So let’s talk about something that sets our bed and breakfast apart from other places a guest could stay…the fact that our guests stay in an art gallery-like setting filled with art from local artists! When we were thinking about starting our BnB years ago, I was daydreaming aloud about a way to distinguish ourselves with my daughter Angela who had her own business at the time called Art Milwaukee. She was presenting Milwaukee to people living here and people wishing to live here via art. She had some very creative events and experiences for locals and visitors during those days at which art was the center of the activity. (She has been at it now for over 10 years and has changed the name of her successful company to Newaukee – check it out if you are looking for ways to connect to our city). Together with a friend of hers named Christopher Roze, we came up with the concept of having guests stay in an art gallery-like setting with new art from local artists coming in quarterly and adorning every room in our house. Christopher was our first curator. He has since moved to California to make artisanal chocolate.
Our next curator was Jeff Redmon. Jeff is a very talented artist who lives in Bay View like us and started the successful Bay View Gallery Night art crawl that we are lucky enough to participate in each June and September. He has so many great connections with the art scene in Milwaukee and helped us to get to know the best artists in our town – some of whom have become very close friends. Jeff went on to be the curator of Redline Gallery downtown and after that started his own gallery on historic Mitchell Street called Scout Gallery. We wish he and his lovely wife Dana much success with that ambitious endeavor!
That brings us to our current curator Renee (luna) Bebeau. What a dynamo. And what an amazing friend she has become as well! Renee has organized new showings of art at The Muse for the past several years and focused on helped many new emerging artists make it on to the art scene by displaying their work throughout The Muse. Renee’s own work is something to behold and has consistently been featured at The Muse to the delight of our guests. She added a gift shop inside The Muse for guests with all handmade items by local Milwaukee artists. Many of the items are perfect souvenirs of your Milwaukee stay and all are very affordable! The gift shop is open to the public and most probably has something for someone on your holiday shopping list.
Speaking of holiday shopping, Renee also curates a holiday event each year at The Pfister Hotel. This year she has organized 60 artists and vendors in various suites on the 1st and 2nd floor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th for the Pfister Holiday Marketplace. She and her husband, Todd Mrozinski – a former Pfister Hotel Artist-in Residence- will be featuring their art for holiday gifts in suite #210 on the mezzanine level. It would be great fun to take a little trip downtown and wander around inside this grand old hotel, get yourself into the holiday spirit, do some shopping and support our local artists. While you are downtown, you can continue over to Fiserv Forum afterwards and enjoy the Christkindlmarket. If you are still around after dark you can walk to The Avenue and catch the Jingle Bus for $2 to enjoy a downtown Christmas lights tour. Milwaukee, as you can see, has so many holiday events for guests of all ages.
Sadly, Renee will be leaving us as curator in the new year to have more time to create her own art. We wish her will and will miss her enormously. Stay tuned for what’s next at The Muse in the way of art. And don’t forget – Renee is an accomplished henna artist so we are here to remind brides and girlfriends who have gatherings at The Muse that she is available for henna parties.