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The Hide House: Bay View Artist-Entrepreneur Creates Unique Opportunity for Riverwest Artist-Entrepreneurs

by Robin Beard

Gentrification has been a hot topic around the city lately. Whether you think it is good or bad, the renovation of The Hide House Arts Complex by Gibson (Gib) Bathrick of Alton Enterprises, LLC is a shining example of how the entrepreneurial spirit can benefit artists, musicians, and budding small business owners. Bathrick’s renovation plans include creating affordable studio spaces for artists and musicians of all types, along with space focused toward women and minority-owned businesses (although any business is welcome) to start up and grow together. Bathrick also has plans to host semi-annual and quarterly showcase events for Hide House artists and other Milwaukee artist communities. The first event will be part of the Bay View Arts tour, and will take place the last weekend of September (Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28). For a small fee, The Hide House will provide artists with space to show work, live entertainment, catering and postcards to publicize the event. According to Bathrick, two dozen artists of all media types have signed up to participate in the event. The Complex is located off Howell Avenue between Oklahoma and Lincoln. If you would like to know more about showing your work at this event, or studio space, you may contact Gib Bathrick directly at (414) 332 – 7808, or email: ">. The deadline for participating in the show will be Saturday, Sept. 7. Riverwest Currents – Volume 1 – Issue 8 – September 2002
by Robin Beard