League of Milwaukee Artists
June 28–September 1, 2013
Chuck Weber , Carousel Carver, Oil on hardboard panel, 2012
Colette Odya Smith, Tracery, Pastel and watercolor on cotton rag board, 2011
Since their founding in 1944, the League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA) has been an important presence within Southeastern Wisconsin, championing artistic creativity and dedicated to the promotion of personal artistic growth and the expansion of art awareness within the community. One of the League’s original members was acclaimed artist Fred Berman, who, together with other founding artists and teachers, set out to find greater exhibition opportunities for League members. Early exhibition venues included sites as varied as the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Electric Company. One notable first for the LMA was their development of the Midwest’s first outdoor art fair held in Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square. Their commitment to exhibiting art provides a chance for a wider audience to encounter art within the community.
Current League members showcase diverse styles and media. For example, Paul Madura and Joe Stanke create trompe l’oeil (French for “fool the eye”) paintings which are artistic optical illusions that play with the boundary between image and reality. Other artists, such as Colette Odya Smith, evoke certain moods or feelings through her pastels which play with light reflections and varying surface patterns in a way that borders on abstraction.
Carol S. Christ
William K. Davis
David P. Klein
Paul V. Madura
Judith C. Reidy
Colette Odya Smith