Third Ward Art Festival September 2-3 · Various locations This annual art festival draws impressive crowds, and talent, each year. More than 140 artists, 36 of whom are from Wisconsin, sell their wares in galleries and pop-up spaces scattered throughout the neighborhood – at prices ranging from affordable to aspirational.
Gallery Walk & Talk with Lois Bielefeld September 21 · Charles Allis Art Museum Local photographer Lois Bielefeld tells the emotionally charged story of Shorewood High School’s cross country team in these arresting black and white images. On this evening, Bielefeld, whose daughter is one of the featured subjects, personally leads a tour of the exhibition, which remains on view through Oct. 22.
Rick Shaefer: The Refugee Trilogy October 5-January 14 · Haggerty Museum of Art Connecticut-based artist Rick Shaefer asks: “How does one deal with the onslaught of horrific imagery and news of countless waves of refugees coming from the Middle East and elsewhere?” In this sobering but stunning exhibition of three massive charcoal triptychs, he approaches the question from multiple angles.
Gerit Grimm’s Fairytales: In a Time Neither Now nor Then October 7-January 14 · MOWA Let master ceramist Gerit Grimm show you a world of whimsy and enchantment. Her fanciful figurative sculptures – which vary in scale from miniature to life-size – are inspired by myths, fairy tales and other supernatural stories.
Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France November 4-January 28 · Milwaukee Art Museum French painters including Manet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Chagall and Picasso have wowed audiences with their expressive brush strokes and unconventional compositions for more than a century. See more than 150 works, including Impressionist and Cubist masterpieces, at the MAM's biggest fall show.
Stacks November 17 to January 7, 2018 · Portrait Society Ceramics are sometimes neglected by art critics. But the 15 ceramists represented in this group show prove that a simple lump of clay can be transformed into a work of art as compelling as any painting or sculpture.
Derrick Buisch and Bill Reid December 2-30 · Tory Folliard Gallery Beat winter blues with a burst of color. Two Wisco artists show their work at the Tory Folliard Gallery throughout December: painter Derrick Buisch and sculptor Bill Reid. Though they work in different media, they share a love of color and a cheery pop art aesthetic.
Clockwise from top: Border Crossing by Rick Shaefer, After the Bath, Woman Drying her Leg by Edgar Degas, Ada and Azariah - Camping Trip (2015) by Lois Bielefeld, Bee in the Bush by Bill Reid