It’s home to some of the city’s hottest galleries, boutiques and dining spots – and through this Thursday, Milwaukee’s Third Ward hosts the stunning artwork of a 10-year-old Milwaukee Public Schools student.
Fifteen pieces by Hartford Avenue University School student Claire Hanel are on display at Verduras, 181 N. Broadway, a tea house and cafe that regularly hosts art. This weekend is Gallery Night and Day in Milwaukee.
“We support the arts and having our daughter’s artwork up is just a thrill for her as well as for us,” said Lisa Hanel, mom to the MPS 5th-grader and a teacher in the district. “We’re obviously very proud – both my husband and I are.”
Claire Hanel is equally enthusiastic, saying, “I love art. It is a way I relax and it’s fun! I think I want to be an artist or art teacher when I grow up.”
Hanel’s artwork was introduced to Verduras after the gallery owner’s mother spotted it on Lisa Hanel’s Facebook page and showed it to the owner.