Call for Photos: Shelby Keefe’s 30 paintings in 30 Days

With any form of artistic expression, the importance of daily practice promotes the mastering of techniques. The practice of creating a Painting a Day, which was introduced by artist Duane Keiser in 2004, for the purpose of selling his work through an Internet blog, has led to a movement of artists who thrive in this discipline.

The Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin approached Shelby Keefe and asked her if she would be willing to participate in this 30 paintings, 30 days challenge, and Shelby jumped at the opportunity.

Looking at the pieces of art in these collections, some artists prefer to do a series of a single subject while others simply put their brush to canvas and create whatever inspires them on a particular day. As for our Artist-in-Residence, Shelby Keefe, she’s looking for your help for inspiration.

This is where you come in.

From now until September 19, Shelby is looking to her fans for visual inspiration. Her approach is to paint the figure in an urban landscape but she needs some extra photos to choose from.

Send your photos to PfisterPhotos@ThePfisterHotel.com, but first, Shelby has some criteria she’d like you to follow.

Example of a Photo Submission

The theme here is “People in Urban Landscapes.” So please try and follow the following criteria.

  1. People focused yet in an urban setting – Being figurative, the people are the subject but they will not be painted in any detail with no telling identifiers. (ie people walking down the street, people talking at an intersection, or people enjoy coffee on a cafe patio)
  2. Urban Landscape – Looking at Shelby’s previous work, you can see the talent she has in painting urban architecture. So see if you photo can include some buildings or city skyline in the background.
  3. Please do not submit photos of posed people in front of landmarks or backgrounds.  The people aren’t the direct focus, they are just part of a whole.

So send in your pictures and help provide some inspiration to Shelby and as a thank you, if she selects one of your photos to paint, she’ll also provide a digital print that you can have as a keepsake.

 

Blackbird Vineyards: Wisconsin Launch Wine Tasting

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary evening at Mason Street Grill with wines from one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley, cialis Blackbird Vineyards. Mason Street Grill welcomes the vineyard for its first Wisconsin visit, and invites you to an exclusive wine tasting on Monday, September 26, 2011.

Guest of Honor Paul Leary, Blackbird Vineyard President, will amaze you with his expertise in wine as you dine on exquisite hors d’oeuvres and passed appetizers created by our talented chefs. Guests will be treated to generous pours of specialty wines including Blackbird Rose ‘Arriviste’ 2010 and Blackbird ‘Illustration’ 2008. Individual wine bottles will also be available to purchase at retail pricing.

More about Blackbird Vineyard.
Founded in 2003, Blackbird Vineyards is an artisanal producer of Pomerol-inspired wines from the Napa Valley. Planted in 1997, the estate vineyard is located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District–a region appreciated for its moderate climate and deep, gravelly soils. Limited quantities are available through an allocated mailing list direct from the winery and in the finer restaurants and hotels around the world.

Monday, September 26, 2011
Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:30 p.m.

$40.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included)

Please RSVP on Facebook and by calling 414.298.3131 or email host@masonstreetgrill.com before September 19, 2011

Curtis from 97.3 Radio Now, Visit WELL SPA

Check out Curtis from the Connie and Curtis Show on Radio Now 97.3, sovaldi getting a well needed pedicure and manicure.

*Warning*

We love Curtis a lot, but the before video is not for the faint of heart. You may want to pay a little more attention to the after video. Well Spa really pulled a miracle on this one.

Before

After

Thank you again Curtis for enjoying your services from Well Spa + Salon.

Connie & Curtis can be heard from 5:30a – 10:00a on Milwaukee 97.3 Radio Now.

Summer Gallery Night with Shelby Keefe

Shelby Keefe put on quite the show on Gallery Night on Friday, July 29 at the Pfister Hotel.

With a great display of a few of her current pieces and a live performance of a completed piece in 20 minutes to the tunes of a local jam band, Shelby put on quite a show.

From the Pfister Narrator: “I meet Deena who says, with the feathers in her hair catching the colors from the stage lights: “She has a way of looking at reality that is so colorful, with such an elegant spin.” And, in one sentence, she captures the entire night: a colorful reality with an elegant spin.”

The Pfister Recommends: Cathedral Square

Just steps away from the Pfister Hotel, view Cathedral Square in the East Town neighborhood is a vibrant community with multiple events throughout the year.

