July 16 reception set for two new exhibits

The Cedarburg Cultural Center will host a reception for its newest exhibits from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

Complimentary refreshments will be available alongside a cash bar.

Both exhibits — “Summer in Wisconsin” and “The Art of Al Buss & Jim Buivid” — will run from Friday, July 15, through Sunday, Aug. 28.

“Summer in Wisconsin” is a themed exhibit of works by a artists in a variety of media responding to the question of what summer in Wisconsin means to them.

“The Art of Al Buss & Jim Buivid” will feature a wide variety of the sculptural works of Buss and the photographic works of Buivid. Both artists hail from Grafton.

Buss said his riverside studio is ideal for his work, which reflects his organic mentality and love of nature. He uses materials that come from man and nature to create a diverse, eclectic portfolio.

His works have turned discarded molten aluminum into ethereal clouds that hover over a raincloud of hundreds of metal nails and local clay used in wood-mounted sculptures of detailed animal faces painted with bold, arresting color schemes.

Buss has participated in a variety of artistic projects, shows and exhibits as well as large-scale sculptures and collaborations with other artists.

Other projects included producing Christmas scenes in retail shops, designing store interiors, and creating mixed media bird dwellings that are sold on a large scale in catalogues. 

Buivid worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s education department as an associate curator-media programmer, creating four to 16 multi-media productions for museum exhibits and educational programs for six years.

He then began Buivid PhotoDesign, which he ran from 1995 to 2015.

  Buivid is a member of the Southeastern Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association and the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, earned numerous print and service awards from both organizations.

He also received the first Kodak Gallery Award in the nation for digital imaging and  began conducting seminars and workshops on digital photography. He also wrote a book, “Digital Imaging for Photographers,” to help photographers understand the transition from film to a digital workflow.

He taught photography at Concordia University Wisconsin for eight years and at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he became the department coordinator, for eight years.  He retired in 2019.

Buivid recently wrote a book, “Creative Incite” on how to become and stay creative that will be published later this year.

The Cultural Center at W62 N546 Washington Ave. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

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