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Boop vs. the Silent Auction

Hello! It’s me, Boop! I was so excited to see all of you at Sci-Fi Family Day! Thank you! Your costumes were amazing! We hope you had fun.

I have a very exciting announcement. I will be attending the 2020 Ignite the Spark Gala! It’s true! I was invited and everything! Hilary, the General Aquarium Curator here at Discovery World and my BEST HUMAN FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD, told me so! I’m her +1 or something.

Are you going? I hope you’re going. I’m super excited! It’s my first gala ever. And I’m kind of going out of my mind because I have NOTHING TO WEAR! These parties are always so fancy (or so I’ve heard), and I can’t find a tuxedo in my size.

“Boop,” you might say. “You’re a fancy turtle who lives in a science center. You should have eight or nine tuxedos tailored just for you because of your many public appearances.”

You are absolutely right. I am a fancy turtle, but I don’t have a single tuxedo. THIS IS SCANDALOUS. What’s even more scandalous is that I don’t make as many public appearances as a wildly adorable turtle that blogs probably should.

Sure, there was the time I got to christen a cruise ship. That was fun. And one year I got to dance and lip synch on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. That was interesting.

Once I got to throw out the first pitch at Miller Park. You might be surprised to learn that I do not have a cannon for an arm. Instead of making it all the way to home plate, the ball rolled down the pitcher’s mound a little ways before it came to a humiliating stop. I THREW IT AS HARD AS I COULD. The crowd booed. THEY BOOED A TURTLE! They were probably Cubs’ fans.

And once I got shoved into a groundhog costume and had to pretend to be whatever the Lodi version of Punxsutawney Phil is. I still don’t know what that was about.

Anyway, it’s all good. Mostly because none of those things happened. Also, I’m going to the Gala! And I was poking around Discovery World’s annual Ignite the Spark Gala Silent Auction looking for a tuxedo in my size (either extra-super-duper small is not a size or they didn’t have one), when I came across something incredibly strange.

Did you know that there are many exciting items with no bids? I KNOW! No bids at all. That’s so sad. All those incredible prizes and experiences with no bids just sitting there like, I don’t know, a puppy… lost and alone, shivering and whimpering in the cold, grey autumn rain. Is that one Sarah McLachlan song playing in your head now? Good! It was playing in mine, too! I nearly started crying.

“Pull it together, Boop,” I said to myself. “This is not a time for sadness. This is a moment of opportunity. Sure, other people can ignore those incredible items and experiences, the ones with the big, sad, adorable eyes yearning for a warm home and someone to love them. You will not ignore them. You will take them in. You will love them. You will give them a home.”

This a great opportunity for me (and possibly you) to support Discovery World and win fantastic prizes on the cheap. Everyone is so busy outbidding each other on that awesome golf package and the tasty beer and beef jerky package that they’ll miss out on some really cool experiences! And if you are bidding on that awesome golf package and the tasty beer and beef jerky package, don’t stop bidding! Keep going! Someone is going to win those, and it really should be you!

What would I bid on and win?

I have always wanted to learn a martial art like Taekwondo, and I would begin my Taekwondo journey at J.K. Lee. The kicking! The fitness! The self-confidence! The courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit! The breaking of boards with my feet! SO MUCH FUN! J.K. Lee Taekwondo is awesome! (UPDATE! THIS HAS A BID NOW, BUT ONLY ONE!)

I would learn self-defense at J.K. Lee, too. I mean, turtles are already pretty good at self-defense what with the whole retreat-into-our-shells thing we do. BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO KNOW!

I could win this gorgeous Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar because I love music, even though I don’t play, and I can’t hear all the notes. Turtles don’t hear like humans do. That’s why I really like jazz. The great Miles Davis even said, “The notes you don’t hear are as important as the ones you do.” He said something like that. Anyway, I would bid on this guitar, win this guitar, learn to play this guitar, and then go on tour with Genesis or the Jonas Brothers or maybe even a K-Pop group! What? K-Pop totally shreds. Not all the time. It shreds when it wants to.

I would go sailing aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan with Beep and all of my Discovery World turtle friends. The wind! The waves! The sun! The excitement! The exploration! BRING IT ON!

I WOULD TAKE SPIN CLASSES, assuming my turtle feet could reach the pedals! (UPDATE! I HAVE LEARNED THAT MY FEET WILL NOT REACH THE PEDALS, WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE THIS ITEM HAS A BID ON IT NOW.)

I WOULD LEARN TO DANCE!

I WOULD HANG OUT WITH SANTA! The real Santa. The definite article.

Because I am only five-years old, I would NOT bid on and win a virtual wine tasting (with real wine). I am way too young and way too much of a turtle to try a variety of delicious wines from small, independent winemakers that you simply can’t find in stores. (UPDATE! SOMEONE HAS BID ON THIS. DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT! THIS VIRTUAL WINE TASTING IS YOURS. ALSO, THANK YOU TO THE WONDERFUL PERSON THAT BID ON THIS.)

