# Arts in Milwaukee – Ann Baer – art, design
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  • “Shy Guy”Shy Guy

    Repurposed Wood Products Automotive Finish 12" h x 11"w x 4"w

  • “Lou”Lou

    Repurposed Wood Products With Automotive Finish SOLD

  • “Red Bird II”Red Bird II

    Repurposed Wood Products with Automotive Finish. 12"h x 13"w x 4"d

  • “Still Life in Cezanne Reds”Still Life in Cezanne Reds

    32.5"h x 10"w x 10"d Repurposed Wood Products With High Gloss Automotive Finish

  • “So Very Sorry”So Very Sorry

    12" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas

  • “Apostacy”Apostacy

    30" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

  • “Kelly”Kelly

    30" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

  • “High Anxiety”High Anxiety

    30" x 30" Acrylic on Canvas

  • “Arizona”Arizona

    Repurposed Wood Products with an Automotive Finish 27"h x 16"w 4"d

  • “There Are Mountains of Sorrow We Cannot Move”There Are Mountains of Sorrow We Cannot Move

    Mixed Media Sculpture 16.5"h x 21.5"w x 6.5"d Shown at Beloit & Vicinity Show 2016 SOLD

  • “Warrior (Painting)”Warrior (Painting)

    Acrylic on Canvas 30"h 24"w Shown at Anderson Art Center Solo Show

  • “Warrior”Warrior

    Repurposed Wood Products w/Automotive Finish 43"h x 10"w x10"d

  • “Talking Heads”Talking Heads

    Repurposed Wood Products 12.3"h x 10"w x 4"d Received an award at 2016 Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art (MATA) Membership Show.

  • “Red Zig”Red Zig

    Repurposed Wood Products w/ Automotive Finish 23.5"h x 10"w x 3"d Shown at Pfizer "Super 8" in the Pop-Up Gallery 2016 SOLD

  • “For the Birds”For the Birds

    Repurposed Wood Products w/ Automotive Finish 37"h x 10-1/2"w x 10-1/2"w Accepted into WVA 2016 Biennial at Museum of Wisconsin Art SOLD

  • “Pavane to an Extinct Thrush.”Pavane to an Extinct Thrush.

    Mixed Medis 19"h x 6"w x 5-1/2"d Bachman's Thrush has not been sighted since 1975 and is assumed to be gone forever. This is my response to that statement. Shown at Bachman's Thrush Show at Gallery 224 in Port Washington. WI-2016

  • “John, Dear”John, Dear

    74"h x 15"w x15"d Repurposed Wood Products With an Automotive Finish

  • “Round Pegs in Square Holes”Round Pegs in Square Holes

    22"h x 10"w x 4"d Repurposed Wood Products with an Automotive Finish

  • “Temple”Temple

    34"h x 12"w x 12"d Repurposed wood products/Automotive finish

  • “Mom's Purse”Mom's Purse

    12"h x 15"w x 5"d Repurposed Wood Products with Automotive finish Created for Alzheimer's Memories in the Making Fundraiser. SOLD

  • “Taj”Taj

    Repurposed Wood Products With an Automotive finish 53"h x 10"w x 10"d

  • “Quixoti”Quixoti

    Repurposed Wood Products 54" h x 13" x 13"d

  • “Blade,Quixote, Taj, and Dubai”Blade,Quixote, Taj, and Dubai

    Sculptures Repurposed Wood Products with an Automotive Finish

  • “Blade”Blade

    57" h Repurposed Wood Products Automotive Finish

Ann Baer

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YellowBird Studio
2008 N. 52nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208 MK

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artist bio

Raised in a middle class home in Appleton, Wisconsin, Ann Baer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Cardinal Stritch University. In 2000, she earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is also involved in numerous continuing education classes.

Prior to serving 20 years as an Art Specialist with Milwaukee Public Schools, Ann worked for 17 years as a graphic designer. During those combined years she honed her skills as a fine artist. She created and exhibited her own art work in galleries, art fairs, and store fronts. Now retired she is able to work full-time as an artist.

Volunteer work includes facilitating a weekly art class for people living with memory loss through the Alzheimer’s Association and fund raising for Memories in the Making. You will also find her volunteering at her 3 grandson’s elementary schools.

Ann works in several mediums but her focus in the past years has been sculpture. These bright, colorful totems are constructed of repurposed household items found at resale shops, in dumpsters, and rummage sales. She also paints in acrylic, and watercolor crayon, and works with mixed media.

Exhibiting throughout the state, her work is included in numerous private and corporate collections.

artist statement

I am a collector of old, broken, and discarded wood products, plus a few other things that I may, someday, (or not) use in an art project. I dumpster dive, frequent Goodwill, scrounge from friends and scour the streets on garbage days.

The studio is packed with wood bowls, knife racks, chair legs and miscellaneous ephemera. Much of it still seems usable, but out of date, so it is cast away. It still has character, and it isn’t plastic. These interesting, sometimes unattractive objects and dismantled parts find new relevance in my hands.

I arrange these treasures again and again to get the right configuration. I take reference photos so I can remember how to put them back together as I try different shapes. It may take weeks as I tweak the layout.

Each selected part is individually sanded and repaired before assembly begins. The pieces are measured, drilled, pegged and glued for a secure bond. Then the components are puttied, sanded again, and spray painted with a high gloss automotive finish.

While I am creating these totems I think about titles and meanings. Sometimes I have a concept to begin with and other times it evolves as the pieces fall into place. All the themes have meaning to me in the end and relate to my ideals, beliefs, philosophy, and personal stories.

In 50 years of making art I have never had so much fun creating. It is a huge challenge; and the learning curve is steep. It’s all about mastery and each grouping of found objects brings new problems to solve and perhaps, a tiny contribution to saving the earth.