Many, many thanks to all of you who took the time to vote for us in the Shepherd Express's annual poll of Milwaukee's Best! We feel very thrilled to be named Milwaukee's best art gallery of 2009. We all know that the competition in the gallery category must have been tough as there are many amazing people here in town, including many of our dear friends, working extremely hard to both embrace Milwaukee's wonderful artists and bring in the fresh talent from elsewhere. Hence, we are even more honored to be awarded this title.
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We are very grateful to everybody who contributed to our success: our supporters, unbelievable members, all the volunteers and interns, our Board and all the funders who back up their faith in us with their monetary funds. We couldn't have done it without you - it's been a truly team effort.
But above all, many thanks to artists who worked with us to make the gallery events true success. Starting with the most recent, we have to acknowledge Rosa Zamora, who carefully curated the current Day of the Dead Exhibition, an amazing group who under auspices of Terry Daulton and Dolly Ledin put together Paradise Lost, truly wonderful Jennifer Harris and Regan Golden (we are sending big thanks to Regan in Houston, TX), MARN mentors and mentees, Gabriel Villa and Rene Hugo Arceo and all the good folks of Pilsen, Richard Knight, members of the Southeastern Chapter of Wisconsin Visual Artists, and - above all - our artist members who stand by us through thick and thin. THANK YOU!
Many, many thanks to over 320 attendees of the Día de los Muertos celebration: artists, friends and neighbors, who came to participate in the special festivities of the night. As always, Rosa Zamora brought together an unforgettable, diverse group of people to create the ofrendas for the loved and important ones who passed away. The evening was full of attractions for anyone from age 1 to 101: from yummy food and snacks, sugar skulls meticulously crafted by Rosa herself, face painting by Eriks Johnson, to wonderful traditional music by the Mexican trio and a lecture on Oaxacan tradition of the Day of the Dead by Dara Larson and Dan Leister of Alverno College. I know we haven't been very good about posting recently, so I hope that a small sampling of our pictures from the evening will make up for the lack of posts.
Gary Tuma and our artist members, Paula Schulze and John Fatica. Beautiful hand-cut flags above their hands were meticulously prepared by Rosa.
This amazing mural was created by Armando Gallegos, who spent a long week crafting his piece.
Eriks Johnson's face-painting services were in such high demand by both children and adults alike, that he didn't leave his chair until 9.30 pm. Water and snacks were brought to him by nice volunteers. Waldek Dynerman of MIAD looks on as Eriks is starting his another creation.
The altar by Ximena Sosa "We can't stop a bullet but we don't have to shoot" is created to commemorate victims of gun violence. Ximena Soza and Cristian Muñoz, who also created an ofrenda for this years' exhibition. Educational team extraordinaire: WPCA's Director of Education, Kate Bradley (right) and Teresa Lauer. Lona Long Velasco, our Board President and curator, Rosa Zamora.
Eriks hard at work - he seriously did not stop for 3 hours!
Cristian Muñoz,Ximena Soza and Rosa Zamora. Antv Antinao created an altar dedicated to the Mapuche people (living in nation of Chile) he descends from.
Dara Larson of Alverno College. The Board: Lona Long Velasco and Morgyn Stanahan.
Gary Tuma, Dale Christiansen, Pegi Taylor Christiansen.
I am a visual artist (specializing in print-media and print-making), writer, educator and curator. I was born in Warsaw, Poland, graduated from Warsaw Fine Arts Academy and left my lovely, chaotic country for the Rust Belt of the U.S. of A. in 2002.
I have had a number of teaching stints, including Warsaw Academy, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I taught printmaking classes for over 5 years. Once I wrote regularly for the local arts magazine "Susceptible to Images," before it dissipated into the virtual ether. Currently, I share my time between Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL. Having worked in the arts and the academia for nearly 10 years, I was possessed by an idea of returning to school to pursue yet another degree: dual Masters in Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy at SAIC (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).