Northern Express - Art http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-148-1-art.html <![CDATA[The Lord of the Gourd - ]]> Sometimes artistic success arrives with time, patience and focus. Other times, it shows up almost by accident. Pat Harrison of Leelanau County shares the story of his coincidental journey from graphic designer to pumpkin-carving expert.]]> <![CDATA[Taking the Wheel - ]]> After graduation, Bechler landed a job teaching art in Onsted, Michigan before moving to Benzie County in 2000, where he now teaches art at Benzie Central Middle School. During his non-teaching hours, Bechler and his wife Stacey team up to create colorful, creative clay pieces.]]> <![CDATA[Twisted Vines and Hanging Vessels - ]]> A spin-off from last year’s Manistee Arts Institute’s multi-media exhibition, Twisted Vines and Hanging Vessels runs Oct. 24 through Nov. 2. The 2013 exhibit included glass, pottery, fiber arts and photography.]]> <![CDATA[Galleries Host Tour During Color Season - ]]> On Sunday, a closing reception is held at 3pm at Lake Street Studios in Glen Arbor. At that reception, those who have visited each of the participating shops are eligible for a drawing. Each gallery donates a piece of art, with as many winners as there are participating galleries.]]> <![CDATA[Waterways - Artist’s Creative Journey Continues with Exploration of Aquatic Landscapes ]]> Using maps as her templates, Brown weaves, sews and paints cotton and other fabrics to display aerial views of the Betsie, Manistee and Boardman rivers as they meander over the northern Michigan landscape. She has also captured the shapes of Big and Little Glen lakes.]]> <![CDATA[No Judging These Books’ Covers - ]]> To Pam Yee, books are more than what’s printed in them. The Benzie County artist uses old books as an art medium to collage, glue, paint, burn and fold.]]> <![CDATA[Art That’s Worth the Wait - ]]> What has also been a profound inspiration is painting with others. My husband and I spend time in San Miguel, Mexico every year where opportunities abound in our community to gather in an artist’s studio, with five or six other artists to paint and provide support, input, and inspiration.]]> <![CDATA[Driftwood Art Fools Mother Nature - ]]> Using white cedar, poplar or choke cherry, Rollings carves, sands and paints three to five pieces at a time. He has a huge pile of driftwood drying outside his shop. Common subjects are blue herons, salmon, geese, sandhill cranes, ducks and other waterfowl.]]> <![CDATA[Winging It - Six years ago, a trained potter dropped everything and flocked to a different sort of artistic expression.]]>

Now, Leelanau County artist Van Wilson has truly gone to the birds. Over the past six or seven years, Wilson has created dozens of multi-media pieces featuring crows, magpies, and ravens. Many are whimsical, but all reflect his wit, wisdom and love of the American Southwest.

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An encounter with a yarn rug in Leland hooked artist Michelle Mueller on an entirely new – and old – kind of needlecraft. Now, the punch needle rug-hooking enthusiast has her own studio and is teaching others how to make their own.

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<![CDATA[Catching Light With Pastels - ]]> I began in oil, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and found I couldn’t stop. I had to try everything. I was fortunate to be able to study under some of the most wonderfully talented and supportive fine art instructors, several from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.]]> <![CDATA[Drawn to Nature - ]]> As a child, landscape painter Sue Bowerman marinated in myriad art forms. “My mother and grandmother were both artists so I grew up around woodcarvings, portraits and landscape paintings,” said the Traverse City painter, who grew up in Buffalo, N.Y.]]> <![CDATA[Tiny Town - An Artists’ Mecca - Tucked in tiny Cross Village is a gem of an arts studio where color and imagination reign supreme.]]> Fabric arts workshops include open studio woodblock sessions, which are held every Wednesday in July and August. These offer insights and instruction on how to use a wide variety of woodblocks and textile paints on cotton. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the studio offers instruction for Shibori-Indigo and Batik-Indigo during dropin studio time.]]> <![CDATA[“The Land of Delight” - ]]> Sorensen’s newest specialty is a series of eye-catching masks. Using mannequin faces as templates, they are created in her former garage-turned-studio that now houses two working looms. Her work schedule has been interrupted lately by her caring for ill friends, but she tries to keep a steady fl ow of projects underway.]]> <![CDATA[Third Career. Limitless Perspective. - Frankfort painter Ellie Harold never intended to become an artist for her third career.]]> She started her working life as a registered nurse, caring for patients in an intensive care unit. Later she became an ordained Unity minister, leading a church she pioneered in Atlanta. About a dozen years ago, Harold picked up a paint brush and began creating landscapes and still lifes that vibrate with color.]]> <![CDATA[Shows, Walks & Fairs - ]]> <![CDATA[Art to be ‘Used and Abused’ - ]]> Growing up in Petoskey, Jason Thelen dreamed of being a surfer and riding the big saltwater waves. But fate kept him near fresh water, so he adapted accordingly and began building custom standup paddleboards that “take the big lake’s little waves,” he said.]]> <![CDATA[Tackling MultiMedia in a New Way - ]]> THE STORY BEHIND MY ART, MY INSPIRATION I hope people will see the connection between the use of things that might otherwise be discarded and the pollution of our waterways. An annual percentage of the sales from our fish help support environmental groups.]]> <![CDATA[Small Things With Great Love - ]]> Some of Liza Fillmore’s greatest works are no more than a half-inch square. The watercolor and acrylic artist paints her tiny naturescapes as a way to deal with the world’s suffering.]]> <![CDATA[She’s a Natural - The works of Emmet County artist T.L. Baumhardt often include lush green plants, earthy mushrooms, colorful flowers and – almost always – fairies.]]> “I’ve always been fond of fairies, but I must say that I did not consciously choose to paint fairies for a living,” she explains. “They seemed to somehow flutter into my life in a time of need, offering much healing and a fantastic channel for creative expression.]]>