WLIW Arts Beat

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WLIW Arts Beat - March 1, 2021

In this edition of WLIW Arts Beat, a space for individuals to find out more about printmaking; a non-profit organization that brings the art of yoga to young adults; an architectural marvel that serves as a time capsule of the Gilded Age; experiencing the craft of farming and ranching.

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>> In this edition of

"WLIW Arts Beat"...

a well-established printmaking

studio.

>> You don't really know what

you're gonna get until you lift

that paper up for the first

time.

It's a magical moment.

It's really fun.

>> ...the art of yoga's ability

to heal...

>> We're giving them tools to

digest their experiences in a

healthy and a safe way.

>> ...an historic Gilded Age

mansion.

>> When you're walking through

the house, you experience some

unique things from our history

that set a path for where we are

today.

>> ...the craft of farming and

ranching.

>> A lot of these kids never get

to be out of the city limits or

even get to be around livestock

or horses, and so this may be

their only opportunity.

>> It's all ahead on this

edition of "WLIW Arts Beat."

Funding for "WLIW Arts Beat" was

made possible by viewers like

you.

Thank you.

Welcome to "WLIW Arts Beat."

I'm Diane Masciale.

Since 1979, Tiger Lily Press has

been providing a space for

individuals to find out more

about printmaking.

From silk screen to etching to

letterpress, all aspects of the

artistic process are explored.

We head to Cincinnati, Ohio, for

the story.

>> Tiger Lily Press is a group

of volunteer printmakers, and I

want to stress the "volunteer"

because we've been around for

40 years and we've maintained

the fine art of printmaking for

all those years with a volunteer

group.

We're located at the

Dunham Recreation Center in

Cincinnati, and we've been here

since 2001.

And they've been very generous

to us, and the campus is

beautiful.

The mission of Tiger Lily Press

is to promote, to preserve, and

to print fine-art hand-pulled

prints.

We're unique in that way, in

that we're preserving this old

art.

Our classes are taught by our

members.

So, we have silk screen.

We have collagraph.

We have etching.

We have relief printings.

We have letterpress classes so

people can take a class and come

in and print and learn.

And if you really enjoy it, then

you can become a member and

learn more.

>> I would highly recommend it,

if you have any interest in

printmaking, to take a class.

I think people often think that

they have to know how to draw or

they have to be an artist to

take a class.

But that's the beauty of

printmaking is that you can have

no drawing ability and you can

still make incredible work.

One thing that's really nice is

that printmaking is a varied

art.

There are a lot of different

ways to go about printmaking.

I think it's a great way for

people to figure out what they

like.

And I think there's probably

some form of printmaking for

everybody.

>> I first became aware of

Tiger Lily Press when I was in

graduate school at DAAP.

I was first drawn to the

organization by just the love of

printmaking and knowing that

there were common-minded people

that enjoyed the same thing.

I think what sets Tiger Lily

apart from other printmaking

studios is that it is a fine-art

printmaking studio.

You can go to other printmaking

studios and maybe do silk

screen, but you'd have to go to

another institution to maybe

learn intaglio and then another

institution to maybe learn

relief.

Well, here at Tiger Lily, we

have all aspects of printmaking.

Not only do we have classes here

that you can sign up and take

part in, but we've done outreach

classes to local communities and

high schools that might have a

smaller arts department or arts

funding.

So I think we fulfill our

mission that way, by trying to

bring printmaking out to the

wider audience.

One thing that really helps

Tiger Lily be an integral part

of the community and something

that I think, in general, is

lacking -- when you're an artist

and you get out of school,

places like this, I think, are

very integral in that transition

period.

You can come here and work in

our studio and have access to

the presses.

Here at Tiger Lily, we do the

Working Artist Program, and it

basically lasts a year.

And there's a little bit of a

money stipend to it, but it's

mostly about having complete and

utter access to the facilities.

And the Working Artist Program,

for me, it was a really nice way

to dive deep back into

printmaking.

It really helps to give you that

dedicated and supported time to

explore your work.

>> Almost all of the inspiration

for my work comes from my walks.

I take photos when I'm out.

And, usually, it's of a weed or

a plant.

And so I usually work from a

photograph that I've taken, and

I'll blow the photograph up

pretty big, 'cause I like to

work large, and then I usually

do a pencil drawing from my big

photo.

Once I've done a giant pencil

drawing, I transfer it to my

plate.

And then once I have the image

transferred to the plate, I

start carving.

And the carving can take me

anywhere from 2 weeks to

6 weeks.

And then once I have it carved,

I print.

I remember when I would pull the

print up for the first time,

like, for the very first time.

Even though it wasn't a perfect

print, I was like, "I love

this."

