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.
The theme here is “People in Urban Landscapes.” So please try and follow the following criteria.
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)
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.
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.
Prepare yourself for an extraordinary evening at Mason Street Grill with wines from one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley, cialisBlackbird 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 firstname.lastname@example.org before September 19, 2011
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.”
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
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.
20 pieces pitted medjool dates
20 pieces of smoked bacon strips
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
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
Place all ingredients except the olive oil into a bar blender and puree then slowly add the olive oil in a steady stream.
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.