Inspiration Studios
Press Release

Art in so Many Words Exhibit Pairs Artists and Poets


By - Feb 14th, 2020 10:04 am
Art in so Many Words

Art in so Many Words

WEST ALLIS, WI–It will be “Coolsville” at Inspirations Studios, 1500 S. 73rd Street in West Allis throughout the month of March. The Rogues Artists Group and local poets have joined together in a creative project to interpret each other’s work. Their final expressions will be exhibited at Art in so Many Words. There will be a 1950s coffeehouse-themed artists and poets reception on Friday, February 28, 6:00-9:00 PM, paying tribute to the renaissance of art and poetry by the Beat generation. Bring your bongos, don your sunglasses, and “drop out” or drop by the show to meet the artists and listen to live readings by contemporary poets. The event is free and open to the public.

Art in so Many Words showcases the work of 15 artists of The Rogues Artists Group and 15 poets from southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. To create this thought-provoking show, each artist received a poem that they interpreted in the medium of their choice. Media represented includes acrylics, oils, watercolors, mixed media, collage, cut paper and an artist’s book.  Each poet received a piece of art from their corresponding artist and they interpreted it in their medium—the spoken word. Many of the poets will be in attendance on February 28, reading their poems to the audience.

At the Opening Reception, viewers can sip coffee or libations with exhibiting artists: Barbara Friedman, Suzanne Eli-Germaine, Carol Christ, Laura Easey-Jones, Marcia Hero, Angela Otts, Cherie Raffel, Julie San Felipe, Tom Smith, Nancy Lohmiller, Marlena Eanes, Beth Stoddard, Joyce Eesley, J.J. Joyce and Marcia Hochstetter. Attendees can share light refreshments and mingle with the “cool cats,” poets Janet Leahy, Patricia Carney, Jay Veloso Batista, Mary Jo Balistreri, Cindy Crebbin, Bob Phelps, Cristina Norcross, Kathleen Hayes Phillips, Angela Otts, Paula Kay Schulz, Patricia Lynne, Kathleen M. Klein, Roselyn Stewart and Patricia Foldvary.

Folk and Jazz music will enhance the hipster vibe. All original artwork will be for sale. A book of the poems and the accompanying artwork, edited by Erico Ortiz, will also be for sale with proceeds supporting Inspiration Studios.

The Rogues Artists Group, established in 2018, is made up of 40 artists producing investment-quality art with exhibits at a variety of venues around the state. Membership in The Rogues is by invitation only. For more information, visit or email

Art in so Many Words will be exhibited through March 28, 2020. After the February 28 opening, 6:00-9:00 PM, the exhibit will be available for viewing during Cream City Theater’s production of Neil Simon’s Second Act, March 13-22. To schedule a private viewing, call the gallery at (414) 587-3474.

Inspiration Studios is operated by founder Erico Ortiz. Inspiration Studios aims to create a welcoming environment for emerging and established artists to exhibit their creations. Located in the heart of downtown West Allis, this exciting venue draws in the local community by featuring local artists and performers. For more information, visit or email

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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