This is the Eighth in a Series featuring the Members that make up our Creative Community within the Art Guild of Menomonee Falls.
Mary Ann Olcott-Kuether was born in Detroit and moved to the area when she was in the 3rd grade. Her lettering skills for signs and posters became some of her first paid consignments while at High School in Whitefish Bay. While in high school Mary studied art for 4 years where she painted backgrounds for school programs and even illustrated her senior yearbook. Kuether followed up with 3 years at the Layton School of the Arts in Milwaukee. After school she worked for businesses such as Niss Furniture and Brills Men’s Weare and again put her art skills to use in their advertising needs.
She then married and later owned and operated the Rock-A-Bye Shop which sold children’s clothing here in the Falls. Mary used her artistry to create window displays and signs. She loved it all, but now everything has changed. The Falls is so different now, but the people and the community spirit is still there.
Mary’s love of history and the Falls area has blended together with her art. Although she has no favorite painting, she loves to “preserve the past in oils” as is noted on her display board. When people stop to inquire about a certain subject in her paintings, you can see the enthusiasm she holds as she puts color into our black and white history. Nothing solidifies an artist’s feeling of confidence than when one of their pieces sells. The “Art in the Park” event along Mill Pond and the river’s edge is a good one for Mary, as she has sold 3 paintings in the past two years there.
Before she had the many opportunities the Art Guild provides, Mary did show her work at both the local Village Mall and Brookfield Square. She won a “Best of Show” at Village Mall and also a Purchase Award for the Menomonee Falls Library. Mary also helped with and displayed her work at the annual Cheery Cherry Fair. When asked about what she wished she would still accomplish in her art, like most, a Masterpiece would be nice, but I think Mary is perfectly content in her current subjects, medium and local shows.
The Art Guild of Menomonee Falls is a creative group of people that meet to provide local artists living in and around Menomonee Falls with opportunities and resources for networking, exhibitions, and artistic development workshops. Together we hope to raise awareness about visual arts and encourage community involvement and interaction with the arts.
If you would like to join Mary and the nearly 60 other members of the Art Guild, stop in at a membership meeting, They are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month in the Falls Public Library at 6:30 pm.
Check out our webpage www.artguildmf.org or call 414-719-6613 for more info.
Art Guild Development Chair
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