Sunday, December 26, 2010

CLOSING SALE: bye 2010 & pop-up shop

Time to wrap things up here at our temporary boutique, it's been a great 3 months. Thanks to all of you near and far who took the time to come in and support the project. This is also the last chance to see the amazing Sofia Arnold mural since it too disappears with the shop.

Happy New Year and you should really take advantage of this closing sale to pick up some amazing deals on the remaining stock in the gallery.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

From us at Sky High to you out in the world have a calm and safe holiday weekend.

We will be back in the shop Sunday 12-5 starting to count down the final days of the pop-up.

Happy Holidays
Aaron & Faythe at Blackbird Metal Monday with Satan-claus
(we won 1st & 2nd in the Christmas card contest)

Thanks for the photo Cris!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Art vs. Craft // Pop-Up Boutique

Thanks everyone who visited the Sky High Gallery table at Art vs. Craft this past Saturday. We are now in our last month of the temporary pop-up boutique here in the gallery. There is a ton of amazing work left that needs to find homes before the end of the month. Perfect timing for the Holidays. Shop hours at listed on the right ---->

Sky High pop-up boutique

Sky High pop-up boutique

Sky High pop-up boutique

REPOSTED from: 9/12/10

Sky High Temporary Mural Project
Fall 2010, Edition 2

Kimberly Weiss

September- December 2010
Corner of Howell St & Clarence st
Milwaukee, WI

Out with the old amazingness of Alyssa Schulte & In with the new awesomeness of Kimberly Weiss. Last week over at the shop the boys took down Alyssa's mural & installed our new Fall 2010 Temporary Mural created by Milwaukee artist Kimberly Weiss.

Out with the amazing old. In with the Amazing new.

The new mural is composed of linoleum block prints on rice paper that have been individually cut-out and pasted on the wood surface.

Sky High Temporary Mural Project Fall 2010: Kimberly Weiss

Sky High Temporary Mural Project Fall 2010: Kimberly Weiss
In case you were curious, there are a total of 72 hands.

Sky High Temporary Mural Project Fall 2010: Kimberly Weiss

Sky High Temporary Mural Project Fall 2010: Kimberly Weiss

About our new Temporary Mural artist:
Kim Weiss came to Milwaukee from Kansas City in 2000 to earn a BFA in printmaking from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, graduating in 2004. She currently co-manages the community printshop at RedLine Milwaukee- instructing printmaking classes and workshops and coordinating the open studio program. Kim has shown work locally and nationally and works as a display artist for the women's retailer Anthropologie. Kim's primary focus is on using relief printmaking and screen printing to explore obsessive process, repetition, and create vibrant, and often overwhelming images of subjects from the natural world.

---> Full photo set here
---> Read about our past temporary mural with Alyssa Schulte here
---> UPCOMING: Winter 2011 Temporary Mural by Colin Matthes

REPOSTED from: 9/4/10

This is a photo from October 2009 of a store I visited called Avalanche Looms, located near the middle of nowhere in Wisconsin. But not nowhere enough, Avalanche, WI happens to be just around the corner from the Long Arm Farm where my best friend Micaela O'Herlihy lives (fun fact: Micaela was the director of photography for Handmade Nation). While visiting, Micaela insisted we go there, knowing I would love it. She was right.

Avalanche Looms

In the above photo on the back wall you can see two paintings. Those two paintings are by artist Sofia Arnold. Turns out, Sofia's mother Susan Johnson owns Avalanche Looms and within the month Sofia was about to have her first solo show in Milwaukee at the reputable Tory Folliard Gallery. I went to her show, bought a painting & emailed Sofia to tell her we visited her mom's shop, and explained the story.

This photo is the perfect example of why I choose to document everything I do, because who would guess that exactly 12 months later I would be the lucky one with Sofia's fanciful dark, dreamy, beautiful imagery gracing the walls of my gallery in the shape of a mural for 3 months.

