“We Haven’t Got a Prayer”
A collaborative exhibit
Question: What do Jilan Dante, Deb Fabian, Michael R. Flasch, Francis Ford, Angel French, Rosie Hartmann, Colleen Kassner, Phil “Philo” Kassner, Doug Krimmer, William Mueller, Tim Murphy, Ellen Pizer, Stonie Rivera, Carol Rode-Curley, Mark Stall, and William Zuback have in common?
Answer. “WE HAVEN’T GOT A PRAYER,” a rag-tag extravaganza of art by well-known Milwaukee artists to be exhibited at Inspiration Studios, 1500 S. 73rd Street in West Allis, for the month of October. This collaborative exhibit will prove to be irreverent, fun, and filled with a ton of talent.
Colleen Kassner, curator for this show, explains how this exhibit came about. “We are a group of artists who meet every Friday night and we affectionately call these get-togethers our ‘prayer meetings.’ A few of us were at a reception at Inspiration Studios last February and we loved the space. From there evolved the idea for a joint exhibit. The title for the show, ‘We Haven’t Got A Prayer,’ emerged quite naturally through our Friday ‘prayer meetings’.”
Honoring the title of this exhibition, William Mueller offers “Mannequin Christ.” Challenging the mind’s eye, His archival print, “In Search of the Soul/Doctor Kaitlin Maule frustrated with yet another failure, leaves the OR in disgust” (full title!) is sure to spark one’s interest.
Their eclectic exhibit will feature a wide variety of mediums, including repurposed items, photography, assemblage art, paintings, mixed media pieces, furniture, prints, sculptured pieces and more. Most pieces will be available for purchase.
“The artists involved are all veterans of the Milwaukee (and beyond) art scene. We can be a little unconventional and outspoken and it carries over into our art. The selection of artists grew from just the Friday night regulars to other artists in the community whose work fit in with the theme. The result is a truly eclectic collection of works by 16 artists of all types. We may be outspoken, at times brash, and at times wild, but the artwork will not disappoint.”
Why participate in this sort of collaborative exhibition?
Photographer William Zuback, a West Allis native who is no stranger to Inspiration Studios, was drawn in by the diversity among the group of artists. “I am curious to see how each of the artists will interpret the theme.”
Stonie Rivera loves the idea of community projects and the edginess that this type of exhibit is sure to produce.
Mark Stall offers the following: “I enjoy being a part of our artist community and exhibition my work whenever I have an opportunity. Sales are very tough to come by the last couple of years, but I produce art for myself first. If people purchase my work, it’s a plus!”
An opening reception for “We Haven’t Got a Prayer” will be held Fri, October 2, from 6-10pm, and Sat, October 3 from 1-4pm, at the West Allis gallery. Catering will be provided by Mary Krimmer, former owner of Soup’s On. A closing reception will be held on Halloween, October 31, 6-10pm. Costumes are encouraged but not required. All receptions are free and open to the public.
Inspiration Studios opened its doors to the West Allis community on March 1, 2014, with the intention of providing varied styles of art and theatre to the broader community, focusing particularly on the emergence of new artists and their works.
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