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The Climate Clarified

Climate change isn’t an easy subject. A class I’m taking compared it to medicine in a way that was helpful for me: Climate scientists are like planetary physicians. Our understanding of medicine is incomplete, but what we know is useful...

Beware Non-Locally Grown

The article “Farm Fresh?” couldn’t be any more true than exactly stated. As an avid shopper at the local farm markets I want to know “exactly” what I am buying, from GMO free to organic or not organic, sprayed or not sprayed and with what...

Media Bias Must End

I wish to thank Joel Weberman for his letter “Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage.” The pro-Palestinian bias includes TV news coverage...

Proud of My President

The world is a mess. According to many conservative voices, it would not be in such a mess if Obama was not the president. I am finally understanding that the problem with our president is that he is too thoughtful, too rational, too realistic, too inclined to see things differently and change his mind, too compassionate to be the leader of a free world...

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The nature side of Kaye Krapohl

Al Parker - June 6th, 2011
The Natural Side of Kaye Krapohl
By Al Parker
Kaye Krapohl finds the perfect view atop Sleeping Bear Dunes, pulls out her gear and settles in to interpret the stunning scene before her. 
“Here’s my ‘very technical’ approach to painting,” she says with a laugh. “Get a clip board, gessoed paper, or piece of wood, grab whatever paints will fit into my Oryana cloth bag, roll brushes up in a dishtowel, grab a small china plate and water in a water bottle. Get on my bike or travel to a nice location and paint. I take a backpack, sit on a rock and do my little sketches.”
Then she returns to her in-home studio in Traverse City and turns those ‘little sketches’ into 24x36-inch or 38x38-inch things of beauty. Her favorite medium is oil on wood with very thin washes.
Nature dominates Krapohl’s works, mostly landscapes of stunning appeal and accuracy. Her acrylics, oils and watercolors capture clouds, rivers, lakes, marshes, streams and sunsets from across northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. 
“I do landscapes because it’s there,” she explains. “You can always expect my work to give a sense of being there in the present. The greatest compliment anyone could give me is ‘I can hear the snow crunch’ or ‘I can smell the river.’”

EXHIBITIONS
Krapohl’s works are on display at Gallery 22 near Suttons Bay, at Kuhlhaus Gallery in Harbor Springs and at The Good Work Collective in Traverse City.  Starting June 5, an impressive collection of Krapohl’s landscapes will be on display at Hanna Bistro in Traverse City.  
“I am showing my new large bay/cloud paintings and river paintings- a combination of local rivers and the large paintings resulting from a Two Hearted (River) trip at Hanna Bistro over the summer,” she explains. 
About 15 of her paintings will be displayed all summer at the popular eatery, with works switched out in July and August. 
“Each month it will be like a visit to a new area while you enjoy Hanna’s amazing food,” she adds.  “The work is all for sale with prices listed and 10 percent going toward the Watershed Center,  an organization that works to keep the bays and river clean.... without these watershed features I would not have a subject!”
Asked about her favorite local artists, Krapohl is generous in her praise.
“Bill Hosner is a world reknowned pastel artist and Angela Saxon is a wonderful local landscape painter,” she says. “I also like the works of Richard Kooyman, Glenn Wolff, Joan Richmond, Charles Murphy and sculptor Bob Purvis.”

BEGINNINGS
Krapohl’s interest in art began early downstate in tiny Napoleon, near Jackson. 
“I always knew, since I was three or four, that I’d be an artist,” she recalls with a laugh. “I always painted. I remember being in the third grade and we had no art class. I talked Mrs. Lathrop into letting me teach art. So I taught the class to draw a horsie.”
Krapohl sold her first work of art – a watercolor chickadee – at the age of 11. She earned a BFA at the University of Michigan, then studied printmaking in London, England. Her works have earned dozens of awards at juried competitions and is featured in select corporate collections, including the U-M President’s Collection, Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, Munson Medical Center, Foote Hospital in Jackson and the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
She’s been the recipient of the Hallmark National Gold Medal, National Endowment of the Arts Award and a Governor’s Resident Artist Award. Last year she was National Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore Artist in Residence.
An avid cyclist and cross country skier, for many years in the 1980s and ‘90s she was a perennial winner/participant in the White Pine Stampede and VASA races. 
The public may recognize her as the founder of The Women’s Winter Tour, now in its 14th year as a cross country ski event. The tour has raised more than $100,000 for local charities such as Madeline’s House and Zonta House, both operated by the Women’s Resource Center. 
“My essence as a person is to give back to my community,” she says. “My love of skiing, hiking and biking have all led me to want to express how incredibly beautiful the landscape (of northern Michigan) is.”
 
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