Twice every year, galleries, gift shops, studios, museums and more from Monroe Street to Atwood Avenue open their doors for Gallery Night, the combined showcase and soiree for visual arts put on by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Scores of participants have made for an overwhelming array of options at the semiannual celebration, and this autumn is no different.
A total of 54 venues are taking part in the Fall 2008 Gallery Night, a number that requires a little planning for somebody embarking on the evening tour. Every potential stop around the city promises a show, so it's helpful to peruse the entire program to uncover a few highlights that pique one's interest.
The central hub of the showcase is MMoCA itself, where this month's First Fridays celebration features a gallery talk on the new George Segal sculpture exhibit at the State Street museum, coupled with a special presentation of the documentary George Segal: American Still Life. Midwestern folk icons Lou and Peter Berryman provide the accompanying musical entertainment on the rooftop garden.
Photography typically plays a major role in Gallery Night, with this year's centerpiece being PhotoMidwest 2008. More than 125 photographers from Wisconsin and six surrounding states submitted more than 500 photos into the biennial juried competition, with a total of 50 images by 41 hopefuls selected by Milwaukee Art Museum assistant curator of photographs Lisa Hostetler. Opening last weekend, the exhibition runs for a month at the Porter Butts & Class of 1925 Galleries at the UW Memorial Union, and features the work of local online photo standouts Chris Norris and Peter Patau, among others.
On the west side, the Gardens Gallery at the Independent Living Retirement Community presents a collection of photographs by Janice Nussbaum Senungetuk titled Gardens of Light, which document and celebrate the surgical restoration of her color vision. The new Fine Earth Studio & Gallery, meanwhile, is offering wheel-throwing demonstrations along with its selection of pottery and other works.
Glass creations are replete on the east side of town. Demonstrations of glassblowing technique will be offered at Studio Paran and Radiant Glass, with the latter's location at the Madison Enterprise Center at 100 S. Baldwin Street also the site of the Reneéglass Factory.
Group tours are another option for Gallery Night. Edition MMoCA invites interested persons to gather at Café Zoma on Atwood Street at 7 p.m. for a casual circuit of several galleries participating in the showcase. No registration is necessary.
Here's the complete list of venues:
- Absolutely Art, 2322 Atwood Ave. -- 249.9100 -- www.absolutelyartllc.com
Featuring photographers Deborah Proctor, who specializes in Polaroid manipulation, and Richard Quinney. Both will participate in PhotoMidwest throughout October.
- ARTSPACE Twenty-Two-Eleven, 2211 Atwood Ave. -- 257.9443
ArtSPACE Twenty-Two-Eleven will show hand-colored photographs by Alison E. Mader, as well as jewelry and vessels made from hand-blown beads by Mary Putnam.
- Atwood Acupuncture Center LLC, 2045 Atwood Ave., Suite 105 -- 256.5080 -- atwoodacupuncture.com
Paintings by Frank Lawrence, whose work depicts elements from nature and offers a deepening experience of truth, beauty, and wonder. Wine and chocolate.
- Body Conscious PILATESPA, 2045 Atwood Ave., Suite 107 -- 244.0402 -- www.pilatespa.com
From New Mexico, abstract artist Sid Simpson, and realist artist Nan Simpson, show southwest paintings, gourds, and prints. Reception 6:30-9:00 p.m.
- Bungalow 1227, 1227 E. Wilson St. -- 286.1227 -- www.bungalow1227.com
New work by Plymouth painter Paula Swaydan Grebel and handmade tiles by Cooksville potter Elizabeth Goessling. Plus other wonderful local and regional art, live jazz, and refreshments.
- Bungalow Pros, 229 North St. -- 241.9243 -- www.bungalowpros.com
Platteville mosaic artist Heidi Dyas-McBeth incorporates Arts & Crafts motifs in her new work. Bungalow Pros offers handcrafted decorative arts inspired by Stickley and timeless designs for modern living.
