By Erin Crowell
Unlike most art sales that bring the work of several strangers
together, the Second Annual Fall Open House & Art Sale combines the
work of five sisters and friends. Expect lots of color and variety
when these five Northern Michigan female artists present their work in
support of a local cause at the Second Annual Fall Open House & Art
Sale at Jills Studio, in Traverse City, on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9
Gallery owner Jill Hinds, along with sister Jeanne Hinds, sister
in-law Jan Hinds and friends Nan Bedick and Lisa Wilkins Schulte will
donate 10% of all artwork sales to the Father Fred Foundation, the
Traverse City non-profit that provides food, clothing and assistance
to Grand Traverse area residents in need.
Last year the open house raised around $4,000 for the foundation and
brought in over 150 visitors to the studio, said Hinds.
It was extremely busy, she added, and that was mainly inviting just
friends and family and others we knew. Last year it was just seeing
how it goes.
While Schultes work has appeared in galleries throughout the area
including Gallery 50 in Traverse City, Michigan Artists Gallery in
Suttons Bay and Kuhlhaus Gallery in Harbor Springs, the other four
women utilize the open house as their primary means of selling
Jan does the craft shows, otherwise for the three of us, this is our
once a year big way to expose our work and do the commercial thing.
Then the rest of the year its just creating and exploring, said
While the five artists work in different mediums, all have dabbled in
another making the open house a true evolutionary exhibit.
Since retiring in 2004, Jill Hinds has explored painting, particularly
en plein air (where the artist works on a piece outdoors) a
contrast to her 25 years teaching visual communications and computer
graphics at Northwestern Michigan College.
When I was first teaching, everything was hand done like hand
lettering even sharpening the pencil to do the lettering, said Hinds.
Then everything turned into computer graphics and I missed that pure,
raw creativity that comes from sketching and drawing.
Today, Hinds gets her hands dirty, as she puts it, spending a
majority of her time painting in acrylics and pastels.
Sister-in-law Jan Hinds started working with basket weaving in 1981
when she eventually became allergic to most of the weaving materials.
Then, by adding acrylic paint to cotton paper, Hinds discovered color
and a new medium mix of painting and crafting.
Jeanne Hinds first started working primarily with crochet and knitting
when she shifted her focus to recycled and discarded materials.
Artists evolve. This is what we do, said Schulte, who has recently
turned her focus from pastel to acrylic painting. You get an idea,
you run with it and that leads to another idea. Im heading in more of
an abstract direction, but of course that could change mid-flight.
Color has become a considerable preference for many of the artists,
along with utilizing the natural beauty of the area.
Bedick, a resident on Old Mission Peninsula, said she is constantly
influenced by the lakes, skies, vineyards and orchards, using pastels
or acrylics for her work.
I love to paint landscapes, she said, and I love to work with
color, slinging it around and manipulating the paint.
Working outside has also become a favorable escape for Hinds, as well.
Theres just something nice and pure about being outside and
painting, she said. Its just freeing versus being at a computer.
Otherwise youre just plugged in.
All art sold at the Annual Fall Open House & Art Sale will be
available for under $200 and will include postcards, jewelry, scarves,
paintings, baskets and more. Refreshments will be served during the
event, which runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jills Studio is located at 347 N West
Silver Lake Road, just south of Traverse City. For more information on
the event and artists, email Jill Hinds at firstname.lastname@example.org.