Letizia Perez, from Monterrey Mexico, had a very successful art exhibit....her first in the US! She had several receptions, sold plenty of art, and was thrilled with the exposure she received. A set of four paintings will travel to England to adorn the kitchen walls of friends of mine who just happened to be in town during the exhibit opening.
On September 23, I met with Diane Ulezelski, coordinator of Art & Music for the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District. It was a GREAT meeting! We brainstormed ways in which the school district and Inspiration Studios could collaborate on some projects to provide access to the arts for area students who don't get enough of that opportunity in the schools. Today, Oct 15, I'll be meeting with art students who will work on designs for permanent signage for Inspiration Studios. This will be a business project for these six students who will then create their designs, pitch their proposals to me within a couple of weeks and allow me time for making a selection of the winning design. Our hope is to have a Project Lead The Way class come up with a way of creating the chosen design and determining the best way to hang and light it. Hopefully it will then be created by the Industrial Ed students. This is very exciting!
We also planned a joint art exhibit that will feature the staff of the WA/WM school district. All staff will receive a Call For Art for an exhibit that will hang during the month of June, just in time for West Allis A La Carte. This will definitely bring about more exposure within West Allis.
That same night, a very successful recital was held by Sound Check Studios, featuring 15 new singers and instrumentalists, many of who performed for the first time in front of a live audience. Michael James coordinated the event which filled the space. Audiences were treated to colorful performances and look forward to the next round of recitals which will be planned for TWO nights in spring--we are sure we'll need two nights!
Hanging in the gallery is RESTING PLACES, a collaborative exhibit of photographs by Mary Wagner of West Bend and my own paintings that respond to Mary's photographs. It was a fun collaboration, culminating in a photo book of the exhibit which is available for purchase at the studio and also on Amazon.com and Kindle.
In full production mode is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, which opens in just two days. We've finally learned how to hang banners and have ordered several colorful banners that will broadcast the many art forms that Inspiration Studios can host. Thanks to Derek Jacobs and Thom Zuehlke, these banners will truly bring awareness to the community of what this lovely building is all about.
Later this month, the West Allis Rotary Club will host a social event at Inspiration Studios for their members. That will be fun!
I don't necessarily like the shift in weather, but it's been a good beginning to fall so far! -Erico