Friday, December 31, 2010


Black Mountain

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Happy 2011

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Bottom Photo:
I-94 West

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Jane Gates
2010 Acrylic and collage

Jane Gates
Baba Yaga's Garden
2010 Acrylic and collage

There are so many reasons why I like Jane's work, but the one aspect I find most important is she strives to present new ways in which to make marks upon a surface. This quality not only speaks volumes about an artists progression, but it also shows Jane's process of reinventing by introducing a new means. Keep doing what you are doing, Jane.

Safi Studios
Milwaukee WI

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Happy B-day Felix!

Felix, 2010.
[In deep discussion with Jerry & Miss Wild West (Karen) about bull riding survival statistics at the rodeo bar. Jeanne's packin' spurs, so look out.]

Monday, November 29, 2010


Matthew Palladino
Lichtenstein Kiss
2010 Acrylic ink on paper
49 x 37 inches

Image courtesy of:
Baer Ridgway Exhibitions
San Francisco CA

Friday, November 26, 2010


=building better mouse traps.

Kevin Giese
Immigrant 2010
Temporary hand-carved buckthorn wood, copper and living buckthorn trees.

Friday, November 19, 2010


bottom photo-

Somewhere To Light [detail]
James Rosenquist
1996 Screenprint
edition of 225

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fall Landscapes

The Lynden Sculpture Garden may be reached via I-43, exit Brown Deer Road. Head west on Brown Deer Road (Hwy 100) for approximately 0.8 miles. The sculpture garden is located on the left (south) side of Brown Deer Road. The grounds are surrounded by a weathered tall wooden fence.

Winter hours (November 3 – March 13)
Wednesdays: 10 am – 4 pm*
Sundays: 12 pm – 5 pm

Enter through the west gate. This is the entrance closest to the barn and immediately opposite the westbound left turn lane on Brown Deer Road. There is a small sign hanging from a lamppost at this entrance that says "LYNDEN. Harry L. Bradley."

Note: The subject matter within these photographs are not part of the Harry L. Bradley Collection. Unfortunately. Special thanks to Judith Moriarty, ThirdCoast Digest, Polly Morris, and the Bradley Foundation.

Credit is due to the creative landscapers who raked and scraped the algae layer from the drainage pond into piles of sticky white slime balls (above photo). Walking among them felt as if I were stepping into another world. Very cool.

Sunday, November 07, 2010


Dianne Soffa
Lime Green
2010 Oil
49" x 49"

What I like most about this piece by Dianne is she chose a concept repeated many times over by modern artists--some have been successful, others not. Yet, what makes her work unique is that she chose to fold her own paint handling into the same color studies that came before. It's a luminous piece to say the least, and because of its scale, it's best viewed in person.

Safi Studios
Milwaukee WI

Saturday, November 06, 2010


Monday, October 25, 2010


Untitled [small b&w]
2007 Enamel on found object

Sushi Hut
505 State St
Madison WI

608 467.7770

Opening Saturday, October 30 - November 20, 2010
Art and sushi lovers unite for an evening of good humor and slick art in celebration of Madison’s Sushi Hut’s swank new cocktail lounge. Discounts on artfully delicious Asian creations and equally sinful libations.

Tom Kovacich's work is cool, smooth, updated postmodernism. Surface, composition, and color form the core elements of his pieces. Often incorporating nontraditional methods, Kovacich mixes house paints, polymers, unusual structural supports, and rich, unbroken areas of color that convey his relationship to urban environments and exteriors.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

MARN: Beyond the Canvas Event

2010 Enamel
12" x 12"

1207 W Canal Street

October 15th 5-9pm Exhibition and Silent Auction Opens
October 16th 10am-4pm Exhibition and Silent Auction Open
3pm Collecting 101 Talk with MARN's Executive Director Melissa Musante
4pm History of the Valley Talk with MVP Executive Director Laura Bray
4-8pm FREE Closing reception featuring great refreshments and live music by Trio DeJaneiro
Silent Auction Closes at 7:15pm so don't miss your chance to get some great works produced during the duration of this event and based on the heart of Milwaukee, The Valley!

Saturday, October 02, 2010


Spillover II
2010 Jaume Plensa

View from Atwater Park: Shorewood WI


Saturday, September 18, 2010

6 x 6

Safi Studios hosts a Gallery Night/Day Benefit for the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. New contemporary abstract works by Jane Gates, Tom Kovacich, and Dianne Soffa. Guest artists include Jennifer Anne, Eric Hagstrom, Andy Mayhall, Melissa Musante, Robin Schmidt, and Sonia Valle. 6" x 6" works available in exchange for a $100 donation to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. All donations are welcome.

Music by Janet Schiff, Friday, October 15, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 15, 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, October 16, 12-5 p.m.

Safi Studios@
The Marshall Building
Suite LL8
207 East Buffalo Street
Milwaukee WI

Mixed Feathers 1
2010 Mixed Feathers

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Swing Bridge, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, acrylic on linen, 24 x 30.

Painter Martha Hayden will open her home and studio in Sharon, Wisconsin, for her annual art exhibition, Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, from 12 to 5 p.m. Located at 143 Prairie St., the home is a historic Victorian built in the 1870s. Landscapes, cityscapes, still life, figure paintings, and etchings will be on display.


Sunday, August 22, 2010


2010 Untitled Diptych [Detail]

Friday, August 20, 2010



Waiting for the Bus in the Pouring Rain

It's Pouring outside.
I am not having fun.
Still waiting for the bus.
Makes me glum.

All alone,
Waiting for fun
And maybe some sun.

-Kiara M., Age 9.
poem courtesy of America SCORES Milwaukee Inspired Art project.

Friday, October 22
5:30 - 8:30 pm
America SCORES Milwaukee Inspired Art Auction

The Moct Bar

241 E Pittsburgh Ave
Milwaukee WI


Thursday, August 12, 2010


Desert Mountain/ AZ
Glazing vestibule ceiling.

From this vantage point, the shape of the dome reminds me of standing under a giant umbrella.

Monday, August 02, 2010


Red & Lt Blue
16 x 33 in

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

safi studios

Top to bottom:

Jane Gates
Walking With the Wild One #3
Acrylic with collage

Tom Kovacich
New Beulah

Dianne Soffa
Water Painting

safi studios @
The Marshall Building
207 E Buffalo St
Suite LL8
Milwaukee WI

Friday, July 09, 2010


Jane Gates
Tom Kovacich
Dianne Soffa

safi studios
Milwaukee WI