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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

exhibitions
December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

readings & workshops
December 12

Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

readings & workshops
December 13

Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

special events
December 15 -15

Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

performances
December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1

CLOSED

special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Archived exhibitions
Feb 23 Thursday, February 23
10:00am, $10 all day access | FREE entry for readers, and for those who pledge a reader for $40 or more

River Paintings

We categorize a landscape by
how it strikes us:
inaccessible, traversable,
wanderable, or inhabitable.
Though a superb work can
belong to any of these
categories, a painting of a
forbidding outlook or a
mountain pass is less
significant than those whose
mountains seem wanderable
or dwellable.

-Guo Xi (Kuo Hsi), An Essay on Landscape Painting,
translated by Shio Sakanashi


Water is a living thing... 
- Guo Xi
 


The Milwaukee River, as an urban wanderer, is the source meditation for this year-long series of small works. There is something in this city waterway that reflects the humane (as copper reflects light and found metal and our desire for these), yet also submerges it, sublimates it.

I began and supplemented this work with an assembling of words and numbers, a kind of fluid inner journey through other expressions to images. These you'll find recreated from my studio walls, here in the gallery. 

[Mo Shui (Ink Water) by Marsha McDonald]

Guo Xi Black Water - Mo Shui (Ink Water)

Water is green in spring; jade green in summer; blue in autumn; and black in winter. 
-Guo Xi

Unaltered digital photos form a year-long record of the Milwaukee River. My intent was to create images that, while honestly en plein air, were also interior winter meditations.