June 2019 - Parties, Bridal Art, Buddy Wheels, Touring MKE

June has sailed by quickly. We had all the Burgermeisters to the house for a Father’s Day Picnic. We also hosted an adorable birthday party lunch / magic show for Mom at the Landmark senior apartment. My piano recital was also help there and the kids did a spectacular job! They put in so many hours of preparation for this event. I’m very, very proud of them. I still have to collect some videos to process, so I’ll include them next month.
I had a bit of press through WISCONSIN Bride magazine. They featured the ‘Sparkling Wedding’ I did live art for last fall with a wonderful photo spread and write up. It even included a picture of yours truly at work. I still have a large exhibit to view in Mequon at the REMAX Gallery if you are on the north side. 
My inventor friend Peggy Brown is having big success with her balance bikes for tots called My Buddy Wheels. They are available in your choice of pony, dinosaur or pink unicorn -- and they are completely adorable. You can find them on Amazon. There is currently a giveaway promotion, so check it out fast! Congrats, Peggy!
The ‘Veterans in Focus’ photography class had their last outing for the summer this week. We went to many terrific locations again – can’t wait to see the submitted photos at our editing session. We saw the VA grounds, the Vietnam Moving Wall, Miller Park, MKE Blacksmith, Urban Ecology Center, Lakewood WWV Camp, Black Cat Alley, North Ave. Water Tower, Lake Park lighthouse and Lion bridges, NML Tower and Commons, and the east end of the WI Ave sculptures. I highly recommend touring our city. If you have not been to Water Street and other east side locations you will be in for a surprise. It is growing and evolving by leaps and bounds. Even the murals in the artsy Black Cat alley are updated often enough to warrant a second look. The NML 32 story tower has been open for nearly 2 years, but this is the first time I was inside. The space is so airy and light filled - very welcoming. The blending and connection of the old and new buildings is quite ingenious. I recommend a stroll along WI Ave to view the sculptures up close - and if you can - go with a tour guide. There are several options available on the website link. The stories behind the artists and the intent of each piece makes viewing them much more meaningful. The Lakewood WWV Camp, near Lake Geneva, is a brand new camp facility. Their tagline is ‘Serving Those Who Served’. Membership fees from a small private golf course support the camp facility for veterans, first responders and gold star families. The mission is to create a refuge for those families who have experienced hardship in their lives as a result of service to their country or community. It is completely free to qualifying families. The 336 acres of grounds are magnificent, surrounded by 1000 acres of nature preserve. We were among the first groups to get a tour. They offer horseback riding, hiking, boating, fishing, winter sports, tennis and golfing. They expect to host 200+ families per year in the Retreat Guest House and cabins which are still under construction. Such a wonderful and worthy mission!
My hubby’s band “The Booze Brothers” are playing again at Summerfest on the Third of July. It’s become their annual summer gig and always a great time. They will be at the BMO Harris stage at 2pm. Stop on by!
Have a Safe and Happy 4th - Bang, bang!
Photo from WI Bride, My Buddy Wheels, Metal tree sculpture on WI Ave, horses and lighthouse at Lakewood Camp.
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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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