2015 Exhibitions

CoPA’s 8th Annual Juried Photo Exhibition

December 5, 2014 – January 17, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5th 5-9pm
Closing Reception: Winter Gallery Night, Friday, January 16th 5-9pm.
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Cardi Toellner-SmithJoin us for this annual celebration of the region’s finest photographic artwork. Coalition of Photographic Arts‘s (CoPA) 8th Annual Juried Photo Exhibition will feature 43 pieces of work from 26 esteemed and emerging artists from the Southeast Wisconsin region. This highly competitive exhibition was juried by Graeme Reid, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), and Gary Tuma, former Executive Director of WPCA.

Photo by Cardi Toellner-Smith

This year’s Exhibitors (Alphabetical): Susan Barnett, PJ Boylan, Martha Coaty, Max Cozzi, Christina DeSpears, Pamela Ferderbar, John Ferraro, Robert Fewel, Alan Friedman, Tom Kiebzak, Jack Kleinman, Ken Kornacki, Geri Laehn, Cindy Lesky, Jack Long, Gail Marquardt, Paul Matzner, James Meldrum, Bernard Newman, Judith Pannozo, Vicki Reed, James Schaff, Mark Stall, Carol Starr, Cardi Toellner-Smith, Meredith Watts.

Robert FewelPhoto by Robert Fewel

About the Jurors:
Born in Bishopton in Scotland, Graeme Reid graduated from the University of Glasgow and Indiana State University with Master’s degrees in 1990 and 1993 respectively. With twenty years’ experience in arts management/curatorial work he is currently Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art having previously worked at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette (IN) and the Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN).

Over the years he has curated over 120 group and solo exhibitions as well as worked on the development and installation of institutional collections. An experienced judge on a local, regional and national level and award winning writer on the arts, he has taught art history and the humanities at ISU and Purdue University and is a regular guest lecturer at various Wisconsin institutions.

For nearly 40 years, Gary Tuma has been a nonprofit executive in various organizations, focusing on issues of human relations, civil rights, social justice, disabilities, and the arts. He has been active in the arts and his community through service on various nonprofit boards including Secretary, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee; Treasurer, Milwaukee Public Theatre; President, Milwaukee Human Relations Radio and TV Council; International Committee of the Downtown YMCA.Gary served as Executive Director of Walker’s Point Center for the Arts from 2005 to 2013. During this time, he oversaw countless exhibitions. He has aided many artists from all mediums, from evaluation of portfolios to just conversational opinions. In his many years of service, Gary has earned the respect of the community and the artists who contribute to it. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from UW-Stevens Point and a Graduate degree in Urban Affairs from UW-Milwaukee.

Carol Starr
Photo by Carol Starr

CoPA’s 8th Annual Juried Photo Exhibition is sponsored by:
Milwaukee Arts Board
Wisconsin Arts Board
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary Nohl Fund
CDBG Milwaukee
CAMPAC (Milwaukee County Arts Fund)
Art’s Cameras Plus
Lab Apollo
Prime Digital Media
SB Framing Gallery
The Studio Q

In the Realm of Innocents: an exhibition of mysticism and lore

January 30 – March 7, 2015

10942752_10153090283254113_4304421457635664780_nOld stories live on through the retelling in each generation and are given new life from reinterpretation. We often learn about our own virtues through characters portrayed in folklore and fairy tales. In our exhibition In the Realm of Innocents we present six artists and their artwork that takes on classic iconography. The visual narrative can be seen as introspective of the artists, just as we often see ourselves in stories in which we are most drawn to.

Artists: Gina Litherland, Jean Roberts Guequierre, Claire Stigliani, Andrea Guzzetta, Kristen Ferrell, Linnea Bergstrom.

The exhibition was curated by Michael Flanagan and Kimberly Storage.

In the Realm of Innocents was sponsored in part by a generous donation from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Joseph R. Pabst Fund.

a solo exhibition in two parts.

This new exhibition spans the galleries of Walker’s Point Center for the Arts and Portrait Society Gallery, with a special  third venue on opening night!

March 20 – May 16 at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.
March 20 – May 23 at Portrait Society Gallery.

