This year's exclusive ornament was adapted from an oil painting, Smooth Sailing For a Setting Sun, by Wisconsin artist Shelby Keefe.
Shelby Keefe is an award-winning, impressionistic painter, teacher, and performance artist. Born in Whitewater, WI, she graduated with a BFA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. Always painting even while working as a self-employed graphic designer, it was in 2005 when her success as a fine artist allowed her to become a full-time painter. Her painting have earned her participation in prestigious national juried shows, plein air painting competitions, residencies, and art festivals as well as garnering commission work for many corporate clients and private collectors. She has won the attention of the art world with her style and her paintings have graced the covers of both Southwest and PleinAir magazines.
Shelby's painting "Smooth Sailing for a Setting Sun" has now become the inspiration behind the Milwaukee Art Museum's holiday ornament.
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