June 15h, 2017 - September 10th, 2017


Strata & Cipher: Barbara Manger and Richard Taylor brings together two artists who work closely with color and layering, and have developed a process-oriented studio practice that transforms surprising source materials into metaphors for their experiences. Manger uses monoprinting techniques to create richly composed images that reference the textures of moving waterways, and Taylor collects found materials to inform his use of shape, color, and surface, creating sculptures reminiscent of weathered urban artifacts.


The exhibition will place special emphasis on the artists’ practices – their ideation, material explorations, and craft. Viewers will likewise have the opportunity to engage creatively by spending time in our special Reading Room perusing a selection of books significant to the artists, or by making a collaborative paper collage in our Play Room – a space formerly used by the Smith family children for creative endeavors of their own.


Transforming Materials: A Monotype Workshop with Barbara Manger

Friday, September 8, 2017, 10:30am-2:00pm, $75 (special rate in conjunction with exhibition), limited to 8 participants

Location: Barbara’s print studio in the Marshall building, 207 E Buffalo St, Studio 405 (4th floor, across from the elevator)

This workshop offers the opportunity to create several prints using the monotype – a surprising and rewarding printmaking method. Found flat items such as lace, leaves, cut paper, or mesh are placed on an inked plate and rolled through the press. The inks are luminous, the process is spontaneous, and the results are almost guaranteed to be successful and gratifying. Open to beginning and experienced artists alike!


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Behind the Scenes with Richard Taylor: A Saturday Studio Visit

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:00am, FREE

Location: 3829 N Weil St, Milwaukee WI 53212

Join the exhibition curators and fellow art enthusiasts at sculptor Richard Taylor’s Riverwest studio for an informal tour of his work space and conversation about his process and influences. Bring a sense of curiosity; this is your chance to immerse yourself in the artist’s (often private) creative space! Coffee and pastries will be available; the visit will end in time for brunch! No sign-up necessary; simply meet at Richard’s studio located at 3829 N Weil St, Milwaukee WI 53212.





OSHER Watercolor Painting Workshops

Thursdays June 1 - 22, 2017


Professor Emeritus Leon Travanti will explore the expressive qualities of watercolor as well as observe the special qualities and details of the gardens and the unusual architectural details of Villa Terrace Museum.

Participants will use a variety of water and brush experiments depending on previous experience. Travanti works with beginners and experienced painters and will use the first session to demonstrate techniques, encourage experimentation and focus on individual concerns.

Supplies to bring: A small watercolor book/block; plastic water jug; white dinner plate or such to mix paints; red, yellow, blue, green, umber watercolor tubes; quality watercolor brushes in three sizes; plus a large wash brush to flood paper surfaces, cotton rags and kitchen paper towels.

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                               June 21st, 2017 | Doors open at 6:30 PM

Join Bobby Drake at The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Wednesday June 21st for Never Say Die: The One Man Show. Never Say Die navigates the hidden thoughts and emotions of a man torn up by his own ambitions. Bobby Drake's performance provides a raw & human glimpse into the mind of a creative professional who unwittingly falls into a deep depression in the pursuit of becoming a successful entrepreneur. His insightful monologues and eloquent spoken word pieces, coupled with original music, prompt audiences to look deep within themselves as they are given a bird's eye view into the happenings of a creative's life.

This engaging production is followed up with a talk back session. The talk back session is the ideal opportunity to delve deep into the joys, pains, and trials that we encounter in the relentless pursuit of success.

Doors open at 6:30 PM and the performance will begin at 7:30 PM sharp. Total run time is about one hour. Please come early for cash bar and desserts. $10 suggested donation

Please contact Michael Keiley at: with any questions you have about this event.




                                               June 29th, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Please join us at Villa Terrace on June 29th for the CD release party of Father Sky. Doors will open at 7:30PM, drinks can be purchased early at the cash bar with the band ready to start promptly at 8PM. The program will last approximately 60 - 80 minutes will one 15 minute intermission.

Join Anthony Deutsch with masterful musicians John Christensen (upright bass) and Devin Drobka (drums/cymbals) as they explore original compositions by Deutsch - "Father Sky" is a lyric-song album that encompasses the realm of beauty and reflection.

CDs of the new album will be available at this release for $10! The album will also be available online as of June 29th.

Ticket price $12, limited seating. Purchase tickets at:

Contact Michael Keiley at: with any questions you may have about this event.





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or for more Information, please call Molly 414 962-4550 or email