Spring Gallery Night Artist Talk
Friday, April 17, 6pm.
RSVP on our Facebook Event Page.


Artist Rafael Francisco Salas explores allegorical portraiture and personal history in a new solo exhibition spanning two galleries – Walker’s Point Center for the Arts and Portrait Society GalleryWasted Days and Wasted Nights exemplifies a journey – traversing between two galleries to experience the multiplicity, tension and whimsy surrounding his own cultural identity and upbringing that bridges a Wisconsin sheep farm and Tejano superstar Freddy Fender.

The centerpiece of the exhibition at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts includes two figurative sculptures – a restful lamb on a pedestal and a debonair Freddy Fender figure made of straw and agricultural material. They face one another, seemingly a dichotomy but creating a narrative in their interaction.

“These works can be seen as a mother and father figure but are also influenced by religious iconography, or objects of devotion. They are also a self-portrait in parts. Freddy Fender quietly serenades the figure of the lamb, connecting the two,” explained Salas. Works surrounding the figures will also signify the exploration of the theme.

The portion at Portrait Society Gallery will present a narrative along the theme as well. An installation will create the atmosphere, symbolisms and items of nostalgia from the Mexican-American restaurant his family owned in rural Wautoma, WI, which continues the dichotomy between the rural Wisconsin and Mexican-American identities.

Wasted Nights card front-2Wasted Days cardThe two galleries will hold opening receptions simultaneously on March 20 between 5–9 pm. A post-reception event will be held at Cielito Lindo (739 S 2nd St) starting at 9:00 pm. Attendees will be given a card validating their attendance at each gallery. Both cards can be brought to the event for a chance to win prizes, which includes a framed artwork by Salas and cuts of lamb from Salas Farm, his family’s grass-fed sheep farm in Burnett, WI. The event, a communal gathering with a “meat raffle” at a Mexican restaurant, brings yet another layer for the attendees to experience the dichotomy and signifiers that prevalently runs throughout the exhibition.

Rafael Francisco Salas is a Wisconsin based painter. Using landscape along with narrative and symbolic elements, Salas creates artwork that investigates the Midwestern landscape, portraiture, architecture, abstraction, the legacy of Byzantine iconography and country music. His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Diego, Boston, as well as many venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin ArtThe John Kohler Arts CenterDean Jensen GalleryCirca GalleryFrank Juarez Gallery and Portrait Society Gallery. Salas is also a contributing writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Ripon College in Ripon, WI.

Portrait Society Gallery (207 E. Buffalo Street, Marshall Building 5th floor) is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to the issues surrounding the genre of portraiture. Visit Portrait Society’s website: portraitsocietygallery.com.


Witnessing the Revitalization of the Menomonee Valley
May 29 – July 11, 2015

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Opening Reception: 

Friday, May 29, 5–9 pm.
Panel Discussion – Menomonee Valley revitalization past, present and future:
Thursday, June 18, 6–8 pm.

Walker’s Point Center for the Arts is honored to present the photographic work of writer and photographer Eddee Daniel. The exhibition will feature photography and stories collected during his 2014 tenure as the Menomonee Valley Partners Artist in Residence.

Daniel is celebrated for his ability to capture images depicting harmony between the built infrastructure and natural ecology.
The work during his residency documents both redevelopment of infrastructure as well as restoration of the natural habitat. His images also highlight the beauty of the parks, public spaces and the people who work, live and play in the valley.

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Panel discussion – Thursday, June 18, 6–9 pm.
Community partners, Milwaukee RiverkeeperMenomonee Valley PartnersUrban Ecology Center16th Street Community Health Center and Harbor District, will joining Eddee Daniel in the discussion on the topic of the Menomonee Valley revitalization – the history, ongoing development as well as future plans.
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Sunrise-3-Br-PkEddee Daniel has been a longtime advocate and documentarian of the harmonious existence of the natural ecolog and urban environment along the waterways of Milwaukee. He began documenting the wonders of the Menomonee River watershed in 1997, when the Milwaukee County Grounds, which runs alongside the watershed, was to be sold for retail development. Since then, he has continued to photograph and write about the watershed and environmental issues on his Urban Wilderness blog. He published a collection of his photography and essays in the 2008 book Urban Wilderness: Exploring a Metropolitan Watershed, which was awarded the Kodak American Greenways Award. He has published a total of 10 books to date. He is a frequent contributor to local publications, including Milwaukee Magazine and Journal Sentinel’s Art City.

