Just announced: Featured artists named for Starving Artists’ Show

Annual outdoor show featuring original artwork for $100 or less

"We love the beauty that each artist brings and how well received and appreciated the art is by those that come to view and shop. The show has a long-running history that brings participants back year after year."

Alicia Miklavicic-Franz
Featured Artist 2017

The featured artists for the 2017 Starving Artists’ Show demonstrate the scope of artistry at this event, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 on the grounds of Mount Mary University.

The artists’ specialties range from ceramics to fiber art, glass work, jewelry painting and more. The show, now in its 49th year, features over 200 local and national artists. All artwork is original and priced for $100 or less.

This year’s featured artists include:

  • Angela and Ryan Steenhagen (Delafield, Wis.): Together, they specialize in making cufflinks and jewelry out of vintage watches. Some can be worn every day, while others are larger statement pieces.
  • Connie Pelzek (Hales Corners, Wis.): Inspired by how colors and patterns interact within nature, she incorporates actual leaves and uses a combination of dry brush, transparent overlays, spattering and dripping in her paintings.
  • Nicholas Bowers (Mequon, Wis.): Embracing the freedom in making art, his glass works are organic, free-flowing and based on botanicals.
  • Theresa Brunson (Milwaukee): Intrigued by different textures and fabrics, she often incorporates fabric from Nigeria and Mali to merge her African culture into her handbags.
  • Karen Williams-Brusubardis (Milwaukee): Welcoming the fluidity of places from her memory, she paints each place as an evolution of her memory.
  • James Steeno (Milwaukee): Enjoying the immediacy of working with transparent watercolor, his paintings features Wisconsin landscapes mixed with a little bit of humor.
  • Pam Talsky (Waterford, Wis.): One of the many unique baskets she has woven is structured like the winding mountain roads she traveled up and down while in India.
  • Ryan Peters (Waukesha, Wis.): Loving the uncontrollable nature of raku firing, he makes each piece of pottery one-of-a-kind through original designs and layers of color.
  • Alicia Miklavicic-Franz and Janie Esposito (Waukesha, Wis.): This mother-daughter pair hand-dyes recycled clothing for scarves that feature innovative design elements, such as collars, hoods and pockets.

“There is an incredible energy at the Starving Artists' Show,” said featured artist Alicia Miklavicic-Franz. “We love the beauty that each artist brings and how well received and appreciated the art is by those that come to view and shop. The show has a long-running history that brings participants back year after year.” 

The Starving Artists’ Show is sponsored by the Mount Mary Alumnae Association. Admission is $10, which is used to help support student scholarships.