- Cafe Zoma, 2326 Atwood Ave. -- 246.2009
Featuring Variations on a Poppy, photos by Caroline Hoffman, and plates celebrating folk art from artists sponsored by Folklore Village.
- Common Wealth Gallery, 100 S. Baldwin St. -- 256.6565 -- www.cwd.org
Elan Vital features new mixed-media artwork by Cate Loughran. "What recommends these works is their unrelenting optimism and Cate's ability to act as a palate cleanser for the world-weary viewer," Michael Bonesteel, art reviewer.
- Ken Crocker at EVP Coffee, 1250 E. Washington Ave. -- kencrockerartist.com
Opening reception for Street Scenes, a show of new paintings by Ken Crocker. 59 p.m. Food and drink. The show runs through October.
- Lucent Room Studio, 305 S. Livingston St. -- 316.1644 -- lucentroom.com
Photographic series by Barry Sherbeck featuring color, curve, shadow, and texture. Paintings by Jonathan Kramka featuring images submerged in layers of hypercolor resin.
- Morris Altman Studio, 1149 E. Dayton -- 256.9335
Paintings by Morris Altman: abstract, landscapes, and still lifes.
- Off-Center Studios, 2716 Atwood Ave. -- 249.0102 -- www.off-centerstudios.com
Off-Center Studios is a locally owned gallery focusing on Wisconsin artists. This month, the studios proudly present the photo-manipulated graphic art of Dave Tilton.
- Radiant Glass, 100 S. Baldwin St., Suite 100 -- 628.9292 -- www.radiantglass.com
Visit Madison's only public glassblowing studio. Live demonstrations and a great sale will be going on all night. Think early holiday shopping!
- Renee Glass Factory, 100 S. Baldwin St., Suite 100 -- 255.1000 -- www.reneeglass.com
Reneéglass Factory is an active fused-glass studio and gallery featuring large and small free-hanging window art and architectural pieces. Commissioned work welcomed.
- Spiritual Vibes, 2733 Atwood Ave. -- 442.3093 -- spiritualvibes.com
Spiritual Vibes: dazzling your eyes and expanding your mind with art, gifts, classes, and more! Presenting Through My Eyes Only: A Kaleidoscopic Diary of My Current Life by Everett Kitts.
- The Straight Thread - Furniture Upholstery, 2033 Atwood Ave. -- 250.5135 -- thestraightthread.com
Stop by the workshop to see our handmade, locally built, upholstered furniture. Enjoy live acoustic music and refreshments.
- Studio Paran, 2051 Winnebago St. -- 242.1111 -- www.studioparan.com
Watch stunning glassblowing demonstrations. Showroom open Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. Visit us year round!
- Theo Streibel Photography, 202 S. Dickinson St. -- 239.6306 -- theostreibel.com
Current work from local fine-art photographer. Black-and-white figure-study prints. Reception 59 p.m.
- U-Frame-It Gallery, 857 E. Johnson St. -- 257.7717
Arts, Politics, and Nature features prints, drawings, and puppets by Eric Hagstrom, masks by Kevin Schaefer, and photography by Thomas Ferrella.
- Willy Street Co-op, 1221 Williamson St. -- 251.0884 -- www.willystreet.coop
Sarah Schoenhaar is an experimental photographer with a unique perspective and an eye for capturing remarkably honest still life photos.
- Winnebago Studios, 2046 Winnebago St. -- www.winnebagostudios.org
An eclectic group of professional artist studios with a gallery. Ceramics, fiber, jewelry, painting, printing, photography, and woodworking available to see and buy. Refreshments too!
- 16 Hands Studio, 104 King St. -- 219.0342
Artists present pieces in oil, collage, and photography in a working studio space. New work from Linda Massey, Richard Springer, and Brian Strassburg will be featured.
- Anthology, 218 State St. -- 204.2644 -- anthology.typepad.com
A locally owned paper and craft shop featuring original Made-in-Madison creations, artisan supplies, and, as always, Make-A-Button-for-a-Buck ($1 + tax).
