Bebeau is May artist at Cultural Center

Renee Luna Bebeau is the May artist in residence at Cedarburg Cultural Center.

Bebeau, a multi-faceted artist who lives and works in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee, works in painting, drawing, henna and etching and also has experience curating exhibitions and organizing large art events.

Variety is the spice of life for her art practice, Bebeau said, and that helps keep her work fresh.

Bebeau’s work has its roots in the life cycles of the natural world, and she enjoys cooking, gardening and composting as a way of observing and connecting with nature.

As a henna artist, she has special moments with each client that link her to the community in a personal way, while her work as a  reiki energy healer keeps her in touch with the vibrations of the universe.

Making paintings of still life, florals and compost is her way of expressing the beauty that surrounds her.

Bebeau and her artist husband have a new print shop in their studio that inspired her to investigate the process of etching.

Bebeau will demonstrate a variety of art forms at the center from noon to 5 p.m. May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 26 and 27.

She will also host a workshop, “Henna Art and Cocktails,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12.

The class is geared for beginners, with Bebeau sharing her tips and tricks as well as the history of henna, its uses and healing properties. Those attending will be guided in applying henna paste to their skin to create intricate, temporary patterns that last one to two weeks before beginning to fade.

Each student will receive a henna cone to practice with and sample designs, although they may bring favorite designs for inspiration.

All supplies and the first cocktail are included in the class fee, which is $45 for center members and $54 for nonmembers.

Masks are recommended but not required for participants and instructors.

For questions or to register, call the center at 375-3676 or visit www.CedarburgCulturalCenter.org and click on the Visual Arts drop-down tab and Adult/Teen Classes tab.

The center is at W62 N546 Washington Ave.

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