East Town Association produces a variety of events to get you even more involved with your community including the East Town Market, Jazz in the Park, Bastille Days and more.

Get a brief history of the square from Peter and learn a little more about what the neighborhood means to Milwaukee.

 

7-Course Nickel & Nickel Wine Dinner

Please join us for the Nickel & Nickel Wine Dinner at The Pfister on Wednesday, purchase July 20, 2011, in The Rouge Ballroom. $125.00  per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity).

Marcus Restaurants’ talented chefs – Robert Ash, buy viagra Mark Weber, David Zakroczymski and Brian Frakes – invite you to an exclusive wine dinner featuring celebrity vintner Beth Nickel. Together, the chefs will prepare a 7-course meal, paired with specially selected wines from the Nickel & Nickel winery in Napa Valley.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m

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Reservations are limited, please call and reserve your space today!  800-558-8222 or email reservations@thepfisterhotel.com

Reservations are limited.  Based on availability.  Wine Dinner available on July 20, 2011 only.   Dinner is held in the Rouge Ballroom at the Pfister hotel.


Call 800-558-8222 for your reservation or email reservations@thepfisterhotel.com

Cooking with Chef Ash: Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates

This dish is a stunning appetizer that can be served at every occasion. The plump, buy delicious dates are wrapped in thick, smokey bacon then gently sauteed in a savory sauce. Creamy goat cheese is delicately placed in the center of the sweet, chewy date helping to enhance its rich flavor. This is an elegant and satisfying dish that your guests will request at every gathering.

Ingredients

  • 20 pieces pitted medjool dates
  • 20 pieces of smoked bacon strips
  • Toothpicks

Directions

  • Stuff each date with the almond cheese and wrap with one slice of bacon and secure with a plain toothpick.
  • Bake in a 375F oven for 10- 15 minutes until bacon is crispy.
  • Place on top of a plate lined with roasted piquillo rouille.

Almond Cheese Ingredients

  • 1 log of fresh goats cheese (room temp)
  • ½ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Directions

  • In a mixer with a paddle attachment combine the cheese, almonds, extract and parsley mix until just combined and season with fresh ground black pepper.

Roasted Piquillo Rouille Ingredients

  • 4-5 pcs roasted piquillo pepper
  • ½ cup sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 ½ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

Directions

  • Place all ingredients except the olive oil into a bar blender and puree then slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream.
  • Mix until thoroughly incorporated.

Fireworks in Blu

Enjoy the view in Blu during the city’s fireworks display on July 3rd.

Our personal favorite, Jenny Thiel will be providing live entertainment during the night.

Blu will be offering 3 packaged deals for the Fourth of July to ensure you have front row seats for the show.

  • Package 1 – $300 for Bottle of Dom Perignon and a tower of apps.
  • Package 2 – $200 for Bottle of Veuve Cliquot and a tower of apps.
  • Package 3- $150 for a bottle of Santa Margarita Prosecco and a tower of apps.

Tower of apps consist of Cheese, Sausage, Shrimp Cocktail, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Stout Cake Cupcakes, and Triple Chocolate Cupcakes.

Max of 4 people per table. Parties of 5-8 must choose two packages.

To book your package, please email adamjones@thepfisterhotel.com.

 

 

 

Shelby’s First Painting as Artist in Residence

We’re honored to have such talent within our midst. Shelby is not only a very talented painter but she’s also pretty quick at it, too.

So we asked Shelby if we could set up a camera in her studio to capture one of her pieces from start to finish.

Take a look at her first completed piece with the Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee Blue. Don’t blink, you might miss it.

Visit thepfisterhotel.com/​artistinresidence to learn more about Shelby Keefe.

The Pfister Recommends: Lakefront Brewery

In 1987, the Klisch brothers rolled out their first barrel of beer and in the process Lakefront Brewery was born. Lakefront currently brews a specialty amber for Mason Street Grill and who better to lead us on a tour of the  Milwaukee beer making institution than the Pfister’s Chef Concierge Peter Mortensen!

What’s your favorite Lakefront Brewery beer?

To find out more about Lakefront Brewery and get your advanced tour tickets, visit their website at www.lakefrontbrewery.com.