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Night Light

Night Light is the Bubbler's periodic after-hours series at Central Library that rotates between music, theater, dance, storytelling, performance art and other live happenings.  Night Light has included the STACKED! inaugural event, regular art exhibit openings and Madison's downtown open Gallery Night.

JUNE Night light

Friday, june 2, 2017  |  7 – 10 pm

New art exhibitions by James Bellucci, Bill Amundson, and The Memory Cloth Project! Artist-In-Residence Richie Morales, and a screening of the film Walk a Mile in their Shoes (film starts at 8pm).
Drinks available from Gib's.

Upcoming 2017 Night Lights:

August 4     //     October 6     //     December 1



MAY: GALLERY NIGHT featured Together With, a collaborative show curated by Young Space. Other featured artists throughout the building include Thomas Hellstrom, Justus Roe, and Katarina Riesing. Listening in the Dark, a meditative music space in the Bubbler showcased the musical stylings of CHANTS. 

APRIL: Collaborative show by Polka! Press celebrating the diverse talent of their members over the years, in addition a full-building installation by Thomas Hellstrom was exhibited in the stairwell.
Tarot Art Show: Re-imagining the Tarot Deck, curated by artist-in-residence Lesley Numbers and featuring 150+ artists from all over the country. 


DECEMBER: New exhibitions by Mandy Rogers Horton, Jennifer Bastian, Amy BethelDARE, and Rocky Horton, plus performance by Li Chiao-Ping Dance, student fabric art display, hands-on-activities with our artists-in-residence Amy Mietzel/Marcia Yapp, and special old-school film screenings with The Bureau of AudioVisual Instruction.

OCTOBER: October was Gallery night in Madison and featured new openings from Bernadette Witzack, Robert Lundberg, Nate Otto, and Christine Olson, with musical performances from The Westerlies and Lundberg String Sextet. Not to mention, a special, limited-time Lovey Town exhibition from Gyan Shrosbree. 

AUGUST: LOST & FOUND. August featured new work from Brandon Norsted, Kandy Watson’s "The 70's Projected", Mackenzie Reynolds’ "For What's it Worth" , and introduced the new Bubbler Artist in Residence for August, Danika Brubaker. Visitors helped her kick off her residency by creating, tagging, and hiding their own random act of kindness in the library or downtown during Night Light!


MARCH: Art Car Derby and new shows: Juxtaposition of Dichotomies by JUSTIN BITNER, Inherent Legacy by ANGELA JOHNSON, and Leaving A Mark by ARTWORKING. New Artists in Absentia in the Bubbler Room

JANUARY: Luck of the Draw (Vol. 1), a survey of over 75 artists and Between Two Lakes, photographs by Brad Barankowski, reception


DECEMBER: Movember celebrates all things bearded and book talk by "Of Beards and Men" author Christopher Oldstone-Moore

NOVEMBER: Milwaukee artist Romano Johnson opens, Pynk Phoenix Awards are announced and Madison StoryTellers rise from the ashes.

OCTOBER: Gallery Night - TetraPAKMAN, PynkPoenix shows open and Moving Portraits by Carli Ihde 


JULY: Gravity and Ghost Stories from Camp BubblerAll is not right at Camp Bubbler… legend has it after the incident with a top heavy card catalog and tragic death of the Librarian all those years ago, mysterious things have started happening on the anniversary of the gruesome event each July. Campers take heed Night Light is about to go Dark…. Joined by horror movie mogul Adam Rockoff with his new book The Horror of it All and awing new art opening with Gravity Shifts by Jeremy Wineberg. 

JUNE: An evening with the Madison Storytellers. Stories from the Madison community on the theme of "The last time I ever..."on a beautiful summer night. Including a rousing poem about socks, told in bare feet no less. Button making, community art from Artist in Residence Private/Public, and summer cocktails by forequarter. Night Light at its best. 

MAY: Gallery Night featuring artists Suzanne Torres, Caroline Hoffman, Juliette Walker, and Artists in Residence from 100 Arts: Ady Stahl, Kailey Barthel, and Mike L'Roy. Sculpture, collage, and multimedia art pieces on display through out the building. Drinks by Forequarter and a beautiful view of Gallery Night festivities around downtown from the 3rd floor gallery windows. 

APRIL: Madison Community Discourse and The Bubbler at Madison Public Library bring you: SPRING FLING an evening of dancing, drinking and delight. A 1920’s themed speakeasy soiree. 

MARCH: Attend an art opening throughout the Central Library featuring artists Jim Escalante, Lewis Koch, Shannon Troxler, and Aaron Laux. Bring your creative self to learn, share, create…. and plant. Beat off the winter blues and welcome spring with a variety of green projects to create and take home. With crafts and supplies by Anthology, arts and crafts supply store owned by crafty sisters Sachi and Laura Komai.  Spring Prints with previous Bubbler Artist in Residence Craig Grabhorn. Also, The Dream Collectors, our new March Artist in Residence kick off event! Refreshing Spring Spritzers and Cocktails from Forequarter. 

FEBRUARY: The Owls Are Not What They Seem presenting Brad Dukes, author of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks. Also featuring artist in residence Craig Grabhorn and other local artists for a screen printing party. Patrons were invited to bring their own t-shirts, canvas bags, etc to be printed. Plus: Music (Roadhouse-style), donuts stacked to the sky, coffee (black as midnight on a moonless night), and pie that is worth a stop. Costume Contest for their favorite character. An amazing Lynchian event. 

JANUARY - Madison Story tellers & New Art Opening featuring artists Kimberly Benson, Poonam Rao, and Craig Grabhorn with two-dimensional explorations of color, shape, medium, and culture. Also, Gabe Strader-Brown, Robert Aiosa, and Dean Allen with sculpture. With the addition of new digital media, designed by media lab experts and patrons. 


DECEMBER - Album Release: Rob Dz "Good Guy Memoirs" Listening Party

NOVEMBER- Art Car Derby curated by Artist-in-Residence Justin Bitner / November - December Art Openings featuring Julie VonDerVellen, Chris Murphy, Kent Williams, Keith Nelson, Max Puchalsky and Simone Doing.

OCTOBER  - A Sudden Light: Talk and Book singing with author Garth Stein

SEPTEMBER - Madison Storytellers / Art Opening by Jayne Reid Jackson, Katrina SchaagKemper Smith, Nathan Fritz, and a Sesquicentennial Portfolio released by Andrew G. Balkin (the Portfolio showcases prints by fifteen renowned artists all with ties to Wisconsin)

JULY - Act of Love Variety Show / Music by The Flavor that Kills and Cowboy Winter / Art Opening by Sarupa Sidaarth, Chuck Bauer, and Christine Olson 

MAY - Bubbler Made/Fashion Show

APRIL - Praying Drunk Reading and Book Signing with Kyle Minor

MARCH -Arts Extract Podcast Curated Music with Cap Alan & Lens/ Art Opening Briony Morrow-Cribbs

FEBRUARY 7th 7-11pm Poetry with Mark Wunderlich/ Music with Clocks in Motion / Interactive Art Show Opening / Drinks with Forequarter

JANUARY - Sherlock sneak peak premiere with Wisconsin Public Television and Library as Incubator Project

DECEMBER - Madison Storytellers / Drinks with Forequarter

Check out the stories here.

NOVEMBER - Sign Painter's Movie & Book Signing with Faythe Levine & Sam Macon/ Live Sign Painting / Drinks with Forequarter