Northern Express - Art <![CDATA[Meet The Art Guy: Paul LaPorte - ]]> If you’ve ever listened to WTCM Radio, visited the Crooked Tree Arts Center or attended any number of local art events, chances are your path has crossed with Paul LaPorte’s.]]> <![CDATA[For the Love of Rust - ]]> “I saw this old Ford truck sitting deserted in the woods and took a photo of it,” she said. “And one time I sent my granddaughter to a junkyard to get me photos of old cars. Then I work from the photos. In addition to the cars, I really love doing portraits.]]> <![CDATA[Sheryl Langdon's Beautiful Balancing Act - ]]> “When I’m making jewelry, certain stones literally seem to tell me what to do with them,” she said. “I try to balance the raw with the refined, the heavy with the iridescent, the old with the new, the dull with the sparkle to help them to be seen in a different and elegant way.]]> <![CDATA[Emmet County’s Biggest Fan Beth Eckerle - ]]> One way to honor state, county or municipal employees who have helped preserve Michigan’s history beyond the duties of their official jobs is by presenting them with the Michigan Historical Commission’s Governor John B. Swainson Award.]]> <![CDATA[Don Butkovich and the Art of Appreciating Art - ]]> His resume is encyclopedic and includes accomplishments logged across Michigan and the northeastern United States and Canada, and it also details his expertise in numerous artistic mediums. Today, imbued with the wisdom of a life fully lived, he quietly runs Don Butkovich Antiques & Appraisals from his Traverse City home.]]> <![CDATA[John Krieger and His Many Bodies of Work - ]]> Now retired from the car game, he’s gone from designing fins on cars to designing fins on fish, his recent specialty. His colorful, unique fish are made of the same clay used in car models and they range in size from about 3 to 10 feet long, although recently he’s been asked to create a couple of fiberglass fish in the 20- to 25-foot range.]]> <![CDATA[Wool by the Pound - ]]> If you watched the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies, you saw one of the products of Stonehedge Fiber Mill. The East Jordan company produced nearly 3,000 pounds of yarn for Ralph Lauren in spring 2013 to be used for the sweaters the designer created for the games.]]> <![CDATA[Learning From Accidents - ]]> Tom (T.J.) Krueger is uniformly informal when he creates his innovative pieces at his Greilickville studio. “I like to work in my three-piece suit,” he laughed. “T-shirt, shorts and sandals.” Krueger is a bundle of energy, always in motion, and his works display that restless spirit.]]> <![CDATA[Kris Ellis Ritter – An Artist at Play - ]]> Growing up she was anything but the “art kid” in school. “I had my first discouragement in kindergarten when my teacher leaned over the corner of a table yelling ‘No, no, no, Kristine. Don’t do it like that. Do it like her!’” she recalled. “I put my crushed sense of self away and did the picture like the other girl.]]> <![CDATA[Northern Michigan Heads South to ArtPrize - ]]> Ann Loveless returns to Grand Rapids ArtPrize this month, two years after she won the popular vote in the prestigious competition, taking home $200,000 for her 20-foot-long, four-panel quilted rendition of a Sleeping Bear Dunes sunset. This time, Loveless and husband Steve have made a joint submission that merges her quilting and his photography.]]> <![CDATA[2015 Fall Color Tour - ]]> Cool, liquid shades of blue and earthy browns were fashion hallmarks of spring. The former have washed out past the horizon now that autumn is on the way, and those earth tones have returned with a more subtle, faded look, adding tints of green and gold.]]> <![CDATA[The Heart and Soul of Elizabeth Paxson - ]]> “My parents were both artists who met at the Art Institute of Chicago, where my dad won a fellowship to travel Europe in 1937,” said Paxson. “My mother was a ballerina. She toured with the San Carlo Opera Ballet by train all over the U.S. and Canada during the depression – gave it up to marry my dad, but she was also a talented artist.]]> <![CDATA[Josh Skeel: Super Illustrator - ]]> “And, of course, I was hooked on any kind of superhero cartoon, like Masters of the Universe or the Superfriends,” he said. “I remember the first time my dad brought me a handful of comics on his way back from work. I looked through them until the covers came off, even though I was too young to read them yet.]]> <![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.]]>