Northern Express - Art http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-148-1-art.html <![CDATA[A Versatile Artist Finds Success - ]]> “In fifth grade, a nun told me I would never be an artist because my handwriting was so bad,” recalled Guntzviller, who now paints, sculpts and draws in her spacious Antrim County studio. “I reacted by getting angry, withdrawing and making more art. I put myself through college, earning a fine arts degree at Wayne State by working nights.]]> <![CDATA[Chalk and Chocolate Expands to TC - ]]> “It’s a gorgeous and perfect spot,” Mc- Surely said. “Large international street art festivals are often several day affairs,” she continued. “At our fest, many of the artists will be working most of the day on their piece, with spectators able to hang out, view and talk to the artists.]]> <![CDATA[The Artistic Pursuits of a Late Bloomer - ]]> After awhile, Nemecek put aside acrylics and oils in favor of pastels and watercolors. She even developed her own watercolor technique that she calls her “squiggles approach,” seen in many of her recent works. Utilizing her background with leaded glass, Nemecek adapted that technique to several of her eye-catching watercolor works.]]> <![CDATA[Cadillac's Festival of the Arts - ]]> Named in honor of the late Phyllis Olson, a dedicated worker for the Cadillac Area Artists’ Association for more than 40 years, the fair is held in the Cadillac City Park adjacent to beautiful Lake Cadillac.]]> <![CDATA[Coben Comes Calling - ]]> Traverse City gets a rare treat July 9 when bestselling author Harlan Coben visits the National Writers Series. With 60 million of his books in print and seven straight New York Times number-one bestsellers in a row, Coben is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors in the world.]]> <![CDATA[An Evolution in Abstract - ]]> Growing up, Lauren Everett Finn was more likely to be holding a golf club than a paintbrush. “As a kid, I liked to draw, but it wasn’t something I did all that often,” recalls Finn. “I was an active tomboy in Rochester, Michigan.]]> <![CDATA[It's Time to D'Art for Art - ]]> The event is supported by 250 artists who donate original artwork. The art is passed along to every individual, or couple, who purchases a ticket to the festivities, which includes a preview event on Wednesday and the main D’Art event on Thursday, both held at Irish Boat Shop in Harbor Springs.]]> <![CDATA[Community of Creativity: The SOBO Arts Fest - ]]> Founded by Lake Street Market owner Liz Glass, the fest is now in its sixth year, thanks to the added efforts of Freshwater Studio’s Robin Lee Berry and Tony Williams; the Boyne Arts Collective; and local fellow artists Jerry Douglas and Cindy Franco.]]> <![CDATA[Artistry from Northern Michigan Gems - ]]> Maple City artist Liz Saile crafts eye-catching jewelry using predominantly northern Michigan gems and minerals such as Leland Blue, Thomsonite and the always popular Petoskey stone.]]> <![CDATA[The Inspiration of Color - ]]> “I love it here,” she says. “Northern Michigan has some magnificent scenery. In recent years, however, some scenes have changed dramatically. For example, one painting I did of a field filled with bales of hay is now a subdivision. That taught me to paint rapidly.]]> <![CDATA[A Love Affair With Clay - ]]> Schyler Binkley took drawing classes and dabbled in ceramics as a high school student growing up in Niles, Michigan, but it wasn’t until he attended Western Michigan University and learned the intricacies of wood-firing his art works that he focused on pottery.]]> <![CDATA[The Fabric of the North - ]]> Charlevoix area resident Kathie Briggs creates eyecatching landscapes and nature scenes, which is common for a northern Michigan artist. What’s more uncommon is that, instead of using oils, pastels or watercolors, Briggs’ medium is fabric and thread..]]> <![CDATA[“I’m all over the place” - ]]> Sarah Abend’s entire life is intertwined with art and the creative process. As the art teacher at Benzie Central High School, her task is to ignite creativity in her students and educate them on particular artistic techniques.]]> <![CDATA[“Born With Crayons in My Hand” - ]]> In 2000, Burbee retired after many years of teaching art to elementary and middle school students in Minnesota and Illinois. After working in a fine art gallery in the Chicago area, she moved to the Old Mission Peninsula in 2008 and diligently began working on her own art full time.]]> <![CDATA[Fit to Print - ]]> Krell and her husband Steve Toornman are an award-winning artistic team that creates in their studio near Charlevoix. While she’s worked with several media in the past, Krell has focused on printmaking of late. “I was working in color pencils at the time and my hands simply gave out,” she recalls.]]> <![CDATA[Tools in New Light at The Dennos - ]]> In the 1980s, Hechinger bought a building to serve as the new company headquarters for his then-growing, now defunct, chain of Hechinger home improvement stores. The empty space inspired him to start a collection of tool-inspired art from the 20th century, as explained in the exhibit’s materials:.]]> <![CDATA[Inspired From Birth - ]]> Amy Ferguson is a unique individual — artistic right from the cradle. “I’ve been creating art since I was a young child, so I can’t exactly remember how I first got started,” says the 21-yearold. “I know I was drawing from observation as early as five years old.]]> <![CDATA[One Of Our ‘Next’ Artists Emerges - ]]> Gleason, the youngest of John and Laura Gleason’s four children, gained notoriety last year when her 2014 National Cherry Festival poster took fi rst place in the Student Graphic Arts category. The colorful image was subsequently printed on hundreds of souvenir mugs and caps.]]> <![CDATA[Enduring Cancer With Art - ]]> Perhaps DeShano’s focus on redeeming what seems lost is born from the fact that he has been battling cancer off and on for more than a decade. He understands that items — and people — that have been battered and stressed often possess a certain elegance.]]> <![CDATA[Something Cool at Bay Harbor’s Ice and Spice Festival - ]]> - That’s a lotta ice ice 10,000 pounds of ice are brought to Bay Harbor for the event. The carvers, who Denise calls “artists in every sense of the word,” travel to Michigan from around the country and Canada to carve their designs from 300-pound blocks of ice with chainsaws, picks and carving tools.]]>