Letter from Milwaukee | Spring Finally Arrives

By Stephanie Van Alyea Quirk



Emily Robertson Opening Night at Villa Terrace          Photo Courtesy Laura Couture Photography


So much is happening this spring around town. Firstly! on April 18th the exhibition “Dyed Well the Feminist Rug Hooking Practice of Emily Robertson.” opened at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. Emily Robertson is an American textile artist who uses traditional rug making techniques to create complex and imaginative designs.


Chelsea Garden rug by Emily Robertson          Photo courtesy of Laura Couture photography


Emily Robertson, Textile Artist          Photo courtesy of Laura Couture Photography


With hand-dyed wool, Emily creates pictorial scenes of homes, gardens, humor, some featuring political and theological imagery. Her work has appeared in shows around the country from The Shelbourne Museum in Vermont to the Cedarburg Art Center. The exhibition ends on October 13th. 


Emily Robertson ” Dyed Well” Exhibition Opening Night From Left: Jaymee Harvey Wilms Museum Exec Director; Megan Holbrook Past President of the Friends of Villa Terrace; Textile Artist Emily Robertson


Dyed Well, The Feminist Rug Hooking Practice of Emily Robertson


This Summer The Friends of Villa Terrace will be celebrating 100 years. The museum designed by David Adler was completed in 1924. It is the only home here designed by Milwaukee-native David Adler (1882-1949). For the Centennial Celebration, the museum plans 100 events — many free or low-cost — over the course of the summer.


Villa Terrace Centennial Celebration this Summer


Inside the Oriental Theatre


The Milwaukee Film Festival just ended its 16th annual run. One of the best films “Out of the Picture” was directed by Mary Louise Schumacher who was the art critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It is the first documentary film about art critics and takes viewers inside the lives of some of the most relevant writers on art today. The film made its debut in November at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. https://www.outofthepicturemovie.com Milwaukee Film’s most important achievement is their incredible work saving two uniquely historical local movie theatres The Oriental and The Downer. These glamorous old-world movie theaters are open all year with a variety of new and classic movies. https://mkefilm.org/oriental-theatre


Milwaukee Film Festival Program


Meanwhile in the Third Ward in Downtown Milwaukee

Program for the Skylight’s Production of From Here To Eternity


Closing their 64th Season the Skylight Musical Theater offers the Midwest premier of the legendary lyricist Sir Tim Rice’s epic wartime musical “From Here to Eternity.” From April 12 to May 5th. If you miss the show, visit https://www.skylightmusictheatre.org  to check out the line-up of musicals. The theatre is a little gem in Milwaukee! 


Milwaukee’s Third Ward is also home to myriad art galleries. Gallery Night is a great way to experience them. On Gallery Night April 19th Tory Folliard featured recent works by artists Laurie Hogin and Peter Gehrig who were on hand to share remarks. https://toryfolliard.com Their show is up until May 25th. The next Gallery Night (and Day) is Friday, July 19 – 5 to 9pm  |  Saturday, July 20 – 10am to 4pm.


Inside Bavette La Boucherie


Milwaukee’s Third Ward most fabulous dining experience is Bavette La Boucherie owned and operated by a local girl! What started out as a sustainable butcher shop has evolved into a very special café.



The Milwaukee Public Market


Also, while in the Third Ward check out the Milwaukee Public Market. This Industrial-chic marketplace offering local baked goods, cheese, meats, produce & prepared eats was just voted by USA Today as America’s best Public Market.  https://milwaukeepublicmarket.org