Lily Pad Gallery West
Lily Pad West - Milwaukee’s Third Ward Fine Art Gallery of Distinction
Lily Pad Gallery West provides the finest quality realism, naturalism, impressionism, and abstract works of art. With over 200 works of art from 70 distinct artists, the gallery brings quality art from modern contemporary to art reminiscent of 19th century French and Dutch Masters.
Owners Alan Perlstein and Terry Hamann decided to open Lily Pad Gallery West in Milwaukee in early 2015. Longtime appreciators of art, they started as collectors 40 years ago, with limited funds but a passion for art. Great cities have innovative companies that attract young talent to do challenging work, but to retain that talent and continue to grow, great cities need great culture, great theater, sports, wonderful restaurants and the arts.
Milwaukee has been undergoing a renaissance with the rebuilding of downtown and innovative young start-up companies migrating to the city. When Milwaukee started to lose some of its long-tenured galleries over the past decade, both through retirements and gallery owners choosing to do different things, Perlstein and Hamann realized the city needed a new art gallery, a great gallery to raise the bar for art.
Perlstein and Hamann’s friend and partner, Wivi-Anne Weber, had a great gallery in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, called Lily Pad Gallery, which the couple had supported for over 20 years as collectors. They decided they’d love to open a sister gallery in Milwaukee, which is how Lily Pad Gallery West came to be.