Eddee Daniel had a long career in arts education, taught at Marquette High School and various local colleges for over three decades. He holds a master’s degree in art education from University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. He is also a strong advocate of local art and writes a blog called Arts without Borders. Daniel currently serves as Artist in Residence at Lynden Sculpture Garden.

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Featured Member Exhibition: Gary John Gresl

April 17 – July 11, 2015


“Mom’s Saber Tooth (ins situ prodigialus)” from 2014 Annual Member Show

We are proud to announce our third Featured Member Exhibition series of 2014-2015 with celebrated Wisconsin artist, assemblager, writer and art champion Gary John Gresl.

Gary would tell you himself that he likes working in large, space or site specific installations. With that said, he has graciously accepted the chance to create smaller assemblages specific to our Featured Member Exhibition space. A selection from his photography series “Document Ephemera,” which documents his previous outdoor, temporary, site specific installations, will also be on display.

Artist Statement

BOTTLED QUICKSIVER #6, aprox. 12W x 18H x 6D

“Bottled Quicksilver #6”

Gary John Gresl, like so many other artists, traces his art interest back to childhood, though he did not began to seriously create and exhibit his works until the early 1980’s.  He quickly moved through painting in styles of geometric abstraction and abstract expressionism, soon finding these directions to be dead ends without personal satisfaction.  It was when he began to blend his interest in objects, specifically antiques, with his sculptural expression, that his assemblage work came to be his sole focus.

Gary likes to work large, including creating room sized site specific installations. The works here in WPCA include some small sized assemblages which he had created for specific venues, plus a couple mid sized works. There are also a few photographs of outdoor temporary site specific installations, these photos being part of a series he calls “Document Ephemera”.  This outdoor work deals with considerations of the longevity and endurance of art objects, and what popular art culture expects.

Click here to learn more about Gary John Gresl and about the Featured Member Exhibition series.

Creative Communities – 2015 Youth Art Exhibition
July 24 – August 22, 2015

Opening Reception:
Friday, July 24, 5:00–9:00 pm
6:00–6:30 pm:Dance Week student recital
6:30–7:30 pm:Music by MYSO violin soloist Mercedes Cullen


Join us in celebrating art and community in this year’s youth art exhibition, themed Creative Communities. Artwork from six weeks of Summer Art Camp will create narratives on home, family, neighborhood, and Milwaukee — depicted in various art forms (painting, photography, ceramics, collage, printing, and more!).

Creative Communities also celebrates the sense of place and how we see ourselves in our community. This year’s Summer Art Camp featured guest artists Roy Schmidt, Faith Givings, Jamie Bilgo Bruchman, Thea Kovac, and Leon Travanti, who will be showing some of his wonderful work in the exhibition.

2015 Annual Members Show

September 4 – October 3, 2015


Special Reception & Artist Talks

September 10, 6–9 pm – Artist Talk hosted by artist, educator, writer Kat Minerath.
September 24, 6–9 pm – Lessons on Artist Entrepreneurship, with artists Pamela Anderson and Melissa Dorn Richards, co-owners of Material Studios + Gallery.

It’s time for one of the best celebrations of art and local talent at WPCA all year!

Join us as we unveil this year’s members show on Friday, September 4. The Annual Members Show is non-juried and dedicated to showcasing
the artwork of our vastly talented artist members. 211 pieces in a wide range of media are presented salon-style throughout the gallery, creating an exuberant display of color, texture, form and flow. The style of the artwork varies as much as the medium.

The opening reception in itself is a creative salon. Art lovers and exhibiting artists, budding and esteemed, gather to converse, connect and share creative ideas and techniques. For many artists, WPCA’s Annual Members Show has become a tradition and one their favorites to show artwork. Art collectors and those who are looking for original artwork to brighten and add character to their space will find artwork in a various price range, from the cost of lunch to a vacation.

