Art at The Muse
The Muse is filled with a rotating exhibition of a wide variety of art, guaranteed to enhance your visit, feed your spirit and inspire your own creativity. All exhibited art is available for purchase. We are committed to helping support Milwaukee's vibrant artists. We proudly participate in Bay View Gallery Night.
Now on view throughout The Muse Gallery Guesthouse, our current exhibition features art by Frank Juarez, Nicole Lilyquist, Kerri Root, Jessica Laub, Andrew Perry, Tracy Thomas, Sara Risley, Todd Mrozinski, Renée luna Bebeau, Maria Knier, and Carol Rode-Curley.
The exhibition continues through February 10, 2018.
Please join us for a Christmas Party Gallery Night on Thursday, December 7th from 6-9pm.
My paintings are driven by a collection of objects and experiences I feel can influence my work. In my studio I reduce those ideas into paintings with a minimalistic approach. Through my practice, I bring what is important to the surface so that the viewer can interpret his/her own meaning.
Frank has exhibited at venues including the Museum of Wisconsin Art, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Carroll University, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Brickton Art Center, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Anderson Art Center, and the Rahr-West Art Museum. Frank is currently the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School.
Frank Juarez is a gallery director, art educator, artist, author, advocate, and community arts leader living and teaching in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, and supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to interact, collaborate, network and exhibit in Wisconsin.
Nicole Lilyquist's love for art began at a young age. Her art journey began with very simple tools of brushes, paint, and pieces of cardboard or brown paper bags. Her nature and landscape paintings were often inspired by her native home in Upper Michigan. Here she had the opportunity to explore the woods behind her house. Eventually she experimented with other mediums as she transitioned to working on canvas and watercolor paper, always trying to capture the peaceful beauty she found in nature.
Nicole realized how important creativity was in her life after neglecting this side of her for some years. After some struggles in her life and neglecting her health she knew she needed to find a way to better manage her self care. Soon she became more in tune to her emotions and began managing them through meditation. Her inner child called for her to pick up her paint brush again and was reminded of the joy it brought to her life. She found the intuitive approach especially relaxing and with this increased energy and confidence she started selling her art. She soon realized that the positive and healing energy she put into each piece transferred to the people who admired her work.
Many of us live a fast paced lifestyle and we often forget to take care of ourselves. Nicole's art serves as a reminder for you to stop and take pleasure in the moment, to slow down, and to find the balance you need in your journey to health.
Kerri Root is an artist and illustrator living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work includes portraiture, female figures, botanical shapes and subjects, and is inspired by the human figure, the female form, contrasting plays of light and shadow and organic botanical imagery. Working on canvas, wood and paper, her paintings and illustrations are created by various combinations of graphite, ink, watercolor, colored pencil and acrylic. Each piece incorporates a variety of mediums and techniques utilizing vibrant colors, flowing line work and sometimes collage and cut paper to create movement, contrast and emotion. The themes and subjects of her pieces are often inspired by human experiences, motherhood, yoga, poetry and literature, and sociopolitical issues. She always strives to push the boundaries of her creativity and to continue growing as an artist.
Kerri studied drawing, painting and literature at UW Milwaukee, MATC Madison and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, earning her BA from Minnesota in 2000 with a major in English Literature and a minor in Art. She has shown her work in Orlando, Florida and has participated in many shows throughout Milwaukee since she moved here from Florida in 2010. This includes solo and group shows, city wide gallery night events and she was a founding member of the From Here to Her artist collective for three years. In the spring of 2014 Kerri was commissioned by Alverno College to create a portrait of an Alverno Alumna for their renowned regional billboard campaign. And in the fall of 2016, her painting, Reflection, was selected to be in the exhibit Forward 2016: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, an exhibition highlighting contemporary work from artists all over the state. Kerri is currently an Artist in Residence at RedLine Milwaukee.
I am driven to create! I enjoy the process…to achieve just the right balance of warm or cool, light or dark. I love watching as the depths within the colors develop! It pushes me forward and makes me feel elated. Whether I am working with oil, watercolor, or encaustic—be it realistic or abstract my goal is a balance between what I see and what I feel. I let the work proceed by intuition.
I create works that speak to me in the moment, themes change with my moods and interests. I have spent a lot of my life working in the fashion industry, and advertising, so I am drawn to themes of beauty, and images of women. Since moving to a pastoral setting, I have begun to work with mythology, and images of nature. Mostly, I work with transparent layers of color creating works that are whimsical and fairytale-like often bordering on the surreal usually with a playful sense of humor.
In 2014 I discovered encaustics! I am fascinated by the limitless possibilities involved with this medium. I use encaustic paint as a transparent glaze of sheer color for layering, building up thin layers of paint, adding visual interest by capturing found objects or other things between the layers to evoke a feel. Often, once the layers have been built up, I will scrape or sculpt into the wax to reveal the depth from underneath. Encaustics provide nuances, and special effects I have only just begun to discover. I am taking my experiments with watercolor and oil painting into this new medium. My goal is to provide the viewer with a sense of wonder.
