Professional photographer Jaci Sumner approaches every shoot with a clean slate, taking cues from the personalities of those centered in her lens rather than imposing a fixed aesthetic onto a client or occasion. The resulting photos are marked by a certain naturalness and are made unique by the photographer's willingness to break with outmoded photography conventions.
When she's not taking photographs, Jaci engages in locally focused philanthropic efforts that include her own organization, ProjectStella. The initiative was named after her dog and studio companion Stella, and has raised funds for the Milwaukee Humane Society since 2009.
Inspired by the German Turnverein associations of the early 19th century, the Milwaukee Turners first came together in the mid 1800s, gaining their charter from the Wisconsin State Legislature in 1855. In 1882, the group constructed Turner Hall, and the building has housed the organization and its stockpiles of sweatbands ever since. Over the decades, the hall has welcomed in visitors with a mission to help them create sound bodies and minds.
Though they derive their name from ?Turnen,? the German word for gymnastics, the Milwaukee Turners teach visitors much more than just how to lasso a pommel horse. In addition to the gymnastic school, the organization schedules classes for yoga. Their rock-climbing wall's top ropes take climbers up 26 feet where they practice climbing or belaying techniques. To strengthen minds, the Turners lead meetings such as the 4th Street Forum, which discusses issues crucial to the community, and host concerts within the Turner Hall Ballroom.
Now a national landmark, Turner Hall echoes the organization's rich history. Sprung from the mind of famed architect Henry H. Koch, the building's design includes an Italianate fa?ade crafted with Cream City brick and panoramic paintings that make visitors think they're trapped inside a cartoon. The venue boasts a beer hall and two-story ballroom, making it an ideal locale for special occasions.
THE KNICKERBOCKER ON THE LAKE IS A BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED1929 ART DECO HOTEL LOCATED 2 BLOCKS FROM THE LAKE FRONT AND10 MILES FROM GENERAL MITCHELL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.SITUATED IN A QUIET RESIDENTIAL AREA ABOUT 10 BLOCKS FROMDOWNTOWN THE HOTEL IS 5 BLOCKS FROM THE ART MUSEUM SUMMERFEST NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL LIFE AND JOHNSON CONTROLS 1/2 MILE FROM MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY 2 1/2 MILES FROM MILLERBREWING AND 3 MILES FROM UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE.THE KNICKERBOCKER COMBINES TURN OF THE CENTURY CHARM ANDEXCEPTIONAL GUEST SERVICE TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST STANDARDSOF HOSPITALITY. THE HOTEL HAS RETAINED MUCH OF THE ORIGINALCHARM IN THE LOBBY WITH VAULTED CEILINGS CRYSTALCHANDELIERS AND THE ORIGINAL TERRAZZO FLOORS. EACH UNIQUELYDECORATED GUEST ROOM OFFERS FREE HIGH SPEED INTERNET FULLKITCHENS COFFEE MAKERS HAIRDRYERS IRONS AND BOARDS ANDDIGITAL CABLE.WE HAVE TWO CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED RESTAURANTS IN THE HOTEL THE KNICK WHICH IS AN UPSCALE CAFE AND THE OSTERIA DELMONDO WHICH IS A FINE DINING ITALIAN RESTAURANT. THE KNICKIS OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER MONDAY FRIDAY AND OPEN FORBREAKFAST LUNCH AND DINNER ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. THEOSTERIA IS OPEN FOR DINNER ONLY MONDAY SATURDAY AND ISCLOSED ON SUNDAY. BOTH RESTAURANTS HAVE OUTDOOR PATIO DININGIN ADDITION TO THE MAIN DINING ROOMS.THE JUNEAU ROOM WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR SMALL MEETINGS ANDHAS A CAPACITY OF APPROXIMATELY 35 PEOPLE. CATERING SERVICESCAN BE PROVIDED BY THE KNICK THE OSTERIA OR AN OUTSIDECATERING COMPANY.
Zoom Room?s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it?s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room?s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility?s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.