Opening reception Sunday, July 8, 2-5 pm
Artists's and curator's talks beginning at 6:30 pm
Lon Michels' lavishly detailed figure paintings, landscapes, and still lifes are rich with art historical references, but their primary subject is his love affair with color and pattern.
"Flowers by Livija" is a project by photographer James Brozek and the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee. Fifteen years ago, Brozek was given a box of slides by an apartment manager who was closing out the residence of an elderly tenant. Recalling that he "felt something" for this body of non-descript slides, he kept them. He knew little about Livija Patikne (1911-2001), the Latvian woman who took the slides, until several members of her family saw Brozek's prints of her photos at the Portrait Society Gallery. Throughout the 1950s and '60s, Livija created simple flower arrangements and photographed them in still-life compositions. It was her private artistry. After her husband died in 1959, she also documented the floral arrangements she left on his grave, occasionally including herself in the image.