When Celeste Spransy, armed with a degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, moved back to Milwaukee, she called the art critic at the Milwaukee Journal and said: “I’m a new artist in town and you should come up and visit me.”
A conversation with Antler starts with a walk down to the Milwaukee River. Dressed in jeans and boots, his ample white beard framing his face, the 58-year-old Riverwester could be taken for a lumberjack. But as he speaks of coming to the river on winter nights to immerse himself in the icy silence, there is no doubt that the gentle-voiced man is the infamous Milwaukee poet.
On the opening day of classes for the 2004-2005 school year, Millie McDonald headed across the river to Maryland Avenue School. There she helped her three children settle into their new Montessori classes, then she headed south to start her own classes at Alverno College. Going to school has been a major theme in Millie’s life for a decade.
Douglas and Thallis Drake have lived in Riverwest for more than 40 years. They know the nooks and crannies of the neighborhood, but when asked about their favorite Riverwest attraction, Thallis laughs and replies, “Our house!”
Jean-Louis Bolar’s job is to know people. Basically, he gets paid to “schmooze” with Milwaukee’s best and brightest…