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Emerging artist Lana Salameh is a graduate of UWM's Architecture and Urban Planning program who, after working in her field of expertise for several years, decided to commit herself entirely to her fine art.
"I really wanted to take my passion for art and creating seriously," says Salameh. "And so I did."
Salameh's colorful paintings are inspired by memories, humans, dreams (both bad and good), an anxious mind, patterns and light.
"My style is constantly evolving and changing, but always reverts back to my passion towards colors and finding balance in this world. I am continuously experimenting with different methods and techniques to achieve my art and where I use the brush to guide me through the chaos and grit," she says.
Like it has for so many artists, the coronavirus pandemic has deeply affected Salameh's creative process and ability to reach potential customers.
"It is most definitely hard to sell art and stay creative during a quarantine," says Salameh. "But I hope people can find some inspiration and comfort in my work to guide them through these times."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.