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CoPA member Barry Szymanski’s photograph of Epcot’s geodesic dome was chosen for the September 2013 cover of The Congregationalist national magazine. The inset photograph of Lisa Rambo, one of the contestants on NBC's The Biggest Loser, is also by Szymanski. Both images were made during the 59th Annual Meeting and Conference of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, held in Orlando FL in June. Since 1849, The Congregationalisthas been a notable presence, providing resources for local churches and promoting just causes. Szymanski is the sole contributing photographer for the magazine.

CoPA member Martha Coaty's photograph Fog Induction is included in the 38th Annual Juried Exhibit at The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay WI, and received a  Special Merit award. The exhibit includes 42 artists from Door, Brown, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Oconto counties. A total of 55 works, all in two-dimensional media, were selected.

WPCA would like to present the photography of Milwaukee-based artist, William Mueller.  Mueller spent much of his younger years in search of answers. He turned to religion in hopes of finding the whys and wherefores of life and death. He was raised as a Methodist, practiced as a Catholic, and was a Jehovah Witness as well.  Mueller studied eastern religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, and dabbled in the Black Arts. What he found were holes in all of his religious endeavors.  Mueller feels that there is a misguided veneration to the church, being an institution with pomp and circumstance, and not enough emphasis on enlightenment. Mueller’s goal in this series is to create a personal connection between the viewer and the work, and to leave the viewer questioning or unsettled.  The photography included in this exhibition is from an ongoing series titled, Inside My Room Inside My Head, which includes work that touches on Mueller’s interpretation of current and past religious dogma, and the church’s infamous bad behavior.

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday December 3 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to help hang CoPA’s 7th Annual Midwest Juried Exhibition. The exhibition opens on Friday December 6 at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St., Milwaukee WI 53204.

Members who have experience hanging exhibitions are especially encouraged to volunteer. There will be approximately 40 images to hang.

To sign up to volunteer please contact: CoPA Exhibitions; Roy C. Schmidt at

CoPA member Barry Szymanski will have 2 photographs: Descent to the Crosswalk and I Spy a Cab, in the Anderson Arts Center's Annual Winter Juried Show. Michael Flanagan - Director of the Crossman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - juried the show. An opening reception will be held on Sunday November 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 5, 2014.

The Milwaukee Street Photography Group is for anyone interested in traditional street photography, historical/social documentary photography, or photojournalism - the art of capturing life as it happens, and telling stories with images.

The group's first meet-up will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday November 9, 2013, beginning at Catalano Square park (at the south end of N. Broadway). This is an older section of Milwaukee near the Milwaukee River and many old factory buildings, that is being revitalized with apartments, and dining and shopping establishments. It should be a great location to see people out and about, even in November.

Text and Texture features the work of three artists and a writer. Photographer Vicki Reed invited painters Claudette Lee-Roseland and Deb Mortl to join her in the exploration of the written word and the texture it adds to our lives. Diverse in their mediums, the artists’ work is connected by a common thread that runs through the exhibition: the poetry of W.A. (Buz) Reed. Each artist has created a body of work inspired by the poet's words and phrases.

A full preview of the catalog for the exhibit is available at and an interview featuring Vicki and W.A. (Buz) Reed on WUWM's Lake Effect radio program is available at

Learn how to effectively use the camera on your phone, as photographer Vicki Reed guides you through creative ways of using the most basic cameras as well as the most current technology, including iPhone camera apps.  Reed will give an overview of the many processes she uses and weather permitting, participants will have an opportunity to create a lumen print. Learn about encaustic, photogravure and photo weaving and shoot a roll of film using one of her vintage, or plastic toy cameras. All materials supplied.

Reed’s work appears in private and public collections worldwide and is represented by Unlimited Grain Gallery in Rotterdam.

CoPA member Marcia L. Getto is participating in Connections,an entirely new juried exhibition by 15 members of the Center for Photography at Madison's (CPM) Womens Interest Group. In describing Connections, CPM member and gallery owner John Riggs said, "I have been truly swept away by the beauty of these images, as well as the intimate internal glimpses we get of the photographers from their accompanying narratives. I dare to say new ground is being broken by these women, and we here in Madison need no longer travel to New York (or wherever else) to find cutting edge".

CoPA members Geri Laehn and Robb Quinn, along with Janet Kay, Tamara Keith and Erin Pfaff will have work on exhibit in the Many Facesinteractive gallery show, to be held in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.  Many Faces is the beginning of the Finding Personality Project and Workshops, and will also launch the Kickstarter for a fine art photography book on the Historic Third Ward. Come in and have your own gallery-quality portrait taken!



Submissions are now open for the 7th Annual Midwest Juried Exhibition, to be held at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St., Milwaukee WI 53204. This year's esteemed juror is Karen Irvine, curator and associate director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago.

Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2013 –January 18, 2014

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will screen a total of 240 films – 103 features and 137 shorts – from 44 different countries. Among the features are 45 documentaries and 57 narratives, including one North American premiere on Opening Night, and one silent classic featuring a brand new live accompaniment from Milwaukee-based band Altos. CoPA is a Community Partner for two of the films: Upstream Color and Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Heatherington.

