Artist of the day: Emily Liefke

Published May 22, 2020

Emily Liefke's artwork combines her passion for animals, nature and people - but not necessarily in that order. Liefke is also a guest on the new live art series, MKEfest Virtual Art Walk.


Artist of the day: Malachi Schmidt

Published May 5, 2020

Malachi Schmidt is an 18-year-old savant artist. HIs one-of-a-kind style of drawing and painting is abstract and yet captures the essence of his subjects, which range from commissioned pet portraits to influential people in history.


Artist of the day: James Steeno

Published April 22, 2020

"If my works remind people that Milwaukee is a fun and vibrant place to be, then I have done my job," says artist James Steeno.


Artist of the day: Kari Garon

Published April 16, 2020

Kari Garon's artwork is deeply tied into her personal healing and growth, she calls it "a constant reflection of a pendulum of observation, empathy, coping, and more recently, empowerment."


Talented teen makes peace with autism through art

Published July 11, 2015

People create art for many different reasons including out of desire, with the intention to heal, for the sake of entertainment or out of sheer compulsion. Malachi Schmidt, a 13-year-old who has drawn since he was about 5, has his own reasons. Schmidt says painting and drawing make him feel "normal," good and like everyone else.


Var mixes art, music, comedy, community and cocktails

Published Jan. 4, 2015

Last month, Var Gallery and Studios opened at 643 S. 2nd St. in a former aluminum foundry that had been empty for a couple of years. The gallery, artists' collective and bar showcases art shows, acoustic live music, comedy performances, workshops, open figure drawing, talk sessions, social gatherings and more.