Friends of Art
nationally acclaimed juried festival features more than 170 artists, including
Wisconsin’s Arthur Bartkowiak, Mike Dretzka, Shelby Keefe, Kim Koch, Deone
Jahnke, Katie Musolff, Mark Porter and Micheal Santini, to name only a few. The
wide variety of mediums ranges from ceramics to photography, drawing, fiber,
wearable art, glass, jewelry, metal, sculpture and wood. Music, refreshments
and a summertime atmosphere add to this three-day event on the shores of
The Friends of Art, which celebrates its 50th year in cooperation with the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), uses the festival’s proceeds to benefit the museum’s art acquisition and exhibition fund. More than 120 volunteers staff the committees and approximately 900 of these “friends” run the festival each year. Through their efforts, the organization has funded the purchase of more than 300 pieces of permanent art for the museum.
“This is an amazing group of people to work with,” says festival director Beth Hoffman, who will retire after 26 years with the festival. “The event is the strength of all the pieces in the community that come together to raise money for the MAM.”
One of the highlights of this year’s festival will be the official poster by local artist Lawrence W. Oliverson. His work, 1000 Cranes, features folded paper cranes pictured on “the blackest paper he could find.” The image represents good luck, long life, loyalty and peace, and will be transferred to T-shirts, hoodies, ties and silk scarves.
with the festival’s aviary theme,
The annual festival runs Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival fee (ranging from $7 to $10) includes admission to the museum. Children under 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
other events honor local friends supporting art. Paper Boat Boutique &
Gallery celebrates its third birthday the entire month of June by staying open
seven hours a day each day of the week. The store will also host a special
reception Friday, June 20, from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring the work of
20 years in the city, the