Sunday, 26 December 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, 24 December 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!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Holiday opening times

Hi all -

Hand Held will be open right up until Christmas Eve - we've got lots of great little goodies that would make great Kris Kringles and one-off unique Christmas gifts.

We will reopen on the 4th of Jan - 8th Jan for the completion of Mel Cameron and Chloe Vallance's beautiful show and then re-open again on the 13th for the opening of Kathy Fahey's show 'Penang and Back'. New Gallery hours (Tue-Sat, 12-5pm) will kick in after that. Please note we will not open on Mondays this coming year - I wish we could but work commitments are getting in the way.

Have a lovely Chistmas!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Thanks to all who attended!!

H. Veng Smith "Identifiable Reality" on Display till Jan. 8th

View Inventory Here.
More Photo's from the show Here.

Friday, 17 December 2010

'Measuring the Space Between' by Chloe Vallance and Melissa Cameron opened last week at Hand Held. A exhibition by Chloe - an illustrator - and Melissa - a jeweller - both emerging artists in the Melbourne scene - is an exciting collaboration where the artists have responded to and expanded on each others work and practice.

Both Chloe and Melissa play with the notion of 'space' within their work in different ways and this exhibition creates a meeting point - between two artists - between the object and the void - between memory and imagination.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

H. Veng Smith "Identifiable Reality" Opens 12/17/10

Identifiable Reality
H. Veng Smith
Oil paintings on wood panels

Friday, Dec. 17 - Opening Reception 7-11pm
Runs through Saturday, Jan. 8

In his first solo show, Veng takes us back to simpler times, to an era when things were made to last. Inspired by the artistry and work ethic of his grandfather, who hailed from a family of Swedish carpenters, Veng’s detail-rich paintings focus on the craftsmanship of the handmade. Embracing the handmade aesthetic to the fullest for this exhibition, Veng had custom mahogany panels built and crafted his own paints from simple pigments and linseed oil. Blurring the lines between the substantive and the imaginary, his paintings depict a world populated by a cast of stoic characters and whimsical winged creatures that interact with wooden contraptions more phantasmagorical than real. Drawing equally on the Old Masters and modern-day illustrators, Veng’s work possesses a timelessness not often captured by his contemporaries.

Born on Staten Island in 1981, Veng began studying painting as a young kid at a local art league. Since then, painting has remained an integral part of his life. With his work, he looks to capture the feel of something made long ago, be it characters with old-fashioned appearances or objects with Old World designs. He depicts ideas in his paintings in a representational and faithful manner, yet conveys them visually with a whimsical touch.

Borrowing from techniques of the Northern Renaissance, Veng paints by building up multiple layers. His thought process for painting, however, is less traditional and very much informed by his background in street art. He aims to make surreal impressions, with characters whose square heads are on the one hand very unreal, yet whose facial features are eerily familiar. He enjoys depicting scenes showing the viewer fictitious landscapes of an Old World interspersed with contemporary qualities. Nature also plays an important role in Veng’s work. He shows animals in a more traditional manner, painting them with realistic colors and textures. Often he’ll couple animals with imaginary devices that they control.

Whether on a panel in the studio or on a wall in a city, through his work Veng tries to convey a playful world of mixed inspirations.

Text and photo courtesy of Luna Park, Photographer

More info @ The Street Spot

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

"Sew Draw" Final Days

If you have not had a chance to view "Sew Draw" make sure to come through Pandemic ASAP! Open for only three more days, the show has been such a great success and we've had nothing but incredible feedback. Congrats to Richie and Allison for this stunning event!!

also please join us Fri. Dec. 17th for the opening of:

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


Click image to view the only Hee 
paintings remaining in the gallery. 
Paul Hee passed away September 26, 2011. A master of the luminescent style, Hee lived and painted in his Marsh Street studio in Beaufort, NC, where he retired after a life at sea. He served in the US Navy, and as a Miami-based cruise ship executive.

His life-long love of the sea led him to study art with Leo Stitsky of Fort Lauderdale School of Art. His oil paintings often sold before the paint dried on the canvas.

"His deft brush work, use of color, shape and light, conveyed the ever changing drama and mood of the sea," said Raymond Voelpel of Tidewater Gallery in Swansboro. "Paul Hee established himself as one of America's finest maritime artists."

"Light-dazzingly exuberant, tranquilly evocative, or menacingly looming, Paul Hee's paintings are suffused with the world view of masters, but his work remains clearly and identifiably his own," said Paul Fontenoy, NC Maritime Museum curator and historian.

62 page - 7x9 retrospective catalog with bound spine $15

The 152-page hardbound art book, 
Three Centuries of Seafaring 
The Maritime Art of Paul Hee
showcases more than 150 full color images. ...MORE about the book... 

Wednesday, 1 December 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.