It's kind of a magical moment

that only really happens in

printmaking, because it's a

surprise.

You don't really know what

you're gonna get until you lift

that paper up for the first

time.

It's a magical moment.

It's really fun.

>> We're having our 40th

anniversary show at

Kennedy Heights Art Center.

We will show our history in a

timeline so that you can see

when we began with some of the

portfolios that were developed

over time.

And we also have what we call a

Working Artist Program.

So we'll have those artists's

work on a wall.

And then the other rooms will be

filled with the current

members's artwork.

>> Tiger Lily has been here for

40 years, which is credit to

them.

That's a long time to be a

volunteer-ran organization.

>> Tiger Lily has been such a

great influence on me.

There's such a community at

Tiger Lily Press.

When I first started, I had so

many questions.

"How do I clean my instruments

when I'm done?

What's the best paper to use?"

I just had a million questions,

and there's such a community

here of people who I can ask.

>> It's amazing to watch people

in classes when they actually

pull up their first print.

I mean, the look on their face

is amazing.

It gives you chills just even to

think about it.

>> I think by taking classes,

people are able to find out how

to go through the process of

making art and just finding what

makes you happy.

I think everybody has some kind

of talent, and we just have to

find it.

>> Tiger Lily's one of those

little hidden gems, and I think

right now, as we're transferring

out of that into, like, a

501(c)(3) and being more public,

our role is only gonna increase

in Cincinnati and how we help

the community at large.

I think, in general, if you kind

of look at your arts community

as like a tapestry -- right? --

and the more design and the more

detail, the more color, the more

interesting it is to look at.

Arts institutions are integral

to the community just to expand

what we see as beauty and to

bring maybe disparate groups

together that necessarily

wouldn't meet and hang out.

You know, art does that

sometimes.

Like, we're all here to make a

print, but, you know, in

essence, we're getting to learn

about each other and being that

community.

>> For more information, head to

tigerlilypress.org.

And now the Artist

Quote of the Week.

The Urban Lotus Project is

non-profit organization in Reno,

Nevada, that brings the art of

yoga to young adults.

While learning to master this

craft, participants encounter

the mental and physical benefits

of this ancient practice.

Take a look.

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>> The Urban Lotus Project is a

non-profit here in Reno, Nevada.

And we contract with yoga

teachers in the community to

bring yoga, specifically

trauma-informed yoga, and

meditation practices to

different agencies that serve

at-risk or underserved youth and

young adults here in the

community, specifically those

kids that are afflicted or

impacted by addiction, violence,

incarceration, homelessness.

>> It's a preventative program.

We're getting to them before

they make the bad decision, or

even after they do or even after

they've had their trauma, we're

giving them tools to digest

their experiences in a healthy

and a safe way so that they can

reclaim ownership of their

bodies, they can reclaim

ownership of their lives before

they step into adulthood.

And to date, since we've

started, we've served about

14,000 students.

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>> The trauma-informed yoga is

to help ease them into a new way

of exercising and becoming

mindful of their breath and how

they can learn to adjust and

cope with stressors in life.

And I like to do kind of a yoga

nidra, where it's focusing on

each body part and taking them

through slowly to become more

mindful of their breath and

their body, so actually focusing

on each body part, walking them

through it, relaxing them, and

then finding stillness and

Shavasana, which is corpse

pose...

[ Laughs ]

...and just laying still and

letting them let thoughts come

in their mind and then letting

them go.

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>> We are always looking for

strong relationships and

partners with yoga studios and

yoga teachers in the community.

And one of the Urban Lotus

Project's longest-standing

partnerships in town has been

YogaHood Yoga Studio.

They've graciously offered their

space so that we can host our

free community classes there.

And the co-owners there have

both served Urban Lotus in the

past in different capacities.

>> Our children need support,

and this is one way that I can

give back, that we can give back

as business owners.

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>> In its whole form, yoga

offers us ways of living that

help us to be happy and healthy

in our bodies, in our minds.

Every time we come to the mat,

every time we take a deep

breath...

[ Breathes deeply ]

...and relax our bodies, we're

communicating with our nervous

systems that it's okay to relax.

It's okay to just be who we are

in the world and express

ourselves in the world, and

that's really golden for these

young adults that we're working

with.

>> We're taking what we know in

the science about how it works

with regulating the nervous

system and we're emphasizing

those aspects of the practice so

that the student can learn what

those changes feel like in the

body, to develop a little more

self-awareness and a little more

centeredness in the present

moment.

And, hopefully, the end goal

with that is to maybe inform

more mindful decisions and

behavioral choices in the

moment.

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>> It brings such joy to my

life, because I've been doing

yoga since I was 25 years old.

And I found it through my own

trauma, which brought me into

yoga.

And it changed my life.

