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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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This October, MMoCA’s Gallery Night Celebrates 25 Years

This October, MMoCA’s Gallery Night Celebrates 25 Years

Special Activities in Galleries and an After Party at MMoCA

October 4, 2013 • 5–9 pm

After-party in MMoCA Lobby 9-11 pm

MADISON, WI-- A community-wide arts event, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Gallery Night celebrates its 25th Anniversary this October 4, 2013. Gallery Night is held each spring and fall from 5 to 9 pm in galleries, coffee shops, and local businesses and is a lively showcase of the visual arts. This fall, 56 venues will participate, creating a dynamic evening packed with performances, receptions, artist talks, art-making demonstrations, and live music, culminating in a special celebratory After Party in the beautiful lobby of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).

“It has been a pleasure to watch Gallery Night evolve over the past 25 years,” commented MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman, “from modest beginnings in 1988 to the exciting city-wide celebration of Madison we have now. The diverse venues—fine art galleries, artist studios usually closed to the public, community centers, and local businesses—allow a wide audience to engage with and enjoy the thriving local arts scene.”

Art lovers can look forward to works by local, national, and international artists at a variety of museums, galleries, and businesses. Highlights include:

  • A special silver anniversary After-Party in the MMoCA Lobby (9-11 pm) with DJ Nick Nice, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Fresco, hands-on art activities, and cupcakes from Metcalfe’s Market;
  • Performances from Wisconsin Triennial collaborative artists Spatula&Barcode at area cafés. See for more details;
  • Gallery Night debuts for All Things Original, Underdog Pet Rescue & Full Circle Veterinary, and Holy Wisdom Monastery;
  • New works from award-winning artist Ken DeWaard at Janus Galleries, an eclectic mix of two and three dimensional works next door at Milward Farrell Fine Art, and Jazz Duo John Vitale & Marilyn Fisher performing for both venues;
  • An exhibition featuring Irish street artist Maser at Tandem Press;
  • The kickoff of American Craft Week at Absolutely Art featuring fiber and felted works by Jaroslava Sobiskova and acrylic and watercolor paintings by Larry Price;
  • A trunk show of Asian-inspired purses and jewelry accessories from Madison artist Jane Miller at the MMoCA Museum Store;
  • Artists who have experienced mental illness display their works as part of the Healing Art Show to kick off NAMI Wisconsin's Mental Illness Awareness Week at Crescendo Café;
  • Works from Wisconsin artists Barry Roal Carlsen, David Lenz, Cathy Martin, John Miller, Charles Munch, Dennis Nechuatal, and Tom Uttech at the James Watrous Gallery;
  • 108 Bells, an interactive installation of glass bells and drawings on glass by Richard Jones at Studio Paran;
  • MMoCA has also produced a series of video interviews with venue owners, patrons, sponsors, and a few of the Gallery Night founders. These videos will be posted on the museum’s social media pages in the weeks leading up to the event.

MMoCA is pleased to share this anniversary with new event sponsor, InteriorLOGIC Facility Planning who is also celebrating 25 years. Robin Stroebel, President of InteriorLOGIC adds, “Joining MMoCA to celebrate a silver anniversary is a fantastic way to kick off recognition of our 25 years in business. This milestone has personal meaning for me as I was one of the museum’s first Art Partners and recall the first gallery night, where I had a wonderful time socializing and enjoying art. I look forward to the next 25 years of this important event.” As an MMoCA member and Art Fair on the Square volunteer, Robin has brought friends, family, and business associates to MMoCA exhibitions and events.  InteriorLOGIC has participated in DesignMMoCA. “Our enthusiasm for the arts, and the concept that art can be enjoyed by everyone, is an ongoing celebration.”

To help visitors plan their Gallery Night excursions, an electronic map of participating venues can be found at The printed guide to Gallery Night, with details about offerings and locations, may be picked up free of charge at participating establishments

A map and list of Gallery Night participants will also be available in the October 4 edition of Isthmus.

Getting Around Town on Gallery Night

When Gallery Night began, it was possible to walk to all of the venues in one night. With the amazing growth that Gallery Night has seen, it can be a challenge to see everything in just a few hours. Madison B-Cycle has offered to make it easier to explore the city’s art offerings. Patrons may enter the promotional code 10413 at any Madison B-Cycle kiosk to waive the 24-hour access fee and take unlimited 30-minute trips for free. For more information and a map of kiosk locations, visit

As always, Gallery Night is organized by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is a nonprofit, independent organization that exists to exhibit, collect, preserve, and interpret modern and contemporary art. MMoCA serves the art life of the community by creating opportunities for direct experience with works of art, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas about art, and by offering programs to enhance the appreciation and understanding of art.

