Jamie Bilgo Bruchman
SWAN Day MKE 2018
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SWAN Day MKE 2018: “Women and Nature: Nourishing Our Roots,” an art exhibition at the Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley.

Exhibition: Runs March 24th - May 31st, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 24th 11am-3pm
FREE & Open to the public

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde

Over one-hundred women-identified artists of all ages, disciplines and levels of artistic experience residing in Milwaukee and surrounding areas were invited to participate in an informal, non-juried celebration and exhibition. Now in its third year, SWAN Day MKE participants move “beyond the swan,” exploring a broader theme of women’s artistic & spiritual connections to nature, and how these roots nourish one’s work, activism and daily living. The response to this year’s theme has been outstanding, and we are delighted to welcome dozens of new artists from a diverse range of artistic backgrounds, ages, cultures, and mediums. Women from Alverno College, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Escuela Verde Milwaukee, L.U.N.A collective, as well as individual practices around the Milwaukee area are coming together for what promises to be an amazing celebration of the diverse and beautiful community of women and arts here in Milwaukee.

New for 2018! We are so excited to be hosting our third year at a new venue: the Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley Branch. Each year SWAN Day MKE also supports a cause related to our theme, and this year we are inviting people to support our host, the Urban Ecology Center. An environmental community center with three locations in Milwaukee, the UEC works to connect people to nature right in their neighborhood. With your support, the UEC can connect even more folks in our communities to the nourishing power of nature displayed in the SWAN Day MKE exhibition and its arts programming as a whole.

SWAN Day MKE - March 10-April 2nd Press Release

A Celebration & Exhibition of Milwaukee Women Artists
Artists from all over Milwaukee celebrate the power and diversity of women’s creativity at SWAN Day MKE, an Exhibition at RedLine Milwaukee that is part of the International 9th Annual Support Women Artists Now Day.

Come enjoy the FREE Opening Reception for SWAN DayMKE 2017
Exhibition: ​Runs March 10th ­ April 2nd, 2016 at RedLine Milwaukee
Opening Reception: ​Saturday, March 19th 10am­12pm at RedLine Milwaukee

RedLine Milwaukee
2nd Floor Artist in Residence (AIR) Gallery
1422 N. 4th St. Milwaukee, WI 53212
www.redlineartmke.org 414­491­9088
Hours: Thurs 10­7, Fri & Sat 10­3
Free & Open to the public

Organized by Jamie Bilgo Bruchman
Artist in Residence at RedLine Milwaukee

About RedLine Milwaukee
RedLine Milwaukee, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is an urban laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and to stimulate the creative potential of the local community to which we are linked. Through residency, education, outreach and challenging exhibition programs with a focus on social justice, RedLine inspires and impacts new generations of cultural and civic transformers.

Participating artists include:
Kath Vanderberg, Cynthia S. Hayes, Rebecca Sykalski, Jody Emery with daughters Lauren & Jamie Toscano, Monica Gorko, Grace Glembin, Gina Glembin, Jamie Bilgo Bruchman, Shalisha Porter, Carmen D. Williams, Melanie Ownley, Christine Burke, Katie Gamb, Allison Beilke, Maeve Jackson, Jenna Miller, Katie Shaw, Nirmal Raja, Elissa Palmer, Kristin Gjerdset, Lauren Bugenhagen, Alli Smith, Sabrina J. Price, Charlotte Enders, Johanna Larson, Zoë Darling, Daryll Michaelis, Anja Notanja Sieger, Laura Dorow, Dara Larson, Jordan Acker Anderson, Pacia Sallomi, Kathleen Walter, Tracy Thomas, Katurah McNichols, Alexa Hollywood, Kat Rodriguez, Tori Tasch, Cynthia Brinich-Langlois, Mari Marks, Michele Parliament, Stacey Williams-Ng, Min Kyoung Sung, Amber S. Anderson, Dominique Williams, Sue Lawton, Marsha McDonald, Valaria Tatera, Jennifer Klemens, Emily Adrienne Liefke, CaBeatrice Hart, Colleen Sherry, Bianca Brandolino, Lizzy Salvaggio, Marna Brauner, Heidi Koester, Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski, Katie Ryan, Ann Mory Wydeven, Lindsay Marx, Pat Hidson, Michelle Dabel, Leila Mousai, Megan Cunningham, Lynn Reif

