By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Mar 30, 2009 at 9:57 AM

After four years in business, Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery, 2375 S. Howell Ave., is closing May 31. Owners Faythe Levine and Kim Kisiolek host their final gallery opening this spring Gallery Night, Friday, April 17.

The reception, 7-10 p.m., will feature work by Wisconsin artist Micaela O'Herlihy.

Levine tells us the Boat is sailing out with a big sale, so get the while getting's good. She has these closing words for us:

"We thank you so very much for your support over the past four years. Even though the Boat is closing, we are excited to seek out new opportunities and projects. We also want to stress the importance of supporting the remaining small businesses and galleries in Milwaukee. Those spaces are vital to keeping our city and our community unique and enjoyable."

Levine has organized Milwaukee's very successful Art vs. Craft show since 2004.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”