Trenchard at Tory Folliard Gallery
Gallery Night and Day
Historic Third Ward Events - 2017
Gallery Night and Day - Official Participants

Gallery Night and Day ~ April 21 & 22, 2017

Join us for Gallery Night and Day, the Midwest's premier art event.

This world-class event features an evening of gallery hopping and art viewing beginning Friday, April 21 and continuing during the day on Saturday, April 22.

This spring, the quarterly event showcases 43 venues throughout the downtown Milwaukee area. Admission is free to all participating venues during event hours listed below.

Download a participant map here.

Parking, Transportation, and Lodging

Find the best places to park and stay during your Gallery Night and Day experience on our Get Around page.

For Additional Information
Please call the Historic Third Ward Association at 414.273.1173.


The City Center at 735 - 735 N. Water St.

414.765.0305 •
The Cream City Connection
Breaking boundaries of what it means to be a community. Collaborating in a space that encourages inclusivity, creativity, and empowerment. From Bronzeville to Water Street join Milwaukee artists for a celebration of expression. We are Cream City.
Friday: 5 to 9pm

David Barnett Gallery - 1024 E. State St. (at Prospect Ave.) 414.271.5058 •
Photorealist Watercolors by Bruce McCombs
The artwork of Bruce McCombs has been procured by many collections both nationally and internationally.  McCombs is widely recognized for his super-realistic rendering style.  This exhibit focuses on his photorealist watercolor technique.  Subjects include architecture, vintage cars and motorcycles and Art Deco automotives. Exhibition runs April 21 through July 15, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 11am to 5pm

Grohmann Museum - 1000 N. Broadway
414.277.2300 •
STEEL: The Cycle of Industry by David Plowden
David Plowden states that “the architecture of steelmaking is like no other. Nowhere can you find this massiveness, drama, spectacle, and danger but in a steel mill.” Between 1962 and 1985, Plowden sought to capture the majesty of the steel industry while at the same time documenting the demise of the industry as we knew it. This exhibition allows for a re-examination of Plowden’s steel portfolio, including many photos printed specifically for this purpose. Featuring more than 150 of his finest photographs, Steel places the viewer at the point where shovel meets dirt in the mining process and ends in the same soil surrounding these long-abandoned mills. Exhibition runs January 20 through April 30, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: noon to 6pm

Historic Milwaukee, Inc. - 235 E. Michigan Street

414.277.7795 •
It Starts Here – The Artwork of James Steeno
There is beauty in the first stages of all new creations. Milwaukee artist James Steeno captures glimpses of the living creative heartbeat found nearby in this display of watercolors, pen sketches, and digital design of the familiar places near home. Exhibition runs April 21 through May 31, 2017. Open 9am-5pm weekdays.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center - 1110 N. Market St., 2nd Fl.
414.271.2656 •
The Whimsy Show
The popular Whimsy show is back with some of Milwaukee’s colorful artists. Thom J. Ertl is debuting his “What Color is Your Thommie Square”. Jenny Anderson hand makes her own oils and paints Plein Air. Mike Kasun will feature large scale drawings. Francis Toledo will debut his decorated purse line.  
Friday: 5 to 8pm

Pfister - Artist in Residence - 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
414.273.8222 •
Visit the Studio inside the Pfister hotel to meet the new Artist-in-Residence, tin type photographer, Margaret Muza. Margaret will be showcasing her work and discussing her plans for the next year in the studio. The Pfister Pop-up Gallery will feature the Cedarburg Artists Guild: Embracing Diversity exhibit. A reception follows in the Rouge in the Lobby Level of the Pfister from 9pm-11pm.
Friday: 5 to 11pm, Saturday: throughout the day

Village Church Arts Gallery - 130 E. Juneau Ave.
414.273.7617 •
Rumi Dreaming mixed media on canvas and Roads Traveled photography by Carol Zippel. Live music and appetizers. Exhibition runs April 21 through May 5, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 1 to 3pm


Art Upstairs Studio Gallery - 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 202
Watercolor Paintings and Encaustic Painting and Mixed Media
Works of watercolorist Lois Buley Wirth and the encaustic work and mixed media of Clare Jorgensen. Diverse themes of Nature and Urban life come together in this ongoing showing.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 11 to 4pm

