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SWAN Day MKE 2017 Opening Reception!
March 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dive into the creative energy of Milwaukee Women at SWAN Day MKE 2017!
Celebrate and connect with Milwaukee artists at the Opening Reception, and uplift women served by Meta House, Inc. and LSS Refugee Resettlement Aid by participating in our menstrual product drive. Over 120 original artworks, spoken word, dance and more to be featured as part of the 10th Annual International Support Women Artists Now Day.
Exhibition: Runs March 25th – April 22nd, 2017 at RedLine Milwaukee
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25th 10am-3pm with
Opening Remarks (and cake served!) at 11am in Redline Milwaukee’s 2nd Floor Gallery.
-Artist talks & spoken word performance from 1-3pm by Alexandra Routh Moon Feather, Colette Lousberg, Monica Rios and Blanche Brown.
-Performance poetry & a facilitated community installation by Anja Notànjà Sieger & Monica Thomas
-Featuring Riverwest FemFest Milwaukee’s compilation soundtrack & resource table
-Free mini massages by Moon Feather of Limitless Expansion
-Screen-printing station run by artist Melanie Ariens
-Dance performance by Oak Creek High School students Victoria Smikowski & Anna Menako
-SWAN Day MKE Selfie-station
-Free Coloring station facilitated by Drawn Out & B.E.L.L.Y. Milwaukee Adult Coloring Meetup
-The Next Four Years Poster Sale & Signing with Niki Johnson & Marc Tasman
-A few other bells & whistles TBA
New for 2017! “We all bleed– uplift women in need!” Menstrual Product Drive:
Donate money or supplies (pads, tampons, liners) to benefit women in Milwaukee served by Meta House, Inc. and Lutheran Social Services Refugee Resettlement Aid. Bring products to the Opening Reception or contact SwanDayMKE@gmail.com to participate.
Jamie Bilgo Bruchman – Artist
Organizer, SWAN Day MKE
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More About SWAN DAY MKE :
Women artists of all ages, disciplines and levels of artistic experience residing in Milwaukee and surrounding area were invited to participate in an informal, non-juried celebration and exhibition of art held at RedLine Milwaukee, as part of Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an international celebration of women artists and the power of their work to change the world. “Women artists are creating change in their communities and around the world,” said Martha Richards, the co-founder of SWAN Day. “This day of celebration will help people imagine what the world would be like if women’s art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives.”
All works in SWAN Day MKE contain a “swan” element or theme, drawing inspiration from this symbolic bird and its place in nature, travel, folklore and history. It’s an animal that represents transformation, contrast, inner beauty and creativity.
Along with each piece, on display will also be artist’s responses to four questions, designed to cultivate an awareness of community, both among women artists all over the world and within our geographical community of Milwaukee. The answers are insightful, profound and empowering:
1)Who is your favorite woman artist and why?
2)What do you need today and What do you have to offer?
3) What person, place or event has made you feel supported as a woman artist in Milwaukee? Describe how have they have helped you along your path.
4) What words make you feel empowered to be true to yourself and your work?
Be the Change
The first-ever SWAN Day MKE 2016 event welcomed over 150 participants that created 79 works of art, including collaborations by international students at Alverno College and attendees at Milwaukee Ladies United events. Over 200 people attended the opening reception, with many more until the close of the exhibit. Networking via SWAN Day MKE has lead to participants’ access to employment, exhibition opportunities, sales, studios, workshops, artist collaborations and supportive friendships. SWAN Day MKE is made possible with a generous grant from WomenArts – SWAN Day, support from RedLine Milwaukee and numerous volunteers.
Find out more about the SWAN Day International Holiday:
SWAN Day MKE 2016 Featured on Women Arts website & Newsletter http://www.womenarts.org/2016/03/08/in-milwaukee-now-we-are-all-each-others-bevy-of-swans/
Find out more about Redline Milwaukee http://www.redlinemkeart.org