Thursday, April 22, 2010

MARN Treasure Hunt and Anniversary Party at West Side Art Walk

MARN Art Treasure Hunt

(Milwaukee Artists Resource Network)

A fun event that promotes art collecting and supports MARN. Full description below.

All events listed are free and open to the public!

West Side Art Walk
Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24

MARN 10-year Anniversary Party
Saturday, April 24, 4-8 pm
7605 W. Harwood Ave.

The party includes action painting by Shelby Keefe,
live Latin Jazz from Terrazzo,
FREE FOOD from some of Tosa's best restaurants,
Silent Auction:

Don't miss your chance to pick up a piece or two from Santiago Cuccullu,
and much more art by MARN members!

Win a Welding Party with Kendall Polster,
High Tea with Katie Musolff,
BBQ at Richard Taylor's studio,
private studio tour with kathryn e. martin followed by Wine and tastes at VIA,
private performance by The M.U.T.E.S.
And SOOOOO much more on the auction table!


MARN Art Treasure Hunt

Created specifically to make collectors out of every day Milwaukeeans this event features affordable works by top local artists and rewards participants with a chance at a grand prize.

Twenty-five MARN member artists each donated 25 works of art.

Each artwork is being offered for $25 to $75, prices well below market value. Anyone purchasing 4 pieces will be entered to win the grand prize - a two-night stay at the Grand Geneva Resort with Golf or Lift Tickets for two. By launching this event, MARN hopes to reach art lovers of all economic and educational backgrounds and show how collecting art can be an approachable way to support local artists.

The Treasure Hunt will take place during the West Side Art Walk venues on April 23rd & 24th. The event culminates with a reception from 4-8 pm on April 24th at 7605 W. Harwood Ave. in Wauwatosa. Artists contributing editions of 25 pieces; from photos, to etchings, block prints, paintings, and sculpture include:

Pamela Anderson, Ann Baer, David Barnett, Stef Bartz, Reggie Baylor, Emily Belknap, Fred Bell, Valorie Christell, Terrence Coffman, Dagmara Costello, Eddee Daniel, Raoul Deal, Tim Decker, Melissa Dorn Richards, Virgi Driscoll, Kari Garon, Todd Graveline, Gary John Gresl, Darlene Hagopian, Brooklyn Henke, Mutope Johnson, Frank Juarez, Thea Kovac, Steve Lubahn, Melissa Musante, Patricia Obletz, Ellen Pizer, Kerry Rose Ramsden, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Robert Smith, Jessie Spiess, Tori Tasch, Becky Tesch, and Stacey Williams-Ng.

The works are affordable because the artists donated their time and talent, and because over $6000 in art materials and printing support were donated by area businesses. The Treasure Hunt, in addition to inciting collecting, is also a fund raising event for MARN. Executive Director, Melissa Musante said, “We’re so grateful for the support of our artist members in launching this event. Plus all the other sponsors who have made it possible.”

Additionally, several artists have offered pieces for the silent auction. The auction will also include special “meet the artist experiences” ranging from a private wine tasting with an artist of note, to a special talk-back at the Chamber Theatre to coincide with their timely production of “The Sweetest Swing In Baseball”, to a welding party for 4 with sculptor Kendall Polster, and more.

MARN is a nonprofit art-service organization dedicated to enriching the community by supporting literary, performing and visual artists. MARN empowers artists with access to educational and professional resources and creates a network for communication and collaboration. MARN sponsors arts-related events involving other organizations and businesses, making the arts accessible to people in the community. MARN is able to present this event thanks in great part to the generosity of local business sponsors and members. All proceeds will go to benefit MARN’s continuing education and promotion of the arts in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

"Portal," from the Synecdoche Series
is my contribution to the treasure hunt and auction.

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