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. 


Current Exhibition

Now on view throughout The Muse Gallery Guesthouse, our current exhibition features art by Tracy Thomas, Sara Risley, Todd Mrozinski, Renée luna Bebeau, Maria Knier, and Carol Rode-Curley.


TRACY THOMAS

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Artist Statement:
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

Artist Statement:
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.

Bio:
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

Bio:
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.

RENÉE LUNA BEBEAU

Bio:
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.


MARIA KNIER

Artist Statement:
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.

Bio:
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.


CAROL RODE-CURLEY

Artist Statement:
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.