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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.


8-11 at Central Library 

Come get lost with us at Night Light August 5th in three new art exhibitions at Madison's Central Library... and who knows? You might find that little act of kindness you needed. 

Featuring new work from Brandon Norsted, Kandy Watson, and Mackenzie Reynolds, and introducing the New Bubbler Artist in Residence for August, Danika Brubaker.

The founder of the For the One Who Finds Me Project, Danika is inviting library visitors throughout the month of August to explore and participate in creating "found art" including mini flower arrangements and tiny sculptures while documenting these found moments on social media. Help her kick off her residency by creating, tagging, and hiding your own random act of kindness in the library or downtown during Night Light!

Or, get lost in memories of objects left behind in Brandon Norsted's new exhibition "Time Again" in the 3rd floor Diane Ballweg Gallery. When fixing up a VW van and making many trips to the junk yard to find parts, he started looking at the cars and seeing people's left lives in them. Examining these spaces stuck in time in his photographs, we have the view from the outside of so many personal objects and stories trapped in time.

Also including new art exhibitions:

"The 70's Projected" by Kandy Watson in our 2nd floor Gallery

A collection of family and its foundations, Watson's photographs capture images from family memories (birthdays, church gatherings, fishing and swimming vacations) projected on the side of the family house, barn, and property on a crisp March evening.

"For What's it Worth"  by Mackenzie Reynolds in our 1st floor gallery. 

A deeper look into the catastrophe that lies between a memory and a photograph. There is a deterioration that inherently occurs to pictorial memories throughout generations. Working with photographs released from family albums, Reynolds reveals written mementos, establishing new relationships and reconnecting memories to once discarded images.





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