Pop Up Galleries Have Become the Norm in Kenosha

Quilts by member of Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild shown at Kenosha Pop-up gallery.

Quilts by member of Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild shown at Kenosha Pop-up gallery.

One-night-only Pop-Up Art Galleries are becoming the norm in Kenosha, another indicator that the arts are alive and well in this Chicago-land city. For years I have watched ExposeKenosha coordinate the “Windows of Downtown” exhibitions in abandoned or unoccupied commercial storefront windows with ephemral exhibitions of photography, student art work, artists projects, guest gallery showcases. After three years of windows exhibitions the Kenosha Art Association is now part of the ephemeral art team and the program has expanded to produce pop-up galleries – one-night-only exhibition/ party / events which are bringing out  artists and audiences this summer.

BEFORE: Retail space donated for one night to the pop-up gallery. This is the old Wallgreens's store on 7th Ave in downtown Kenosha.

BEFORE: Retail space donated for the pop-up gallery. This is the old Wallgreens’ store on 7th Ave in downtown Kenosha which is being renovated for the next tenant.

AFTER: Interior with installation of art and quilts.

AFTER: Interior with installation of art and quilts and lots of viewers.

This month the gallery popped-up in the old Wallgreens store on 7th Avenue, which has long served as the anchor window of storefront window exhibitions.

Pop-Up Gallery--the windows of this old Wallgreens's store have been donated for years to area artists as a store front gallery--but on Saturday the entire refinished retail space was donated as a gallery.

Pop-Up Gallery–the windows of this old Wallgreens’s store have been donated for years to area artists as a store front gallery–but on Saturday the entire refinished retail space was donated as a gallery.

As is often the case in Kenosha arts, Francisco Loyola was the backbone and mastermind of the project coordinating many artists and volunteers. Loyola brings the pop-up style of exhibition from the Chicago where artists have been staging these for years.

Margaret Heller of “Ready for Bed Quilts” (a new Kenosha Business) mobilized the quilting community who exhibited their work. Many quilt artists from the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild exhibited their work.

Erik R. Sosa was one of the featured artist with fun colorful canvases that reflected the quilt theme of the evening.

Eric Sosa at work.

Eric Sosa at work.

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Eric Soza’s paintings.

Artist Josie Rodriguez painted a mural for this event on the boards that cover the vacant building’s windows while it is under construction. During the event the boards came down to shown party and the art.

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Josie Rodriguez painted the mural on the front of the building. Francisco Loyola designed it.

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Artist Josie Rodriguez painted a mural for this event on the boards that cover the vacant building’s windows while it is under construction. During the event the boards came down to shown party and the art.

During the event the boards came down to shown party and the art. Josie shown here.

Jason Besier, a featured artist showed flowers made of welded recycled glass in the windows for this event.

Sylvester Costabile’s Cy’s Piano Jam Band” and also Nelson Snyder provided music – Pop-up events by ExposeKenosha always have music.

Mary Pat Andrea set up a Kenosha themed boutique.

As always Pat Kosser from Kenosha Art Association brings her organizational abilities and hard work to these events which could not happen without her.

It is hard to believe that the Kenosha Art Association ran the Good Old Summertime Art Fair last weekend and now this. With so much going on in Kenosha arts, it’s honestly hard to keep up. This is indeed a high compliment.

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at The Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College in New York State. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

3 Responses to Pop Up Galleries Have Become the Norm in Kenosha

  1. Kenosha’s Pop-Up Gallery amazes me since I was born there and never expected to see anything like this happen. Congratulations to all who have worked so hard, for so long ,
    to expand awareness of the arts and to make it so much fun.

  2. peter aiston says:

    This is so cool, I love our art community. I wish that Pop Up would be longer than a few hours.
    Is there legal reasons for having the quick exposure and removal. I wish that there would be more time for the public to attend.

    • The space is donated and I believe there are legal permissions paperwork that make more than one evening difficult. I will ask the question and get back on this though!

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