And it's amazing to see the

transformation in a student just

even from one class.

>> It's a completely new way to

look at treating trauma, and I

can't wait to watch it grow.

♪♪

>> To learn more, visit

urbanlotusproject.org.

Now here's a look at this

month's "Fun Fact."

In this segment, we travel to

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to take a

look inside the Pabst Mansion.

Completed in 1892, this

architectural marvel serves as a

time capsule of the Gilded Age.

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>> The Pabst Mansion is a

historical home located in

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that

represents a lot of the

different pieces of history that

speak to the city of Milwaukee.

It is the story of German

immigrants who started an

entrepreneurial beer business

and how that contributed to the

landscape of Milwaukee during

its formative years.

>> Captain Pabst emigrates from

Germany when he was

12 years old -- 1848.

Eventually, he became a

Great Lakes steamship cabin boy

and then rose to the rank of

captain by the age of 21.

So that's why we have the name

Captain Pabst.

When he was plying the waters of

Lake Michigan, apparently, he

met his future father-in-law,

Phillip Best, who owned a small

brewery in Milwaukee, and

Phillip Best was traveling with

his young daughter, Maria Best.

They met and had a two-year

courtship and they were married

in 1862.

He invested half of his fortune

into his father-in-law's brewing

company and purchased a half

interest in the Phillip Best

Brewing Co. for $21,000, which

doesn't seem like a lot of money

today, but in those days, that

was a significant sum.

That really firmly made

Milwaukee his home base, and he

committed himself to the life of

a brewer.

By the 1880s, they pretty much

had national distribution, and

so, in 1889, they changed the

name from Best to Pabst.

The year that the name is

changed from Best Brewing Co.

to Pabst Brewing Company, you

start seeing Captain Pabst doing

a number of different things,

and one of those important

things that he did was to engage

an architect to build a large

mansion on Milwaukee's

Grand Avenue, which is, today,

West Wisconsin Avenue.

Between 1890 and 1892, the house

was built.

They moved in July of 1892.

The cost of the house was

$254,000 and just over

20,000 square feet.

So it is known as kind of the

second-largest home to have been

built in Milwaukee.

The largest was Mrs. Pabst's

sister's house, which was twice

the size of this home, which is

remarkable.

>> There are actually five

levels to the Pabst Mansion.

The first, second, and third

floor are what the family would

have utilized for entertaining

and their living spaces.

The rear side, or the north

side, of the Pabst Mansion was

the living and working spaces

for the staff here.

Those are the levels the guests

today will see.

They'll be able to see the main

areas the Pabsts would have

entertained in, their bedrooms,

their private offices and

studies here at the house, and

then also where the servants

would have eaten and helped

prepare the food for the family.

So, these three principal rooms

here on the first floor really

where guests would have spent a

lot of time with Frederick and

Maria Pabst here at the house.

Mrs. Pabst's parlor -- or the

ladies' parlor is the more

general term for it -- probably

the most formal room in the

house, the least-utilized,

actually.

It would have been just for the

ladies.

Mrs. Pabst and her daughters did

not have formal jobs, but they

did have a lot of entertainment

to do here in the house.

We're currently sitting in the

music room.

A lot of people think this could

have doubled as a gentleman's

parlor, but the family utilized

this as mostly what we would

call a living room today.

The family celebrated Christmas

in this room.

They had a daughter that was

married here in 1897, in the

music room.

And then both Frederick and

Maria Pabst's funerals were also

held here in this space.

Just to the north of the music

room here, this is the one spot

in the home -- the dining room

is -- where the family would

have entertained.

Everything, as far as

entertaining, at the home was

gonna be food-centric for the

Pabst family.

Second floor, probably the

section of the home the family

spent most of their time in when

they didn't have guests here.

You're gonna find the four

principal family members who

lived here, what we consider

year round or full time, had

their bedrooms on the second

floor.

So, a central hallway, called

the foyer, and then the bedrooms

radiate off of this.

>> Guests that come to visit the

mansion -- they're here for

maybe 10, 15 minutes and they

really, I think, are struck by

the intimacy of the house and

that this really is kind of a

family home rather than a vast

mansion.

Captain Pabst passes away on

New Year's Day 1904.

His wife remains here until her

death, in 1906, and it's

eventually purchased by the

Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

And so for almost seven decades,

almost through the entirety of

the 20th century, this was the

home of five different

archbishops.

Actually, one of the things that

saved the Pabst Mansion is that

it continued to be used as a

private residence.

And, so, in 1978, our

organization, with the help of

23 savings and loans -- I always

think that's kind of one of the

best parts of the story is that

raising the money was really

difficult, but 23 savings and

loans each wrote a $10,000

mortgage to finance the purchase

of the house.

