Roy Staab

Nature In Three Parts

June 5 - September 18, 2016

The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is delighted to announce its first-ever commission for a site-specific installation in the museum's Renaissance Garden. Nature In Three Parts features the work of Milwaukee-based environmental artist Roy Staab. The exhibition encompasses Shadow Dance, the premiere of Staab's newest site-specific installation in the Villa's lower garden; Suspended in Time, a survey of photographs highlighting his previous national and international installations in the museum's galleries; and Beyond Baskets, an exhibition curated by Staab with works on loan from the collection of Jan Serr and John Shannon. Beyond Baskets includes works by Joe Hogan, Ueno Masao, Francina and Neil Prince, Deborah Smith, Polly Adams Sutton, Leslie Wilcox, Hiroi Yasushi, and Jiro Yonezawa.

An artist’s reception will open the exhibition on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. with remarks by Roy Staab at 7 p.m. (general admission applies)


The exhibition and sculpture publicly debut Sunday, June 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as part of the official Renaissance Garden Opening (free admission!)


Staab will be in attendance from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to answer your questions and discuss his environmental site-specific sculpture. The public opening coincides with the official opening of the Villa’s Renaissance garden featuring a plant and gelato sale, bluegrass music from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m., and museum tours. Forthcoming events include a dance performance by Wild Space Dance Company and a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition closing.


Nature In Three Parts is sponsored by Plumb Press, with additional support from The Friends of Villa Terrace and Milwaukee County Parks.


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CAVT Museums proudly presents our 2nd Annual Fundraising event celebrating all things Milwaukee! Live music, raffle, free food and drink, and a maker pop-up shop.

At the door: $15/$10 Members 
Save $5 and  purchase your ticket ahead of time! $10/$5 Members

(purchase pre-sale tickets here!)

Music - 
Neil Davis (Jazz guitar), Sara and Kenny (Singer/songwriter), Liv Mueller (Singer/songwriter)

Hanmade Milwaukee, Orchard St Press, 85 Graphics, Fern + Nettle, Sam's, Janelle Gramling, Katie Gamb, Milwaukee Blacksmith

Raffle prizes from Great Milwaukee businesses -
Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Centro Café, Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear, Discovery World, Florentine Opera Co., Glorioso's Italian Market, Harley-Davidson Museum, KOSS Headphones, Landmark Theaters, Larry's Market, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Odd Duck, Old German Beer Hall, Oscar's Frozen Custard, Palamino, Pizza Shuttle, Saz's State House, Shully's Cuisine and Events, Skylight Music Theater, Transfer Pizzeria, Urban Ecology Center


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Tuesday, June 7 | 7:00 pm


This concert features new and returning members of the Opera on Tap Milwaukee roster as well as guest artists from Opera on Tap-Chicago. The singers performing are: Henry Parker Hammond, Elizabeth Biermann, Elizabeth Smith, Kirstin Roble, Tyler Williams, Maureen Smith, and Daniel Johnanson. In addition to performing on the concert, Elizabeth Biermann will also be at the piano as the concert's pianist. Lieder Abend is a long standing tradition of presenting German songs in an intimate setting. Opera on Tap- Milwaukee will offer an evening filled with German songs composed by Franz Schubert, Johannes, Brahms, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, and more. This is an event not to be missed! $10 suggested donation (includes Sprecher beer!)






UWM Osher Classes
Plein Air Painting

June 6th,8th,13th,15th & 20th | 9:00 am- 11:30 am

Painting outdoors can present many challenges. Learn how to find vistas and vignettes that capture the light of the day. We will address color theory, design and painting techniques, and work to increase your ability to paint quickly and confidently. Taught by Jennifer Anderson. Click here to sign up.


UWM Osher Classes

June 6th,8th,13th,15th & 20th | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Explore the expressive qualities of watercolor while observing the beauty of the gardens and the unusual architectural details of Villa Terrace Museum. You will use a variety of water and brush experiments depending on your experience. Beginning and experienced painters will use the first session to practice techniques, experiment 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 paper towels. Taught by Leon Travanti. Click here to sign up.





Mark Valenti
Piano Recital

Wednesday, June 29 | 7:00 pm

The Villa Terrace welcomes internationally acclaimed pianist Mark Valenti Wednesday, June 29. This solo piano recital features selections by Debussy, Beethoven and Prokofieff. Mark is a prolific classical performer who has also done extensive work in Jazz, including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey. Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago, and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, he now teaches in his private studio in Chicago. $15/$12 Members