From Oak Creek High School (Instructor Laura Dorow) Kiersten Czarnecki, Nancy Yang, Melissa Nurre, Allison Dennick & Victoria Smikowski
From Mount Mary University (Instructor Jordan Acker Anderson) Becca Basten, Denisse Hernandez, Shannon Franklin, Emily Williams, Lauren Kidd, Elizabeth Mueller, Lynda Sommers

From Alverno College (Instructor Dara Larson) Tai Hardie, Emma Rybacki, Britney Perkins, Molly Thornton, Jenna Burke, Cecilia Castro, Lauren Cepulis, Na-Tiyana Davis, Tashira Feliciano, Gabrielle Lynn, Alesia Milliner & Namiko Ookawara

Collaborative piece organized by Lexis Zenobia & 75 women of Milwaukee Ladies United #mlu

Dia de Los Muertos Exhibition - WPCA & Alfons Gallery
Please join me this month in the annual celebration of Dia de Los Muertos at Walker's Point Center for the Arts and Alfons Gallery.

Both gallery spaces will have altars/ofrendas and feature related artwork by local artists.

Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA)
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 17th 5pm-9pm
Exhibit runs through November 22, 2014

Alfons Gallery
Community Altar by RedLine Artists

Complementing Francisco X. Mora’s exhibit, from October 26 to November 30, resident artists from RedLine Milwaukee will explore Day of the Dead traditions from personal perspectives, creating individual, traditional escenas (scenes) or calaveras (sculptures) memorializing family or friends. These pieces will be installed just outside the Gallery. They will also collaborate with RedLine Milwaukee Mentor Dara Larson to build a public altar in that same space.

RedLine Artist in Residence 2014-2016
Amazing news! I am so happy to announce that I am now an Artist in Residence at RedLine Milwaukee. RedLine Artists complete 10 hours of studio time per week, in addition to 2 hours of community service, Professional Development programming and building mentor relationships.

This is a fantastic resource for Milwaukee and I encourage you to check out their regular gallery showings, artist studios and community printshop. For more information, please visit www.redlineartmke.org
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Intimate Nature: Kristin Gjerdset & Jamie Bilgo Bruchman at Urban Ecology Center July 10-Sept 28, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 10th 5-7pm
Artists speak at 6:00pm

"Kristin sees the world underfoot -- often overlooked, yet as deserving of reverence as grand scenery. Hers is the world of tiny shrubs and flowers, visited by winged beings and fur-bearing creatures. Jamie Bilgo Bruchman notices the natural world in our everyday lives and asks questions. Where do things come from? How do they work? What does this mean?"

I will be showing monotypes from my "Cream City Impressions Series", where I intentionally direct these questions at our hometown of Milwaukee.
Hope you can join us!

Check it out on Facebook!

Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park
1500 E. Park Pl. Milwaukee, WI 53211
Urban Ecology Center

Garden Room & Anaba's 10 Year Retrospective
November 3 - December 30, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3rd 5:00-9:00pm
Featuring local musicians: Dick Elliot (5-6:15pm), Don Linke (6:30-7:45pm) & John Stano (8-9pm)!

Enjoy small bites from Anaba's NEW winter menu & Happy Hour Specials!
*Please note: Anaba will not be serving dinner during this special evening event
In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, Garden Room & Anaba Tea Room are proud to host an incredible line up of 57 artists, all of whom have exhibited over the past ten years in our unique gallery space. In this invitational retrospective, artists have been asked to create 1 to 3 small works all priced at $200 or less, and will be available for cash and carry purchase. With almost 100 pieces in this exhibition, it’s a perfect way to invest in local talent, support local business and give a great gift for the holidays! This event is FREE & open to the public.

