Since 2011, Bay View Gallery Night has organized “Milwaukee’s largest annual celebration of art, local business, music, and community.” The massive neighborhood-wide event brings together talented area artists and musicians, along with an eclectic mix of Milwaukee bars, restaurants and retailers for a large-scale event that has quickly become a part of the Bay View tradition. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s locally-focused. What more can you ask for?

The COVID-19 crisis caused last year’s installment to be canceled. However, Bay View Gallery Night will officially be returning in 2021, with a 10th anniversary edition set to take place at more than 50 businesses in and around the neighborhood on Friday, June 25. To prepare you for the bustling night ahead, we’ve assembled this quick-hitting and to-the-point guide to tell you what to expect to see, hear, experience, and drink at each participating site during this year’s Bay View Gallery Night festivities. [All descriptions courtesy of]

The Jewelers Guild
Hosting a gallery for up and coming jewelers.

Sprocket Cafe
eatured Artists Liz Goldberger of Seventh Scorpio: paintings, upcycled vintage art & photography AND mini paintings by Juliet. Live Music by M545 and Lack of Reason.

Bay View Community Center

Join us at the Bay View Community Center for a family friendly gallery night stop from 5-9! We’ll have interactive art stations for both kids and adults alike. Enjoy pieces from our featured artist and Bay View area native, Christine Burke, a self-taught painter with a passion for pop culture and abstract art. While you’re here, take a tour and learn about the next phase in the Center’s evolution. Light refreshments available.

Supermoon Beer Company

Supermoon Beer Co. & GlowMKE Present: MOONGLOW. Storefront Neon Gallery & Bottle Shop.

Sam’s Tap

Art creations by the customers on display. Art supplies will be available. Come and draw! Vinyl records will be spinning.

Ormson Supply

Group show with vintage tattoo flash from artists: Stoney St. Clair, Bob Shaw, Ted Inman, and Al Kemp. Margaret Muza will be set up doing Tin Type Photography. Twisted Plants food truck on-site, with Pour Souls cocktail club coming up from Chicago to do a pop up bar, and Rogue coffee roasters offering coffee drinks.

Altered State Of Mind

Leah Jurgens will be featuring her “soulscape” which is a Reflection of the Soul.

Integrative Wellness Yoga And Eastern Bodywork

Come help welcome us to the neighborhood and check out the artwork of Julia Garrison and Renee Sinacola. There will be complimentary wine and tea, a Paleta Cart. Also, my good friend, Emily, is spinning some tunes to keep the vibe flowing.

Cycle Loft

Cycle Loft Gallery will feature San Diego/Milwaukee based artist Gary Heinrichs. Heinrichs explores and pushes the boundaries on geometric shapes and colors. His works delightfully teeter between paintings and sculptures. Bayview artist Stephen Leahy will also have works on display. Free local craft beer sampling from New Barron’s Brewing, as well as a community art project.

Hide House
Stop in and visit one of the multiple artists at Hide House Creative. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Scout Gallery
Scout Gallery will open its doors to the public for the first time since moving to the Hide House last year. We will be featuring new work themed “Public Horror” by Bay View’s own Luke Chappelle! Tour the Scout studios and see art by Dara Larson, Jeffrey Eckel, Terry Tayler, Emily Porter, Madeline Martin, Ann Hetzel, Sue Lawton, Katie Ryan, Stephanie Copoulos-Selle, and Joe Bonelli!

Alchemist Vintage

Hosting a vintage, jewelry & art pop up shop with local vendors and artists.

Cache Cider

Come and join in the Grand Opening! Featuring abstract oil paintings from 2010 to 2015 by Jeff Redmon. Live music from the Ethan Keller Group. Live painting by American Illusion.

The Art School

The Art School welcomes to you to its group exhibition, showcasing the impressive paintings and drawings of adult and youth students from a broad range of experience levels. Come and meet the instructors, experience the unconventional classroom facility and enjoy the art!

Alive And Fine

Alive and Fine is back! A gallery show inspired by the Jim Henson universe. With over 30 participating artists this group show is not to be missed. Skeksis! Muppets! Bowie! Enjoy the show!

Honeypie Cafe

Grand opening party, and showcasing local artist Melissa Paré. Free goodie bags for the first 30 who visit!

Beth Eaton Pottery

A small gathering of makers setting up a small market. Including music, tarot reading and live portraits.

South Shore Gallery & Framing
House artist, Indie la Londe‘s fresh new works include large mosaics, mixed media works on paper and smaller abstract paintings, coming from a natural place using shapes through repetitive mark making to create an internal visual language all of her own.

Skin Guru

Stop by and check out the Deleware house; featuring paintings, wearable art, live painting and live music (live music & live vibe reactive painting from 7-9). Art by Lena Golden. Music & poetry by Bryan Cherry.

Puddler’s Hall

Featuring three local Bay View artists including Christine Burke, Amy Captain, and Samantha Henson.

Milwaukee Makerspace

Visitors will be able to tour our work areas like the wood shop, metal shop, 3d printing lab, craft area, laser lab, and many others. Tours of the space and displays of art from the membership.

