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Mandel Group Creative Collaborations – Featured Artists

Melissa Dorn Richards

Melissa Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A practicing artist for over 15 years she is a Plaid Tuba Affiliate, a curated artist collective, and is represented by Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan, WI.

Landscape influences her painting, both the man-made and natural. Piles of materials changing daily as they are being used or affected by weather, gives her the sense they are living, breathing organisms. Built structures seen from a distance through a car window, and she imagines the activity in and around them. Natural forms growing and changing with time and weather, forming relationships with each other.

She also uses shapes cut from “recycled” black velvet paintings in some of her work, enjoying the feeling of collaboration with the unknown artist, and the repetition and texture of the cut pieces.

Her work can be found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, Mandel Group, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design.

Select exhibitions include: Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Abstraction: The Language of Art, Cedarburg Cultural Center; Indiana Green, Juarez Invitational; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Artist Marketplace, Milwaukee Art Museum; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery; and Impromptu, Cedar Gallery.

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Pamela Anderson

Known for her bold, colorful strokes and gestural movement, Milwaukee, WI – based artist, Pamela Anderson, brings a modern dimension to Abstract Expressionism as a Neo Abstract Expressionist. Working with large brushes, spatulas and rags, she applies paint to the canvas in vibrant colors, allowing the image to emerge spontaneously as her imagination wanders, experimenting with expressive strokes, perspectives and angles. Leaving her work untitled, Pamela allows her work to be experienced without judgment and is therefore open for interpretation at will by each individual that encounters it. She leads the viewer into a dimension where their mind can imagine emotions and experiences through windows of negative-space, motion and color. She is a full time artist, an Affiliate of Plaid Tuba and a two-time finalist for the Artist-in-Residence Program at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pamela’s work is included in many collections both private and public, including five pieces recently acquired by Northwestern Mutual. To learn more see Paint My Sky Studio

Select exhibitions and gallery representation include: Indiana Green, Juarez Invitational; Artist Market, Milwaukee Art Museum; Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, WI

Pamela is also President/Lead Designer of Contemporary Pull, a high design cabinet hardware company newly launched in 2014, learn more at Contemporary Pull. Additionally, as an exhibiting artist and strong advocate of the arts, she is active in local and state organizations including Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) where she holds the Executive Position of President.

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Reginald Baylor

Reginald Baylor was born November 1966 in Milwaukee, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1984-88) where he was a sculpture major but was encouraged to pursue commercial art and art education. Because of his fascination with a Philosophy class, he became infatuated with the line and it's theories and function.

After college, Reginald relocated to Southern California where he was married to his wife, Jill (1991) and worked for the Laguna Beach Art Museum and Newport Beach Art Museum (1991-93). At this point, Reginald had set aside sculpting, due to lack of space and resources, and began to paint with acrylics. The experiences in the museum setting reinvigorated Reginald's pursuit of the process of fine art. The pivotal point in this path was a California Straight-Edge, Minimalist Artist that suggested that Reginald use masking tape as a tool for decisively executing the linear quality in his work.

Reginald received representation by his current private art dealer, Suzanne Zada of Beverly Hills, CA in 1995, the same year Reginald, his wife and two sons moved to Chicago, IL. While living in Chicago, he began a career as and owner operator for Mason Dixon Trucking and continuously worked towards mastering his aesthetics, craftsmanship and straight edge techniques with his acrylic on canvas paintings.

Reginald returned to the Milwaukee area with his family in 1998 where he began exhibiting in numerous galleries and museums in Milwaukee. Reginald added a studio manager in 2005 in order to execute and further expand the complexities required in his process.

In 2007 Reginald was a recipient of a grant that allowed him to stay for one month at an artist residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL. As a direct result of the residency, he decided to stop driving a truck and pursue a full time career in Fine Art.

Reginald Baylor is currently working from his studio in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. His “open studio” concept invites clients and the public into the space to interact and experience for themselves, Reginald Baylor Studio.

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Stephanie Barenz

Stephanie Barenz is an artist currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Barenz was chosen as the 2013-2014 Artist-In-Residence at the historic Pfister Hotel, and she recently finished her residency there in March. She received her Bachelors of Art from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota, her MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis, and studied at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy.

Barenz has worked as an adjunct at The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Wisconsin Lutheran College, and Hangzhou Dianzi University in China. She currently runs Stephanie Barenz Studio, LLC in Milwaukee's Third Ward and a mentoring program for central city youth called "Our Story Arts." She has works in public and private collections and exhibited across the U.S. and abroad. She has been featured on MPTV, the Huffington Post, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Magazine, Artist's Magazine, and many more. To learn more please visit www.stephaniebarenz.com.

Stephanie's Studio is currently located in the Mandel Group Gaslight Building at 419 E. Menomonee Street in the Historic Third Ward.

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