I would consult with Susan J Designs – Designs is probably not her actual last name – and come up with a plan to redecorate the inside of my tank. I want to transform it into multi-use space with layered, contrasting décor. Oh, and I want shiplap everywhere. I LOVE SHIPLAP! Looking at her portfolio, Susan J doesn’t seem to use much shiplap. Beep and I can fix that.

AND I WOULD ABSOLUTELY BID ON AND WIN THIS TLC AND SWAG FOR YOUR PUP PACKAGE. It comes with a bandana for my dog and a hat for me. Wait. I don’t have a dog. I know! I’ll get a dog. I mean, maybe the Aquarists will let me have a dog. That seems like a reasonable request. I’ll feed it and take it for walks and play with it, I promise. THIS IS A VERY EXCELLENT PLAN!

(YET ANOTHER UPDATE. I WANT A DOG. I WANT TO PUT A BANDANA ON THAT DOG. YOU ARE STOMPING ALL OVER MY DREAMS, WHOEVER BID ON THIS. ALSO, THANK YOU FOR BIDDING ON THIS. ALSO, THE AQUARISTS WON’T LET ME GET A DOG. THIS IS PROBABLY FOR THE BEST.)

Anyway, THERE IS SO MUCH EXCITING STUFF TO BID ON AND WIN! You should bid on and win all these things before I do.

Support Discovery World and help us light the spark of wonder and curiosity in thousands of children in Milwaukee and beyond.

Be well,

Boop!

Local Artists Making Huge Splashes in Discovery World Gala’s Silent Auction

As part of Discovery World’s biggest event of the year, we have a fantastic silent auction full of experiences, adventures, fine meals, divine accessories and beautiful, locally made art. This year, more than in year’s past, the Discovery World Gala Silent Auction features the talents of many local painters, quilters and sculptors who have generously donated to our event to raise funds for our exhibits and education programming. Here’s a look into some of the artists who are making the 2017 auction fantastic:

Judy Tolley

I am a Milwaukee-based artist working mainly in collage on canvas. I have participated in local galleries and have had two solo shows. My collage work has been shown in New York, and has been published in Art World Digest and Somerset Magazine. I have received four blue ribbon juried art awards from the Public Television Auctions.

For more information on Judy, please visit www.judytolley.com.

 

Matt Bellefeuille

I have always had a strong urge to create art, but it wasn’t until around ten years ago that I found my place in the art world. This is when I first learned to weld, and really when I first attempted three dimensional art. Since then, I have created and sold over a hundred pieces, including a kinetic horse that was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museums. I also possess the distinction of having the first permanent sculpture in the Kenosha Union Parks Project.

For more information on Matt, please visit www.facebook.com/alkolaiarts/.

 

Jim Krahn

I returned to Wisconsin a few years ago after a somewhat nomadic experience. I have lived in Illinois, California, South Carolina, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Maryland and Wisconsin. I am a self-taught painter, inspired by my many experiences traveling throughout the US, Europe, and the Middle East. I have shown my work in Maryland, the Carolinas, Wisconsin and Lebanon. Oil is my favorite medium but have experimented with acrylic as well as watercolor.

For more information on Jim, please visit https://www.artsinmilwaukee.org/profiles/472/.

 

Marla Morris-Kennedy

I entered the art world by way of the back door. While working 25+ years as a physical therapist and owning and managing commercial real estate, I have sustained a love of fabric, color, visual texture and design. While I began as a traditional quilt maker over 30 years ago, my path has veered after studying conventional patterns and construction techniques and after taking numerous classes from a variety of teachers from all over the country. I have participated in juried and invitational art shows throughout southeastern Wisconsin including Caggio Gallery (Milwaukee), Cedarburg Artists’ Guild Fall Show, Leenhouts Gallery (Milwaukee), the Eight Counties Show sponsored by the John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan) in 2009. I am an annual participant in Cedarburg Arts Weekend and was the Sacagawea Award Artist for Professional Dimensions in 2007. I also won the grand prize for the “Quilting is Art” Competition sponsored by Milwaukee Public Television in 2010 and 2011.

I combine a wide variety of fabrics, threads and embellishments including buttons, trims, beads, hardware store items and deconstructed jewelry parts to make one-of-a-kind pieces and continue to exhibit in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties.

For more information on Marla, please visit: http://cedarburgartistsguild.com/marlamorriskennedy.html.