This world is so very very small. As the story continues.....

Sofia Arnold, mural detail

This past week in cooperation with Tory Folliard Gallery Sofia Arnold spent three days painting the walls of Sky High Gallery. "Lend Us Your Everything" will be open to the public on October 15th and sets the tone for the pop-up boutique that will will be open for a short 3 months through December 31st. Then the pop-up shop and and the mural will just be a memory. If you are interested, which you should be, a full catalog of Sofia's work is available through Tory Folliard Gallery on a regular basis, I suggest checking it out.

Sofia Arnold, work in progress

Sofia Arnold, working on mural at Sky High Gallery
It's difficult to communicate in these photos the scale that Sofia is painting. Some elements of this mural are the size of a dime.

Sofia Arnold, working on mural at Sky High Gallery

Sofia Arnold, mural detail

Sofia Arnold, working on mural at Sky High Gallery

Full photo set of Sofia's progress here.

P.S. Keep an eye out for the limited edition "Lend Us Your Everything" companion zine offered through Sky High Gallery during the duration of the pop-up boutique.

REPOSTED from: 8/3/10

Somehow 12 hot summer days have passed since gallery night & the day after and I haven't managed to blog. It was a busier weekend than normal and we had our first official gallery opening at Sky High followed by a film screening the next day, both featuring out of town artists. There were floods here in Milwaukee that almost didn't allow our featured gallery artist (and his artwork) to get here. But it all sorted itself out and the party went on.

Friday July 23rd we welcomed artist & illustrator Joe Roberts (Joe's illustration work is on a lot of Skate Mental products) to town after his unexpected overnight delay in Chicago due to above said rain storm. He arrived, installed his work just in time for gallery night that evening then flew back to San Francisco the next day.

Joe Roberts art opening at Sky High
Gallery reception food matched the artwork:
flaming hot Cheetos, pizza & gummies of all varieties.

Work by Joe Roberts

Work by Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts art opening at Sky High

Joe Roberts art opening at Sky High

B.U.M. work by Joe Roberts show photos here & Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review here.

Saturday morning, right as I was driving Joe to the airport for his return flight photographer & filmmaker Bill Daniel rolled into town straight from his programing at the Walker Art Museum the day before. He is on tour with his new program "SONIC ORPHANS, lost music films 1965-87". Bill Daniel had a show at my old gallery Paper Boat in 2008 where we screened his amazing film about train moniker graffiti "Who is Bozo Texino?" outside in the backyard.

Bill Daniel

Bill Daniel "SONIC ORPHANS" screening
Bill travels with his entire movie set up including projector, screen & sound system

1977 Avengers footage part of Bill Daniel "SONIC ORPHANS" screening
1977 Avengers basement show footage

footage part of Bill Daniel "SONIC ORPHANS" screening

Bill installed his one night photo show of Texas Punk photos from the 1980's & screened his lost (and now found) 16mm music films in the shop. Having Bill around is totally inspiring.

Photos here.

REPOSTED from: 6/21/10

Alyssa Schulte's art show along with some images from the zine I made with the summer schedule of events at Sky High are now uploaded.

Sky High: gallery opening
I am so excited about the new gallery space! Alyssa's show is tucked back in that small room on the left.

Sky High: summer 2010 zine
(check out this Wisconsin stamp that Amy O'Neill made for me on the fly!)

Sky High: summer 2010 zine
The zine has the schedule & random photos I took. Here is Ira Coyne painting the door at the shop from the inside looking out.

Keep in mind that Alyssa's show will be in the gallery through July 19th and her amazing mural she painted will be up through August.
Sky High presents Alyssa Schulte

"Wild Hearts" by Alyssa Schulte
"Wild Hearts" by Alyssa Schulte

Sky High: temporary mural project
Temporary Mural Project, (detail) located on South Howell Ave, Milwaukee WI

Check out the blog post from Alyssa about the process of the mural. I love a process post.