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December 4, 2012

CoPA members Perry Heideman, Steven Yeo and Cardi Toellner participating in a mind-bending art exhibit from six local artists and photographers entitled Surrealism and Beyond. The exhibit incorporates surreal, illusory and flow of consciousness imagery that will delight, amuse and engross audiences of all ages.  At Unitarian Universalist Church West, artists' reception Thursday, December 13th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Beginning December 6, 2012, the Community Room Art Gallery at Unitarian Universalist Church West will be hosting a mind-bending art exhibit from six local artists and photographers entitled Surrealism and Beyond. The exhibit incorporates surreal, illusory and flow of consciousness imagery that will delight, amuse and engross audiences of all ages.

California Zephyr, a painting by League of Milwaukee artist, Ellen FS Gilbert brings to mind the graphic, plane-shifting work of M.C. Escher. Perry Heideman’s series of photographs present a visual treat in images inspired by Lewis Carroll’s, Through the Looking Glass. Heideman is a board member of CoPA, Coalition of Photographic Artists. Steven Yeo and Cardi Toellner, also of CoPA, present striking manipulated photographs. Other art includes a watercolor by Carolyn Simpson of Wauwatosa Artists workshop and dreamlike oil paintings by Tom Neuwirth.

November 8, 2013

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.

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.

In the end, he has come to the conclusion that spiritual thinking, at its core, should not be shackled by rules, regulations, the worship of religious iconography, or the fear that one is going to burn in hell.

December 17, 2012

On behalf of CoPA’s Executive Board, we hope you’ve enjoyed the diverse, thought-provoking programs we’ve offered this past year. We sat spellbound through Dr. Kenneth Bendiner’s lively “Edward Weston and Surrealism” presentation, as well as Mark Weller and John Rummel’s incredible astrophotography of the Apostle Islands lighthouses. We were moved and amused by Aaron Johnson of “What the Duck” fame and photo journalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. CoPA’s own Marc Wollman showed us how to prepare our work for exhibition, and Eddee Daniel shared the ins and outs of self-publishing. Eric Ljung, winner of the Artist Incentive Award, shared his work on the preservation and demolition of Milwaukee’s historic Sydney Hih building.We’ve also critiqued each other’s work in slide slams and around tables, enjoyed a wonderful Members’ Exhibition in April and, most recently, opened our beautiful Juried Exhibition at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.