And so we were able to do that

and opened formally for tours in

May of 1978.

When guests come to visit the

Pabst Mansion today, they're

seeing a very accurate view of,

you know, what the house was all

about it the 1890s.

We're very fortunate that the

Pabst family commissioned

Milwaukee society photographer

Simon Stein to come into the

house in 1897 and photograph two

to three views of all the

principal rooms in the house.

The Pabst family has been

extraordinarily generous in

loaning and donating original

objects back to the house, and

so the mansion's actually

repopulated with entire rooms of

original furniture and then

objects and artwork.

>> When you're walking through

the house, you experience some

unique things from our history

that set a path for where we are

today.

>> It's a house built by

Milwaukee architects for

Milwaukee clients by Milwaukee

craftsmen and, I think,

showcases Milwaukee at its very

best.

>> Discover more at

pabstmansion.com.

And here's a look at this week's

"Art History."

Through the organization

Angels and Heroes, military

families come together and

experience the craft of ranching

and farming.

We take a trip to Elizabeth,

Colorado, to meet the families

and take part in country life.

>> So, we're all gonna follow

each other down, okay?

[ Horse grunts ]

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>> How was that drive?

>> Fun.

[ Horse whinnies ]

>> We've got to get the pen set

up first so we can get the

animals off as soon as possible,

okay?

♪♪

Hey!

I'm talking about these here.

♪♪

>> There we go.

>> The day before a show?

[ Pig squealing ]

>> That needs to go outside so

that they can drink, 'cause they

can't get to it like that.

This is a two-month preparation.

Everybody here is donating their

time and everybody here has been

touched by a family member who's

been in the military.

>> Start getting them water.

>> We have people coming from

F.E. Warren up in Cheyenne.

We have people coming from

Schriever and Peterson and the

academy.

And we may have some people from

Kirkland Air Force Base, as

well.

>> Hi.

>> This event that we're having

today is to support all the

military families and their

spouses who are in the military,

those who have been deployed or

are being deployed.

>> A lot of these kids never get

to be out of the city limits or

even get to be around livestock

or horses, and so this may be

their only opportunity.

>> I started Angels and Heroes

about 2 1/2 years ago to address

this issue, to support the

military personnel and their

families, because nobody

recognizes the family, the

sacrifice they make, as well,

the wife or the husband and the

children.

>> My husband is PSTASS to

South Korea, and I'm raising

three children.

My 2-year-old toddler has severe

autism.

It's been actually really very

interesting to see, because my

son was not responding very well

at first, and then once he saw

the horses, he just lit up.

And now he's more responsive to

the other animals, so it's been

a lot of fun.

>> We came out because the EFM

program.

I think this is a good thing for

the families and the kids.

They tend to do this quite a bit

for us, and it's very welcomed.

>> Yeah?

Okay. What are those things?

[ Cow moos ]

>> But even just to touch

something that's foreign or

weird to them, I think, is good

because they're an important

part of our lifestyle.

They're a part of our food

chain.

And I think a lot of children

probably don't understand the

concepts of raising that animal

for food down the road.

>> You know, us living in D.C.

before we moved here to Colorado

about a month ago, they didn't

really didn't get to see a lot

of this stuff, so it's really

nice that the family put this on

for everyone and that they're

doing everything they do for

military families.

>> I have two Cindys here that

are preparing the food.

>> Okay.

>> Voluntarily, they cooked it.

They got everything ready for

it.

>> The Exceptional Family Member

Program -- it's a program that

is put together by the military

that helps support family

members who have family members

or children that have special

needs, whether it be physical,

neurological, or mental.

My son is -- He's 5 -- 6 years

old, actually.

He is autistic and he actually

has ADHD.

And the reason why we came here

today was because my son -- In

the past, we've gone riding

horses, and this is when he is

the most calm is when he's

actually on top of a horse.

So the equine-therapy portion of

it is the reason why we came

here.

>> What's your horse's name,

Mary Anne?

>> Willow.

>> Willow.

Now, Willow is having a little

trouble focusing when she goes

to new places.

I'm gonna come up and say hello.

Working with horses is about

like watching paint dry.

It's monotonous.

It's repetitive.

Good girl. That's a change.

Last time, she didn't want to go

that way.

>> You know, the Western

culture -- when something

happens to a neighbor, we go and

help them.

If it's rebuilding a barn, if

it's helping them go calving,

lambing, whatever, we help each

other.

That's how we make it through.

And that's what

Angels and Heroes is all

about -- helping each other make

it through.

>> That wraps it up for this

edition of "WLIW Arts Beat."

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We hope to see you next time.

I'm Diane Masciale.

Thank you for watching

"WLIW Arts Beat."

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Thank you.

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