The Pfister Hotel…Milwaukee

We were in the elevator with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. We enjoyed breakfast on the 23rd floor with Greek Orthodox Priests.  Seeing the priests walking alongside professional basketball players in the lobby was just fabulous.  I didn’t get that shot.  I wish I had.  If you’re in Milwaukee…stay at the Pfister Hotel which was the vision of Guido Pfister and his son, Charles.  The hotel opened in 1893.

Here are a few of the images that show the beauty of this truly remarkable hotel.

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I love the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.  There are a lot of things that make this hotel exceptional.  The Pfister hosts the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world.  There also is an artist-in-residence for a one year stint at a time currently.  What a great gig. His work was stunning.  See link below.

Current Artist-In-Residence: Todd Mrozinski a 1997 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design graduate.

http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/artist-in-residence/current-artist

http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/

http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/boutique-hotel/pfister-history

Milwaukee Moments…

I was in Milwaukee visiting my son, Ellis who attends MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design) this weekend with my twin daughters, Lucy and Willa and our friend, Jen.  Milwaukee has the vibe and friendliness of the prairie and the undeniable spirit of an American city that still makes stuff.  Here are a few of the highlights of our trip.  I always appreciate the shift in perspective when you get out of town for a few days. Travel always makes me want to explore my own city more when I get home.  I like that.

HARLEY DAVIDSON MUSEUM

This is a rust-encrusted Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was swept away by the Japan tsunami in March 2011 was found by Peter Mark in April, washed up on an island off the coast of British Columbia. We got to see it at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee this weekend.  What a remarkably well designed museum. If you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods.  It is well worth your time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I love flea markets…but not necessarily for the reason you would think.

This morning at the flea market in Sandwich, Mass I stopped at a table and started visiting with Dennis. Here’s Dennis. I scored some cool jewelry, some butter knives, a beautiful serving spoon and silver salad tongs from his goods. The serving pieces he actually gifted me after such a great early morning conversation. Not a bad way to start a Wednesday.

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We talked about kids, art, art school, traveling, creative minds, how creative minds work, selling Cadillacs, GOT JUNK (Dennis is a GOT JUNK Franchise owner in Rhode Island). My kids know that I love that business so much that the guys are referred to as “my GOT JUNK boyfriends” when they take a load from my home or studio. It was a great conversation and I learned that one of Dennis’ sons is a sculptor in Los Angeles. So I of course, needed to know more about his Rhode Island School of Design son working as a sculptor in LA. As an artist and a mother who is taking her son to art school (MIAD Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) in a few weeks, it’s inspiring to hear a story of how a young creative life was constructed.

Here are links to Brian’s work. I really like the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves sculptures. His vision makes them seem so much more complex and multi-dimensional. I encourage you to go the distance if you learn about something that interests you. It’s so easy to follow-up with someone and let them know how you found out about their work, idea, situation etc. This is one of the best reasons for the internet in my estimation.

http://www.brianrochefort.net/About-1
http://www.brianrochefort.net/SnowWhite_SevenDwarves
http://instagram.com/energygloop
http://www.brianrochefort.net/Cups