Ed Danowski: Wisconsin's Artist-Poet
Creativity just pours out of him in an amazing multitude of forms!—That was the preamble back in 1975, when Ed was introduced as the narrator for a two and a half hour TV special, Artists in Action, that featured some of Wisconsin's most prominent artists. His broad portfolio also includes Master of Ceremonies work on TV art auctions.
Ed is indeed an unusually creative person. A multiple award winning artist, his work has appeared in countless shows, galleries, and exhibits; it is found in numerous private collections around the world; as well as multiple juried programs—including Watercolor Wisconsin, the Oshkosh Museum Annual Watercolor Award, the Racine Area Arts Competition Show.
He is also an accomplished poet, and was co-creator with Elton Dorval of the cartoon strip Happast VII, and he has invented and sold games. Ed's writing includes articles for The Artist's Magazine. He has also written many business books and books for children. But his first and deepest love is watercolor painting, a medium he handles with sensitivity and verve.
Ed was Artist in Residence at the Whittier School, Milwaukee.
Because he often writes poetry to accompany his paintings, Ed is popularly known as the "Artist-Poet of Wisconsin". His emotions run deeply through his work. This was demonstrated in an important way when he donated three separate prints to the bereaved 9/11 families of the firefighters, the members of Pentagon, and the passengers of flight 93. The Friend of Survivors' Fund Project, dedicated the support of the Pentagon families, has been featuring his special watercolor painting with companion poem, Eternal Hope, dedicated to those who suffered so much. Ed received help from the White House to make this happen. The New York painting is called Flowers for Mary and the Flight 93 painting is titled Gracing the Waters.
Ed's creative legacy also includes many pieces of church music written with his good friend Jim Holt that have been sung in churches here in Racine and Kansas City including Looking for the Lord and Time after Time which includes the line "Master Painter fill our skies!",and a wedding song written for his children called Love's Vow.
But his greatest thrill comes from the creative accomplishments of his five children. Dan Danowski excels at work with metals, and Jeff Danowski, Don Danowski, Greg Danowski and Cheri Lemke are all creative and artists in their own right. Some are published writers, too. And now there are grandchildren pursuing the same paths!