Gallery Night is sponsored by InteriorLOGIC.

Media support is provided by Isthmus| and Yelp Madison.


The Stats: Then and Now


Then: The first event was held on October 28, 1988

Now: Held twice a year (typically on the first Fridays of May and October)


Then: Originally named “Gallery Walk” in 1988; changed to Downtown Gallery Night in 1991; “Downtown” dropped in 1996 to reflect the growth of the event across the city

Now: The name Gallery Night has stuck for 17 years!


Then: Just six art venues participated in 1988, with five additional restaurant sponsors. All venues were within six blocks on State Street.

Now: Between 50 and 60 diverse venues participate in each event, with 56 signed up for October 2013, each showing original artwork. Locations range across Madison.



A complete list of participating venues follows:

R- Refreshments

M- Live Music

A- Artist Talk or Demonstration

1   Absolutely Art

2322 Atwood • 249.9100 •

Join us to kick off American Craft Week, featuring Jaroslava Sobiskova fiber tapestries & felted wares and Larry Price acrylic & watercolor paintings. R M

2   Art In

1444 E Washington • 206.2759 •

Annual Tenant Show featuring Angela Caldera, Bryan Draves, Eric German, David Jonsson, Leslee Nelson, Lorie Rossbach, Rebecca Sites, and Dawn Marie Svanoe. R M

3   Body Conscious PilateSpa

2045 Atwood, Ste 107 • 244.0402 •

3 dimensions. 3 artists. Kay Brathol-Hostvet: pastels, acrylics, landscape. Sarah Brooks: 7’ asparagus sculpture. Jackie Hefty: handmade boxes, leather books. Public reception 6-9 pm.  

4   Bright Red Studios

9 N Ingersoll • 206.1613

BRD will be showing 2D works from several local artists as well as music and refreshments from 6-11. R M

5   Center for Photography at Madison

303 S Paterson • 287.1182 •

“Witness Tree” Photographs by Rebecca Power. Examining the lives of trees offers critical insights for human well-being and survival. R  

6   Change Fair Trade Fashion Boutique

1252 Williamson • 237.2707 •

Help us celebrate our one year anniversary! We’re featuring unique jewelry by Tami Reschke of The Bohemian Bauble, specifically made for our clothing! R M

7   Common Wealth Gallery/ Leslee Nelson

100 S Baldwin • 244.2237 •

Leslee Nelson Retrospective: 1983-2013. Recent works & old favorites - Memory Cloths, Gathering Stillness, House of Dreams, Gampi Paper Books, Reclaimed Quilts, Blessings and Dolls.  

8   Dobhan Restaurant

2110 Atwood • 242.4448 •

Oil paintings by local artist Dan Malone. R  

9   Eyeopia

2134 Atwood • 316.7999 •

Eyeopia features local artist Dana Withers and “Gallery Night Sale.”  

10 Gallery 849

849 E Washington • 770.2261

849 is showing selections from Steven Agard’s “State Fair” portfolio. R 

11 Goodman Community Center

149 Waubesa • 241.1574 •

25+ artists at the Goodman Community Center! Pottery, fiber arts, photography, paintings, clothing, recycled art, jewelry, beads, quilts and more.

12 Hatch Art House

1248 Williamson • 237.2775 •

Special exhibit of Lisa Hepburn Ceramics. Hatch showcases over 45 local artists, with an emphasis on repurposing, upcycling, and recycling. Singer/songwriter Karen Wheelock. R M

13 Jackie Macaulay Gallery at Social Justice Ctr

1202 Williamson • 227.0206

“What Makes Madison Special” A photo exhibit by the Human Interest Group of the Center for
Photography at Madison.  

14 The Madison Club

5 E Wilson • 255.4861 •

An eclectic show features outstanding works from award-winning artists as well as new local talent. Parking is available in the adjacent parking ramp.  

