April 2019 - Weather, Moving Wall, MKE Blacksmith, REMAX, Book Club, LSW, Moms
Hope you are not too water logged. Compared to what large swaths of this country is experiencing we have not a thing to complain about. The flooding and tornado damage are epic. Climate change is real. > NASA
Rebuilding communities and infrastructure should be priority ONE for this administration. But do we hear anything about it on the news? Sadly, no. On a brighter note - going through turbulent times and catastrophes pull communities together. Americans are strong and resilient. We will weather all the storms - political and otherwise - and come out stronger for it in the end. Trump Timeline
The 'Veterans in Focus' photography class I volunteer for is under way again. Some wonderfully talented and energetic new participants have joined the group. Just before Memorial Day weekend we were thrilled to visit the Moving Wall – a half size traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington DC. > See images.
It was touring through Greenfield at Konkel Park. We were invited to lunch and the opening ceremony with complete with wonderful moving speeches, tributes, music and all the appropriate patriotic solemnness you would expect. It rained cats and dogs most of the morning. Luckily they relocated the event under a huge tent and even more lucky – the rain finally stopped and we were able to take photos. After that we hopped on the bus to Bay View and were welcomed by Kent Knapp to tour and photograph his fabulously funky cool / hot workshop - Milwaukee Blacksmith. It is a family run business with a terrific story. Check out on their Facebook page. They create marvelous things and teach classes. They even had their own TV show on the History channel. FB/MilwaukeeBlacksmith
TV episodes: history.com/MKE-blacksmith
The REMAX / Gallery show was a hit – one of the real-estate sales agents purchased a couple of my pieces and was thinking it would be a nice housewarming gift for new homeowners. I hope that idea catches on! I created a new piece for the show. Finished it literally at midnight the night before we hung the art. The base layer was an abstract I had in my studio that never quite jelled for me. As I was packing for the show I took a long look at this canvas and just saw the finished concept of an abstract street scene with deep perspective and reflections. The color palette worked perfectly. It ended up hanging in the conference room with deep charcoal grey walls along with another featured abstract cityscape. I did not plan any of it. Pure serendipity! You can see the exhibit - 27 pieces - during business hours. If you are in Mequon, please go!
I hosted Book Club this month, Mom was guest author. It was wonderful to get feedback and lots of interesting questions from friends who read our books. The other book launch events were nice with modest (as expected) sales. We are finding a few more connections to help promote and sell the books. Next month I will have a few extra celebrations related to my Dad to tell you about. Another special highlight this month was finally meeting Mara Jambor and her family. She is a Latvian artist who used to live in Milwaukee as a young girl, but relocated to Birmingham. We had mutual friends and become BFF’s on Facebook. Our politics match. I also love her artwork. And her haircut! She is a retired educator who took up art very late in life - 5 years ago! - and is ridiculously good at it. It’s infuriating on some levels, but she is so cute and talented you can’t help but admire everything she does. She came to my house twice - once to buy books and then back with her family to party in our crazy basement. View her incredible art and story here: MaraJamborArt
As a donor who created painted glassware for Literacy Services of WI, I was invited to attend their gala awards dinner fundraiser at Discovery World on May 14. Mom was my date. The recipients of the 2019 Inspiration Awards have overcome huge obstacles in life and persevered. They truly have inspiring stories. You can watch their videos here. LSW stories
For Mother’s Day brunch we got the generations together…our grand daughter little Sophia and her mom Denae, me (and my mom, Elsa). Tom’s mom, Sandy - and his (step) grandma Donna. FIVE generations of Burgermeisters! Special stuff. To all the Mom’s out there, in life and memory, a special thank you for all you do - and all you have done - for your families. WE LOVE YOU!
Some other fun events to visit this weekend!
Bay View Gallery Night / BV Jazz Fest
West Allis Ala Carte