local artists

Lily Wellen

For some, eyeglasses are an unfortunate medical necessity. For others, they are a prized functional accessory.

A few years ago, Milwaukeen Josh Rickun found himself disappointed with the quality and fit of wood glasses available. So, he took it upon himself to create better frames. With no previous proper training in woodworking, Rickun took on the project for his senior thesis at MIAD .

Now as proprietor of Proper Eyewear, Rickun designs and fabricates eyeglasses from locally-sourced wood.

Pfister Hotel

Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel is known around the country for a number of good reasons. It’s thought of as the city’s largest historic hotel – a throwback to the grand hotel palaces of a century ago. 

The Pfister also supports its very own narrator – a person who receives a one-year appointment to chronicle and share the stories of the hotel, its guests and employees. The hotel’s latest narrator happens to be an old friend of and occasional Lake Effect contributor.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Like their big box competitors, many Milwaukee artists and artisans rely on the holiday shopping season for a big revenue boost – some for as much as a 40 percent of their annual sales.