Become an ARTBEATER!!!

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and also a video for a taste of what you'll experience!!!

(Show review by Shavanna Pinder)

(edited by D.A. Video)

"The rest of the country is always wondering, 'Where is the next big "scene"?'  Milwaukee always makes the lists, somewhere behind Seattle, Atlanta, or Austin. We don't really care because we know Milwaukee has truly great talent. People leave for the coasts and the majority return because Milltown is real, significant, influential, supportive, and we know how to party. Artbeat will solidify this, and bring well-deserved exposure to this great artistic cauldron. We are used to working without national attention because no one thinks you can be a fabulous artist AND live in Milwaukee. Artbeat is setting the record straight, we are grateful that Annie's willing to have our backs, putting us out there. We're great artists because we live in Milwaukee. It is cold though, I'll give ya that!"  -Alisa Strautmanis, Artbeat Artist

A very, very special thanks to all ARTBEATERS (artists, sponsors, and attendees) who made our KICK-OFF YEAR a great success!  See you again next year! 

And Happy Holidays to all in the meantime!

PLEASE mark your calendar for 2010 MILWAUKEE ARTBEAT Shows!

Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

Again, our NEXT SHOW is
Friday, Feb. 26th, 2010

at the Hide House,

2625 S. Greeley St., Milwaukee, WI 53207. 

Doors are at 6:30pm and the show starts at 8. 

Your $8 donation includes admission to the show and gallery,

complimentary appetizers & other surprises,

and your donation will help support arts programs for Milwaukee's youth!! 

TENTATIVE Featured or Gallery ARTISTS:

Joseph Reeves:

Eddee Daniel:

David P. Press - spoken word & author

Braulio Garcia

Albin Erhart:

Firestarter Films:

Quinn Hester - filmmaker

Brittany Farina:

APRIL 30th, 2010

TENTATIVE Featured or Gallery ARTISTS:

Bruce A. Niemi:

Shelly Bird:

Annie Guldberg:

Carrie Chimenti:

October, 2009’s show featured the following artists: 

Spoken word artist & poet



Impressionistic painter and performance artist



Renowned saxophonist/pianist/lyricist



Photographer & author



Comedic silent actor troupe



IN THE GALLERY (some newly added!):

Shelly Bird:

Amanda Iglinski:

Bruce Niemi:

Laura Meyer:

Boris Ostrerov:

Vana Agoli:

Special thanks to CAFE CENTRAAL for their contribution of delicious appetizers!!!


(Contact & Producer Annie B. is at

July 31st show - thanks to all the following artists & sponsors:

Our summer, 2009 show featured the following artists:

Metal sculptor KENDALL POLSTER (

Singer/songwriter/percussionist, and visual artist SCOTT BERENDT (

Burlesque dancer, special effects & make-up artist KAI DE VICIOUS (

Spoken word & visual artist, poet and photographer DARLIN NIKKI (

Actor, martial arts & photographer ALISA STRAUTMANIS (

In the Gallery:

Steve Daubs:

Tia Richardson:

Starah Light

Aries Tjhin

Danny Torres


Heather Braatz:

A HUGE Thanks to our sponsors... PLEASE give them your business and a shout out for a job well done!!!

Café Centraal
A/E Graphics
The Hide House
The Bay View Compass
X-Facta Films
Giles La Rock - graphic/logo design  contact:
Dena Aronson - video & sound
Steve Daubs - photography
Danny Torres - DJ/sound
Active Artist Management
remedial children records

Also, special thanks to the FOX6 News WakeUp show for inviting Annie B. on the program to share with Milwaukee the exciting July 31st show!


Visual and performance art of all types, artist interviews, audience participation, appetizers, beverages, gallery artists, and your donation benefits arts programs for Milwaukee's youth!!  Hosted by local recording artist Annie B., and local free-style rapper Nick Ramsey, we are at the Hide House, 2625 S. Greeley St., Milwaukee, 53207.  Doors are at 6:30, and the show starts promptly at 8.  Don't miss the only arts showcase of its kind!!!  It's an innovative exploration of art and artist, and an exciting evening of culture and fun!!!

“ArtBeat’s kick off event was really amazing. There were paintings and drawings and photos and metal work and dancing and music and…! What a treat to experience all of that local creativity in one night. Plus you can meet the artists too!  ArtBeat is exactly what the arts community of Milwaukee needs. Too much talent is overlooked in this city. This type of event shines a spotlight on the variety of talent that is so abundant in our community.” - Courtney Robinson, Artbeater

"It was an amazing and heartwarming experience to be interviewed by Annie. B and Nick Ramsey on their first "Milwaukee ArtBeat" showcase at Hide House.  Their insightful questions gave the enthusiastic audience new insights into the lives of each interviewee, and the role that the arts play in each of their lives.  Giving the audience the personal back story behind the visual and performing artists that Annie B. and Nick featured is a one-of-a-kind connection that is rare between an audience and those who perform for it." – Patricia Obletz, Artbeat Artist

"Annie B’s Milwaukee Artbeat is an innovative venue that incorporates a live interview of each event’s featured artists, in addition to the exhibition of their work. Dance, photography, painting, music, poetry, and performance artists are among those highlighted in the eclectic events staged at Bay View’s Hide House. The audience is offered the opportunity to pose questions during the interview sessions, which makes the work and artist more accessible than more traditional exhibits and performances." —Katherine Keller, Publisher, Bay View Compass

“The event was very well attended and had lots of great talent of all ages.  I especially liked the part where the artists were able to share their story that also included music, pictures and videos.  After listening to them it made me want to let loose my more creative side!” - Artbeater

Please visit our featured artists from our April 3rd Kick-Off Show:

Patricia Obletz visual artist (
Jennifer Dekorah Lee & Leigh Ann Holmes singer/songwriters (
Sarah Horvat visual artist (
Michelle Hatfield spoken word, dance (
Dena Aronson film, music (

We're in the Shepherd Express!!
We're in the Bay View Compass!!  Twice!!, &

CALL TO ARTISTS!!!  If you are a visual artist, sculptor, singer/songwriter or other musician, poet, actor, author, dancer, filmmaker, photographer, or artist of another type, and you have a spunk that you'd like to share, we're interested in featuring you on an upcoming Artbeat show!!  To submit as an artist for a future show, or to receive updates and info on future events, please e-mail

Thanks much!
Annie B., Producer, Milwaukee Artbeat

Artbeat logo designed by Giles LaRock.

About Annie B.:

Milwaukee native Annie B. left the area in 1992 for a degree in psychology, but found her heart was in a different place.  She worked with her first band in the mid 90s to find her sound as an artist, while also working with SNCAT (Sierra Nevada Cable Access Television) to gain experience as a television producer.  She won a W.A.V.E. (Western Access Video Excellence) Award in the late 90s for a piece educating young people about dating & domestic violence, but music remained her #1 passion.  She found her way to Los Angeles in 1999 to pursue her musical career, and her alternative rock band landed on radio airplay charts in the early 2000s.  Annie has appeared on MTV, she’s hosted various shows and events in Southern CA & throughout the U.S., and has traveled the country as a singer/songwriter.  Shortly after her move in 2007 to Austin, TX, a family situation brought her back to her hometown in early 2008, and she’s never been happier.  “I’ve found Wisconsin to be one of those best kept secrets… truly a great place for artists.  It allows us to breathe, without the pressure and competition of a place like L.A., or even Austin.  And the support for artists around here is refreshingly genuine."

Annie recruited Ramsey after meeting him at a video shoot and finding out about his experience as an emcee.  The team promises a diversified and dynamic show!

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