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“Our City Dreams” kicks off Guildess’ first film series.

October 4, 2011

Guildess’ first film of our first film series is just ONE week away! While 10th Street Gallery/In Tandem Theatre and Guildess get everything in order for opening night, I would like to share a brief synopsis and trailer for the first film, “Our City Dreams”.

Filmed over the course of two years, “Our City Dreams” is an invitation to visit the creative spaces of five women …artists, each of whom possesses her own energy, drive and passion. These women, who span different decades and represent diverse cultures, have one thing in common beyond making art: the city to which they have journeyed and now call home – New York.


Opening night details:

10th Street Gallery/In Tandem Theatre (628 N. 10th St. Milwaukee, WI 53233)

October 11, 2011 / 7pm

Theatre seating, cash bar

More info: Here!



Featured Artist of the Week: Jasmine Barmore

September 29, 2011

This week, Guildess is featuring Milwaukee-based artist Jasmine Barmore. 

Biography: JAZMEN (Jasmine Barmore) is an illustrator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a recent graduate from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. She majored in illustration and focused on secondary studies in printmaking and graphic design as well.

She is currently working as a freelance illustrator, but also serves as an urban arts community coordinator. Jazmen collaborates with inner-city youth to do community clean-ups, run creative cultural events, and project murals and workshops for local organizations.






“Spirited”, a BeExposed! Exhibition Recap

September 20, 2011

This past Friday, “Spirited” opened at the BeExposed! Gallery space in Kenosha. Artists Leah Borkenhagen and Rebecca Schoenecker each displayed a interesting collection of work representing the natural world with unnatural overtones.

The show generated a bit of press:

  • Article about Guildess and Spirited by Expose Kenosha.
  • Mention in Art City (Journal Sentinel Art Critic Mary Louise Schumacher)

Here are a few photographs from the opening…



If you missed the show and would like to check it out, it will be on display until October 16, 2011.


Featured Artist: Rebecca Schoenecker

September 13, 2011

Rebecca Schoenecker is Guildess’ Featured Artist of the Week! Her work caught my attention a few months ago, and continues to catch my attention every time I look at her website. Aside from the inviting and intriguing color palette, her subject matter is playful and fascinating. Although I am strongly drawn to her 2D work, Rebecca is a jack of all trades, dabbling in animation and sound, as well. I can only begin to imagine what her studio looks like!

Artist Statement:
I create works through weaving, embroidery, printmaking, drawing, painting, animation, music, and performance. Through these mediums I explore sexual power, fantasy, folklore, religion, and cultural memory.

I subvert ideals. By embroidering onto and altering traditional, gendered objects such as wigs or doilies, I change their meaning as objects of adornment. Similarly, as a songwriter and performer, I draw on spiritual and shamanistic musical traditions to create songs that both reminisce and controvert their histories.

I enjoy the magic of transforming a familiar object, song, or motif into something unexpected. In my world, the Sphinx is more powerful than the Great Pyramid, a male Centaur has beautifully feminine legs, and a Witch relishes in her own burning. I give age-old characters new dominion. Ultimately though, this confuses them; they are torn between all-powerful
and completely powerless.

Gendered histories and myths are so ingrained that we forget where they come from. By confusing these traditions, I invite the viewer and audience to create transformative, new histories.



Rebecca has work in Guildess’ exhibition “Spirited”, opening this Friday at the BeExposed Gallery space in Kenosha. You can read an article about Guildess and the exhibition here: Expose Kenosha.



Featured Artist: Leah K. Borkenhagen

September 1, 2011

This week, Guildess is featuring Milwaukee-based artist Leah K. Borkenhagen. Leah’s work caught my attention while I was surfing the web one day. The mix of vibrant, unnatural colors with natural subject matter creates a tension that I enjoy. – April Heding (Director)

Leah’s most recent work will be included in “Spirited”, a group exhibition featuring work by Leah Borkenhagen and Rebecca Schoenecker. This exhibition will be on display at the BeExposed! Gallery space from September 16 through October 16, 2011.


I’ve always been an artistic dabbler;  I like to keep my hands busy with a little bit of everything.  Whether it be painting, printmaking, collaging, interior work, jewelry, sculptor, etc., I enjoy it all.  Making art is about more than keeping myself occupied, it’s about taking my interpretation of the world as I see it and reconfiguring it through my hands. 

My work varies in theme and style, but generally I toy with ironies in our culture.  Animals often become metaphors for people and societal norms….snakes, sharks, lions…..I like leveling with the fierce and feared. 




Guildess presents a film series!

August 30, 2011

Guildess teams up with 10th Street Gallery and In Tandem Theatre to present a FREE film series starting on October 11, 2011 and continuing the second Tuesday of every other month. This film series focuses on films about and by female artists.

Our City Dreams will kick off the series. Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams is an invitation to visit the creative spaces of five women artists, each of whom possesses her own energy, drive and passion. These women, who span different decades and represent diverse cultures, have one thing in common beyond making art:  the city to which they have journeyed and now call home – New York.

Join us for a collection of contemporary and classic films that celebrate women in the arts. Learn about a new artist, get inspired or just relax and enjoy some great films.


Reminder! Guildess’ last day at the Riverwest Gardeners Market

August 22, 2011

REMINDER: Sunday is the last day Guildess will be selling a variety of handmade items to support our future outreach programming! Stop by the Riverwest Gardeners Market (corner of Locust St. and Bremen St.) between 10am and 4pm and pick up one or more of the items below!


Not pictured: hand printed “grow” postcards and artist postcards by local artist, Laura Gorzek.