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Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010

Artists Join Forces in Marshall Building

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The Marshall Building, located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, represents one of the city’s greatest concentrations of art offerings. On Sept. 10, from 6-9 p.m., more than 25 venues—spread throughout the Marshall Building’s six floors—join forces for a cooperative event aimed at educating and inspiring the community about the benefits of art.

Volunteers stationed inside the building will assist visitors with locating galleries and merchants, as well as provide suggestions to those interested in a particular art form. Refreshments and entertainment on alternate floors will help to sustain visitors hoping to visit each of the evening’s participants.

Building Manager Bob DeToro has encouraged both established and new artists to create ventures in the Marshall Building. Gallery 218 found a space here six years ago, while just this month Morgan Oldenburg opened SPILL on the lower level.

For the Sept. 10 event, Portrait Society Gallery owner Debra Brehmer hosts photographers J. Shimon and J. Lindemann to sign catalogs from the current “Real Photo Postcard Survey Project.” In October, Bridget Griffith Evans and Gene Evans plan to incorporate their two working studios into one, large third-floor space that will reintroduce Luckystar Studio.

Art consultants, creative living merchants, fabric designers, fine artists, framers, gallery owners, interior designers and photographers contribute to a growing collective that aims to develop into a solidified organization. Looking to the future, the Marshall Building plans to establish interactive events between the seasonal Gallery Night and Day offerings to engage the community with fresh, creative experiences.

The premiere event in September provides an opportunity for visitors to ask questions and learn more about collecting or producing art, as well as incorporating art into their daily environments at a home or business. A complete list of venues is available inside the building; further questions may be directed to Gallery 218’s Judith Hooks by calling (414) 643-1732.

Also on Sept. 10, from 5-8 p.m., Tory Folliard Gallery hosts a reception to introduce new exhibits by Terrence James Coffman and Brook Slane.

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