Friday, December 9th, 2016

Prohibition returns to Waukesha

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Our friend George (aka Too Kool) reports a tiff between two business owners resulted in the bar owner, Jeff Barta, turning in Almont Gallery owner Lynn Gaffey for serving wine at her business during Saturday’s Art Crawl. However, George is incorrect on one point.

It is not uncommon to see gallery having wine and snack at openings, I remembered some fun time at Gallery Night in Milwaukee, but no one really care about if it is legal or not, it is just not that big of a deal.

Milwaukee writer Michael Horne reminded me of this item of his from 2009 about gallery night in Milwaukee and alcohol,

The forecast for Gallery Night & Day, the quarterly art event which has its latest installment this evening, Friday, January 16th, 2009, is “cold and dry,” thanks to a chilling letter sent to its sponsor, the Historic Third Ward Association from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Criminal Investigation Section Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement.

No more free drinks at unlicensed galleries is the outcome, putting a damper on one of this city’s cherished customs, and on a whole lot of fun.

Galleries are considered to be “public places,” according to the letter from the revenooers, and therefore may not offer alcohol beverages without a license. Nor may they give away drinks to evade the law. The exception: art shows held in licensed premises.

I suspect Saturday’s call to the police caused quite a stir, but it could have been worse.

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