Field Notes: Saint Kate’s Holiday Marketplace and 20 Ton Studios Open Studios Holiday Sale

Frank Juárez

Yesterday we drove to Milwaukee to check out a couple of holiday marketplaces, which are popular throughout the state this time of year. Two places we visited were Saint Kate’s Holiday Marketplace downtown Milwaukee and 20 Ton Studios on the north side of Milwaukee. Saint Kate was transformed into a wonderland of artistic creations ranging from ceramics to jewelry, 3D printed products to paintings, and wearable arts to photography. 125 vendors were sprinkled throughout the first floor, The Arc Theatre, foyer, and the Grand Ballroom. The place was full of holiday spirit.

Afterwards, we headed to 20 Ton Studios. I love experiencing new creative spaces such as this former Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company (TMERL) building built in 1911. It closed in 1981. From 1981 to 2015 it housed multiple businesses until the 20 Ton Studios collective purchased it in 2016. This space is utilized as artist studios, exhibition space, metal and wood workshops, screen printing, photography, and social events such as their annual open studios. A lot of history still remains in this space such as original tiles, 20 Ton crane, and signage.

Although these events bring people from all walks of life, let’s remember that the vendors/exhibitors are working artists seeking opportunities to sustain their practices. Let’s support them by purchasing unique, original and creative works as gifts or even for ourselves.

Here are a couple of purchases.

Saint Kate’s Holiday Marketplace

Ends December 12, 4pm

20 Ton Studios Open Studios Holiday Sale

Ends December 11, but you can check them out at

Published by Artdose Magazine

Founded in 2013, Artdose Magazine LLC is an independent print and digital art magazine committed to connecting and supporting the visual arts in the Midwest. Published by Frank Juárez, the magazine is premised on the belief that we all share common goals of introducing, engaging, and offering diverse art experiences. Artdose Magazine LLC appears in print as a bi-annual art magazine, through a weekly art e-newsletter and on Instagram and Facebook. About Frank Juárez Frank Juárez is an award winning art educator, artist, publisher, art coach, and former gallery director living and working in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to collaborate, network and exhibit in Wisconsin.

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