MKE INFLUENCERS Exhibition at Var West Gallery

 I am pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting in this highly anticipated group exhibition at Var West Gallery in Walker’s Point in Milwaukee. I do hop you can join us to celebrate this roster of artists, who are making a difference in our art community.

Var West Gallery

423 W Pierce St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

April 6 – June 1, 2019

Opening:  Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 6pm-9pm.

Var West Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of MKE Influencers, on view from April 6th through June 1st. The group exhibition features 38 Milwaukee artists who have made considerable achievements and contributions within their respective fields. Each artist will exhibit one work, representing nearly every field within the visual arts. The exhibit delivers a multitude of disciplines, objects and aesthetics, as well as artistic backgrounds, histories and identities. The vastly diversified exhibition is curated by Josh Hintz who strung the show together with what is shared; éclat and ingenuity.

Exhibiting artists are :

Reggie Baylor, Brent Budsberg, Ray Chi, Kyoung Ae Cho, Santiago Cucullu, Michael Davidson, Melissa Dorn, Paul Druecke, Richard Galling, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Michelle Grabner, Jon Horvath, Niki Johnson, Mutope Johnson, Frank Juarez, David Najib Kasir, Greg Klassen, Kathryn e. martin , Colin Matthes, Shane McAdams, Shana McCaw, Kevin Miyazaki, Joseph Mougel, Keith Nelson, Stacey Williams Ng, Rosemary Ollison, Will Pergl, Nirmal Raja, Tia Richardson, John Riepenhoff, Jill Sebastian, Ariana Vaeth, Leslie Vansen, Shane Walsh, Della Wells, Chris Willey, Jason S. Yi, and Rina Yoon

With so many prominent artistic voices in one room, MKE Influencers validates the robust and diverse art scene that stretches far beyond the region. These artists have made a name for themselves through a devoted studio practice, innovation, dynamic risk taking and complexity in craft and concept. Beyond the acclaim and status that the above artists have reached, these individuals are devoted to enriching and giving back to this city. Much of their time and resources are spent on community outreach; integrative projects, teaching, writing, curating, activism, and even opening galleries of their own. They continuously create space for dialogue, challenging the way we view and interact with art, and thus, one another.





Thank you Islands of Brilliance: Colors and Chords 2016


Midwest Death Rattle and Frank Juarez

Yesterday I participated in the 2nd annual Colors and Chords fundraiser for the Islands of Brilliance. I was paired with an amazing band from Milwaukee called the Midwest Death Rattle. Thank for the invite, Melissa! On the way to Milwaukee I kept sayin’ to myself, “what did I get myself into?” I have painted in front of people before, however, I was not sure how this was going to look like. I used to participate in Good Knight’s Open Canvas live painting, but I had 4-5 hours to create a painting. In Colors and Chords I had 20 minutes to create a painting. Talk about pressure. What is even more pressure is not having an idea what to paint. Talk about ‘off the cuff’. Luckily, I was scheduled later in the evening so I had the opportunity to see how other artists performed alongside the bands. 

It was great to be a part of something that makes a difference in the lives of other children and young adults on the Autism spectrum. Such a great program! Visit Islands of Brilliance at






The Stage




The Bands and Artists


Midwest Death Rattle and Frank Juarez


Rusty Pelicans and Dwellephant


Keith Pulvermacher Band and Melissa Dorn Richards


Nineteen Thirteen and Pamela Anderson


C.M.P. (feat Montreal Cain) and Jeff Redmon


The Lovelies and Cynthia Short


Lex Allen and David Mark Zimmerman



Hello Death and Tia Richardson


islands of brilliance Co-founders


Mark and Margaret Fairbanks


The Art