15 Madison Sourdough Company

916 Williamson • 442.8009 •

Madison Sourdough will feature work by local artists, a terrific spread from Chef Molly, and a cash bar. R 

16 Midwest Clay Project

918 Willamson • 255.9240 •

An exhibition of new pottery and sculpture by Madison artists Allison Craver and Brian Kluge, respectively. Stilt walkers at 5pm.  A 

17 Raw Materials Wellness and Learning Center

408 E Wilson • 575.8600 •

Meet featured artist, author and illustrator Francisco Mora. Sip organic wine and enjoy whimsical art in our ‘Center of Wellness’ and Meditation Thai Garden. R

18 Reneeglass Factory

100 S Baldwin • 244.385 •

Fused glass art gallery closing sale. Decorative wall and window glass for mounting or free hanging. R 

19 Stalzy’s Deli

2701 Atwood • 249.7806 •

Sample free wines paired with house-made delicacies and view original works created by local artists. R 

20 Studio Paran

2051 Winnebago • 242.1111 •

108 Bells, an interactive installation of glass bells and drawings on glass by Richard Jones, opening in the Tokonoma Gallery. Glassblowing demonstrations. R A

21 Tamarack Studio & Gallery LLC

849 E Washington, Ste 102 • 294.9499

Tamarack hosts the Women’s Group of The Center for Photography at Madison for an opening reception of the exhibit “Connection.” Jane Reynolds on piano. R M

22 Tandem Press

1743 Commercial Ave • 263.3437

Featuring Irish street artist Maser with music provided by Wisco Disco mobile DJ. R M

23 Underdog Pet Rescue & Full Circle Veterinary

2138 Atwood • 224.0018

Featuring art highlighting the connection between people and pets with reasonably priced pieces by artists of all ages. R  

24 VSA Arts of Wisconsin

1709 Aberg Ave, Ste 1 • 241.2131

Color My World: Paintings by Barb Priem, Dan Stace, and Joe Wahlers, local aritsts with disabilities who see the world is color.  

25 Warehouse Gallery

2716 Atwood • 807.8982

Sandra Klingbeil, Ivy Klingbeil Apfel, Emma Klingbeil, Nathan Paul Meyer. Stained glass, wood and metal sculpture, furniture, multi-media paintings. R M

26 Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

754 Williamson • 237.8115 •

“Art From Within” is a melange of amazing hand-carved decoys and exquisitely designed stained glass pieces by two visially impaired artists. Amanda Basich Kron on harp. R M

27 All Things Original

2701 Monroe St • 236.9001 •

The newest gallery on Monroe Street offers wearble art and fine crafts. Join us for wine and refreshments in our oil and balsamics tasting room. R 

28 Chazen Museum of Art

750 University Ave • 263.2246 •

Explore 17 galleries at the Chazen Museum of Art with works ranging from ancient to modern including the exhibition “Romare Bearden A Black Odyssey.” Docent tours and hands-on activities. R M

29 Chiripa: Artisan Crafts of the Americas

636 S Park • 441.8808 •

Mexican folk art direct from the artists. Warm, elegant, and fun. Day of the Dead displays. R 

30 Crescendo Cafe / NAMI Wisconsin

1859 Monroe St • 268.6000 •

Artists who have experienced mental illness display their works as part of the Healing Art Show to kick off Mental Illness Awareness Week.  M

31 Fine Earth Studio

2207 Regent St • 441.3463 •

Pottery wheel demos. Sit down and give it a try, functional pottery and beaded jewelry by local artists. Make your own earrings for $5/pair.  

32 Gallery 7 - UW Department of Art

455 N Park, George L Mosse Humanities Bldg. Rm 7240 • 262.1662 •

An exhibit of recent works by UW lecturers and staff. R M

33 Gallery 800 UBD

800 University Bay Dr • 238.0623

In “Revered Landscapes: The Lakeshore Preserve”, watercolorist and oil painter Sally Bilder captures some of the amazing natural world for enjoyment in enclosed private spaces.

34 Higher Fire

2132 Regent St • 233.3050 •

Molly Krochalk exhibits whimsical and though-provoking ceramic sculptures representing colorful characters such as The Madtown Gardener, The Protest Baby, The Ragged Runner, and more.

35 Holy Wisdom Monastery

4200 Cty Rd M • 836.1632 •

“Love Remembered” will help us memorialize those meaningful to us. Come celebrate with a dozen local artists from 5-8 pm. R M

36 Janus Galleries

2701 Monroe St • 233.2222 •

Celebrate autumn with an array of paintings spanning three centuries. Still lifes, landscapes, and figurative works, plus new offerings from award-winning Ken DeWaard. Jazz duo John Vitale & Marilyn Fisher.  M

37 Lofts Gallery - UW Madison Dept of Art

111 N Francis St • 262.1662 •

Recent work by UW Art Department grad students will be showcased.  

