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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gallery Night and Day

Milwaukee’s art community on display

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Milwaukee’s art community struts its stuff this weekend with Gallery Night and Day, April 16-17.

The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN), with more than 1,200 participating artists, celebrates 10 years with a fund-raiser that includes an art treasure hunt—spread over two weekends—titled “Compass.” The organization received artworks from more than 30 artists, including Pam Anderson, Reginald Baylor, Terrence Coffman and Stacey Williams-Ng. A filled “Compass” card, or four purchases, enters a person in a raffle to win a two-night stay for two at the Grand Geneva Resort. Discover the details for the treasure hunt at Broadway Bakery Café on Friday, April 16.

While out and about for Gallery Night and Day, be sure to stop at some of these other fine galleries.

Tory Folliard Gallery: Jennifer Price, a senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and winner of Folliard’s fifth annual Gallery Project, debuts her artwork.

Dean Jensen Gallery: Sonja Thomsen presents a new body of photographic works in an expansive show.

Peltz Gallery: In an exhibit preceding Warrington Colescott’s June retrospective at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Peltz Gallery features this Wisconsin printmaker in “Warrington Colescott, Selected Works: Paintings, Etchings, and Drawings.” Meet this renowned artist and Frances Myers at a reception and catalog signing on Saturday, April 17.

The Historic Third Ward’s Marshall Building opens three new galleries to complement the established favorites.

Bridget Paints: This grand opening showcases Bridget Griffith Evans’ bird portraits on vibrant backgrounds.

Reginald Baylor Studio: Baylor, former Pfister Hotel artist-in-residence, returns to his home studio and offers a coloring book featuring his unique, impressive paintings.

Grava Gallery: A new exhibition, “Fragments,” features Milwaukee’s Andre Saint-Louis. Figurative faces are created in oils that resemble contemporary jigsaw puzzles. An artist’s reception takes place on Saturday, April 17, from 2-4 p.m.

Portrait Society Gallery: The exhibition “Big Star" occupies multiple galleries with portraits of the rich and famous. In Gallery A, New York’s Carri Skoczek exhibits linocuts that represent “grand dames” of the art world. In Gallery B, Fred Bell paints authors from American literature.

Merge Gallery: This new, second-floor addition presents a site-specific installation by a trio of artists in “Artifacts, Environments and Residual Energy.”

The following venues will also excite the senses.

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design: The 2010 Senior Exhibition often highlights the future of the city’s art community. An opening reception occurs Friday, April 16, from 5-9 p.m.

Haggerty Museum of Art: Thomas Woodruff’s “Freak Parade” is a fascinating exhibition that deserves a second look before it closes April 18.

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