Since 2011, Bay View Gallery Night has organized “Milwaukee’s largest annual celebration of art, local business, music, and community.” The massive artistic undertaking 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?

BVGN will return to the neighborhood on Friday, September 28. This iteration will feature hundreds of artists and musicians showcasing their works at more than 50 Bay View (and Bay View-adjacent) businesses. Moreover, “Food Truck Friday” will be up and running. Since that sounds like—and is!—a lot of stuff happening at once, 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
Hands on events and demonstrations throughout the evening. Refreshments and drawings.

Food Truck Friday at Morgan Park
Family friendly event with food booths and trucks, and more. Music will be provided by BEMBEmke and Samba Da Vida.

8 Branches Chinese Medicine
Connection Drawings by Pat Hidson. This series of drawings, done in various media on paper, incorporate many different images that include botanicals and animals. The underlying theme is the way all life forms are connected to each other.

Tasha Rae Jewelry
Presenting ‘Pinned,’ a collection of hand forged hair pins by local jewelers. Complementary hair style from the experts at Amity Salon with every purchase. Beverages, snacks, music, and fun.

Dave’s Guitar
Free live music by Fiona Blue and more. Paintings on display by Kara Murphy, live guitar art demos. Enter to win a Kala Ukulele.

Straight Shots
Featuring Jenn Anderson live oil painting. Come get a 20-min oil painting done. Local artist Saebra Laken‘s art will be displayed. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Drink and beer specials.

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

Commonplace Shop
Join us as we debut a new collection of ceramic planters by IW Ceramics for Commonplace. Select a free plant with each planter purchase to create the perfect pairing.

Frank’s Power Plant
War Pigs presents the debut of works by Shawn Page. After party featuring live music from Ravi/Lola, Send Medicine, and Beach Static.

Shape Up Shoppe
Featured artist, wetplate photographer Margaret Muza, uses a photographic method from the mid 1800s, which predates film. Using large format view cameras and Civil War-era chemical process, each image is a direct exposure on metal or glass. These images are a glimpse at how Margaret views her modern subjects through old lenses and antique techniques. She will be available from 5-9.

There will be complimentary wine throughout the evening and live drumming by percussionist and Drum Line Director Dennis Newman. Also young local “unknowns” will have prints on display and for purchase. The eclectic building hosts retro photos, foil walls, oversized photo album covers, murals, and much more

This year will feature the unveiling of a 13-foot 3D marlin at 8 p.m. Guess the weight of the marlin and win a prize.

Hide House
Hide House Gallery Night features many artist studios that are open to the public. Stop by and discover new art.

Featuring up to six local artists and their submission for a new Goodkind logo! Visitors and guests can also vote on the local artists submissions. The artists’ work will be on display inside the restaurant.

Hue Vietnamese Restaurant
Featuring the art of Januel Leon, photography with a blend of different editing styles.

Alive & Fine
Be a dreamer of dreams and experience some pure imagination with a group show at Alive & Fine that’s inspired by the 1971 film, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Over 20 artists take on this classic with painting, fiber arts, illustration, installation, vintage fashion, and of course, candy.

Hi-Fi Cafe
Paintings, drawings, scuplture, collage, poems, prose, and photos by Peter F. Steinhoff.

South Shore Gallery & Framing
Indie la Londe: new paintings, mixed media, a little wine, and niblets.

DECO Salon & Spa
DECO Salon and Spa hosting two local artists. Beautifully unique sculpture and pottery from Michael Hagen (414Clayworks), and “GlamRock” a collection of paintings and jewelry inspired and enhanced by the beauty of rocks,crystals and glitter. Pam Dalecky-Hetzel artist.

Hairys Hair Bar and G’day Gallery
Artists: Scott Terry – Oil pastels. Themes centered around black American folk art, black culture and life, and Erika Wilcox – Mixed media. Finding her place in her art at 15 years young.
Magician: Tom Burgermeister 5:30-7:30
Singer/guitarist: Janice Scholz 7:30-9
Wearables and collectibles by 12 local artisans

Kindred on KK
Photography from local artist Nick Collura and patio/dinner specials to enjoy fireside or indoors. Looking forward to another great night celebrating our community.

URSA (in partnership with Healium Hot Yoga)
Curio is a multi disciplinary studio created by Rachel Gropper. Objects range from mobiles made with hand molded clay pieces to prints exploring botanical forms. Each piece is designed with a focus on color, shape and space, and inspired by unique elements from the surrounding environment. Complimentary beverages courtesy of Collective Arts Brewing.

Avalon Theater (rear alleyway)
Behind the Avalon Theater is a cool hidden gem of Bay View filled with street art done by Bay View High School students, along with local artists Ryan Laessig, Tarah Mueller, Heather Shinn & Joe Woiak (Stinky Goblin Emporium ), and national artists GetLostALot, Leon Rainbow, & Zar. Have a walk through, take some photos, and continue your BVGN experience.

Susan Schmidt Skincare Savant and Z Chiropractic
They’re celebrating five years as a holistic skincare practitioner on Kinnickinnic Ave. (and 20 years total). Please enjoy a sampling of organic skincare and/or healthy makeup tips. They are very honored to provide Carmen Gagliano the opportunity to share her pondscape, portrait, figure, and still life oil paintings in a historic dwelling. Enjoy a healthy treat and an interesting N/A concoction.

The Magnet Factory MKE
Coloring Your Potential, a series of paintings enlarged from the coloring book created by Ernesto Atkinson intended as practical Art Therapy directives from his local private practice Integration Healing. In collaboration with his wife, Jenny Urbanek, both artists communicate a distinct visual language that is vibrant, bright, and complex. Get your own copy and explore your own potential.

