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Open Canvas benefit ‘artfully’ set for Nov. 17

The eagerly awaited Open Canvas 2007, a fundraiser benefiting The William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design scholarships, will take place on Saturday, November 17, 6 – 11 p.m., at 320 E. Buffalo St. in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

Open Canvas offers the unique experience of watching more than 80 leading artists create individual paintings in one day, bidding on the works through a silent auction, and taking new treasures home that evening.

The benefit is presented by Good Knight Promotions and chaired by Jeff Kursel. Kursel originated Open Canvas with his family in memory of his father, William Joel Kursel, whose passion for art and creativity was at the forefront of a successful advertising career.

Peninsula Art School faculty member Mike Judy is Honorary Artist Chair. Currently living in St. Paul, Judy has combined a successful career as a professional musician and that of a fine artist, melding the two fields to create “musical” works that viewers can “hear” with their eyes. Judy has also been a lead artist at the Sausalito Art Festival.

Among other noteworthy artists are internationally recognized Annegret Reichmann of Portland and Germany, founder and annual guest artist of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s ‘Bare Walls” fundraiser; Mel Theobold, president of Chicago’s Absolute Graphics and a former conservator, review critic and art professor; Peter Kursel, a longtime university painting professor, current lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of Head Stretcher Corp.; and MIAD alumni, faculty and president Neil Hoffman.

Fine food, hors d’ouevres and libations are served throughout the evening courtesy of 25 sponsoring restaurants and caterers, who are among the more than 50 event sponsors. In addition to Good Knight Promotions, lead sponsors include Artist and Display, International Infiniti and Jack Richeson & Co, featuring Quiller Acrylics.

Tickets for the event are $50 in advance, $55 at the door. They are available at; by calling MIAD at 414‑847‑3200 or the Eisner at 414‑847‑3285, or in person at Artist and Display, 9015 W. Burleigh St.

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Open Canvas Artists

Honorary Chair Artist: Mike Judy

George Agpoon
Pamela Anderson
Richard Arfsten
Marilyn Auer
Ann Baer
Art Bartkowiak
Chris Beetow
Fred Bell
Bill Bennett
CJ Bettin
Daniel Brinkmeier
Phil Cloninger
John Constable
Rosemary Curtin
Jeff Darrow
Luci Duarte
Charles J. Dwyer
Sharon Eisner
John Ernst
Benjamin Fairly
Jim Finnerty
Brad Germata
Connie Glowacki
Kristy Goggio
Steve Gramling
Harold Hansen
Joe Hausch
James Hempel
Neil Hoffman
Erica Huntzinger
Mary Ann Husgen
Jen N. Nessen Lunt
Alexis Karter
Mike Kasun
Shelby Keefe
Dale Knaak
Tom Kubala
Chris Kursel
Peter Kursel
Todd Kursel
William Lathrop
Glenda Lee
Riccardo Liotta
Paul Mandracchia
David Martin
Joan McKern
Kathy Medtlie
Kurt Meinke
Gary Millard
Nicholas Mork
Fujie Moses
Katie Musolff
Tom Nachreiner
Beree Nelson
Scott Okin
Alan C. Pape
Jessica Pegorsch
Sophia Pichinos
Stan Piepenburg
Michael Pintar
Jiim Pryzdia
Annegret Reichmann
Judy C. Reidy
Lynn Rix
Susan Rowbottom
Oscar Romero
Andre Saint-Louis
Michael Samarzja
Holly Segel
Marilee Shepard
Colleen Shoop
Carolyn Snow
Katie Sorenson
Jenny M. Steinman-Heyden
Anthony M. Stencel
Mel Theobald
Ann Thomas
Mel Thompson
Ken Thrift
Jack Venske
Chuck Weber
Karen Wilets
Robert Zondag