ACLU of Wisconsin - 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 325
414.272.4032 •
Our Trans Family
The ACLU of Wisconsin is proud to present Our Trans Family, an exhibit of images of transgender people and their families. The project is a collaboration between Cream City Foundation, Diverse and Resilient, and the Mary Nohl Foundation.
Friday: 5 to 10pm, Saturday: 11am to 3pm

Buorsajo Boutique - 244 N Broadway
414-939-3773 •

Anton Carter: Artist at Large

Buorsajo Boutique is delighted to host in-house resident artist Anton Carter. Anton's breathtaking paintings are nothing short of visceral, organic abstraction. The delightful vibrant colors on large mediums are sure to awaken your senses. His paintings come alive from the instinctual and the unconscious.

Friday: 5 to 10pm

Cornerstone Realtors - 153 N. Milwaukee St.

414.213.5055 •
Jennifer Espenscheid – “Emotionally Provocative Abstracts”
In this avenue of the artist’s work she explores evoking emotions through form, texture, and color. Calm, enthusiasm, passion, and love can all be experienced through allowing oneself to sink into the painting and themselves.
Friday: 5 to 9pm

Chrysalis - 207 E. Buffalo Street, #604

Earth’s minerals combine rare crystal forms and stunning colors to create fine natural sculptures and decorative pieces. Masterfully cut gemstones create dazzling effects. Friendly experts on hand for teaching and questions. Private appointments available.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Engberg Anderson - 320 E. Buffalo St., Suite 500
6 Artists – 6 Mediums
Six different artists using different mediums, will be exhibiting a variety of acrylic, oil, and watercolor paintings; ceramics; furniture; quilted fabric arts; and sculpture from upcycled materials! Artists discussion with food and drink on Friday night.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 2pm

Frank Juarez Gallery - 207 E. Buffalo St., #600

920.559.7181 •
Frank Juarez Gallery Inaugural Exhibition
The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to present the opening of FJG with an inaugural exhibition featuring works by gallery artists. Exhibiting artists include Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Rob Neilson, Melissa Dorn Richards, and Sara Willadsen. Exhibition runs April 1 through May 6, 2017.
Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm

Gallery 218 - 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 218

414.643.1732 •
An Abstract Nature
Contemporary abstract painting, photography, watercolor, encaustic works inspired by nature, by gallery artists: Judith Hooks, Bernie Newman, Harry Wirth, Joanne O’hare, Michael Karl, Martha Coaty. Live jazz by Keith Watling, cash bar, and appetizers. Artist applications reviewed every Saturday 1-5pm. Exhibition runs April 21 through
May 31, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 10pm, Saturday: noon to 5pm

Gallery 326 / Onesto - 221 N. Broadway

414.906.1990 •
Gallery 326 is a collaborative group of artists from MKE and the surrounding area. Featured artist Kat Rodriguez will be showcasing her “Migraine Series.” Her abstract watercolor and acrylic pieces are based on the visual representation of her migraines. She finds that creating artwork from a negative state creates raw and expressive work. View her work along with the rest of the amazing talent from Gallery 326.
Friday: 5 to 10pm, Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Greymatter - 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 222

414.687.2598 •
Leigh Merrill and Paho Mann make photographs that explore personal and cultural relationships to the objects we collect and consume. Through poetic pairing of photographs of objects, collections, and digitally manipulated works, Merrill and Mann address ideas of value, memory, and desire. Exhibition runs April 21 through June 3, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: noon to 4pm

Halling & Cayo, S.C. - 320 E. Buffalo St., Suite 700

414.371.3400 •
The Works of Cherilynn Wood and Karen Petric
Cherilynn Wood creates mixed media pastel paintings filled with poetic expression. She utilizes a laying process of media to create contemporary abstract expressionism work. Karen Petric is a retired educator and lifelong painter who creates work in a variety of styles that celebrate the beauty in everyday life experiences.
Friday: 5 to 9pm

Hoffman York - 200 N. Water Street

414.225.9578 •
Cindy Kennedy-Lesky
This Milwaukee artist uses her photography combined with her Photoshop skills to create vibrant works of art. Printed on brushed aluminum, her pieces come alive. They are uniquely different and will draw you in.
Friday: 5:30 to 8:30pm

Hudson Business Lounge + Cafe - 310 E. Buffalo St.

