Gozamos Milwaukee stopped by BYO Studio Lounge last Friday for their March art exhibition, the third annual INK! opening reception, an exhibit highlighting local illustration artists.

BYO Studio Lounge is known for its salsa dancing nights and lessons, great cocktails, alluring energy and amazing art on the walls. In fact, BYO Studio means “bring your own studio.” They feature different art shows monthly.

We sat down and spoke with curator and artist, Steph Davies, about the INK!, her own work that was on display, and illustration as an underrepresented art form.

The exhibit is an opportunity to recognize various artists from the Milwaukee area and their amazing work, like artist Jenie Gao, who we also had a chance to speak with.

Gao’s work was intricate in design and concept. Her background in wood work and printing lend well to illustration, and showcase her talent with her melding of colors and use of animals in her imagery. We spoke about place and identity, two of her biggest obsessions, and art serving as a sense of home and purpose.

The exhibit runs until April 18th. Make sure you stop by BYO between now and then to check it out, learn some salsa, have a drink and a great time!

For more information on INK! visit the BYO Studio website, and check out the work of Steph Davies and Jenie Gao!

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