Big Star on view through May 31

Big Star, an exhibition of portraits of famous people, will open Friday, March 19 at Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 526, (Historic Third Ward). The exhibition will run through May 31. The opening reception will coincide with Gallery Night on April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Gallery A will feature linocut prints of famous artists by Carri Skoczek, New York City. Skoczek is originally from Milwaukee. She now lives in Brooklyn and shows her work there through Causey Contemporary. Skoczek’s new black and white linocuts feature the grand dames of the art world such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson as well as some gentlemen of the arts such as Egon Schiele, Maxfield Parrish and Burt Lahr. Most of the works are 20.5 by 17 inches. More images

In the adjacent Gallery B, oil paintings of famous American writers by Fred Bell will include portraits of Edgar Allen Poe, Carson McCullers, Emily Dickinson, Ernest Hemingway, William Burroughs, Edna St. Vincent Millet, JD Salinger and others. Fred Bell is a Milwaukee native who has returned to the Midwest after many years in New York City. More images

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Rudy Rotter Lounge/Annex will feature a group show of portraits of famous people by a wide range of regional artists. Included will be photographs of Milwaukee Bucks players, paintings of Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, several drawings of Leonard Nimoy as Spock – a veritable hodgepodge of the famous by diverse regional artists.

Portrait Society Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For additional information, call Gallery Director Debra Brehmer at 414.870.9930 or visit the web site at portraitsocietygallery.wordpress.com.

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