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Gallery Night/Day Pop Up

October 2017 Gallery Night


Artwork shown by May Klisch
Friday, October 20, 5 - 9 p.m. - Saturday, October 21, 10am - 4pm
MARN's April Gallery Night/Day Pop Up Exhibition features the artwork of May Klisch

The diversity and drama in nature was an early focus of emerging watercolorist May Klisch.  She began drawing birds and botanicals in vivid detail and more recently scenes of lake living.  She tries to capture the essence of the subject matter whether in bold compositions and color, or in the most hushed hues.

Although she dabbled in drawing since childhood, a failing mark in her "O" Levels examinations as a teenager in Singapore caused her to abandon her artistic ambitions.  She pragmatically pursued a business education and career instead.  Through the years she has revisited her creative side through multiple avenues: she was a food columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; she nurtured a fiber studio business, wth a side helping of jewelry-making using reclaimed materials and found objects, and fiction writing.  In mid 2016 she was inspired by Julia Taylor's foray into watercolors and in early 2017 May decided to try her hand at watercolors herself.  She created and sold a piece for Swan Day MKE.  In May, she showed a body of work on morel and other mushrooms at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro during the Morel Dinner Celebration.  In June she had a joint art show and sale to benefit the North Point Lighthouse.  May attended a weeklong inspired workshop in watercolors at the magical Ox Bow University in Saugatuck, Michigan in July.  In September May will be showing her work along with other artists at the Walker's Point Center for Art member show; and together as part of the Momentum Group, they will be showing at Inspiration Gallery in West Allis in October 2018.  A native of Singapore, May has a BBA from University of Hawaii at Manoa, has lived and worked in Singapore, Hawaii, San Francisco and Milwaukee.  In Milwaukee she has worked in marketing communications, government relations, events management and operations at Time Warner, Zigman Joseph Stephenson, and North Point Lighthouse.  



Do you want to show your art during Gallery Night & Day, Milwaukee’s premier two-day art event? Gain exposure for your art and engage Milwaukee’s art community by submitting to MARN’s Gallery Night/Day Pop-Up.

The Pop-Up will be at the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network located in Material Studios + Gallery in the Marshall Building of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Visual artists, filmmakers, designers, writers, actors and dancers are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Only current MARNmembers Creator Class and above are allowed to submit work. Works must be made within the last two years. Artists must be present at MARN for Gallery Night. One visual artist and one performing artist will be selected per Gallery Night.

Artwork: All media accepted including performances. All works must be ready for installation and installed one week prior to Gallery Night. Works will remain up for approximately three months.
Requirements: Artists are responsible for providing all equipment necessary for the installation, display and performance of their work (please note there is a brick wall). Visual artists must be prepared to fill approx. 28 ft. of wall space total. Walls are broken down by the approximate dimensions: 65" length wall; 65" length wall; 130" length brick wall; 85" length by 48" height wall.

Entry Deadline for January: Friday, Nov. 25th @ Midnight

Submit the following materials to

  1. Title your email: Gallery Night Pop Up
  2. Contact Info
  3. Artist Bio or Statement
  4. Artist CV or Resume
  5. Up to three (3) jpeg images (limit size to 700KB) or a video link