Happy Mother’s day to all my sisters who are mothers and all you guys who are….well, who just are.
To all of you who live in Chicagoland: (and the rest of you too). This weekend is the Riverside Arts Weekend, and as I was scrolling through the juried artists who will be there I was pleased to see Peter Brenner! I’m going Sat. a.m. Since it’s a work weekend for me there will be no alcohol involved, but I just wanted to pass the word…
Peter A Brenner is a self-taught jewelry artist working in sterling silver, copper, and semi-precious gems. He has been creating and displaying his work at premier art and craft festivals through out the United States since 1973. Born in Klagenfurt, Austria, in 1949, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 at the age of 7. Having settled in Chicago, he attended John James Audubon Grammar School and Lane Tech High School, where he graduated in 1968. After high school he attended UICC in Chicago, where he majored in philosophy.
Being an avid rock musician, and wanting to make music his career, he inadvertently fell into his present career. “I needed to make a few bucks to make ends meet while my music took off,” he explains. The music didn’t take off, but exhibiting his hand crafted jewelry creations at local craft fairs did. Peter still plays slide guitar with his band “The Hot Brothers” which consists of his high school pals, singer song writer, Robert Gorny, and fellow guitarist, Robert Gurka.
Now in his 41st year as a professional jewelry artist and Craft Fair Exhibitor, Peter faces many new challenges, as do his fellow artists and crafts people. ” The economy is certainly a major factor in what I am designing and able to sell now, ” There is much more emphasis on affordability, and the challenge is to create jewelry, balancing price, with good and interesting design.”
Having started in my art fair career as an Abstract Painter some 43 years ago, I am returning to my roots and painting again. I guess this is my version of “retirement”. But an artist never really
retires, just moves the creative impulse into another area. I will still be participating at a number of shows with my jewelry,but my focus and energy will be shifting towards my painting, with some mixed media also, as I probably can not totally move away from working with metal, which is probably part of my DNA by now.
So I look forward to seeing you out there at one show or another. And thanks to my customers for their continued support these last 43 years.
As my father said when I told him Pete got a B.A. in Philosophy. “Ever see any job classifieds in the Times or Trib for companies looking to hire a philosopher? Every tavern in the neighborhood has at least one philosopher sitting on a bar stool ready and waiting to discuss the meaning of Life”.
Happy Mutha’s Day to my sister Bon who has joined the ranks of Grandma with the birth of Zoriona, 6:15 this morning, in Steubenville OH!
Does this mean I have go to the trouble of changing “Bonnie’s Music Machine” to “Grandma’s Classic Tunes”?
Zoriona? The grief she will get in school will not be happy… I take it that Bonnie’s hoppie offspring visited Basque?
Bonnie sent us a baby picture:
Congrats to Grandma Bonnie, Great Aunt Sue and to Great-Grandma Nucky…so happy for the extended Benker family!
Anybody who stays at the Super 8 in Marion Illinois is OK with me. As long as it’s not to visit the “college” there.
BTW: Jimmy? He good.
All we have to do is figure out what is he good for… other than, the stock answer of “nothin”…
Great pictures! Bill and Larry with Ma Brown! Mary Lyons and her famous son! Me with my perfect grand daughter!
Plus Carlo and “stay away from that Gilber guy.. he no good for you”…
There Be Pirate Wenches