Participating Artists Include:

Brenda Anguil, Jamie Bilgo, Carol Chase Bjerke, Jeanne Bjork, Paul Bobrowitz, Mary Boettcher, Carol Brown, Matt Cipov, Jeanne Corrao, Curtis Crain, Joeann Daley, Mary Louise Dean, Sandra DeGeorge, Catherine Kleiman DesRosier, Gregg DesRosier Audrey Dulmes, Kathleen Eggert, Patrick Farrell, Nan Fitzpatrick, Charlotte Fung-Miller, Jane Gregorius, Susan Hale, Roxanne Hanney, Carol Hauer, Carolyn Larkin, Bill Lemke, Linda Kelen, Thea Kovac, Valerie Kupczak-Rios, Janice McClellan, Doug McDonald, Ruth Mode, Kathy Morgenroth, Judith Gahn Murphy, Mark Nash, Michael Nolte, John O’Hara, Jeanne Nikolai Olivieri, Johnna Papin, Madhavi Parekh, Sophie Parker, Sandra Peterson, JoAnna Poehlmann, Silas B. Ritchie, Jeannee Sacken, Karin Savage, Jane Schneider, Mona Schudson, Pamela H. Stilp, Linda Streifender, Peter Sutter, Dint Sweitzer, Judy Tolkan, Mary Ullrich, Hans Viets, Kathleen Walter, Stacey Williams-Ng

Anaba Tea Room Located in the lower level of Garden Room

2107 East Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211
Holiday Hours: Open Mon & Tues 10-5, Wed-Sat 11-9, Sun 11-3
For more info, please contact: Jamie Bilgo Bruchman at Garden Room
414-963-1657 Jamie@gardenroomonline.com


Juniper 61
New work is currently up at Juniper 61 restaurant in Wauwatosa!
NOW through May 20, 2012
(This is a great neighborhood restaurant, and its sister is Cafe Lulu, so the food is amazing!)

Featuring BRAND NEW paintings!!
(See preview pics here)

In my latest work, the Algae Bloom & Bloom Pattern Series, I reference large formations of algae occurring in various bodies of water, which are referred to as “blooms.” The phenomenon can occur when there is a sudden increase in nutrients or a change in water temperature. Though aesthetically beautiful, they can severely impact and overwhelm the surrounding environment. Some forms are even toxic. The word “bloom” is usually associated with its pleasant flower form, but as a verb it also means “to appear or expand suddenly, to be vigorous” and “to flourish, to grow.” In the Bloom Pattern Series, I explore the term through literal use of botanical forms, but also through “blooms” of multiplying cells, paint applications and repeating decorative patterns.

*I'm currently planning a night for mingling, drinking & art viewing- stay tuned, or sign up on my email list for more info*

Juniper 61
6030 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

"Not for the Faint-heARTed" at James Steeno Gallery
Halloween Art Show - An opportunity for nine local artits to work beyond their normal comfort zone, and make something a little weird...macabre.

Opening Night & Artist Reception
Friday, October 28th 5-9pm
Show continues through November 11th.

Participating Artists:
Sabina Diehr, Zora Martin, Leslie Martin
Judy Dubrosky, Jessica Poor, Gina Glembin, Jamie Bilgo
Julie Paasch-Anderson & James Steeno

Click here to see the postcard!

James Steeno Gallery
5700 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI 53208
www.jamessteeno.com 920-639-1040
Gallery Hours: M-F Approx 9am-5pm (but can vary)
Saturday 10-1pm or by appointment


WPCA Annuals Members Show 9/9-10/8/2011
Join me with 70+ Milwaukee Artists!!

With a variety of talented members exhibiting their work in an array of mediums, styles and compositions, this dynamic showing of local and regional artists is sure to create an environment of juxtapositions and kinships. Featuring the work of current WPCA members, this salon-style exhibition takes a broad look at what is being produced in the contemporary Milwaukee art scene. For years WPCA has hosted its Annual Members Show in gratitude of those who have sustained the organization and as an opportunity for emerging and established artists from the area to converge, share ideas and generate dialogue.

Walker's Point Center for the Arts
839 S. 5th St. Milwaukee, WI 53204

Currently at Beans & Barley - Summer 2011
*My work is currently on view at Beans & Barley on Milwaukee's East Side!*

I am showing my "Modern Biology Series" (aka the Pink Series) with paintings by Nancy Davis & Jan Walzak. Look for mine above the restaurant waiting bench!