 

Amin Djaouga

I’m Amin, a Milwaukee based artist from Benin, in West Africa. My collection has developed not only from personal drawings inspired by African culture and patterns but also by Milwaukee, my new home.   I paint, do digital design, make custom fabrics, handcraft lamps and create pillows and other fabric home decor items from hand woven African mud cloth. I’ve exhibited in area fair trade shops, alternative gift fairs and the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

For more information on Amin, please visit: www.konkada.etsy.com.

 

Christine Burke

I was born and raised in Milwaukee, and I have lived in the Bay View area most of my life. I even have a few paintings featured in a couple bars in the neighborhood. I love this city and the art community here; everyone is always so friendly, supportive and helpful with each other. I will admit, I do not consider myself a professional painter. I did not go to school for it, have only been painting for a few years and I do not make a career of it. I paint because I enjoy it, it’s very therapeutic for me, and there is no other feeling than finishing a piece that you are very proud of. You can tell a lot about an artist based off their work, and that is another reason why I love painting. It really does express who you are and what you are passionate about. You can really see when someone puts their heart and soul into it, and that is the best kind of art.

For more information on Christine, please visit: https://www.artsinmilwaukee.org/profiles/2311/.

 

Jacob Nordstrum

I am a Wisconsin-based artist who works are part of private collections across the U.S. and Europe. I studied at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and received a Bachelor of Arts degree while studying painting and drawing, and graduated in 2007. Jake lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife and four children.

If you show me lines and tell me not to cross them, I’ll inevitably want to cross them. I have an urge to go against the grain that goes back to being in punk rock bands and writing on my clothes in high school. I have no plan when I sit down to paint other than to be spontaneous and in the moment; using whatever is available in my studio. Whether that’s acrylic and oil paint, tape, paper, scraps of cardboard. Nothing is off limits or unusable. I refuse to be limited in style, color choice, size, or surfaces. If there aren’t canvases around…cardboard and paper work just as good. Quality of artwork is not determined by the width of your stretcher bar. I’ve recently had a solo show at Gallery 2622 in Wauwatosa in March of 2017. I’ve been mostly selling art online through multiple sites and have sold 44 in the last year or so across the U.S and Europe.

 

Susi Schuele

I am a self-taught abstract new media artist. My earliest art memories of enjoying art are probably like many other artists’ – Finger painting thrilled me as a kid as did paint by number! (Yes, I really said that.) I am certainly also one who “colors outside the lines”. At about the age of 8 or 9, I created a turquoise toothpick sculpture that I wish I still had. I also did a pencil drawing of David Bowie in my 20s. I think I sent it to him but can’t remember. Creativity has long been a way of life for me, in most any medium or form. Whether I was crafting or seriously painting, it has always been a big part of my life. I doodle every day. From October of 2008 until March of this year, I was a web and graphic designer – creating on the technology side. Prior to that, I had a long career in technology positions because that’s what I went to school for and that’s where I thought I needed to be. I have finally reached my nirvana in becoming a full-time new media artist this year. Four of my wood art pieces (including Landslide) were selected as nominees for the People’s Choice Award for the ArtisTTable Women Exhibition in 2017. I was also featured in Huffington Post in their 53 Gorgeous Ways to Dress Your Blank and Boring Walls article (#33) for a piece entitled “Dark Side of the Moon”. I have current work on display at a Wellness Center in Delafield, Wisconsin and have exhibited at the St. Charles Fine Art Show in St. Charles, Illinois, the Pewaukee Area Arts Council Showcase of Art at the Waukesha Public Library, the Creativation Show in Phoenix, Arizona, Delafield Art Walk, The MPTV Holiday and Gift Show 2016 and Artisan 179 Restaurant (billed as a trendy haunt filled with local art) in Pewaukee.

I am a new media artist specializing in creating art on wood using vibrant, colorful stain. I like to think I “nurture nature” by infusing vibrant color into the grain of wood giving justice to its movement and new life. I stain the wood using mostly just my hands. On occasion, I will use a small paint brush for detailed work. I add layers of color to create magnificent three dimensional pieces with beauty that is very hard to capture in a photograph. Photographs, even of the highest quality, do not give justice to this original form of art on wood. It must be seen and touched to realize its true magnificence. The other medium I create in is acrylic paint. Specifically, liquid art. The swirl and anticipation of watching each color unite with another to form a union of the unexpected is as captivating as the cells being formed from a chemical reaction. Inspiration comes from breathtaking sunsets bursting with orange, the subtle but sublime metallic golds and coppers in Raku pottery or the beaming contrast and glitter of colorful elements of nature such as geodes. Color is me. I title my art with song titles. Music is yet another art form that fulfills me. It brings each of my pieces to another level of emotion and creativity by capturing the essence of the painting through song or vice versa.

For more information about Susi, please visit www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/susi-schuele.

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500 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Get Directions
Adults $20
Child (3-17) $16
Child 2 & Under $Free
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*Valid ID Required.

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