Organizers of Made In Milwaukee announce Bay View Gallery Night
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Often thought of as an “up-and-coming” neighborhood, Bay View has seen an increase in art and music venues in the last five years, not to mention many new trendy restaurants and hip bars. To add to this changing scene, organizers of Made In Milwaukee recently announced that they are now putting together a Bay View Gallery Night on June 3 to exclusively showcase the area’s art culture.
Organizer Chuck Watson, who is also one of the creators of Made In Milwaukee and Made In Milwaukee Records, says that creating a neighborhood gallery night exclusive to Bay View made sense because of the overwhelming amount of talented artists in the neighborhood, as well as the many locally invested businesses that could potentially become venues. In addition to supporting the visual arts through this new event, Watson says he also wanted to focus on featuring local music in local venues.
Bay View Gallery Night is still in the process of organizing the locals, but event organizers remain optimistic and open to possibilities. “My biggest concern is that I’m going to miss a spot in Bay View that is doing great things,” Watson tells The A.V. Club. “If any business owner, promoter, or interested group wants to join us in celebrating the art culture of Bay View and haven’t heard from us yet, contact us! I would like anyone that has the means to support local art, music, and culture to participate.”
Because the event is still in the organizing stage, the actual sequence of events that will be laid out for the inaugural Bay View Gallery Night remains unclear. “We are still collecting submissions and contacting businesses, so I can’t say what it will look like when it’s done. But in general, we’re working on getting artists featured at local Bay View spots. Some of the events will start at 5 p.m. and some will start at 9 or 10. Our hope is to get all the events of the night into one coherent grouping so people can hop from venue to venue and enjoy the variety Bay View has to offer,” says Watson.
A huge proponent of Milwaukee, Watson says, “I think we would all agree that our goal is to continue to serve the community in the best way we know how.”
Interested in participating in Bay View Gallery Night? Answer the call for local artists, musicians, craftspeople, creatives, businesses, or sponsors at the group’s website.