414.220.9460 •
Surrealistic Twist: the Experimental Photography of
Cardi Toellner Smith
A background in art (UWM, Layton School), experimental photography (Cardinal Stritch) and scientific illustration is what it takes to create the mind-bending still lifes of Cardi Toellner Smith. The explosion of color that characterizes her work comes from the objects she chooses and how she distorts and abstracts her subjects prior to “snapping” the final image and self printing them creating an adventure in photography not to be missed. Exhibition runs April 14 through July 7, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 5pm

The Italian Community Center - 631 E. Chicago St.

414.223.2180 •
Please join us for a wonderful night/day of new and exciting works of art by the ICC’s own Elise Fritchie. Elise has been a member of the ICC since she was a child and is involved not only at the ICC but Festa also.
Friday: 6 to 10pm, Saturday: 11am to 3pm

The Journeyman Hotel - 310 E. Chicago St.

414.291.3970 •
Unadorned Magazine Issue No. 2 Release
Unadorned Magazine’s second issue “Monarch” presents fresh, curated, ad-free content that features 30+ Wisconsin artists and small businesses. The issue release party will feature selected photographs from “Monarch,” an interactive photo shoot experience, and video installations by Video Villains.
Friday: 5 to 9pm

Lily Pad Gallery West - 215 N Broadway

414.509.5756 •
Lily Pad West – April Gallery Night & Day
Lily Pad West provides the finest quality realism, naturalism, impressionism, and abstract works of art. With over 115 works of art from 45 distinct artists, the gallery brings quality art from modern contemporary to art reminiscent of 19th century French and Dutch Masters. An artist reception and demonstration will be held Saturday from 2-3:30pm.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: noon to 5pm

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design - 273 E. Erie St.

414.847.3200 •
2017 Senior Exhibition
MIAD’s annual senior exhibition – Wisconsin’s largest exhibit of its kind – features more than 120 of Milwaukee’s newest artists and designers, representing all of MIAD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts majors. Exhibition runs April 21 through May 13, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 5pm

OIL, a city gallery - 207 E. Buffalo St., Lobby

414.588.6823 •
Urban + Agrarian Landscapes
Contemporary gallery with new works created and displayed every Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 6:30pm, and Saturday from noon to 5pm, and by appointment. Featuring Hal Koenig’s urban and landscape canvases, and guest artist Richard W. Patt’s agrarian landscapes. Exhibition is ongoing.
Friday: 5 to 10pm, Saturday: noon to 5pm

Portrait Society Gallery - 207 E. Buffalo St., 5th Floor
Drawn Out
Todd Mrozinski: Landscape drawings
Mark Ottens, Melissa Lee Johnson, Adolph Rosenblatt, Rosemary Ollison.

The pencil or pen’s capabilities reach far beyond its humble demeanor. While drawing is a foundational act, it can also soar, defying its role as sketch or notation. Todd Mrozinski’s new series of graphite drawings of trees and clouds stretch five to eight feet long. The simple mark of a held pencil accumulates into elegiac expanses. He is joined by Mark Ottens, Melissa Lee Johnson, Adolph Rosenblatt, and Rosemary Ollison – all wielding pencils and pens in this celebration of the long, the slow and the Drawn Out. Exhibition runs April 7 through June 4, 2017, Th-Sa noon to 5pm.
Friday: noon to 5pm, Saturday: noon to 5pm

The Renaissance Gallery - 309 N. Water St.

