Aug 2021 - Minimalist, Art Bar, Kegels, Public Table, Oriental, Kane, Heat

It was a challenge to create a painting for the Martini Girls minimalist themed ‘Not So Much’ exhibit. My style (art and decorating) is MAXimalist. Not less is more > MORE is more. I started with a textured gray canvas and collage paper as a base. But the more I pondered the piece the more I wanted it to have lightness. So I added white. And then I added more white. A lot of white. I deleted elements, then added elements. I titled my piece ironically as ‘Too Many Notes’. *See process photos below. The artist reception is Friday Sept 3rd at the Art Bar (722 E Burleigh S) from 6-9pm. Sadly, I am not able to attend. But the exhibit will be on display until the end of September. If you want to meet there to discuss art or buy me cocktails – let me know. And don’t forget to patronize Don Krause’s two other businesses on either side - Art Bar / Wonderland and TWO lounge. Groovy, funky and fun. Highly recommended. More photos and background about Art Bar / Hidden Gem MKE.
Kegels Inn and Public Table share a short street at the intersection of 59th & National. A while back they opened a beer garden with great beverages, food and live entertainment. If you have not been there go and check it out. We had one of Kegels famous fish fries. Next time I’m trying a flatbread pizza on the ‘other side’. For every meal sold at Public Table they donate to Hunger Task Force, a free local food bank that provides nutritious baby formula for infants. Please support them.
Lions, and Buddhas, and Elephants - OH MY! The Oriental Theatre - jewel of Milwaukee’s east side - has reopened after 520 days of restorations during Covid shutdown. Built in 1927 - it is the only Movie Palace with East Indian decor. The theater is the world record holder for continual showings of cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show which has been a Saturday midnight staple since 1978. (I’ve seen it at least 50 times!) As a kid, I went to the Oriental for real classic movies too - Fred & Ginger, Errol Flynn, Bogie, etc. The theater holds many great memories for me. Since 2009, it has been the anchor of the Milwaukee Film Festival, a 15-day fest of 300 films. I was lucky enough to be invited to their members-only preview. The work they have done is truly stunning. > VIDEO. For great restoration photos check out this Milwaukee Record article. There are new seats, bathrooms, concession stand, acoustic panels, spectacular lighting, projection room & equipment, and a recovered pristine curtain – hidden for decades in the fly space. How wild is that? There is still  work being done in the lobby entrance and balcony, and preparations are being made for installing a 1925 Wurlitzer pipe organ. The lighting is what got me. For years it was so dim, the details (and damage) were hidden. Now it absolutely shines! Go see a show. *You will need proof of vaccination.

I’m still loving the old movies. My film group just discussed 'Citizen Kane' re-imagined trailer - produced, directed, co-written by and starring 25 year old Orson Welles (from Kenosha; also a magician). We all hailed it as brilliant, but gave it mixed reviews regarding our LOVE for it. To me it's a mentally and emotionally heavy movie, but visually exciting. Here is a terrific analysis on what makes KANE a masterpiece and how much it influenced movie making. VIDEO

I won’t mind saying goodbye to August’s oppressive heat and excessive rain. Ugh. My poor hubby has played outdoor festivals, one after another, in the rain or miserable heat. I whine about this at the risk of sounding completely tone deaf on the eve of Hurricane Ida making landfall in Louisiana. Pray for everyone in harms way. Hospital beds are in short enough supply. On that note I will state once again that we need to protect our kids and each other by wearing a mask and getting vaccinated. How is this still even up for discussion? We don’t want to close schools again. Do your part. Take your shot.

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'Too Many Notes' - final art / earlier versions: small treble & gray collage / Bloomin' Rose of Sharon / Older Treble Clef commission
Kegels Inn / Public Table beer garden
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Anita Burgermeister, eclectic independent artist in Milwaukee ~ creator of fine art, photography, faux finishes, murals, websites & more. Sharing musings or news about creative people & events in art, music, magic, dance, dining, film, writing, city life & more. Hope you enjoy and read often!
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