Arts

Your City Through Visiting Eyes- "Absolutely Gobsmacked!"

 

The other night I was sitting in the lobby lounge editing photographs on my computer. Something a bar patron said caught my ear and made me laugh. I don’t remember what exactly he said, but the gentleman’s tone and volume invited anybody within earshot to join. Hearing…

28 Nov 10:43 PM 2 Read More...

Final Deadline For Our Next Artist In Residence

At the Pfister, we’re known for our expansive Victorian art collection,  but we are also very proud of the continued evolution of our Artist In Residence program. We have been fortunate to have such talented artists like Reginald Baylor, Katie Musolff, and currently Shelby Keefe, create amazing works of…

28 Nov 2:38 PM 0 Read More...

A Concierge Favorite: “Sunday Afternoon”

By Keia Wegner, Assistant Manager at the Pfister Hotel                                                                         

Originally, I was going to write about one of our paintings that are a bit more nationally known.  I had heard through the grapevine that one of our beloved concierges, Peter Mortensen, knew a great back story on the piece I…

17 Nov 7:10 PM 0 Read More...

The Fuel of Magnificence

“When I first decided to be a professional artist, I wanted that fishbowl experience, so I got a storefront studio,” Reggie says.

“It’s not intimidating to discover an artist in public space,” adds Caitlin.

A group of us are seated in the Lobby Lounge, discussing the two residency programs…

29 Oct 5:52 PM 0 Read More...

Shelby Keefe's 30 Paintings in 30 days

Last month, The Pfister Hotel’s Artist in Residence, Shelby Keefe, began her mission to create a painting a day for 30 straight days. Using her own photos and images from the public as inspiration, Keefe has focused her pieces on people in local, urban landscapes.

The 12” by 12…

28 Oct 5:29 PM 0 Read More...

Letter to a New Narrator

As the proverbial pen is about to passed to the next Pfister Narrator, recently chosen through hours and hours of deliberation by a committee of writers, editors, marketers and businessfolk, and soon to be announced, I wanted to pass the pen not only to my successor, but also extend it…

20 Oct 10:08 PM 1 Read More...

The Pfister Hotel to Host October Gallery Night

The Pfister Hotel will be showcasing a gallery from 5-9pm, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, as part of Gallery Night and Day, an art event put on by the Historic Third Ward Association and the East Town Association.

Last month, The Pfister Hotel’s Artist in Residence, Shelby Keefe, began…

18 Oct 6:54 PM 1 Read More...

Daniel Ridgway Knight's "The Rose Garden"

By Keia Wegner, Assistant Manager at the Pfister Hotel

Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924) was an American artist born in Philadelphia.  In 1871 he moved to France where he purchased a house and studio at Poissy on the Seine.  This was a perfect area for him as it provided lush…

13 Oct 10:22 PM 5 Read More...

Dinner for Books

“Life is a bunch of crazy!” interjects the young man seated across from me at a table in one of the back rooms of Mason Street Grill, as he shakes his head with slow acceptance of this fact.  Nate, 14, is the son of one of the dinner guests, herself…

29 Sep 9:01 PM 3 Read More...

Victorian Artwork in the Pfister Hotel [VIDEO]

Meet Keia, Hotel Assistant Manager for the Pfister Hotel.

With a MA in Public History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Keia is the right person for the job of bringing our Victorian Art walking tour to life.

Victorian Artwork in the Pfister Hotel from PfisterHotel on…

28 Sep 10:13 PM 0 Read More...

Shelby Keefe: 30 paintings in 30 days [VIDEO]

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…

21 Sep 9:44 PM 0 Read More...

Still Accepting Submissions for 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Shelby is fast at work on her first of the “30 Paintings in 30 Days.”Shelby is still 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…

19 Sep 5:54 PM 0 Read More...

30 Paintings in 30 Days begins....now

 

MILWAUKEE – Sept. 19, 2011 – Beginning today, The Pfister Hotel’s Artist in Residence, Shelby Keefe, will be creating a painting a day for 30 straight days. The works will be featured at The Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin at a show this fall. The public is…

19 Sep 2:21 PM 1 Read More...

Time Lapse Painting with Shelby Keefe

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.

Enjoy the artistic process the went into “Waning on the Day” by Shelby Keefe.

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

13 Sep 1:55 PM 1 Read More...

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…

06 Sep 10:09 PM 1 Read More...

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…

22 Aug 3:51 PM 0 Read More...

9 o'clock on a Saturday

While the evening was waning for most of Gallery Night attendees in the Third Ward — and elsewhere around the city — in the main ballroom off the Pfister lobby, Rouge, the party was just beginning.  In the center of the room, quite literally taking main stage, was a set-up ready…

30 Jul 11:20 PM 1 Read More...

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Recently, I got to sit down and have a thoroughly engaging conversation with several people about the nature of art and creative economy, of how to meld creative non-profit ventures with for-profit results – as it pertains to the artist (and now writer) residencies that the Pfister hosts.

One…

21 Jul 6:28 AM 0 Read More...

Coming Together

Floating around the room, dressed in white linen, her red curls a striking contrast to the layers of turquoise, jade and green crystal beads that encircle her neck and dangle from her ears.  She slices pieces from two birthday cakes, after being serenaded by a gallery full of friends, new…

08 Jul 7:39 PM 3 Read More...

Save the Date: July Gallery Night at the Pfister

Start and end your night at The Pfister. During our Gallery Night reception on July 29 at 9pm, enjoy live music and dancing, complimentary snacks and a cash bar all while watching a painting performance by Shelby Keefe…

07 Jun 2:06 PM 0 Read More...

All the Colors of the Rainbow

The weather in Milwaukee was (briefly) exquisite this week.  Temperatures soared into the low 60’s, the breezes indicated Spring was finally here with their combination of warmth and lakeside coolness, and the sun was brightly shining.  Perfection.  The daffodils and tulips are in full bloom on, what feels like…

08 May 3:24 AM 1 Read More...

Meet 'n Greet Monday! Do you know Perry?

Well it’s Meet ‘n Greet Monday! While the Pfister Hotel has housed many celebrities over the years, the true stars are our staff. Every week you will meet a member of our staff, and have your chance to share your memories and interactions with them. Today, it’s the…

25 Apr 10:49 AM 0 Read More...

Gallery Night with Shelby Keefe [VIDEO]

Shelby Keefe put on quite the show on Gallery Night on Friday, April 15 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 on her first Gallery Night, we are in for a…

20 Apr 9:41 AM 0 Read More...
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Kevin Bacon Meets his Match

In three characters or less, can you connect yourself to the popular actor Kevin Bacon? How about if I give you six characters? Or, we can go back to the standard version of the game (that was actually made into a board game, by the way) and ask that you…

08 Apr 5:30 PM 0 Read More...
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