Mandel Group Creative Studio directed by Plaid Tuba
Marine Terminal Building
120 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Reginald Baylor - Founder
Heidi Witz - Executive Partner
Plaid Tuba, with the request of its independent creative professionals, will research, assist, and administer all processes necessary to efficiently develop, exhibit, and make accessible to the public all creative products and services through consistent performance while exceeding the expectations and specialized requirements from Plaid Tuba's partners, patrons, consumers and clientele.
Plaid Tuba is a personal assistant to creative professionals to assist with all logistical needs as well as a product and service provider to the consumer.
Amanda Sue Gerken fabricates work that combines strong foundations in space planning with elements of graphic design to create poetic pieces of architectural space. Media includes prints, paintings, photography, three dimensional models and spacial arrangements. Her current work has a focus on color and an intuitive textural process of putting paint to masonite panel.
Melissa Dorn Richards
Melissa Dorn Richards started life on an Air Force base in Anchorage, Alaska, and spent her formative years in West Bend, Wisconsin. After bouncing around to different colleges, she moved to Milwaukee to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and received her BFA in 1996. Since graduating, she has taught in various art programs and schools and has been active in the local arts community. Dorn Richards recently became a resident artist at the Mandel Group Creative Studio directed by Plaid Tuba, located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
Her current work focuses on creating bold, abstract oil paintings. On the surface, they are simple, strong shapes and confident colors, to look deeper into her work is to discover her warmth, depth and humor. There is rarely angst in her work, more likely you'll find a gestural almost human quirkiness in her shapes and a certain pleasure in their simplicity.
Select exhibitions and gallery representation include: Indiana Green, Juarez Invitational; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Artist Market, Milwaukee Art Museum; Around the Coyote Festivals, Chicago; Art Chicago, Hotcakes Gallery; Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery; Impromptu, Cedar Gallery; and The Leigh Gallery, Chicago.
Pamela is a Wisconsin Native. She likes to say she came into this world with crayons in her hands! Her bold and colorful strokes are created from the conscious and unconscious. Daily connections with the world affect and transform the flow of her creativity. Pamela’s work owes something to the Abstract Expressionist’s yet it feels more modern.
Pamela has studied at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
As an exhibiting artist and strong advocate of the arts, Pamela is active in local and state organizations including, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) where she holds the Executive Position of Vice President. Pamela is the founder of the 9yr old Westside Artwalk, a local art production which has grown into a two day premier event.
Pamela is currently an Artist in Residence at Mandel Creative Group Studio, directed by Plaid Tuba.
Pamela’s work has been described as “Pure joy on canvas” and an “Explosion of emotion.” She hopes her use of color stimulates your imagination.
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.