This year we decided to tackle the floors as our next project. First we ripped out the old drab carpet, and replaced it with hardwood floors using wood from owner Terri Haugens backyard. The trees came down a few years ago during a November storm, two of which landed on Terris art fair van, crushing it in half. She had those boards placed at the front of the gallery and gets a kick out of pointing them out. The light ash wood really helps to brighten up the whole gallery, especially in combination with the new lighting.
Haugen also created an original tile mosaic using the gallery logo as her central design. She used a reverse method, painstakingly laying out each piece of tile, upside down and backward, so that when installed, the logo would be right-side up. The mosaic is now embedded into the floor as you enter the gallery. This was Haugens first attempt at something like this, and it took her approximately 30 days to complete the project. She studied the ancient technique of mosaic in Italy a few years ago, which helped her prepare for this project.
Les Sirenes Galerie Dart has been open since 2000, and is located in downtown Frankfort on Betsie Bay. We also offer complete custom framing and in home
The gallery is staffed by professionally trained artists, including Gail Porter, Holly Nelson, Kindra Haugen, Sarah Huron, John Snyder and Terri Haugen. Porter is a watercolor artist who has studied with artists such as Carolyn Scott Risk, Roland Roycraft and Joe Fettingis. She has a studio overlooking the Platte River. Nelson is a photographer who enjoys taking black & white and color photographs of the area. Kindra Haugen, 17, is our youngest member and Terris daughter. Kindra is still going to school, and has studied at Interlochen for two years. She works at the gallery during the summers and enjoys creating whimsical artworks. Huron and Snyder build our custom frames and create fine furniture.
Owner Haugen is an award-winning, self-taught artist, best known for her batik work. Along with experimenting in the new mosaic medium for the floor, she has been creating batik papers and collage for many of her new pieces. Ive been very inspired this year, doing a lot of experimenting with mixed media, she says. Ive been combining batik and painting with exciting results.
The gallerys first show of the summer is the 2nd Annual Gallery Crews Exhibit, running from June 26 July 10, featuring new works of art from the staff at Les Sirenes Galerie Dart. Call for more information, 231-352-7640 or check the web at www.lessirenes.com.