For immediate release: October 7, 2010

Press inquiry’s: faythelevine@gmail.com

Sky High Gallery presents: The Temporary Pop-up Boutique

Curated by Faythe Levine

Featuring “Lend Us Your Everything” a site-specific mural by Sofia Arnold 

In cooperation with Tory Folliard Gallery

“Lend Us Your Everything”: detail

Grand Opening: Friday, October 15th at noon + open late for gallery night until 10pm

Shop runs: October 15- December 31, 2010

Hours: Monday - Friday 12-7, Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5 + Shut Tuesdays

Opening Friday October 15th, Sky High Gallery (located in the back of Sky High Skateboard Shop) will be transformed into a curated boutique filled with beautiful, strange and select artist made, fair trade and vintage pieces. Imagine porcelain gilded bullets, custom crochet doily’s that say “MIDWEST”, hand-built ceramic owls individually painted, children’s crayon’s hand made out of pine trees and brightly colored beaded bracelets from Nepal and political children’s books from the 1970’s.

The pop-up shop is curated by Sky High gallery owner Faythe Levine, who previously co-owned Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery and produces the annual Art vs. Craft fair. Levine is excited to showcase new innovative work from around the globe along with some Milwaukee favorites. Select artists include: Amanda Marsalis, Birds of Prey//Sumi Ink Club, Lisa Congdon, Early Jewelry, Giant Dwarf, Small Things Designs, Beth Pohlman Jewelry, Evan Ross Murphy, Little Ocean and Tanya Aguiniga.

In the shop you will find jewelry, ceramics, books, zines, stationary, and art objects that will range from $5- $300. New items will come in throughout the season, however, not all pieces can be reordered, so we suggest people come shop early in the season to see the full selection.

In addition to the plethora of selected inventory the gallery is pleased to have a site specific mural by Sofia Arnold painted in cooperation with Tory Folliard Gallery whom she is represented by. Arnold spent a week painting the walls of the space to set the tone for the pop-up boutique with her mysterious otherworldly imagery. The mural will be viewable for the duration of the temporary shop. About Arnold from the Tory Folliard Gallery website:

Incorporating imaginary creatures with nature-based subjects, Sofia Arnold paints light-hearted commentaries on human behaviors and interactions. Living in rural Wisconsin, the artist is witness to a host of complex relationships between man and nature, geography and lifestyle. From her observations, she fashions portraits of unique and fantastic worlds with parallels to our own. Arnold received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was included in the Wisconsin Triennial exhibition of 2010.”

Images from Sofia Arnold’s mural are here. Additional images available upon request.

Sky High: 2501 South Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207 {In Bay View} 414. 483. 2585

Pop-up boutique facebook fan page here.