Works will be on display through mid-September, 2011

1901 East North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 278-7878
Daily 8am-9pm

Black & White Show, Plus "Got Art?" Event
Exciting news - TWO Art Openings this Friday in Washington Heights!
They are literally right next door to each other, so I hope you can join me:

Show #1:
The Black & White Show: Fashion Inspired Works by Gina Glembin & Jamie Bilgo
July 15-August 31, 2011

at Boutique Revolution
5209 W. North Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53208
414-871-0624 Tues-Sat 10-4pm

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 15th 6-9pm
With refreshments, snacks & (most importantly) Gourmet black & white Cupcakes by Tina Chronister of Secret Sweets Bakery! (We encourage black & white ensembles, too!)

Gina & Jamie have talked about doing a black & white show for a long time. They thought this would be a great opportunity showing at Boutique Revolution, given the always-present combination of black & white in the fashion (& art) world. Clean, classic, elegant & contrasting - but there's a wonderful grey area in between all the tints and shades.

Jamie Bilgo:
This black & white series is based on looking at black and white patterns found in fashion textiles, on animals in nature and within Japanese designs. In combining these aesthetic influences, I used various black & white materials including pen, acrylic, watercolor, feathers, leaves & India ink. The off-white paper for these drawings (sourced from test proofs of old intaglio prints) reminded me of an aged black and white photograph.

Gina Glembin:
This Black and White portrait series consists of pen, ink and watercolor. Each portrait is based on different looks found in 2011 fashion layouts. An emphasis is placed on the focal points of personal expression found in the use of accessories and hair styles.


Show #2 (right next door!)
Samara Garden & Home, LLC presents their summer art event:
"Got Art? We Do!"
Friday, July 15th 5-9pm (with refreshments)
Saturday, July16th 10-5pm

Milwaukee's premier selection of affordable, local art displayed in our beautiful gallery. Choose from a vast selection of oil/acrylic/watercolor paintings, photography, collage, assemblage, ceramics & more!
Including work by local artists Jamie Bilgo & Gina Glembin!

Samara Garden & Home, LLC
5211 W. North Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Shop Hours: Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat 10-5

Find both events on Facebook here:

*Westside Artwalk + MARN's 2nd Annual Art Treasure Hunt!*
*This Weekend, April 29 5-9pm, April 30 10-4pm*

My work will be featured at Samara Garden & Home 5211 W. North Ave., & at Magnolia 1442 Underwood Ave.

Hope you can make it! (Samara is also open 10-4pm)

Featured Westside Artwalk MARN Artists - April 29 & 30
Jamie Bilgo, Magnolia, 1442 Underwood Ave.
Ken Brown, Be Spectacled, 7505 Hardwood Ave.
Chuck Weber, Magpie, 7613 Hardwood Ave.
Beki Borman, Fair Trade, 8730 W. North Ave.
...Steve Olrich, Bentley's One of a Kind, 8816 W. North Ave.
Nathaniel Stern, Art&Soul, 5706 W. Vliet St.
Albin Erhart, John Korom Photo, 5706 W. Vliet St.
Dianne Soffa, Samara Garden & Home, 5211 W. North Ave
Susan Tolonen, James Steeno Gallery, 5700 W. Vliet St.
Linda Vitamas, Four Corners, 5401 W. Vliet St.
William Zubak, Eat Cake!, 4301 W. Vliet St.
Petra Press, Allen Gallery Authentic Journeys, 1430 Underwood Ave.
Also visit MARN's Gallery Space, 5407 W. Vliet St.*

CONTACT: Melissa Musante
melissam@marnonline.com or 414-305-2109 www.artsinmilwaukee.org

April 8, 2011– Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) is pleased to announce their 2nd Annual Art Treasure Hunt to be held in conjunction with Milwaukee’s Gallery Night and Day (April 15-16), the Westside Artwalk (April 29-30), Waukesha’s Art Crawl (May 7) and culminating with a Closing Gala on May 13. The Art Treasure Hunt offers artwork at selected venues by some of the Greater Milwaukee Area’s top visual artists.

Designed to entice new art collectors to the market this event is quickly becoming a favorite for established collectors as well. The event challenges people who have never thought to buy original art work to think about collecting art by local artists. Though the works are valued from $50.00 to $600.00, each piece will be offered for the affordable price of $25.00 to $75.00. In this way MARN breaks the number one barriers to collecting “I can’t afford it”.

