Friday, July 11, 2014

Zimmerman is open for gallery night

You're invited!

Menomonee Valley Artist Residency
Open House

Along with my hosts at Zimmerman Architectural Studios I invite you to visit with me on gallery night. Come see my latest artworks.
 

Zimmerman Architectural Studios
2122 W. Mount Vernon St.
Friday, July 25
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

New work and works in progress will be on display.
If you have never been to the historic gas building that Zimmerman remodeled for their offices, it's worth a visit in itself!

Refreshments will be served.

Zimmerman is easy to see but hard to find. It is the large brick structure behind the tall octagonal tower near 25th Street between St. Paul and Canal Streets. Access is from 25th Street.

If you can't make it on gallery night, feel free to contact me to make an appointment: eddee@eddeedaniel.com

To learn more about the Menomonee Valley Artist in Residency and for links to blog posts and photographs, go to MV AiR.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunrise in 3 Bridges Park



I made this shot early in the morning last Saturday (the sun rose at 5:19 and it was a few minutes after that, to be exact.) It became quite popular after I posted it on facebook so I thought I'd repost it here for anyone who may have missed it there.

I thought I knew where I wanted to be at sunrise, which was next to the bridge crossing over from 3 Bridges Park to Mitchell Park. But when I got there and the sun peeked up over the skyline (at 5:19) I was disappointed. The foreground was uninteresting and the sky above the distant band of clouds was clear. It's hard to plan a good sunrise, I thought. Bit of a crap shoot. So I started walking back through the park. It was just as I reached the hill overlooking the pond that the closer band of clouds blew in overhead and reflected off the surface of the water.

Snake eyes.


This post is one in a series that relates to my Menomonee Valley Artist in Residency. For more information about the residency and links to previous posts and photographs, go to MV AiR.

Friday, July 4, 2014

You can help plan the future of the Menomonee Valley

Milwaukee has much to celebrate. Milwaukee has chronic problems that must be addressed if we are to become a truly great city. These twin themes seem to dominate public discourse in our community and for good reason. They are both true.

3 Bridges Park in spring
Likewise, the City of Milwaukee, Menomonee Valley businesses and other stakeholders are celebrating the successful completion of the 1998 Menomonee Valley Land Use Plan by initiating a new plan, which is called Menomonee Valley 2.0. The new plan is intended to address on-going redevelopment challenges.

You can help draw new maps and create the new plan. 

Please go to Arts Without Borders to see how, to read the rest of the story and see more photos. 


This post is one in a series that relates to my Menomonee Valley Artist in Residency. For more information about the residency and links to previous posts and photographs, go to MV AiR.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ATC begins tree cutting in Underwood Parkway

Those who have been following the Underwood Creek Parkway controversy about placing power lines through there to provide power to the proposed We Energies substation on the County Grounds know that permission was granted by the WI Public Service Commission months ago. (Read my original post describing the issues by clicking here.)


The work began in earnest recently. Wauwatosa, an officially designated "Tree City USA," is losing more of them. The power lines will run along the north side of the railroad tracks from the existing powerlines near 119th St. to 115th St. (above) They will then cross the tracks, the road, and Underwood Creek to follow the Oak Leaf Trail east of 115th St. (below)



I don't know what is being done in the park between the Parkway road and the creek west of 115th, but something is. Construction fences surround many of the existing trees and cyclone fences surround at least two sections where work is being done. Here's what it looked like over the weekend.




Monday, June 30, 2014

Photo Phenology revisited: A 3 Bridges Park photo essay

In March I reported on the Urban Ecology Center's Photo Phenology program, which is a monthly exercise in observation and documentation of seasonal plant and animal life cycles in the parks near the Menomonee Valley Branch. On Saturday I once again accompanied a team of Phenologists, Scott and Andrea, who volunteer at the Center. We walked through 3 Bridges Park to see what we could see. Here is what I saw. 

Flowers:
Downy wood mint
Birdsfoot trefoil
Ohio spiderwort
Smooth hawksbeard (non-native)
Grasses:
Virginia wild rye
Canada wild rye
Cover crop, mixed seed
Community Garden plots under construction:







Miscellaneous:
Common ninebark
Scott at work
Thimbleberry
View of Valley Industrial Center
Bur oak
Scott and Andrea

To see my previous photo phenology post, click here.

This post is one in a series that relates to my Menomonee Valley Artist in Residency. For more information about the residency and links to previous posts and photographs, go to MV AiR.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

New gas lines to Valley Power Plant disrupt Canal Street


Two years ago We Energies announced plans to convert the Menomonee Valley Power Plant from coal to natural gas. To do so requires not only retrofitting the existing boilers to accept the new fuel, but also installing new natural gas main lines to bring that fuel to the plant. Work on those gas lines began along Canal Street this week. As a result this vital Valley artery will be constricted to two lanes for the duration. Construction vehicles were operating even in the open lanes today, causing backups.

The work is expected to be completed in September. Between now and then, if you drive that way, it might be a good idea to find a different route. The good news for cyclists, however, is that a paved detour has been created in front of the Twisted Fisherman property so that Hank Aaron State Trail users can bypass the construction.


On a related note, the new Hank Aaron Trail ramp and staircase that lead down off the 6th St. bridge is complete. The opening has been delayed while the trail segment through the Reed Street Yards is being finished. It is supposed to open in July, last I heard.


Stay tuned.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Meter Hero wants to help you conserve water & energy

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The first thing I notice upon entering the Meter Hero office is the bulletin board next to the door. Pinned to it are T-shirts, photos, newspaper clippings and a large poster of Milwaukee’s North Point water tower with the text, “Conserve Differently.” At a glance it looks like a display of memorabilia and success stories typical of a business or environmental organization proud of its accomplishments. McGee Young, the founder of Meter Hero, quickly corrects my false impression.

“We call this our ‘learning wall’ because it documents our failures.” He says this with as much pride as I would expect if it had in fact commemorated successes.
 
Please go to Arts Without Borders for the rest of this story and photos.


This post is one in a series that relates to my Menomonee Valley Artist in Residency. For more information about the residency and links to previous posts and photographs, go to MV AiR.