Lakefront Festival of The Arts | presented by Quad Graphics and Milwaukee Magazine

JUNE 19–21, 2015

Celebrating Art, Food, Music, and Family Fun

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Welcome to the Lakefront Festival of Art!

Relax beneath the Museum’s world-famous Calatrava-designed Burke Brise Soleil and enjoy specialty wines while overlooking the beautiful festival grounds and stunning Lake Michigan. More »

Feast on gourmet foods and beverages and listen to live, local groups at the outdoor stage throughout the day. On Friday night, we’ll be rocking until 10 PM. More »

Enjoy your favorite beer among friends or try a new micro brew at one of the beer tastings.
Samplings: Blue Moon Belgian White, Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat, Blue Moon White IPA More »


  • $17 General admission
  • $14 Students (w/ID), Seniors (65+)
  • $10 Milwaukee Art Museum Members
  • Free to Kids 12 & under.
  • $25 Three-day pass
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* Includes admission to the Milwaukee Art Museum


  • Friday, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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For many, the word tapestry might conjure thoughts of heavy cloth, warps and wefts. But to metal artist Anthony Hansen, "tapestry" describes perfectly his sheet-metal creations, not so much because of the way they look, but because of what they represent.

Hansen rivets, wires and welds found and reclaimed material –much of it automotive sheet metal – and keeps every scratch, ding and rust spot. When he’s finished, castaway objects are transformed into abstract grid-style murals and lovely, intricate hearts.

To gather his materials – mostly car hoods, doors and fenders – Hansen combs through local wrecking yards near his hometown along the central cost of California. He loves the story that each piece tells. "The materials have been on their own journey. With every piece of metal, you can think, 'Someone washed that and waxed it. Someone drove that car with kids piled in the back.'"

The heart-shaped pieces are a perennial favorite among art buyers, says Hansen. "There's something masculine about the material yet the shape is organic, curvy and feminine. They’re fun to design and create, but I also believe in the positivity of what the shape implies – that, like it or not, we need to do a better job of loving each other," he explains. "The heart is a way forward as a community, nation and the world."