Victorian and Wild West-inspired steampunk artwork is on display through Friday in the Gallery @ Yahara Bay Distillery. Titled “Steampunk Voyage Manifique,” the exhibit features photographs by Paul Toepfer and jewelry and accessories by Sherri Milani.
Verona-based photographer Toepfer has a master’s degree in art from UW-Madison. As proprietor of Paul Toepfer Photography, many have trusted his skill and creativity to shoot weddings, senior portraits, family photographs and commercial business ads.
Toepfer attended several professional photography steampunk genre seminars. Those seminars, along with his attending a steampunk-designed performance of Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios — Cabinet of Curiosities,” inspired him to create the photos in “Steampunk Voyage Manifique.”
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction inspired by the aesthetics of the industrialized 19th century.
“By putting together costumes, selecting unique locations and props, Paul’s work comes alive, putting the viewer right in the Victorian and Industrial Eras,” the exhibit’s press release said.
Milani received her bachelor’s degree in art with an emphasis on graphics from UW-Eau Claire. After a career in graphics, the Windsor resident retired and has more time to focus on her passion of creating one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories.
Currently, Milani is obsessed with the steampunk genre and has dubbed her newest pieces “Steamonisms.”
Thursday evening, the Gallery @ Yahara Bay Distillery will be open from 5-10 p.m. In addition to the exhibit, there is an open house with free distillery tours, samples and a cash bar.
— Robyn Norton