SARA RISLEY – The Tape Paintings
It started with guilt.
I was experimenting with tape and very wet paint on canvas. I didn’t get the outcome I expected but what I did get intrigued me. I felt guilty about throwing away rolls of painted-on tape as it seemed so wasteful. I decided to keep the tape and began creating new paintings from that which was almost garbage. What has resulted is a wonderful synergy between canvases, an energetic process that has really excited me.
Born and raised in Elgin, Illinois, Sara Risley is a working artist living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She studied photography at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas followed by a 27-year career as a portrait photographer in Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. Since retiring, she works fulltime at her art. She is greatly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists as is evident in both her abstract photography and her tape paintings. She has shown in juried shows and galleries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Indiana, and Missouri and her work is in private collections throughout the US. She is an avid volunteer at Literacy Services of Wisconsin where she tutors adults working toward their GEDs.
Todd Mrozinski acquired his BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1997and in 1996 attended The New York Studio Program. He has been in solo and group exhibitions nationwide and his work is in various public and private collections. The elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit, as well as his home and everyday objects are his subject matter. In 2012, after the death of his father, Todd started working directly with cast shadows as the start of his paintings. His work is produced in series, each series relates symbolically to life experience and grows out of inspiration. He and his wife, Renée Bebeau, have a studio in The Nut Factory, Milwaukee, WI. Todd was the 2015-16 Pfister Artist-in-Residence, curator of the Pfister Pop-Up Gallery and is currently represented by The Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Provincetown, MA and Palm Springs, CA.
Jessica Laub is a multifaceted maker working in a variety of media including ceramics, mosaics, painting and printmaking. She finds great pleasure in the art making process and uses it as a way to celebrate the beauty and wonder she encounters in the world around her. Her work is influenced by her time spent living in Central America, her appreciation of nature and her ongoing spiritual exploration. Jessica does site-specific mosaic installation work in both two and three dimensions.
My name is Andrew Perry, and I am a fine artist based out of the fine city of Milwaukee. My work straddles that thin line between abstraction and representation. I paint from life while simultaneously painting from my distorted view of life. I see landscapes and people as pieces of a bigger swirling kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. I strive to shatter the humdrum depictions of life with my own signature injection of warm, lush colors. I consider my work an extension of Expressionism and a new genre of my own which I call Neosurrealistic Escapism. Unusual-looking people and creatures fill my surreal paintings. My portraits’ strained facial features and piercingly stern eyes make some viewers feel as if they are watching the painted figure in the middle of a private moment of reflection. They are living, breathing, progressively aging, yet frozen in the same intense stare, gradually becoming bestial. Before the viewer is aware of this happening, their mind has drifted off from reality into the world of wonder, which compels the viewer to say, “What if?” and “How-strange.” In contrast to my portraits’ strained cynicism, my landscapes depict an idyllic world that I wish I could live in—a place where everyone can take a long hard look at their true selves to find beauty concealed within life’s chaos and ugliness.
RENÉE LUNA BEBEAU
Renée luna Bebeau is a self taught Milwaukee artist who uses a multitude of media to capture the beauty that she observes in the world. A new focus in watercolor has inspired a series of paintings of her compost and she continues to build her line of hand painted, upcyled accessories including leather purses and shoes. Her love of oil paint brings about floral and still life paintings and she specializes in henna body art for parties, festivals and private appointments.
Her most recent projects as curator include the Pfister Holiday Marketplace, a pop-up gift shop inside the historic hotel two years in a row during the holidays. As the Muse Guesthouse curator, she will delight you with the amazing works of this city's leading edge artists in a most lovely and comfortable gallery home setting. She and her artist husband, Todd Mrozinski, work from their art studio in the Nut Factory in Riverwest, an eclectic neighborhood just north of downtown.
I’ve been painting, drawing and sculpting for as long as I can remember and my creations have always seemed to manifest from my heart as much as they do my hands. With more than 20 years studying the ancient science of Ayurveda, my love of the healing arts bleeds into all aspects of my life, but it is especially apparent in my art. I’ve also found that writing, illustrating and publishing storybooks has worked to solidify my own unique, quirky style, and in turn, this has now informed my current sculptural work. The nature-inspired Totum Fauna mixed media sculptures appear to come from the same dream as the characters in my books. They are fantastical combinations of odd creatures and creating them is surprisingly organic, refreshing and spontaneous for me. I feel they embody the light-hearted, soulful expression that has always been the essence of my style.
Maria Knier has a BFA in Illustration (MIAD) and has been hired by companies around the world for her talent as an illustrator. She’s a three-time Indie Book Award winner and two-time author. She lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and teenage son.
My passion for drawing came from my father. He was an amazing cartoonist, sign painter, artist and comedian. It never occurred to me to do anything else. My work comes from the inside, my dark side, my obvious, my heart…
I don’t know if half the time I’m even present when I draw. When I finish it’s up to you to decide whether it matters or not. To me, it’s done and it’s out. Thank you for visiting the carol show.