Each piece will be offered at different venue during each of the three artwalks happening across the area from April 15th – May 7th. Every time a patron buys a work their “passport” will be stamped. Once a patron collects four works they will be eligible for a grand prize drawing held at the closing Gala – a “tourist in your home town” package including a stay the Pfister, dinner at the Mason Street Grill, and tickets to the ballet.

The ticketed Closing Gala will be held on Friday, May 13, 2011 at MARN’s headquarters and gallery located at 5407 W. Vliet Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Milwaukee. Tickets are available for the cost of $25.00 and may be purchased during the run of the event or by going to artsinmilwaukee.org. The event will feature food from area restaurants, live music, and a variety of auction items. Plus patrons will have the opportunity meet many of the artists participating in the event.

“We’re so grateful for the support of not only the artists on this event but the art supply vendors who have donated materials so the artists don’t have any out of pocket costs” said Melissa Musante, Executive Director. “This is a way our artists can give back to our organization and that the public can collect locally while supporting our cause, sustainability for Milwaukee’s extraordinary creative class.”

About Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN)
The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) is a nonprofit art-service organization. MARN empowers all types of creatives with access to educational and professional resources and creates a network for communication and collaboration. MARN works to make the arts accessible to people of all economic and educational backgrounds in the Greater Milwaukee Area and helps creatives to connect with audiences.


Upcoming Spring Shows! 2011
Hello, hello!
Hope you are all fabulous, warm (spring is "almost" here, right?), and still looking at and/or making art! I just wanted to share the good news that I've been featured in this nice art blog posted by Mary at CricketToes.com. Please read/click below for more info.

I am adding more works to my website as we speak and will post info about upcoming 2011 shows. I will be one of thirty artists participating in Milwaukee Artist Resource Network's Art Treasure Hunt (March, April and May) and, hopefully, a show in Madison this July.

Mark your calendars for this four-time MARN fundraising event taking place this Spring:

Gallery Night & Day, Sat&Sun, April 15&16th
West Side Artwalk Sat&Sun, April 29&30th
Waukesha Art Crawl Saturday, May 7th
MARN's Art Auction Saturday, May 13th

Stay tuned for more & thanks as always for your ongoing support!

MARN Holiday Bazaar Nov 26-Dec 23, 2010
Please join me for Milwaukee Artist Resource Network's Holiday Bazaar!

Grand Opening:
November 26 Noon - 8 pm.
Refreshments & Snacks will be served.

OPEN November 26 – December 23, 2010

Stand apart from the crowd.
Give them something interesting!
Come and experience a fun and relaxing shopping atmosphere featuring unique, affordable, gifts that range from the practical to the unusual!
Produced by over 2 dozen Wisconsin artists.

Located in MARN’s new home: 5407 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI 53208

Shopping Hours:
12 - 8 pm. Wednesday – Friday
10 - 6 pm. Saturday
12 - 4 pm. Sunday

Press: http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/110461514.html/

Westside Artwalk September 17 & 18, 2010
Village of Wauwatosa, Washington Heights, Vliet Street 43rd to 50th, State St, & North Ave.
Fri: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Check it out on Facebook!

Please join me! I will be showing at Samara Studios!
5211 W. North Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Walker's Point Center for the Arts Annual Members Show Sept 10- Oct 16
Please join me & other fabulous Milwaukee Artists for the WPCA Annual Members Show!

September 10-October 16, 2010

Walker's Point Center for the Arts
839 S. 5th ST.
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 12-5pm

5-9pm Fri, October 15th

Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Aug 20-22
Please join me and 80+ exhibiting artists from around the country at the First Annual Milwaukee Domes Arts Festival Friends of the Domes, August 20-22, 2010. The festival takes place at the historic Mitchell Park Conservatory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The cultural event will feature live plein air painters and over 80 artists chosen to exhibit through a blind jury selection process.

Throughout the weekend festival visitors will enjoy live music, food, drink, an art auction and a variety of entertainment for all ages. Proceeds from The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival will go to supporting Friends of the Domes, an organization dedicated to enhancing programs and projects in Milwaukee County Parks Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory.

Milwaukee Domes Art Festival:
Jamie Bilgo - Painting, Printmaking & Mixed Media

Friday August 20 12pm-7pm
Saturday August 21 10am-7pm
Sunday August 22 10am-4pm
Admission $5.00

Please visit Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Online for more information.