- Architecture Network, Inc., 116 E. Dayton St. -- 251.7515 -- architecture-network.net
Bring art back into architecture: this is the credo of ANI when working on commercial, residential, and historical projects.
- Broden Gallery, Ltd., 218 N. Henry St. -- 256.6100
Opening reception for A Change of Seasons featuring paintings by Jonathan Wilde, Bill James, Jerry Greenberg, and Gerald Hennesy.
- Hyart Gallery, 133 W. Johnson St. -- 442.0562 -- www.hyartgallery.com Special exhibit by Marisela Gutiérrez Campos, plus one-of-a-kind fine art by critically acclaimed local, national and international artists, including jewelry, metal, ceramics, glass, and photography.
- Little Luxuries, Inc., 230 State St. -- 251.1995
Unusual gifts for life's special occasions, including birthdays, weddings, housewarmings, and anniversaries. 20% off your purchase during Gallery Night with this brochure.
- Madison Children's Museum, 100 State St. -- 256.6445 -- www.madisonchildrensmuseum.org
Visit the Madison Children's Museum for hands-on exhibits, family art activities, and Peace Panels, an art installation by Walbridge School.
- Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St. -- 257.0158 -- mmoca.org
Make MMoCA a featured stop on your Gallery Night tour. Enjoy the humor and wit of Lou and Peter Berryman on the rooftop. Explore the work of George Segal with a Gallery Talk at 6:30 p.m. and a special presentation of the film George Segal: American Still Life at 7 p.m.
- Madison Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. -- 266.6300 -- madisonpubliclibrary.org
Seasons on the Farm, featuring woodcuts from Audrey Christie, paintings and pastels from S.V. Medaris, and feedbag quilts from Alicia Rheal, celebrates life on a farm throughout the year.
- Raw Materials, 408 E. Wilson St. -- 268.0451
Our studio provides organic influenced furniture, fabrics, and art for light commercial and residential spaces. Showcasing original paintings and prints. Complimentary wine served.
- State Street Gallery, 109 State St. -- 819.0304 -- www.statestreetgallery.com
Opening exhibit for preeminent watercolor artist Ken Thrift. Also featuring original and local contemporary art and artisan jewelry.
- Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery, 201 State St., 3rd floor, Overture Center for the Arts -- 265.2500 -- www.wisconsinacademy.org
The Underwater Noise of Rain features work by Lane Hall and Lisa Moline (Milwaukee) in collaboration with aquatic zoologist Dr. Rudi Strickler. Opening reception 5:307:30 pm, Artists' talk at 6:30 pm.
- Wisconsin Union Galleries, 800 Langdon St., Room 507 -- 262.5969 -- www.union.wisc.edu/art
PhotoMidwest is here! Open until 9 pm. Check out the seven-state juried exhibition and other photography shows.
- The Bohemian Bauble, 404 W. Lakeside St. -- 333.2646 -- www.bohobauble.com
Come check out West Lakeside Street's funky and unconventional little shop featuring the handmade wares of eight local artists! Enjoy appetizers and beverages while chatting up the artists.
- Century House, 3029 University Ave -- 233.4488 -- www.centuryhouseinc.com
Visit all three locations to enjoy the artistry of furniture designer and builder Martha Downs, fiber artist Renee Roeder-Earley, and painters Greg Johnson, Keith Dalby, and Ann Doody.
- Chiripa, Artisan Crafts of the Americas, 636 S. Park St. -- 441.8808 -- www.chiripashop.com
View gallery-quality art from Mexico at Madison's most colorful gift shop.
- Douglas Art and Frame, 3238 University Ave. -- 441.9948
Douglas Art and Frame presents an assortment of antique maps and paintings from 1900 to the present.
- Edgewood College - DiRicci Gallery at Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Dr. -- 663.2800 -- www.art.edgewood.edu
Artists Bob Tarrell, Randy Feig, and Chris Gargan present Three Views of Landscape Painting, Sunday, September 28Friday, October 17. Gallery Night reception 59 p.m.
