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Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery to Close

Bay View gallery cites poor economy

Mar. 28, 2009
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After four years of doing business in Bay View, where it served as one of the most prominent examples of the neighborhood's booming arts scene, the Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery will close on May 31st, the staff announced in an e-mail Saturday afternoon. The gallery's final exhibit, spotlighting the art of Micaela O'Herlihy, will open on April 17.

The text of the e-mail is below:


Dearest patrons of Paper Boat,

As of May 31st Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery will be closing its doors after 4 great years of being open. The current economic climate is the main reason that led us to this very difficult decision.

We really hope you can join us for our last Gallery reception featuring work by Wisconsin artist Micaela O'Herlihy on Gallery Night, April 17th from 7-10pm.

There will also be a closing sale for the month of May to help us reduce our inventory. It will be a great time to pick up those items you've always been meaning to get. Also, don't forget to spend your gift certificates if you have been holding onto one!

We thank you so very much for your support over the past 4 years. Even though the Boat is closing, we are excited to seek out new opportunities and projects. We also want to stress the importance of supporting the remaining small businesses and galleries in Milwaukee. Those spaces are vital to keeping our city and our community unique and enjoyable.

We hope to see all of you during the last couple of months of being open!


Warm regards,

The ladies of the Boat- Faythe Levine & Kim Kisiolek


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