West Allis Downtown

Art Bench trail

Theproject

Nine park benches located in West Allis Downtown will be given new life with a fresh coat of paint from a local artist. Each bench will have one line from an original poem  embellished with the artist's personal style. 

 the poem

YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE

Life is more than a movie yet
During this montage breathe in your stardom
Reflected in the city around you.
Recognize the grandeur in this motion
Picture framed by neighborhoods in windows
Beyond windows where souls sit
Reflecting hope. The sunlight
In your eyes ­­­- a transition to
A new scene, the next stop.

 

 

-Keith Gaustad, Milwaukee,WI
 

meet the artists

Milwaukee, WI

STYLE: Bold colors, classic design

DANIEL PERRY

West Allis, WI

STYLE: Influenced by nature. Her work has been compared to both J.W. Waterhouse and Van Gogh

JEANETTE DAFT

West Allis, WI

STYLE: Spacey, lowbrow, surreal. Colorful and flowy.

ELAINE VANKERKVOORDE

West Allis, WI

STYLE: Our artwork is influenced by nature and filled with color. We paint figures as well as natural objects with flowing lines to evoke movement.

MICHELE & ROSE BILLINGSLEY

West Allis, WI

​STYLE: Classic and rustic

ROGER EINEICHNER

West Allis, WI

STYLE: I love painting on many different surfaces including canvases, screens and windows (and benches!). 
Painting is very relaxing for me and I love the way I can express myself through art. Living in Wisconsin I am inspired by all of the beautiful scenery, also by the many different cultural influences that is the quirky vibe of West Allis

VERONICA SHMAUZ

West Allis, WI

STYLE: flowers, vines, nature

MONICA ATKINSON & TRISH WIKENHAUSER

Milwaukee, WI

​STYLE: Bright Illustrative style, Influenced by comic book and animation art

MALVY WESTBROOK

West Allis, WI

​STYLE: floral , interesting , simple , slightly different

KENDRA GORDON

ABOUT THE POET

Keith Gaustad, Poet

Keith Gaustad is the author of the chapbook High Art & Love Poems (2012 Broken Bird Press). For 10 years he edited Burdock Magzine. He hosts  a radio show on WXRW and produces for WRRD. He is also part of the Wisconsin Polka Hip Hop band November Criminals.  He earned a BA Creative Writing from UWM in 2006. He lives in Milwaukee but visits and performs in West Allis often. 

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