Jan 2020 - Quiet, Component Brewing, 4 Art Gals, Pixels, Re-Gifting

Welcome 2020
It’s been a quiet month of snow and solitude. Quieter than usual with many piano student cancellations due to snowy roads. On the bright side, it gave me time up redesign my Piano By Anita website. We also managed to have a fun get together with Paul Davis and his family, a Strumberger day drinking birthday party, and a band gig during a blizzard where I bumped into unexpected old friend Dennis Klopfer and his daughter, and my new friend, Adra. In art news - I set up a long term exhibit at the Component Brewing Company, Feb 17– May 17! Save the date for the artist reception on Mar 1 from 1-3pm. I want all my cool beer drinking friends to join me. It’s located in the Lincoln Warehouse on the corner of 1st and Becher in Bay View. It’s a little off the beaten path on the second floor, but the taproom has a homey family feel, friendly to kids and dogs. And Thursdays are trivia night - Yay. The show is being curated by Sharon Mergener. Also on hand when I dropped in this week were Renee Luna Bebeau and Amy Schmutte. I participated in a group show with these three talented and  art gals at The Muse last spring. Follow the links to take a peek at some of their work. They introduced me to another groovy artist, Krista Allenstein. Her website and brand is Follow The Signs Paintings. She creates paintings of vintage neon road signs on old maps. But the words are transformed into messages of hope, love and positive thinking. Great idea! Wonderful art. You may have seen her at the Lakefront Festival of Arts.
This month I sold a few bigger ticket items on, the site formerly known as Fine Art America. It is reproduction art sales without the work. Highly recommended for all my creative friends. An art website page is free, and for a fee of $30 a year the company will sell your art images on paper, canvas, metal, wood, in a frame, on a towel, t-shirt, tote bag, rug, phone case, shower curtain, etc. They do all the work. The artist sets their own price and Pixels adds a mark up. They deal with the customer, print and ship the art, and send you the check. There is an option to sell your own original work to the buyer – then the artist gets to do the work. I’ve sold some commissions that way, too. Visit my page here >
My theme for 2020 is re-gifting. Otherwise known as clearing out clutter - shhhh. I did some at Christmas. I’ve been forwarding things we don’t use or need to new homes where they will hopefully be of good use. It’s kind of a fun exercise. So far we gave away a vintage nativity set, Mom’s kitchen-aid mixer, cookware, spare plates, holiday decor, jewelry, blankets, and glassware. For the moment I am storing items in our guest room, which is not a tenable landing spot, so it’s more incentive to move them along quicker. At the moment I have a food processor, cook books, bowl sets, glassware, and more items coming soon. Well, at least the house is losing weight. Sigh.
Snowflake from plastic hangers / Abstract in Art Studio / Snow Birches
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Anita Burgermeister, eclectic independent artist in Milwaukee ~ creator of faux finishes, murals, fine art, photography, websites & more. Sharing news about creative people & events in art, music, magic, dance, dining, film, writing, architecture, inventions, life & other stuff. Hope you enjoy and read often!
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