In memory of Celeste Spransy

Celeste Spransy passed away this summer. Celeste was a Milwaukee native and graduate Cum Laude from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With her husband Alan Gass, she created both a family and a dynamic art studio and business spanning five decades in Milwaukee. Well-known for her brilliantly colored abstract watercolors, she developed a unique and popular Plexiglas medium, which she named Prismatics®. She moved to River West with her daughter Mary after her husband’s death, and remained an active artist until her 90th year. She continued to display in shows up through this year. She served as president and member of the Milwaukee Art Commission for over ten years, was on Mayor Maier’s Beautification Committee and a long term member of Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors (now Wisconsin Visual Artists). She was a charter member and served on the board of Wisconsin Women in the Arts. She was an Acquisition Advisor for the Milwaukee Public Library, and served as president and member of the Milwaukee Art Commission. She was a member of the Lakefront Art Fair Planning committee and was also board member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society. After raising their family on the East Side, she, with her husband, set up one of Milwaukee’s first live-in art studios, originally on Third and State, and then in the Marshall Building in the Third Ward. They were both originators of and active participants in Third Ward Gallery Nights and Art Crawl events. Her work is in public and private collections and galleries across the country, and she received numerous awards in juried shows, including Watercolor Wisconsin and Wisconsin Women in the Arts. She was also a recipient of the Wisconsin Arts Board Per Cent for Art Award.