Component Brewing
Share a craft beer with local artists, Sharon and Zach from EverBern.

Vital Signs
Vital Signs welcomes LOVEBUG featuring the the works of Michael Goldberger.

Linear Salon
Explore the universe in several acrylic works by local artist Jeff Castillo. Also featured: mixed media abstracts by Miranda Bettinger. Special added feature: Kids Interactive Display where kids can create their own abstract for the “Young Artists Wall.”

The Tonic Tavern
See RedLine Revolutionaries, a new series of paintings by William Richard Hurst about the revolutionary figures of Milwaukee’s past. Live Music by Jayk Burczyk, Eoin of Whiskey Of The Damned and The Red Flags!

Highbury Pub
Graffiti works from local artist Therd.

Water’s Edge Gallery And Retail Company
Come see the work of featured artist, Sabrina J. Rembert, as well as the Water’s Edge artists, Susan Edgerton, Jamie Stoehr, Timothy Stoehr, Tara Kuechler, and Art Rice. Newcomer Jessie Roach will also have his first pieces on display! Live music starts at 5:00 with reggae musician, David Robinson. Jamie Stoehr will be on stage at 6:00, followed by Bronze Clockwork that will be playing 7-9 p.m.

Hosting Molly Chase of Personal Bird, macrame and textile arts. Molly is an experimental, textile artist with interests including Ceramics, Macrame, Shibori Indigo Dye and Interior design. Featuring macrame wall hangings and plant hangers.

Cafe Centraal
Featuring Gwen A.P. creating a live painting all night, and a color-changing Starry Night cocktail.

The Muse
The Muse Gallery Guesthouse will feature the art of Melissa Dorn, Sara Risley, Carol Rode Curley, Fred Bell, Jessica Zalewski, Elias Zananiri, Luna and more. Stop by to view the art, meet the artists and shop the gift shop. Light refreshments while they last.

Paintings by Kimberly Gesvain. Music by Dj Devast8.

Colectivo Coffee
Join over 40 art, craft and design vendors in the parking lot of Colectivo for the Maker’s Market.

The Newport
Oil paintings by Luke Van Dyke, and Knitted art, crafts, and creations of ‘Knit Shit’ by Kiersten Darling.

Cafe LuLu
Featuring artist Patrick Liddle. His work is a variety of abstractions and colorful paintings that try to express the emotions of life.

Stone Creek Coffee
Artists showing in cafe include Meghan Walsh, Cassandra Papesh, and Daniel Jay Chung. With live music featuring Kellie Lutz and Chris Sorenson.

Brass Rooster
The Brass Rooster and The Hen House will continue their pin up theme evening. With a Halloween theme, they will have live pin up models as witches, kitties, Bride of Frankenstein, a vampire, and a she-devil! The fashion and designs of internationally known pin up, Pamela Marie, her Holleyville fashions will be available to order and a gallery of pin up photography on display as well.

Revel Bar
Revel Bar will feature an ‘Achromatic Show’ from Photographer Che Correa along with $3 drafts, rails, and house shots from 5pm-8pm. Music by DJ Cell.

Halo Artisan Skin Care
Stop in for unique handcrafted jewelry by Sonder Craft while listening to live acoustic music by Alex Paniagua. Create your own perfume and enjoy snacks and refreshments.

Sparrow Collective
Featuring handcrafted apparel, gifts, art and more from local and national artisans. Live fiddle music from Beth Allison. Refreshments served.

Tease Salon
An expo of artwork from local schools’ art teachers.

Twisted Path Distillery
Paintings by Joe Bree, craft cocktails, live music.

Voyageur Book Shop
Kisten Meier is a Milwaukee-based artist who unravels the fabric of femininity, intimate spaces, and the language of color through pinks and woven chords.

MOR Bakery And Cafe
Featuring work from local painter Laura Easey Jones.

Mac’s Pet Depot
Featuring Jennifer Miller, “petographer.” Human wine and appetizers, dog wine.

Lifted Beauty Lounge
Paintings on display and for sale, painting prints on accessories like scarves and hand bags for sale, handmade jewelry and custom orders from the maker herself, complimentary wine and snacks, giveaways, coupons, raffle to win salon/spa package.

Bigfoot Bike And Skate
One of a kind skateboard art and fabric art by local artists. Theme: BATS.

1840 Brewing Company
Featuring the art of local artist, Krystleyez.

The Backyard
Local artists on display and local musicians will be performing.

The Lost Whale
Featuring Illustrations by local artists Cleto Acosta-McKillop and Loretta Keresen, a Milwaukee-based duo who specialize in concept art and animation for film and TV.

Enlightened Brewing Company
Featuring work from local Bay View artist, Joe Bree, with his paintings and skate decks.

Lincoln Warehouse
Multiple craft persons, artists, and photographers throughout our building. Stop by and explore.

SHY Gallery Of Art
“Things with Wings” – A photographic exhibition of avian creatures by Glenn Chambliss.

Bust-N-Stuff is a place where you can have fun, let loose, and BUST STUFF. Bust-N-Stuff will feature a collaboration between Nick Buchel and Chris Trotter, called “Art of the Buster.”

Milwaukee Aikido Club
Works by local artists.

LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs
Catherine Erwin, owner of LunatiCK Cosmetic Labs is opening up her shop of pro quality vegan, talc- Free, Paraben Free, and cruelty free cosmetics.

Hoax Gallery
Krissy Gehring and Rochelle Nason combine landscape photography and one of a kind travel bags and packs. Inspired by our public lands, they collaborate to create Phantasm Terrain.

The Stone

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