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Art at The Muse Gallery Guesthouse

The Muse Gallery Guesthouse in Milwaukee, WI 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 Wisconsin’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 Renee Bebeau, Sara Risley, Carol Rode-Curley, Tracy Thomas, Stacey Williams-Ng, Anita Burgermeister, Amy Schmutte, Sharon Mergener, Meenakshi Sundaresan and Rhonda Radloff.

The exhibition runs from May 5, 2019 to September 27, 2019

Upcoming Events

Bay View Gallery Night
September 27, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Photo portrait of artist Renee Bebeau

Renee Luna Bebeau

Artist Statement:
Renee Luna Bebeau is an artist, curator and instructor who is immersed in the arts community in Milwaukee. She enjoys gathering local artists to display and sell their work in the amazing space at The Muse Gallery Guesthouse! She likes to focus on emerging artists with their fresh talent mixed with some of our revisiting artists who have been a staple at The Muse. The artwork is rotated twice a year with a reception to mark the occasion.


She added a gift shop inside The Muse for guests only with all handmade items by local Milwaukee artists’ work.

Renee also curates a Holiday event each year at The Pfister Hotel as well as shows throughout the year at other gallery spaces. She is a painter and henna artist and attends many outdoor events in the summer season and hosts workshops in the winter months at her art studio in The Nut Factory that she shares with her husband, artist Todd Mrozinski. Renee is available for henna parties at The Muse.

For more information or to get in contact with Renee, please use these channels:
@reneelunabebeau on Instagram

Original modern art painting by Sara Risley colors of purple, blue, yellow, green and orange.

Sara Risley Fine Art

Artist Statement:
I paint, and I photograph.  I am inspired and influenced by the abstract expressionists, and it shows in my work. I can rarely get exactly what I am looking for by doing just one media.  I often combine the two by photographing my paintings in full and in detail and layering them in Photoshop.



I add layers of other images of everyday things like cracks in the sidewalk, a rusted gate, a scratched and worn flat truck to vary the texture or to add lines and shape that contradict or enhance the shape and line in the paintings.  The resulting images have the depth and luminosity of photographs and the color, texture and mark-making of painting.

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 full time at her art.  She is greatly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists as is evident in both her abstract photography and her alcohol ink paintings. She has shown in juried shows and galleries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Florida, Rhode Island, North Carolina, 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, and she loves theater, attending over 100 times last year.

Artist Website


Black and white painting of a person with red lips and with their hands over their head

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 while I work, anyone who knows me can attest to that no matter what I’m doing.  When I’m finished 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.

Sepia toned photo portrait of artist Tracey Thomas.

Tracy Thomas

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 am drawn to themes of beauty and images of women. Currently, I have begun to work with mythology and images of nature. 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. 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.

Artist Website

Original art by Stacey Williams Ng

Stacey Williams-Ng

Artist statement:
Stacey Williams-Ng is a painter and illustrator, and a former agency creative director, where she used to lead branding and identity engagements for many top-tier clients. More recently, Stacey gave up the agency life, and for the last ten years she has dedicated her life and passion to public art, and is enjoying her own art career on the side as a muralist and illustrator.


She is the Director of Wallpapered City, an arts agency that helps neighborhoods and communities to install monumental art for placemaking. She is a Board Member of ImagineMKE, the nonprofit in Milwaukee charged with building arts and culture for communal impact. Stacey has won multiple creative awards for her work and continues to use her work to educate, and to help others share their ideas on a large scale.

Stacey Williams-Ng
Founder – wallpapered city

Original art piece by Anita Burgermeister - collage of bridges and waterways in cities.

Anita Burgermeister

Artist Statement:
As Art By Anita I have been doing art professionally for over 20 years. I create paintings, photography, digital & mixed media art, murals and faux finishes. Mixing abstract images and maps with photos to make Fusion Foto Art and Live Event Art are my latest passions. I also do slideshows, websites and graphic design – many of my clients are fellow artists and musicians.


