Dan Shafer

Shelby Keefe’s Pfister farewell

By - Mar 28th, 2012 04:00 am
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The Pfister Hotel bid farewell to to Artist-in-Residence Shelby Keefe on Tuesday night with a public reception in the Rouge ballroom that featured the unveiling of Keefe’s awe-inspiring legacy painting, Reflecting on the Day.

The piece will become part of the Pfister’s extensive permanent collection, and will be displayed alongside the legacy painting by 2010-2011 Artist-in-Residence, Katie Musolff, adjacent to the Artist-in-Residence studio. As noted during the reception, the Pfister has added three paintings to their collection in the last 120 years, with Keefe’s being the third. Much of Keefe’s work from the past year in the Pfister was on display in the studio, and gaps on the walls showed that some of these paintings had already found a new home.

Photos courtesy the Pfister Hotel

The warm reception also included the unveiling of Mason Street Grill‘s private label Cabernet, which features Keefe’s artwork on the label. A portion of the wine’s proceeds will benefit Creative Alliance Milwaukee. The wine was served to the evening’s guests, along with complimentary appetizers and cake.

Also at the reception was a canvas for anyone to, as Keefe put it, “share the joys of paint,” and add a few brushstrokes of their own. A digital slideshow of her work from the past year and Keefe’s recently completed 12″ x 12″ paintings for UPAF‘s “Artists Among Us” series were also on display.

Pfister Narrators Julie Ferris and Stacy Michelle Williams spoke at the reception, sharing stories from newly published books, which they stayed to sign. Current Pfister Narrator, Ed Makowski, also read selections of his Pfister-inspired poetry.

The reception was a fitting farewell to the prolific artist, who will be concluding her residency at the end of the month. New Artist-in-Residence, fiber artist Timothy Westbrook, will be moving into the studio space in April.

5 thoughts on “Shelby Keefe’s Pfister farewell”

  1. nhs76 says:

    The Wisconsin Avenue painting makes a great desktop background on one’s computer, too.

  2. Christina says:

    What a beautiful painting, it certainly makes me “feel” Wisconsin Avenue!

    1. brainjogr says:

      I agree, it gives a wonderful sense of downtown Milwaukee!

  3. Joe Kurth says:

    It has truly been a pleasure to watch Shelby’s impact on the Pfister, and she will be missed! The Artist in Residence program for the Pfister has been a real treat for us to be able to participate in the artists creativity within our hotel environment. Reggie Baylor, Katie Musolff and now Shelby Keefe are an amazing group of alumni for our residency program, and we wish them much continued success!

    Listening to the stories that Julie and Stacie read last night, and poetry selections from current Pfister Narrator Ed all added to a wonderful evening of celebrating the visual, written, and even culinary arts thanks to our tremendous staff.

    We are very much looking forward to seeing what Timothy Westbrook will bring to the hotel with his style, along with the next Pfister Narrator being announced in the coming weeks!

    Joe Kurth
    General Manager – The Pfister Hotel

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