- Fine Earth Studio & Gallery, 2207 Regent St. -- 232.1744 -- fine-earth.org
Madison's newest pottery studio and gallery welcomes you for an evening of wheel-throwing demonstrations and a selection of pottery and fine art. Bring the kids!
- Gardens Gallery at Independent Living Retirement Community, 602 N. Segoe Rd. -- 274.7900 -- indepenliving.com
Janice Nussbaum Senungetuk's Garden of Light photography collection is a celebration of her color vision having been restored through surgery.
- Grace Chosy Gallery, 1825 Monroe St. -- 255.1211 -- gracechosygallery.com
Paintings by Yueh-Mei Cheng, featuring cranes and other birds.
- Higher Fire Clay Studio, 2132 Regent St. -- 233.3050 -- www.higherfireclaystudio.com
Don Hunt: Artist, Teacher, Friend showcases recent and older ceramics, and celebrates Don's amazing life, rich legacy, and his four priorities: faith, family, friends, and fun.
- Hilldale Shopping Center, 702 N. Midvale Blvd. 238.6353 hilldale.com
Join Hilldale galleries, merchants, and eateries for an engaging evening of Art, Music and Martinis! Also, view quilts inspired by the American Heart Association's Go Red initiative, and artwork by Shorewood students.
- Janus Galleries, 2701 Monroe St. -- 233.2222 -- www.janusgalleries.com
Celebrate autumn with a wide array of paintings spanning three centuries. Antique and contemporary oils, and works on paper from America, Europe, and beyond.
- Lakeview Veterinary Clinic, 3518 Monroe St. -- 273.9742 -- lakeviewvetclinic.com
Lakeview veterinary clinic is pleased to present the second annual Animals in Art exhibition, featuring the work of local artists.
- Ma-Cha Teahouse and Gallery, 1934 Monroe St. -- 442.0500 -- www.machateahouse.com
Paintings by Peter Calderwood and PhotoMidwest exhibit for Jim Barnard. Reception 5-9 p.m.
- Meuer Art & Picture Frame Company, 8448 Old Sauk Rd. -- 833.3337 -- meuerart.net
Enjoy the hospitality of Meuer Art and meet three wonderfully talented artists: Bob Broken (ceramics), Nicolle Hovland (abstract), and Donna Ragona (traditional pastels and acrylics). 69 p.m.
- Milward Farrell Fine Art, 2701 Monroe St., Suite 200 -- 238.6501 -- milwardfarrellfineart.com
A mix of new work including paintings, prints, glass, ceramic, metal, and art jewelry. Reception 69 p.m.
- Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe St. -- 255.8211 -- www.orangetreeimports.com
Shop for kitchenware and gifts in a relaxed atmosphere! Mention "Gallery Night" while shopping that evening and receive 10% off your entire purchase (excludes electronics).
- Spirals Antiques & Interiors, 1843 Monroe St. -- 256.7363
Featuring the art of Susan Colby and the sound of DJ Steel.
- Studio Jewelers, 1306 Regent St. -- 257.2627 -- www.studiojewelerswi.com
Explore the work of more than two dozen independent metal artists and small jewelry studios from around the world at Studio Jewelers. Reception 69 p.m.
- TileArt, 1719 Monroe St. -- 255.8453 -- tileartdesign.com
Experience our new TileArt showroom, highlighting a stone mosaic labyrinth, a Zen soaking tub, recycled glass mural, and new Frank Lloyd Wright architectural tile collection.
- unearthed, 2501 University Ave. -- 441.1993 -- www.unearthed.com Featuring architectural and vintage finds as art for the home and garden, industrial antiques, and timeless objects. Compelling furnishings with urban style.
Fall Gallery Night 2008 runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 3. Clear but cool conditions are forecast through the evening. A map of the participants is also available on the back cover of the this week's Isthmus.