414-303-9389 •
Art Quilts
Art consultant Catherine Davidson of CR Davidson Art features a colorful exhibition of art quilts by Kent Williams, Ann Fahl, and Sonji Hunt – each an award-winning, nationally recognized artist. Texture, pattern, rhythm, and imagery flow from the fabric surfaces. Artworks will rotate throughout the show. Exhibition runs April 20 through July 14, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 8pm

Sadler Gallery - 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 200 & 204

414.278.1395 •
Sadler Gallery is proud to present the oil on canvas nature paintings of Steve Gerhartz, the wild animal and life observation series paintings by Arvid Petersen, and Sasha Kinens who uses a mixture of old and new styles in oil on canvas to create beautiful images.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 11am to 3pm

Splash Studio: a painting bar - 184 N. Broadway

414.882.7621 •
Flora & Fauna
Splash Studio will welcome spring with a group show titled Flora & Fauna and a celebration of 5 years of beer and paint in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Join us on April 21 & 22 for FREE birthday cake, drink specials, and brightly colored paintings and mixed media artwork showcasing plants, insects, and animal life. Happy Birthday to us = awesome party for you!
Friday: 6 to 9pm

Tory Folliard Gallery - 233 N. Milwaukee St.

414.273.7311 •
T.L. Solien – The Foreseeable Past
Contemporary artist T.L. Solien entertains the paradox of “The Foreseeable Past” in new work now showing at the Tory Folliard Gallery. Solien provides a contemporary perspective on classical narrative images with an imaginative retelling. A brightly colored landscape of abstracted farcical figures and fanciful objects invites you to take a step closer. Once engaged you realize all is not as it seems, you have entered a world where belief becomes disbelieve, the annunciation becomes the renunciation and the course of history is altered. Also showing: Drawings, by Swedish artist Erika Nordqvist, exhibit the irony of using basic materials like pencil and paper to communicate rich human experiences and the quest to find a place in this world. Exhibition runs April 21 through May 27, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 11am to 4pm
Opening Reception: April 21, 5 to 9pm


AlphaBANG! Art Space - 228 S. First Street

414.517.2789 •
I AM MKE: Culture and Unity through Diversity
This group exhibition allows for a brief glimpse into the windows of these artists and their varied messages and expressions. The aim is to raise awareness to their vast complexities, hardships, and triumphs. We’ve taken the opportunity to acknowledge these adversities and support artists who are successfully creating through these times. The I AM MKE show will allow the community to learn, encourage, and welcome our participating artists. Education and empathy has the power to heal. Through dichotomy we can find growth. I AM MKE will give attendees the opportunity to engage thought-provoking works from artists creating right here in our city of Milwaukee today.
Friday: 6 to 10pm, Saturday: noon to 2pm

Arts @ Large - 908 S. 5th St.

414.763.7379 •
Exploring Native Culture
Exploring social, political, and cultural issues relevant to the lives of Native Americans today, this student exhibition examines Native American identity while dispelling misconceptions and racist tendencies. Exhibition runs April 21 through June 30, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 8pm, Saturday: noon to 4pm

Grove Gallery - 832 S. Fifth St.

414.520.3891 •
Otherlands 5d – New Paintings by Nina Bednarski
Nina Bednarski’s exquisite use of color and methodical painting techniques come together for Otherlands 5d, a show of new paintings focused on natural forms and landscapes filtered through her subconscious reimagining. Exhibition runs April 21 through
June 24, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: noon to 5pm

Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 420 S 1st Street

414.562.6100 •
Recycled Art
Explore one of Milwaukee’s greenest art exhibitions! From artwork to repurposed furniture, these works were created using second-hand product found at Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Habitat’s resale stores & donation centers). Proceeds from the gallery will help local families in need of safe, affordable housing. Exhibition runs April 14 through
April 22, 2017.
Friday: 5pm to 8pm, Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Harley-Davidson Museum - 400 W. Canal St.

414.287.2789 •
On parade, the fez-wearing Shriners often avoid traditional floats and instead roll by on individual vehicles, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Using artifacts from its collection, the Harley-Davidson Museum celebrates this decades-long and entertaining connection in a lobby display. Free admission from 5-9pm on Friday / regular admission applies on Saturday.
Friday: 10am to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 6pm

The Iron Horse Hotel - 500 W. Florida St.

414.374.4766 •
The Underground Collaborative Gallery
Sue Berce started the Gallery five years ago and has eight members in the Collaborative. Guest Artists are featured every six to eight weeks. Works range from abstract art, photography to ceramic tile. Underground Collaborative Gallery is located in the Grand Avenue Mall, Plankinton building, lower level. The Gallery night show at the Iron Horse Hotel will highlight several artists from the Collaborative. They will also have many pieces available for sale in a “pop-up” shop in the hotel lobby.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Scathain llc - 422 S. 4th St.

