COLOR COMMENTARY

Milwaukee Magazine - - Culture -

PART­NERS IN ART and life, Lon Michels and Todd Ol­son cre­ate paint­ings as an­i­mated and vi­brant as their per­son­al­i­ties. Their work hangs side by side for the first time at the Por­trait So­ci­ety Gallery’s fall ex­hi­bi­tion, “Hus­band & Hus­band,” on view through Novem­ber 10 (207 E. Buf­falo St.).

We reached out to three lo­cal cre­atives for their take on the show:

“There are artists who make art, and oth­ers who live art. And still oth­ers who are art – Lon and Todd are [among] the rare few who meet that dis­tinc­tion. We’re lucky to have them in our com­mu­nity; they rep­re­sent the raw, un­fet­tered ex­pres­siv­ity that dis­tin­guishes Wis­con­sin’s art scene.”

— Shane McA­dams,

vis­ual artist and writer

“Ex­pect vis­cera – from the wildly rac­ing heart to the bleed­ing mind, dis­played in the most ec­static way pos­si­ble, herald­ing the artists’ selves among their many brush­strokes.”

— Sam Pekarske, poet and founder of “Poets Read Some Stuff Some­place in Mil­wau­kee”

[Com­ment­ing on a photo of the cou­ple’s color-soaked Lodi stu­dio] “Yes, the car­pet matches the drapes.”

— Don Krause,

owner of Art Bar

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