The Burren

Recent Works By
Terrence Coffman

July 31 - October 11
Opening Reception Friday, July 31 / 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Following a tradition of exhibiting among the best in Wisconsin art, the Charles Allis Art Museum presents an exhibition of recent works by Terrence James Coffman, whose submission Angel 1 was awarded grand prize at the museum’s 2014 Forward: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now.  That painting returns to the Allis, alongside two additional canvases that complete an artist’s “triptych”.

Coffman’s Angels and Landscapes series, so-called because of the figure-like formations that emerged, unplanned, out of his material- and process-driven approach, and other large-scale paintings will be on view in the Great Hall, with a selection of other recent works on display in the second-floor galleries.  Coffman’s memory and experiences of places and landscapes inspire and inform his paintings of them.  His experience of the Burren of Ireland, where Coffman was in residency at its College of Art in 2011, has proved a fount of inspiration for his work.  The colors, textures and brushstrokes of these paintings evoke, but also invent, nostalgia and memory of the Burren, Galway Bay and the small fishing village of Ballyvaughan.

Image Credit: Terrence Coffman, The Burren #17, 2013, Oil on canvas, 44 x 44 inches, Courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery


Landscape Abstraction
Terrence Coffman Painting Workshop

Saturday, September 5
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This one-day workshop at the Charles Allis Art Museum focuses on clearing the mind to tap into the unconscious creative flow. Coupled with experimentation and learning to trust the process creates a conduit for creativity. Students explore textural manipulations using traditional and unconventional painting tools. The methodology and techniques employed by major American abstractionists will serve as inspiration. Critique sessions provide students with feedback and increased opportunities to develop exciting works of art.

$150 per person + materials
Registration due by Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
For more information and to register contact Michael Keiley at 414-278-8295 x5 or email

Van Gogh Live

Saturday, September 19

Terrence Coffman brings his play, Van Gogh Live to the Charles Allis Art Museum. This one-night performance, based on Coffman’s fictional book of missing Van Gogh journals, is a riveting and emotional glimpse into the torment and ecstasy of Vincent’s life. The audience experiences the complicated life of this lonely man as Coffman examines his obsessions, madness, and love of art and humanity. Questions for the artist will follow the performance.

$25 advanced tickets, $30 at the door. Limited Seating, RSVP recommended

Click here to purchase advanced tickets


Who Dunnit?
A Friends of Charles Allis Friend Raiser

Sunday, August 9 / 3pm

Join the Friends of Charles Allis for their annual Who Dunnit? murder mystery soiree.
Enjoy refreshments, prizes, and cash bar throughout. $15. RSVP required at

Lord Strutbury has commissioned the SS Charles Allis for a cruise across Lake Michigan. Lord Strutbury insisted that his wife, Lady Strutbury, his children Hilary and Delia Sturtbury, and Delia’s children,( his grandchildren), Seb and Victoria must accompany them for the day. The family begrudgingly arrive at the dock at the requested time. All are filled with questions of Lord’s request. Is he going to reveal his final wishes for his vast estate?

Lord Strutbury has requested that everyone retire to their cabins and prepare for dinner. They are instructed to meet in the dining room. The family assembles promptly at 5:00, except for Lord Strutbury. Lady Strutbury, having dressed in her own cabin, is the first to be concerned. She knows that Lord Strubury is always very prompt and has no patience for tardiness. She instructs the first mate to look for Lord Strutbury. The First Mate returns, saying that Lord Strutbury is not in his cabin and is nowhere to be found! Come help solve the mystery of his disappearance, Sunday, August 9!


Movie Time

Milwaukee film historian Dale Kuntz presents selections from his rare collection of classic films from the 30s and 40's. Films are shown on 16mm, reel-to-reel film. Most of these cinematic treasures are not available on DVD so don't miss this opportunity to see these films in their original glory on the big screen. Prior to each screening, Dale fascinates the audience with his knowledge of film history, giving the inside scoop on each film, including bizarre details about the stars and clues to help the audience spot little oddities that ended up in the film instead of on the cutting room floor.

Show Girls Musicals

  • April 8 - Dames - 1933 - Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee, ZaSu Pitts
  • April 22 - Rose of Washington Square - 1939 - Alice Faye, Tyrone Power, Al Jolson, Louis Prima
  • May 6 - Ball of Fire - 1941 - Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Dana Andrews, Oscar Homolka
  • May 20 - Tin Pan Alley- 1940 - Alice Faye, Betty Grable, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Nicholas Brothers
  • June 3 - Ziegfeld Girl - 1941 - Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, James Stewart, Tony Martin
  • June 17 - The Dolly Sisters - 1945 - Betty Grable, June Haver, John Payne, S. Z. “Cuddles” Sakall

A Tribute to Irene Dunn

  • July 8 - Roberta - 1935 - Irene Dunne, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Randolph Scott, Helen Westly
  • July 22 - Show Boat - 1936 - Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, Charles Winninger
  • Aug 5 - The Awful Truth - 1937 - Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, and “Asta”
  • Aug 19 - My Favorite Wife - 1940 - Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott
  • Sept 2 - The White Cliffs of Dover - 1944 - Irene Dunne, Van Johnson, Alan Marshall, Frank Morgan
  • Sept 16 - Anna and the King of Siam - 1946 - Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb


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