The beauty and restorative power of water will fill the Community Room Art Gallery at Unitarian Universalist Church West from August 29 through October 10, 2013. Featuring the work of local artists Ellen Anderson, Cari Bravo, Andrea Guzzetta, Brad Krause, Jim Maki, Sarah Seifert, Jerry Styberg, and Steven Yeo, Water Art benefits the Milwaukee Riverkeeper, whose mission is to protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River corridors and to advocate for sound land use in these watersheds.

CoPA member Bruce Ambuel’s photographs Ice Creamand My Home, Patricia Derozier's Toft Point Study and The Persistence of Red, and Martha Coaty’s Industrial Yellowhave been selected for the Focus on the Door: Juried Photography Exhibitionat the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, Wisconsin. Jurors for this year’s exhibition are Daniel Anderson, Sarah Detweiler and Suzanne Rose. "Founded in 1962 by the Peninsula Arts Association (PAA) in honor of Francis Howe Hardy, the Hardy Gallery has initiatives that address the needs of the local artist community and the creative enrichment of local youth, and is more focused than ever on educating the public and Ephraim's historic Anderson Dock – an integral part of Ephraim's history."

KNOCK KNOCK is the theme of Doors Open Milwaukee 2013, because it is doing just that. This year, the event is expanding its scope and knocking on the doors of some new Milwaukee sites, such as the Wisconsin Gas Building, Soldiers Home, Century City Business Park (formerly A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive), The Moderne, Polaris at the Hyatt Regency, Global Water Center and Bryant's Cocktail Lounge. Also new to Doors Open this year are sites from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, such as Sherman Park Commons Senior Living Center, Villard Square Branch Library, Shrager AuctionGalleries and much more.

Photographer Jessica Z. Schafer’s series “cinephile” will be featured at Showcase Venue Cathedral Square during the international art competition ArtPrize, September 18 through October 6, 2013.  Schafer is one of three Plaid Tuba Productions Affiliate artists to participate in the fifth annual event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize 2013 will host a total of 1,524 entries representing 47 countries and 45 states at 169 venues in every corner of downtown Grand Rapids. More about Jessica Z. Schafer and her work may be found at her website,

Walker's Point Center for the Arts, the gallery that hosts CoPA's Annual Juried Exhibition, is proud to announce their Annual Members Show. The show runs from September 6 to October 5, 2013, with an opening reception on Friday, September 6th from 5 – 9pm. CoPA members in this show include Bruce Ambuel, Byron Becker, Colleen Gunderson, Geri Laehn, Paul Matzner, Bill Mueller, JoAnne O'Hare, Ajit Parekh, Madhavi Parekh, Vicki Reed, Lynn Roginski, Jessica Z. Schafer, Roy Schmidt, Mark Stall, Jerry Styberg, Rikki Thompson, Jean Wolfrum and William Zuback. For further information, visit their website.

Sara Risley will be the first photographic artist to share work at the River Edge Gallery in Thiensville Wisconsin. Her solo show "Enigma Variations" opens on Friday September 13th, 2013, with a reception from 5-8pm.  "Enigma Variations", inspired by the mysterious classical symphony of the same name by Edward Elgar, will feature new work by Risley on metal and watercolor paper.

Dr. Meredith Watts and his wife and research partner, Simone Ferro, will be giving a lecture on their Brazil research at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County (West Bend) on Tuesday evening, September 17, at 6:30. The Friends of Matt Zillig are sponsoring a social featuring Brazil food samples immediately following this lecture. The UWWC art gallery will be open before and after the lecture, and will feature a photography display of Brazil by Dr. Watts.

CoPA member Michael A. Nowotny will be returning to the "Pancakes and Booze" underground art show in  Chicago. He will be displaying three of his photos: "Psycho Harley",  "Street Lily" and "Inside the Vortex".

The "Pancakes and Booze" art show was founded in 2009 in Los Angeles by filmmaker Tom Kirlin. Kirlin has made this  a national event, hosted in cities such as Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle. The event usually has up to 100 emerging artists displaying their work which includes most mediums. Art may be purchased directly from the artists.

CoPA member Martha Coaty has three photographs included in the 27th Annual Culture & Agriculture Juried Art Exhibition at the New Visions Gallery at Marshfield Clinic. Every Culture & Agriculture exhibition brings a new collection of work by a variety of artists, each of whom brings a fresh interpretation of technique, media, process and subject matter on agricultural themes. Participating artists hail from Idaho to North Carolina and other points throughout the United States, including Wisconsin.

CoPA members Colleen Gunderson, Geri Laehn, Roy Schmidt and Steven Yeo, along with Thomas Moran, will have work on exhibit in The Spring City Fine Art Photographers 4th Annual August Art Show at Studio 723 in Waukesha. The show takes place on Saturday August 3rd during the Waukesha Art Crawl, and includes a "meet the artists" reception from 5-9 pm.