The Marcus Amphitheater may be dark for the rest of the season, but Milwaukee's own Gallery Night and Day Festival will be celebrating the fall edition of its twenty-fifth year this weekend. The snow has not started falling at the Summerfest grounds, so the buzz of activity around the Third Ward neighborhood continues.
The world-renowned event happens quarterly in over fifty venues across the city, already enjoying successful spring and summer exhibitions in 2012. The Historic Third Ward Association is the main sponsor of the event, as the trendy neighborhood provides the city's most abundant source of participating local galleries.
The fall edition of this year's Gallery Night will play host to seventy participating venues around Milwaukee. Locations are divided into five geographic sub-categories, making parking and walking planning a breeze.
The Milwaukee Art Dealers Association headlines the first of the four sub-categories, sponsoring ten sites around downtown. The group is a union of Milwaukee's for-profit galleries, colleges, and museums, as well as a number of non-profit organizations. This year, MADA participants include universities such as the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Cardinal Stritch University, Marquette, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. The group is also highlighting a number of privately owned galleries, including the Dean Jensen Gallery, which is also celebrating its own twenty-fifth anniversary exhibition.
While the MADA venues are the most loosely tied by region, the remaining four categories of participants are strictly based on their locations around the city. The East Town venues include sites near Lake Michigan and towards the eastern edge of downtown. For attendees looking for an easy stroll through multiple venues, Prospect Avenue will provide the least map reading. The historic street plays host to three galleries within just blocks of one-another, including the breathtaking Museum of Wisconsin Art on the Lake.
For those willing to do some walking, the Third Ward neighborhood houses nearly thirty participating exhibitions. Being the proverbial center of Milwaukee's art scene, the area boasts numerous galleries, museums, and even an art-savvy pizzeria.
Walker's Point Grows
Just south of the Third Ward is the Walker's Point neighborhood, which features a variety of venues highlighting Milwaukee's industrial past and reinvigorated future. The neighborhood, once the hub of the city's manufacturing identity, suffered decades of neglect as its factories and businesses began closing in the seventies and eighties. Within the past few year's, prominent names such as Harley-Davidson and the Iron Horse Hotel have recycled the brick buildings left behind, creating a unique experience of both old-and-new. The Harley-Davidson Museum and the Iron Horse will both be holding events during the festival in the neighborhood, as well as a haunted house put on by the Hide House, and a hands-on exhibit for disabled persons at IndependenceFirst.