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Bresler Eitel Art & Framing Gallery

Desmond Mason



Bresler Eitel Art & Framing Gallery presents the first Milwaukee gallery showing of oil paintings, drawings, and pastels by artist Desmond Mason, otherwise known to Milwaukee basketball fans as the standout forward/guard of the Milwaukee Bucks. The exhibit, entitled The Desmond Mason Art Show opens to the public Monday, September 27 and runs through Saturday, October 16 at Bresler Eitel’s facilities located at 525 West Walnut Street. Located at the corner of Walnut and 6th Street just a few blocks north of the Bucks’ home court, The Bradley Center, the gallery is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bresler Eitel will also be open on Gallery Night, Friday, October 15 until 8:00 p.m. Free parking is available in the gallery’s lot.

“We are thrilled to introduce Desmond’s work to Milwaukee art lovers,” said William Gray, owner of Bresler Eitel Art & Framing Gallery. “Our gallery will showcase over a dozen of his pieces in a variety of media demonstrating this artist’s impressive gift for line, color, and movement.“

Born in Waxahachie, Texas in 1977, Desmond Mason displayed a keen interest in drawing and painting from an early age. As a high school student, he excelled in a wide range of competitive sports including football, track, and basketball, but always balanced his love and talent for sports with an equal passion for creating art. Attending Oklahoma State University on a sports scholarship, he concentrated on basketball and majored in fine art.

Mason often counsels Milwaukee area students about his career choice. “Sports are great, but art impacts people at a whole other emotional level. When I was young,” he reflects, “I dreamed about making the NBA, but I realized that my chances could be slim. If I didn’t play professional basketball, I would need to learn a trade or craft. So I worked hard in school to develop my talent as an artist. Art has always been an important focus in my life and it will continue so long after I leave the court.” In college studio classes, Desmond became proficient in a wide range of artistic media and took additional coursework in art history. “Art history opened my mind to the many ways that artists create their view of the world,” he adds. “ My wife and I travel a lot and we always visit major museums and art sites. We’ve been to the Louvre in Paris, the Duomo in Milan, to Rome, Venice, and Florence as well as other cities with great art and architecture. With each visit, I learn more about myself as an artist while gaining inspiration from the masters.”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article on the exhibition.

Bresler Eitel Art and Framing Gallery, 525 West Walnut Street Milwaukee Wisconsin 53212

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