Mid-Century Meow
Vintage furniture and decor Shop Mid-Century Meow will be concocting a special blend of local visual and auditory sensation. Bay View native artist, Cynthia Simos, of Midwest Mobiles will be the evenings feature artist showcasing her wonderful suspended sculptures throughout the store. Nick Mass will be making a return appearance, since the stores Grand Opening, to bring original and familiar tunes to the party! Won’t you be the clink I’m our drink?

Z Chiropractic

In celebration of Pride month, Dr. Michelle is pleased to host: Lidia Sharapova “As We Are” photographing LGBTQ people, giving them voice and visibility.

Lion’s Tooth

Milwaukee artist Ethan Krause brings his collaborative project The Famous Hairdos of Popular Music to Lion’s Tooth. Everyone is invited to join the fun and draw with us. Christopher Roberts DJs.

The Magnet Factory MKE
The Magnet Factory will be hosting the Have Goals collaboration show Personal: Meaning Behind The Message.

The Tonic Tavern
In addition to the art of longtime local musician turned wood cutter Jay Arpin The Tonic will offer a taste of Jazz by presenting two up and coming ensembles between 6 & 9 PM. 6-7:15 pm – Midquest 2.0, 7:45-9 pm – Cosmic Endeavors Collective.

The Muse
Esteemed Milwaukee muralist John Kowalczyk will be revealing a new mural he has done for The Muse on BVGN. Artists Sharon Mergener, Karen Williams, Stephanie Bartz, Roxane Mayeur, Carol Rode-Curley and Thom Ertl will all have art on display in the parking lot. Live music by Shells Bells. Refreshments while they last.

Stone Creek Coffee

Free samples of unique seasonal cold brew beverages and showcasing local artists in our cafe space.

Cafe Lulu

Stop in for a bite and check out water inspired artwork from Sharon Mergener.

Clover MKE

In our shop, guests can find local art, coffee, lots of houseplants and up-cycled, re-purposed pottery! They can build their own unique pot/plant combination in our potting station and enjoy light refreshments on us. Featured artists: Sharon Mergener @ladyeverbern, Saebra Laken, Sara Elise, Emily Porter, Jenny Jo Wedlund, Evie Carroll, Jade Watring, Zieda Hickson, Cassandra Genc, Francesca Mason, Ansley art.

Revel Bar
Original Paintings and Prints by: Queen Kel the Creator and Felipe Franco. 414 Photography Prints by Chris Haase.

Tippecanoe Herbs

We’ll be having a multimedia installation by Milwaukee artist Adam Klarner. Using technology to record the electrical impulses of plants, Klarner has created a visual garden symphony.

Sparrow Collective

Featuring the work of over 200 independent makers and artisans. Refreshments served 5-10pm.

Featuring a Virtual Reality painting software called Tilt Brush, guests are welcome to try to the tool themselves or view Art created by us in the software.

Mac’s Pet Depot


1840 Brewing Company
Local ceramic artist Michael Ware is presenting Under the Influence, a collection of ceramic sculptures inspired by 1840 Brewing Company’s beer. Michael will also have a selection of cups for sale from a collaboration earlier in the year with the brewery.

The Bindery

The Bindery opens its doors for its first public exhibition as Bay View’s newest community arts space. This show will feature local and regional book art, artists’ books, and traditional print work including lithography, letterpress, screen print, and more. Join The Bindery’s Director at either 7pm or 8pm for a tour of the entire new facility including our coworking space, shared makerspace and print shop, plus available private studios for writers. Tour capacity is limited and first-come, first-served.

Zillman Park

Stop by to share feedback on conceptual plans for Zillman Park created by Quorum Architects.

Get Dolled Up Beauty Lounge
Featuring local artist Saphyre Faymoville who will have several pieces on display.


The Backyard

Local Artists on display and live music.

Kinetik Apartments
Local artist and designer Hannah Elizabeth Fofana will be showcasing and selling exclusive digital prints that feature colorful, textured animal artwork from her upcoming deck, The Familiar Field Oracle, as well as selling signed copies of her most recent deck, The Field Tarot. Music provided by DJ Andrew Optimist. A Gathering Place beer garden hosted outside in Archer Plaza will complement the art on display in the KinetiK lobby.

Component Brewing Company

Craft beer and artwork featuring Amy Schmutte and Joe Zoltak.

SHY Gallery of Art
Studio-mates Mary Roley and Ann Klicka exhibit recent metal working and glass projects.

Twisted Path Distillery

Local art coupled with local craft cocktails and spirits. Paintings by Joe Bree, cocktails by Twisted Path.

Melt Chocolates

Melt Chocolates is excited to host married artists Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard of Popelka Trenchard Glass. All glass work is sponsored by Tory Folliard Art Gallery located in the Third Ward. We will also have snacks and drinks to enjoy.

Lincoln Warehouse

Please come in and visit our many and varied artists throughout the building. There will be something for everyone!

KK And Becher

Knit bomber Martha Lund will be covering a portion of the railing of Southern Lakes Physical Therapy on Becher St at the corner of KK and Becher with a yarn installation titled “BV Snapshots.”

Enlightened Brewing

Showing paintings from local artist Dan Duffy.

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.