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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Westside Artwalk, MARN Team Up

Plus: Catch student exhibits at area colleges

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The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) collaborates with the spring Westside Artwalk to complete an event that began at Milwaukee’s Gallery Night one week ago. The April 23-24 weekend provides another opportunity to purchase original art from some of the city’s well-known artists through the “Compass” fund-raiser while also discovering Milwaukee’s western borders.

Proceeds from the purchase of these donated artworks (which range from $25 to $75) benefit the organization’s programming and a future gallery. The last remaining piece of art from this two-weekend treasure hunt will be auctioned at a closing reception Saturday, April 24, at 7605 Harwood Ave. Free and open to the public, the 4 to 8 p.m. celebration also honors MARN’S 10th anniversary.

At the Westside Artwalk on Vliet Street, Meritage Restaurant features Christian Ricco, who recently won an award for his monotype prints in the Charles Allis Art Museum’s “Forward” exhibition. Art & Soul Gallery will host an artist reception for Sue Lawton from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 23. And Debbie Pagel’s Eat Cake will combine the art of cake and the art of James “Jimbot” Demske.

Several admired Milwaukee artists will exhibit in Wauwatosa’s Historic Village as well.

Juxt Inc. highlights prints by Stephanie Bartz (and will provide photo sessions as well) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. French Country Pine & Design showcases Fred Bell’s oil paintings, while Vino 100 displays Marcia Hero’s landscape studies that observe sunsets through reflected light and color.

Performance art and live music combine on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For full details on artists, events and venues, check out the Westside Artwork brochure (available on site).

Student shows often preview the city’s notable talents of the future, so be sure to view college galleries before the artwork clears out for upcoming graduations.

At Cardinal Stritch University, eight BA and BFA candidates host an exhibition in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies (through April 25).

At Mount Mary College, graphic design students present a portfolio review in “Uncensored: A Fierce Perspective on Design.” An open house takes place on Friday, April 23, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Marian Art Gallery housed in Caroline Hall (through April 26). Fashion design students offer their annual fashion show, titled “Rapture,” in Kostka Theater on May 7 at 1:30, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Interior design students present “Sustainable Charity: 2010 Student Portfolio Show” at the Historic Third Ward’s Design Within Reach on May 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

At Wisconsin Lutheran College, art majors participate in the “Senior Thesis Exhibition 2010” at the Schlueter Art Gallery, Raabe Theatre lobby and Schwan Concert Hall atrium in the Center for Arts and Performance (through May 14).