July 2020 - Art & Activism, AOC, Social Media, Nails, Reset, 100 Days

Hello Bummer Summer,
I needed a day of driving and clearing my head this week. I took a partial tour and photographs of several new murals around the city. They are A-MA-ZING! Here is a MKE Mural Map so you can explore yourself. Art is popping up so quick that many new ones are not listed yet. See the work of Detour, an incredibly talented muralist. I have a private mural job planned for the side of my brothers garage – when the weather cooperates. Lol. The 2-4 story tall or otherwise massive jobs are not for me. I can’t take the heat or the ladder work! I love that artists have a proud history of social commentary and activism. Listen to this short clip on local Art Activism. A new inspiring anthem to rebuilding Milwaukee was written called Milwaukee Strong. My husband is often annoyed by the amount of news I watch (and the amount of content I share). But as horrifying as much of it is – seeing good people fighting back is inspiring to me. This moment in history is something I feel compelled to witness. Saying nothing makes us complicit. So I speak. But I’ve got nothing on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her speech on refusing to accept violent language against woman was shattering. I stole this line, but it’s true…How does AOC stay so thin when she regularly eats congressmen for lunch!? Watch here. #MeToo.
I was hired to create daily social media posts for Cavas restaurant. Also designed flags and installed new window decal signage with branding: CAVAS, LATIN FOOD con Elegancia. Learning to navigate media platforms inspired me to start posting Art by Anita content as well. I use both Hootsuite and Later – you can schedule posts for an entire week in one sitting. Follow us on Instagram (yes, I finally joined), Twitter and Facebook. See websites for links  /
We celebrated moms 84th birthday at the end of June. No big parties. Each of us kids did a little something special with her – so she had three days of celebrations. Mom wanted pretty nails for her birthday. I know – not really a safe choice, but I made sure they were fully masked and following guidelines. The problems started when she couldn’t recall the name of the salon. It was in the big mall right across from her apartment so I made the appointment at the only salon that popped up on Google maps in that block. It was a very hot day, but Mom was comfortable with driving over herself. They asked for a text confirmation on her 10am appointment. 10:10, 10:20 no arrival. I called her house, no answer, called the building management – her car was gone. They even checked the area. NO MOM!!! The salon gal waited at the front door and checked cars in the lot. Nothing! 10:30, 10:50  - Where did she go??? I was about to call the national guard. As we frantically sent texts back and forth, I asked if there was another salon nearby – she said no. But then mentioned there was a nail salon in the mall. I was talking to someone a block west - Arrrrggghh! I finally tracked down the other salon. I had to explain FOUR times that NO, I don’t want an appointment - I was looking for a little old German lady! Did I want to talk to her? YES! I made them get her on the phone to confirm that she was OK. Then I called off the alarms and had a small heart attack. Mom was totally great. All my mistake. I should have had a clue when she asked me to make the appointment because the employees were all Asian and didn’t understand her. I’m sure I caused her to panic more than once when I was a teenager, so we’re even now. And she has very pretty pink fingers and toes.
Will the heat, 2020, and the pandemic ever end? The smartest thing I have heard in the news is a letter from 150 health professionals that it is time to hit the reset button. We started off right in March, but we blew it when we reopened the country too fast. It’s beyond me that people STILL are not complying with distancing and wearing masks. And it is certainly not safe to open all schools for in-person classes. The only thing to do is shut EVERYTHING down and start over. We all need to stay home for a while. Tom and I are not going anywhere – except maybe crazy. But that’s another story.
There are 100 days until the election. Time to start counting down!
Cavas signage and installation / Cavas food porn / Elsa w pink nails / Mural by Detour, Denver artist (74th & Greenfield)
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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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