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Art Treasure Hunt Saturday at Great Lakes Distillery


                The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network's Art Treasure Hunt comes to Great Lakes Distillery, 616 W. Virginia Street, from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, 12 May.  
                Featuring a little something for everyone, there will be prizes galore, live entertainment, and auditory enhancement including spoken word art and demonstrations by tango and freestyle dancers.

                MARN's incoming 2012 president, well-established local artist Pamela Anderson, will be painting (on-premises) an abstract expressionist piece using acrylics, spray paint, paper, and oil pastel on canvas.  

                The silent auction includes art items, theater tickets, dining packages, baseballs autographed by Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy, and packages of club-level Brewers' tickets.   

                The Dig for Buried Treasure includes 20 - 30 pieces from local jewelry artists.  Participants will reach into a pond full of eggs, which contain tickets corresponding to jewelry pieces.  There will also be carnival games with art-related prizes.    

                Part of the festivities will include demonstrations by local tango and freestyle dancers, spoken word art, and a live broadcast of WMSE's Late Night Beat Generation.

                Music will be provided by gypsy jazz trio Milwaukee Hot Club, described as a "high energy mix of swing, bossa, and gypsy samba rhythms".  Occasionally, the band throws in a clarinet, violin, and/or percussion to keep things interesting. 

                Complimentary party snacks will be provided by the Firefly Bar and Grill, The Chancery, and Blue's Egg, and there will be a cash bar. 

                Sponsored by hGA (architectural firm), C2 (creative placement firm), and WMSE, entry is $30 for the general public with a reduced rate for Arts in Milwaukee members and includes 4 golden coins that can be redeemed for carnival game play.  

                Tickets are $30 for the general public (reduced rate for Arts in Milwaukee members) and include 4 golden coins that can be redeemed for carnival game play.  Also included with admission is a gift certificate for a three 30 minute massage (a $45 value) by the relaxation experts at Elements Massage in Elm Grove.

                Sponsors of the event include WMSE radio 91.7, hGA (architects), and C2, a creative placement firm. 

                Artists who've donated generously include Ann Baer (an edition artist who specializes in acrylic paint, watercolor, collage, mixed media, plein air), Stef Bartz (photographer, also creates wearable art), Teira Chmielewski (who is donating 15 watercolor paintings), Melissa Dorn Richards (whose current work includes bold, abstract paintings), Dwellephant (donated 20 mini pieces of cut, carved wood painted orange, black, and white), Kari Garon (multidisciplinary artist), Amanda Gerkin (edition artist), Philipp Hoffman (photographer), Dan Kirchen (ink and paint on glass into which he first carves details with a razor), John Kowalczyk (edition artist), Peter Kudlata (abstract expressionist in acrylic
paint), Sue Lawton (writer, illustrator, musician), Ari David Rosenthal (photographer), Audra Scholtes (edition artist) Jeremy Shamrowicz (owner and creator of Flux Design, has created a piece for the art auction), and Lee Ann Wooten (multimedia and mosaic artist). 


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