Gallery Night in Milwaukee celebrates its 28th year this spring. Featuring different artists at 50 local venues, the event caters to art lovers from all over the Milwaukee area.
Michigan-based artist Arvid Petersen makes the trip for Gallery Night every year.
Petersen describes his work as "colorful, fun, whimsical, sometimes described as childlike. But I like to say it's fun."
"I paint whatever I'm feeling that day. Whatever I enjoy seeing in life and want to try to put on canvas," he adds.
Petersen's favorite part of Gallery Night is interacting with people as they view his art.
"I love seeing people's reactions to what I do. It's a lot of fun to see how people take it."
After living in Milwaukee for six years, Petersen says the city will always be dear to him.
"It does hold a special place in my heart. I was on my to live in Colorado and I stopped here in Milwaukee to visit my brother. Everyone was super friendly and cool, so I just said you know what? I'm just going to stay and live here."
Frank Sadler owns Sadler Gallery and participates in Gallery Night every year. He likes to build connections with the artists he features.
"Most of the artists I've been working with for ten or twenty years," says Sadler.
Gallery Night holds something for the casual artist or the collector.
"Gallery Night is a great way for people in Milwaukee to get out and see what's happening in the galleries and museums. The Third Ward attracts people who really love art," says gallery owner Timothy Cobb.
Gallery Night will be held in venues all over the city on Friday night and Saturday.