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


Colors & Chords at Turner Hall in Milwaukee

I have exciting news to share. 

I have been invited to participate in the 2nd annual Color & Chords art event to be held on November 22 from 6-10pm at Turner Hall in Milwaukee. I have been paired with the Midwest Death Rattle. As they perform I will be painting. 

This event is a fundraiser for the Islands of Brilliance. 

Colors & Chords merges music and live art onstage, creating a truly multi-sensory experience filled with unexpected and memorable collaborations. Proceeds benefit Islands of Brilliance, a Milwaukee nonprofit that runs creative and technology workshops for children, teens and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Tickets: $25

Host: Dori Zori, 88NINE Radio Milwaukee and Nick Pipitone, BVK

Bands: Rusty Pelicans, Lex Allen, Midwest Death Rattle, NINETEEN THIRTEEN, The Lovelies, C.M.P. (featuring Montreal Cain), Hello Death, Keith Pulvermacher Band, Dryhouse Ruins

Artists: Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence Pamela M Anderson, dwellephant, Jeff Redmon, Melissa Dorn Richards, Frank Juarez, David Mark Zimmerman, Tia Richardson, Cynthia Thomas Short, Betty Blexrud-Strigens, Kim Henry

To purchase your ticket click here.