2015-16 Featured Members Artists. Each year, a juror selects four outstanding artists based on their artwork in the Annual Members Show – each awarded a solo Featured Member Exhibition. Each exhibition opens on Gallery Night and runs for approximately 10 weeks. We are honored to have artists and educator Josie Osborne as this year’s juror. The four artists selected will be announced during the opening reception on September 4. The 2014-15 Featured Member Artists were Gary John Gresl, Kevin Giese, Nova Czarnecki and Kevin Wrencher.

Audience Favorite. Gallery attendees are welcome to vote for their single favorite piece of artwork in the Annual Members Show. The audience favorite will win a prize package that includes memberships and gift certificates. Additionally, one voter will be randomly drawn to receive prizes as well.

Featured Member Exhibition: Kevin Wrencher

July 24 – October 3, 2015
Opening Reception: Summer Gallery Night – Friday, July 24, 5–9 pm

We are honored to present our last (most certainly not least) 20142015 Featured Member Exhibition featuring artist Kevin Wrencher. Join us for the unveiling of his new work from “A Story of A Shadow Boy” series, which explores self-identity and self-realization using mixed media of intaglio, fabric, paint and scratching.
Born in Chicago, IL, Kevin Wrencher considers himself an interdisciplinary emerging printmaker and writer. Wrencher is currently in his senior  year of study at Milwaukee institute of Art & Design, where he also has an emphasis in design and advertising, with addition to his major in Integrated Studio Arts.


Kevin Wrencher’s one of two entries in last year’s Annual Member Show, where he was awarded a Featured Member Exhibition.

Yet ignored
Shadowless shadow.
Yet a person.
Exist, to exist
Who is he?
“Living within his shadow.”
I say.
You said.
“Overshadowed with your words.”
I say.
“I have them!”
“I have them!”
I scream.
The opportunity.
To exist.
“Allow me to shine!”
I scream.
Allow me.
To be me.
“Allow him to be him.”
I say quietly
“I will not!”
You screamed forward
And I said nothing back…

The creation of A Story of A Shadow Boy series contextualizes who we are as individuals and if we are truly ourselves, and also the process of realizing  that we are not who we are, but that we’re the product of someone else’s idealisation.

Through forms of intaglio medium and mark making, I began to further this concept of self identity and self realization. This body of work was motivated by my childhood, growing up, where I began question who I was. Through forms of printmaking and mark making, I began to further this concept of self identity and self realization.


Visit Kevin Wrencher’s website for more information: http://www.alexanderkevinwrencher.info


23nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition

October 16 – November 21, 2015

Opening Reception: Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 16, 5–9 pm.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration honoring loved ones who have passed and a time to reflect on those who are still with us. Colorful ofrendas (offerings/altars) commemorate the dead and welcome their returning souls during the holiday. The exhibition not only presents a cultural and art experience, but also offers stories of those who, even in their absence, prove to be impactful and continue to inspire.

Ofrendas are festively decorated with traditional motifs like the marigold flower, sugar skull, papel picado, monarch butterfly, as well as food, beverages and personal items reflecting the life of the person commemorated. Read on.

Featured Member Exhibition: Adam James Stoner

October 16, 2015 – January 9, 2016

We are excited to open our 2015–16 Featured Member Exhibition series with the talented Adam James Stoner. Originally from North Carolina and now based in Milwaukee, Adam engages the audience with his mixed medium paintings that capture emotions and spark curiosity.

adamstonerStatement and Bio:
Oh, Beatific Vision! Catatonic Hallucination! is a series of gut-driven travels through unfamiliar landscapes of the soul. The images are visual translations of human psyche, the religious impulse, and childhood memories that continue to grip me with wordless emotion.

Purpose and purposelessness; divinity and madness; life and death. I am engrossed in this sweet-yet-sad dream, yearning for an answer that will cleave my soul from my flesh like the skin from a chicken breast.

Gouache, Watercolor, drawing materials; Arches White, Cream 140#, 300#

Adam Stoner is an emerging Milwaukee artist and scenic designer. His work explores theology, religious fantasy and personal biography.

Follow his work at MilwaukeeFox.wordpress.com.

Adam Stoner October 16, 2015 – Jan. 9, 2016 Opens Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 16, 5—9 pm.

One of three entries in the 2015 Annual Members Show.