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February 27, 2021  –  April 16, 2021

Opening Reception Hours: 5 PM - 9 PM, Saturday, February 27, 2021

(Opening reception hours and regular hours will be by appointment only. For additional information on how to schedule an appointment and COVID guidelines, see the last section of the press release) *


Hawthorn Contemporary is pleased to announce the exhibition opening of Wash & Set featuring works by LaNia Sproles and Ariana Vaeth. Through printmaking, drawing, and painting these two artists, who also happen to be best friends, explore ideas rooted in relationships, self-care, family, and comfort.  With the exhibition (all the works created in 2020 and 2021), they state;  “In the fading utilized acts of self-care, these best friends depict in their works what it looks like to pour back into their lives when given the bare bones. Their work stems from the impossibility of commemorating the ones that shape them. Wash and Set is merely preparation to fall into our softest tresses of ourselves, something much sweeter than perfecting survival.”


Sproles and Vaeth graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) in 2O17, completing a semester exchange program together through the AICAD Mobility program at the Maryland Institute College of Art the year prior.  Consecutively receiving the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Grant cycle 15 and 17 in the Emerging artist category, they have a best friend status. Vaeth and Sproles are currently fulfilling their time between working in their studios, as educators and working within the art non-profit realm.


Hawthorn Contemporary, located in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is an art venue dedicated to presenting experimental and exploratory contemporary art. 

Hawthorn Contemporary
706 South 5th  Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204 USA

*Works can be viewed during regular gallery hours by appointment only:


Opening Reception Hours: 5 PM - 9 PM Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Regular Daytime Hours: 11 AM - 4 PM Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Schedule Appointment Here:

Work List


*COVID Guidelines:


1. Arrive at the front door located at 706 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI Hawthorn Contemporary. Wait to be let in. If the gallery is at capacity, you may have to wait until the previous group has departed.


2. Please be prepared with a mask.


3. You will then be allowed to explore the gallery for the duration of the timeslot you've scheduled. If there are gaps in the schedule, you may be permitted to extend your stay.


4. If beverages are being served during the event you are attending, please try and re-affix your face-covering in between sips.


5. Enjoy the show!


706 5th St

Milwaukee, WI 53204 USA


by appointment:

Wednesday - Saturday

11am - 4pm

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