38 Meuer Art and Frame

8448 Old Sauk Rd • 833.3337 •

Barbara Ellen Scharpf’s unique impasto paintings include bright florals and breathtaking landscapes. Maadge Macfarlane’s watercolors are pleasant reminders of our past.  

39 Milward Farrell Fine Art

2701 Monroe St • 238.6501 •

Eclectic mix of 2D and 3D works created by artists and craftspeople. Works for the wall, glass, metal, ceramics, art jewelry, lamps, and more. R M

40 Monroe Street Family Dental

2702 Monroe St • 204.0222

Artwork on display in a green dental office from local artists including photgraphy and mixed media.

41 Wisconsin Union Galleries, Memorial Union

800 Langdon St • 262.7592

Exhibitions by Suzanne Torres, Gabriele Meyer & Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, and Xiaohong Zhang.  Join us for artist talks, refreshments, and live music to follow on the Terrace (5-7, 9-12).  M A

42 Yahara Bay Distillers

3118 Kingsley Way • 275.1050 •

Yahara Bay Distillers is Madison’s premier small batch distillery, producing 20 different spirits using the best local ingredients.  Public House/Art Gallery open every Thursday from 5-10 pm with tours & tastings.


43 Anthology LLC

218 State St • 204.2644 •

A paper and craft shop featuring works by over 100 local artists. Stop in for creative inspiration and sweet treats.

44 Capitol Lakes

333 W Main St • 283.2000 •

Painter Debra Bushy will be in the Atrium and Henry Street Galleries. Photographer Randy Larson will be in the Plaza Gallery between 7 and 8 pm.

45 Driftless Studio: Nature Gallery & Gifts

214 State St • 230.5153 •

Dive into Driftless Studio’s “Water Works” exhibition featuring award-winning photography, jewelry, and more! Come on in, the water’s fine!

46 Fanny Garver Gallery

230 State St • 608.256.6475 •

Interiors/Exteriors, etchings by Art Werger and paintings by Jessica Polzin. Stop in for wine and cheese and a visit with the artists.

47 HYART Gallery

133 W Johnson St • 442.0562 •

HYART Gallery will feature the works of several artists: Jacki Whisenant, a local ceramic artist; Japanese metal artists Mizuko Yamada and Keiwa Kobayashi.  

48 James Watrous Gallery

201 State St • 265.2500 •

The exhibition “Inhabited Landscapes” features Wisconsin artists Barry Roal Carlsen, David Lenz, Cathy Martin, John Miller, Charles Munch, Dennis Nechvatal, and Tom Uttech. Gallery Talk at 5:30 with John Miller and Charles Munch. A 

49 Little Luxuries

230 State St • 255.7372 •

Unique gifts for special occasions, including birthdays, weddings, house warmings, and anniversaries. During Gallery Night, enjoy refreshments and 20% off your purchase when you mention this offer. R

50 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

227 State St  • 608.257.0158 •

Enjoy current MMoCA exhibitions, the 2013 “Wisconsin Triennial” and “Los Grandes del Arte Moderno Mexicano.” Gallery Talk at 6:30 with Rubén Medina on “Art, Revolution and a Troubled Mexican Identity.”

51 Madison Public Library

201 W Mifflin St • 234.3866 •

The inaugural Central Library Gallery show titled “Q & A” will include more than 50 artists showing works based on questions and answers.  

52 Madison Senior Center

330 W Mifflin • 267.8650 •

“A Photo Affair” features work by more than 40 Dane County photographers, age 55 plus.  This show awards cash prizes.  Reception from 5-8 pm. R 

53 MMoCA Museum Store

227 State St • 257.3222 •

Join us for a trunk show with textile artist Jane Miller and a book signing by illustrator Anne Horjus. Enjoy a 10% discount; MMoCA members receive an additional 10% off. (Regularly priced items only.)

54 Overture Galleries

201 State St • 258.4961 •

Gallery I: “WunderKammer” Jason Gray and Briony Morrow-Cribbs; Gallery II: “Memoria” Yang Chen and Nic Tisdale; Gallery III: “A Time To Be” Allison Welch and Daniel Cronin.  

55 Wisconsin Historical Museum

30 N Carroll • 264.6428

Enjoy “Sisters in Spirit: Native American Stories in Rocks and Beads” featuring Karen Ann Hoffman’s traditional Iroquois beadwork and Geri Schrab’s petroglyph- and pictograph-inspired watercolors.

56 Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum

30 W Mifflin • 264.6086 •

Featuring the untitled mural of Milwaukee artist and teacher Charkes A. Kuchler who was killed in action in Holland during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, 1944. R  


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