Teaching weekly piano students and occasional art & photography classes help keep my days full. I stay involved in the art community and exhibit in local galleries and shows. Sign up for my monthly A.R.T. (Assorted Random Topics) By Anita blog to stay connected. I am so happy and lucky to be doing what I love – AND I’m married to a Magician. How fun can life get?

A fusion of my photos and original abstract paintings are used to create these vibrant digital images. I blend in various textures and maps to create multiple layers. They are printed on aluminum panels with a UV sealer. Fusion Foto Art can be displayed inside or outside!

Artist Website

Original art piece by Amy Schmutte - couple holding hands in silhouette on red and white feather background.

Amy Schmutte

Art and Love Reflect One Another. Two people in Love… Reflect One-Another. This Passion felt in Love and in Artistic Creation are similar.

In my Abstract Photography of Glass, I’ve always strived for a Transcendence from daily Life, the Awe of Transparency, a Celebration of Light, and an Indulgence in Layers of Complexity. These same ideals cross over into Life and Love. Our passions, as people, are Translated through our own Individual Lenses. Yet, we all desire these same Ideals.



This series is a Celebration of the Commonalities between the creative qualities of Love and Art. I invite the viewer to Experience their own Creative Transcendence, through their Individual Perception-of-Love Lenses. See it Through, with me as your Guide.
-Amy Schmutte


Original painting by Sharon Mergener

Sharon Mergener

Artist statement:
My water series continues to expand into different water forms and perspectives. I love painting water for various reasons – the beauty, movement, and different forms and layers it shows us. In lieu of living on the beach and surfing all day, I often paint my dream surroundings. However, I love to paint fresh water and grew up with Lake Michigan so close, along with visiting various lakes in Wisconsin. Therefore, nothing is off limits when it comes to water! My goal is simple and it is to show the beauty despite the form or location in hopes that it will encourage more of us to love and preserve it.


My process begins with a loose plan or a vision that will come to mind often inspired by a place I have been, want to visit, and from my own photos. I create with all paints and different mediums. The materials used will determine the process and planning. These particular pieces are of acrylic and spray paint. I believe that the process is just as important as the end result, if not more important. Water has a flow that can be both predictable and unpredictable – and can lead to the most brilliant of colors shown through light and layers. The same is with paint. I want to follow the movement and build on the shadows and colors that naturally appear on my canvas. I provoke this movement to become more intentional as it is parallel to that of the actual water. The process is an escape for me full of positive energy, and I hope the end result allows the viewer to feel the same.

Original painting by Meenakshi

Meenakshi Vijay (Meena)

Artist Statement:
Painting allows me to imagine the world I see now with the one I want to see in the future. I work mostly in oils and occasionally mixed media. As a self-taught painter I find oils a very forgiving medium that tolerates my bursts of imagination and the mistakes that come with it.


A certain color combination, a catchphrase, conversations with my wildly imaginative little girl or my golf loving husband, characters from vastly different shows-usually science fiction-just about anything can spark the idea for my work. I tell myself, “Well, why not? Let us put it together and see how it looks – what is the worst that can happen?” This mantra said over and over frees my mind. I don’t think, I allow my instincts to take over and blindly accept whatever comes out of it.

The worst has happened sometimes, and it usually involves no more than an unfinished canvas, a bunch of mistakes on a finished one, few frustrations and moments of self-doubt. To quote my mentor, my inspiration, Bob Ross: “We don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents.” Watching endless hours of his shows and internalizing that message inspired me to get out of my own way, to pick up a paint brush and begin this journey. And it has been a wonderful journey thus far for which I am grateful.

What do I want my work to tell you?

Free your mind and revel in its limitless potential. Art has been an exhilarating experience for me, and I hope my work inspires you to find your joy.

You can find my work and the stories that created them on my art page:

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