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?

After taking 2020 off on account of the COVID crisis, Bay View Gallery Night returned in 2021 with a 10th anniversary edition that took place at more than 50 businesses in and around the neighborhood last June. And we’re pleased to report Bay View Gallery Night will return for an 11th installment on Friday, June 3.

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 of the 53 participating sites during this year’s Bay View Gallery Night festivities. [All descriptions courtesy of]

Lincoln Warehouse

Please come in and visit our many and varied artists throughout the building. There will be something for everyone! There will be a shuttle running from Lincoln Warehouse to Hide House (and two other locations) throughout the event.

New Barons Brewing Coop

Hosting Bigshot Robot, Dave Zimmerman, an artist & designer based out of Milwaukee. His work explores curiosity, vibrancy, humor and movement. We will also feature a community art project inviting people to paint some barrels we aged a barley wine in. Live music from 5–10 p.m. featuring four local bands: Social Cig, North Warren, Cozy Danger, and Tigera. Rose Mob Grill food truck and Pete’s Pops will be onsite.

Melt Chocolates
Melt Chocolates is excited to host Jim Ford from Jim Ford Studios. Jim is a multidisciplinary artist and type designer based in Milwaukee. Ford creates a fusion of modern and contemporary abstraction in his collage paintings which are activated with a sense of humor, history, culture and spirituality. Jim Ford Studios is located inside the Lincoln Warehouse at 2018 S. 1st Street, Suite 307. We will also have snacks and drinks to enjoy!

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

Component Brewing
Art pieces by Matt Kozlowski and others.

Enlightened Brewing
Craft Beer and more TBA.

The Backyard
Local artists on display and live music.

The Bindery
The Bindery will be open for a printmaking and book arts show (with details pending), and to celebrate a full year since our unofficial grand opening in the space at last year’s BVGN. Come help us celebrate! A free makerspace tour and letterpress printing will be offered during the evening at set times with limited capacity. Watch our social media to find out when! We can’t wait to see everyone again!

1840 Brewing Company
Featuring screen printed posters and various creations from Carolyn Adkins of Schnitzel Bear Studios.

Mac’s Pet Depot
Make & Take dog art, people wine, and appetizers.

Voyageur Book Shop
Come Play Nice with Sindie Ho! In exchange for a secret, Sindie will craft you something as trade–come and release a secret weighing down on your heart or even take one of his! Also, Anja Notanja will be offering custom poems and letters from her typewriter, in front of the shop.

Stop by RSVR and create your own stunning piece of ART in the Metaverse. Try out Google’s Tilt Brush for free where users can draw and sculpt in thin air. We will also be featuring multiple pieces of Geek Themed art showcasing the many talents of local artist Burt Gross.

Tippecanoe Herbs And Apothecary
Live music from BJ Fisher and art on display.

Revel Bar
$5 whiskey mules, art on display and for sale by local artists Queen Kel the Creator, Felipe Franco, and 414 prints by Chris Haase.

Open Studio and Sale.roxartmke is a brand-new art studio in Bay View with the best bird’s-eye view of KK, Lincoln, and Howell! Roxane will be showing her encaustic works (beeswax and resin) and cold wax paintings, along with smaller gift items.

Here at Clover, we have a wall dedicated to displaying and selling art created by female artists from the greater Milwaukee area. Swing by the shop on gallery night for a meet and greet with some of our talented artists! Refreshments will be served.

Cafe LuLu
Presenting abstract art by Terrence Tayler, a mixed media artist born and raised in Wauconda, Illinois. Tayler graduated from The Peck School of the Arts at UWM with a Degree in Fine Art and Art History and Criticism. Cafe Lulu is curated by Scout Gallery.

The Newport
The Newport presents artwork by BVGN co-founder Jeff Redmon. Redmon will have some of his bright abstract paintings along with a few surprises.

The Muse
Open house for gallery viewing from 6-8 p.m. Artists on display: Amy Schmutte, Catherine Lottes, JohnMark Klapperich, Stacey Ollman, Zuluirierain, John Kowalczyk, Sharon Mergener, Natalie Shumylo, Karen Williams Brusubardis, Renee Bebeau, Roxan Mayeur, Racheal Mitchell, Tonia Kounta, Thom Ertl, Jamie Allard, and Brian Nau. Entertainment by Bryan Cherry and Luke Cerny.

Centraal Grand Cafe & Tappery
BVGN cocktail specials and more TBA.

Stop in and see work from Molly Chase (Macrame), Denyse Rochester (Stained Glass and Botanical Art), and Emily Mae Towner (Metal Smith/Jewelry).

The Highbury
Enjoy local art, craft beer, and cocktails.

Tonic Tavern
The Tonic Tavern presents artwork by renowned local artist Daniel Fleming, curated by Scout Gallery. WMSE will be spinning tunes early in the evening and live music will follow.

The Magnet Factory MKE
Process, Prototype & Failure is an exhibition about the creative process. Including work by Sarah Hanson, Jason Legear, Christian Franczyk, Current Projects, Matthew Vivirito, Katrina Lynn, Shop Directive, Mila, Lucas Hennessey, Phillip Ankey, Kayoko Miyazawa, Ross Severson. Craft cocktails by Pour Inc. MKE.

Lazy Susan
Stop by and check out “The Forest Floor,” an exhibition from artist Theresa Kinney.

