Mike Johnston: 1:30 Saturday
In conjunction with the WestSide Art Walk in Milwaukee, I'll be standing guard over a modest exhibition of my own photographs at the Guerrilla Gallery at 57th and Vliet Streets in the Washington Heights section of Milwaukee (the address is 5700 W. Vliet) from 5–9 p.m. Friday (tomorrow) and from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday.
I will also be giving an informal talk at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. I haven't decided what to talk about, since it depends on whether anyone shows up to listen (I do talk to myself, sometimes, but in that case I extemporize). The natural subject may be to talk about the transition from traditional black-and-white to digital color, since that's what's in the exhibit.
If you're in the neighborhood, please come by to say hello. I'll be around from 5 to 9 Friday and 10 to 4 Saturday.
We had a nice time at the gallery on Friday and Saturday. There were lots of people in and out on Friday evening, mostly Milwaukeeans and folks from the Washington Heights neighborhood. On Saturday the rain kept the walkers away (art walks, like corn farming, are weather-dependent), but enough T.O.P. readers showed up for my talk to fill up the little gallery and yet not overflow it, which was perfect. Thanks to those who came, most especially Terence Morrissey., who flew in from Canada just to hear the talk! I took that as a mighty high compliment. (These are his pictures of the event.)
Thanks especially to Dan Schley, whose neighborhood spirit is the Guerrilla Gallery's reason for being—it's the front end of his office, which he's sunk a lot of money into so he can offer the space to artist friends for free. It's really a nifty little gallery that does a lot to brighten up the street and the neighborhood, a great gift from Dan and his wife Barb to their community.