Chicago-based fine arts photographer Marvin Wells will be the featured artist on Gallery Night and Day, this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19, at Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique in The Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. The weekend marks the gallery’s one-year anniversary, which will be celebrated with punch and cookies for visitors.
Wells’ provocative photography plays with the border between the real and the surreal, the concrete and the abstract. His works are somber and arresting. He is fond of black and white photography — which is what will be on display. The exhibit is titled “Transformations: Cause and Effect.”
Ayzha Fine Arts will host Gallery Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Gallery Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Wells will talk about his art at 7 p.m. Friday. Art patrons hop from gallery to gallery in Milwaukee on Gallery Night & Day.
Ayzha Fine Arts will also feature 15 paintings by young Latinos in “History of Latinos in Waukesha” art project directed by Milwaukee muralist Reynaldo Hernandez, who will also unveil his own new works.
Also on display will be the 2014 version of the Calendar of Numbers by Milwaukee photographer Al Brown, who scours America for intriguing typefaces of numbers, such as on a fire truck, a street sign or a picket sign, and uses those numbers as dates on his calendar.
Finally, Milwaukee artist Ras Ammar Nsoroma will be on hand to sketch portraits on both Friday and Saturday.