Mid-Century Meow
Vintage Mid-Century Modern shop Mid-Century Meow will be hosting two artist this Gallery Night to celebrate woman, color and movement! Making a special appearance is Nina Bednarski with dreamscapes on canvas that will appeal to clean line modernist and plant lovers alike. Returning is our house mobile artist Cynthia Simos of Midwest Mobile.

Rev Pop
Hosting local duo You Win !!! for a live studio performance from 6-7 p.m. Limited capacity, tickets available at Ticketed attendees receive a limited-edition T-shirt individually inked by the artists at Rev Pop, plus a complimentary refreshment. Immediately following the show, doors will be open to the public until 9pm for Bay View neighbors to enjoy artwork and libations. Featuring original designs by our team at Rev Pop. Screenprinted posters, stationery, apparel, and more!

Lion’s Tooth
New works on paper by Milwaukee’s Polar Ghost. 8pm – noise synth music and video performance by Moustache Bride and TBA.

Semolina MKE
Featuring photography by Marty Peters in the shop. We will also have wine and cheese samples and pasta making demonstrations.

Lauren Landa is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Milwaukee, WI. Her contemporary stained glass works incorporate repurposed glass scraps and prisms that create a unique landscape of color and texture enhanced by sunlight to create truly magical atmospheres.

Small Studio Brand Shop
Open House, and featuring artist Jake Karson (Krivzz).

Milwaukee Makerspace
Milwaukee Makerspace, at its heart, is a place for people who like to build, invent, tinker and/or learn new skills and expand their minds. We have a wide range of skill sets in our membership and you’re likely to find someone who can talk about most any technical or creative concept with you in a meaningful way. We are a volunteer member driven community, and open to all. We will be hosting facility tours, member vendors and demos throughout the day.

Work from Janelle Gramling & Dakotasky Bowen: “Pond.”

Puddler’s Hall
Featuring three local Bay View artists including Christine Burke, Amy Captain, and Samantha Henson. Christine will showcase her acrylic on canvas paintings including pop culture, abstract, and scenery paintings. Amy will be displaying her canvas paintings inspired by nature, places she has traveled, and stories told by friends. Recently she has been using more watercolors and mixed media paint rather than painting with only oil. Samantha will exhibit artwork incorporating pen and ink, playful characters, and watercolor.

South Shore Gallery & Framing
Early works of Indie LaLonde and more.

Beth Eaton Pottery & The Lou Gallery
Mini street art fair, live music and more!

Alive And Fine
Grab a seat on the Big Orange Couch and be prepared to be slimed with a group show inspired by Nickelodeon! From Clarissa to the Midnight Society to Nicktoons, over 30 local and regional artists will be showing works inspired by your favorite nostalgic shows. Fresh out the box. Stop, look, and watch. Ready yet, get set.. it’s gonna be ALLLLLLLLLLLLL THAT!

The Art School
The Art School welcomes to you to its group art 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!

Altered State Of Mind
We have over 27 local artists featured at Altered State Of Mind!

Cache Cider
Stop by for works from Luke Chapelle, local cider and live Milwaukee music.

Hide House
Hide House Creative is known for the diverse range of artistic talent gathered together under its roof. Multiple artists will have their studios open for your viewing pleasure. We invite the community to come and browse the various styles of art on display. There will be a shuttle bus traveling between Hide House Creative, Lincoln Warehouse and two other stops in Bay View.

Scout Gallery
Scout Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of artwork by Stephanie Copoulos-selle from 5-8 p.m. Explore Scout’s artist studios including: Ann Hetzel, Dara Larson, Emily Porter, Joe Bonelli, Madeline Martin, Sue Lawton, Terry Tayler.

Art By Jason Krukowski
Art by Jason! See original art, buy original and prints of art by Jason Krukowski. It’s all about art in his studio showcasing his love of the City of Milwaukee.

Alchemist Vintage
Event will include vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, and art prints for sale!

Slow Wave Vintage
Slow Wave Vintage is an new aesthetic vintage brand supplying wearable, modern styles sustainably to Milwaukee proper and beyond. Come see what treasure you can find in the incredibly curated showroom.

Serpentine Salvage
Check out a curated collection of wearable, size-inclusive and on-trend vintage clothing and an eclectic range of vintage home goods.

Cycle Loft
Cycle Loft Gallery will play host for Bay View artist and gallery owner Stephen Leahy. This year’s exhibit, titled Teleconnected, is a mixed media event with large and small scale oil paintings and an interactive structure. Teleconnected is a cynical, yet humorous pop art exhibit that takes a jab at how we communicate. More importantly…free beer and wine, community art project, and probably some live music.

Bay View Methodist Church
Showing work from Deb Bernal (Alcohol inks), Fujie Moses (paintings), and Susan Kizaric (acrylic artist, prints and cards).

Sam’s Tap
Local artists on display and local musicians will be performing.

Bay View Community Center
Open house featuring dozens of original artworks by Tony Busalacchi, and the original photography of Michael Burmesch. Learn more about BVCC, the artists, and preview their work here.

Clementine’s Tavern
Stop by this classic Bay View neighborhood bar and see work from Andre Saint Louis.

Lotus Pond in Humboldt Park
Knit bomber Martha Lund will be covering three benches along the walkway by the Lotus Pond in Humboldt Park.

Music by pop sensation “9 A.M.” and family chalk art on the patio.

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