“Middle Kingdoms”: Stephanie Barenz Experiences China Through MKE Eyes

River Edge Gallery is pleased to announce the presentation of Milwaukee artist Stephanie Barenz’s newest paintings. In Middle Kingdoms, Barenz explores the sanctity of knowing one’s neighbor and was stimulated by a year spent teaching in, and exploring, China.  Her work shows an exciting mix of Midwest and Chinese influence. The Exhibition begins with a reception with the artist Friday, November 30 from 5-8 pm.

Barenz received her Bachelors of Art from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota, with a year spent in Florence, Italy. She continued her education as a resident artist at the Chicago Printmaker’s Collaborative and then completed her MFA in Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Her studio is currently at Reginald Baylor’s Plaid Tuba in Milwaukee. Barenz is also recently featured in Schiffer Publishing’s new book 100 Artists of the Midwest, released in June, 2012.

River Edge Gallery is located at 184 S. Main St. in Thiensville’s historic river district. Hours are Thursdays and Fridays 12-5; Saturdays 12-4. Middle Kingdoms will run through Saturday, January 26, 2013.

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Michael Santini’s “Allegorical Journey” September 14th at River Edge Gallery


River Edge Gallery is pleased to share the masterful paintings of Michael Santini.  The exhibition, entitled “Allegorical Journey“, is slated to open with an artist reception Friday September 14th from 5-8 pm. Michael will join us in the gallery and will be able to guide you in the exploration of his symbolically rich paintings.

These paintings tell stories of the human condition that are as easily from the Old Testament as from today’s headlines. Santini’sdetail-rich paintings portray the constant spiritual and worldly struggles of good versus evil as inspired by the Bible and everyday life.

Aspects of contemplation, choice and accountability or political and religious strife are consistent themes. “My work is a reflection of me and my life and the struggles and joy that I have experienced,” Santini explains.

His painting style is described as a cross between surrealism and fantasy. Influential artists include Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch. “My color palette and the symbolism used in my work has been influenced by these great artists,” he adds.
During his long career, the Thiensville-based artist  has exhibited his works throughout the United States and abroad, including Chicago, San Francisco and Switzerland. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Salem College, Salem, WV in 1968, and has lived and worked in the Mequon-Thiensville area for over a decade.

Please join Michael in the Gallery Friday September 14th from 5-8 PM for an opening reception and a first look at the outcomes of his inspiration and skill.


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River Edge Gallery Welcomes “Recollection” with Opening Reception June 15th

River Edge Gallery, a gallery featuring contemporary art to Northern Milwaukee, Ozaukee County and beyond, will feature new works by transplanted Wisconsin native artist Cassie Marie Edwards. The exhibition, entitled Recollection will begin on Friday, June 15 and run through Saturday, July 28.

In Recollection, Edwards creates still-life oil works of painted figurines and other objects from her childhood. “I see the objects in the paintings …as a personification of my possessions — a fill-in for the friends I’ve been missing since I left Wisconsin,” she explains.

A native of West Bend, she earned her BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2007, and her MFA at Northern Illinois University in 2010. She teaches art history at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota.

The opening reception for this show of life-like representational paintings is slated for Friday, June 15 at River Edge Gallery from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. River Edge Gallery is located at 184 S. Main St. in the historic district of Thiensville on the banks of the Milwaukee River. Visitors will enjoy a reception and discussion with the artist. “We are happy to welcome Cassie back to Southeast Wisconsin,” remarks Kathy Tatterson, Gallery Director. “This is a great opportunity to offer these incredible still lifes to art enthusiasts in her home state.”

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