414.988.4031 •
Fine Artist, Executive Creative Director at Traction Factory, and all-around rad human Peter Bell will be showing a collection of his thought-provoking print pieces in our newly renovated space.
Friday: 5 to 10pm

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts - 839 S. 5th St.

414.672.2787 •
Thirty: WPCA 30th Anniversary Exhibition
April 14 ­ - May 20, 2017

Thirty is homage to where we come from, bright memories, and who we are at 30. We look back on highlights of our past, with an exhibit featuring 30 artists who have significant contribution to WPCA and Milwaukee’s art community.
Featured Member Exhibition: PJ Boylan
April 14 – July 8, 2017

Photographs worthy of a National Geography cover from one of the best Milwaukee photographers.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: Noon-5pm



Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique - 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. 414.220.4355 •
Scenic Milwaukee: Postcards from Ayzha Fine Arts
The unveiling of postcards predominantly of downtown Milwaukee created mostly by photographer Richard Allen. Blown-up photographs from the cards also on exhibit. Also, oil paintings by noted Milwaukee colorist and expressionist Patricia Obletz. Exhibition runs April 21 through June 10, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: Noon to 4pm

Gallery @ The Blue - 310 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Montage Unleashed
12 artists coming together to present an exhibition with a variety of styles from representional to the abstract. A gathered selection of landscapes from far and close up and structures real and imagined. Exhibition runs April 8 through June 3, 2017
Friday:5:30 to 9pm
Artist’s Reception 6 to 8pm

Mount Mary University’s Creo 2017
Student Designer Fashion Show
Turner Hall -- 1040 N. 4th Street, Downtown Milwaukee

Friday, May 5

Creo is an annual celebration from Mount Mary University’s School of Arts and Design. This live production is planned and produced by Mount Mary fashion design and merchandise management students with assistance from Milwaukee's best production professionals. Fashion designs featured on the runway represent the collections of graduating seniors, current students and designs inspired by the Mount Mary Historic Costume Collection.  There will be three showings at: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 pm.  A reception will follow the 8:30 p.m. show.  Visit to purchase fashion show tickets, and to find out more about the Art & Design Senior Exhibitions running April 24th thru May 5th at the Mount Mary Campus. 

MOWA on the Lake - 1800 N. Prospect Ave.

414.272.2022 •
Recipient of the City of Milwaukee’s Artist of the Year award for 2016, Della Wells is known for her singular style of storytelling. Wells is bringing her tools – colorful collages, drawings, dolls, and quilts – to MOWA On The Lake. Blending her own personal experiences with explorations of culture, Wells addresses issues of race and gender and touches on truths that speak to us all. Exhibition runs February 16 through May 14, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Refreshments available

The North End Apartments - 1551 N. Water St.

414.224.8900 •
223D Exhibit 2017
Brought to you by Reginald Baylor Studio, Heidi Witz Design and Plaid Tuba. Each creative professional will pair either fashion, paintings, prints, photography or other expression with a sculpture of Lego © Bricks.
Friday: 6 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am-5pm

RedLine Milwaukee - 1422 N. 4th St.

414.491.9088 •
Existence as Protest – Gregg Deal
Acclaimed artist Gregg Deal presents a show based on indigeneity as understood from an Indigenous perspective. The social, political, and cultural aspects of Indigenous existence are important, with a look at how these issues are woven into the general narrative of the Indigenous experience. Exhibition runs April 21 – June 10, 2017.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am-3pm

Woodwalk Gallery @
Westmore Design Build
- 1422 E. Albion Street, 2nd Floor 262.227.9711 •
The Soul Within
“The Soul Within” features a compelling selection of Wisconsin and regional artists exploring the many ways that visual art reaches into your soul’s depths and grabs you. Woodwalk Gallery is a premier gallery in Door County collaborating with Westmore Design-Build in their historic east side location.
Friday: 5 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 3pm




Gallery Night and Day is presented quarterly by the Historic Third Ward Association. Special thanks to 2017 event sponsors: 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Associated Bank,Haggerty Museum of Art, Halling & Cayo, The Pfister Hotel
and Physician's Realty Trust.


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