Northern Express - Art http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-148-1-art.html <![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.]]> <![CDATA[The Glass Master - Glass mosaic artist Brian Strickland bucks all kinds of trends. He doesn’t own a computer … or a car.]]> My art form of glass mosaics originates from a desire and commitment to transform a ‘concept’ into a ‘tangible reality.’ Frequently my inspiration stems from a particular subject or theme, and on other occasions my imagination is fueled by the scale of a project or dominant color scheme.]]> <![CDATA[Heavy Metal - As a Detroit-area sculpture student, David Petrakovitz sold his first piece to Mrs. Edsel Ford.]]> Growing up in the Motor City during the heyday of the automotive industry, Petrakovitz developed an avid interest in industrial machinery. He says he sees the raw beauty in their functions and their forms. He features gears, wheels and levers prominently in his creations.]]> <![CDATA[Divinely Inspired - As a Catholic schoolgirl in Dearborn, Michelle St. Amant would sit in church services, gazing on the beautiful alabaster figures of saints behind the altar.]]> At the age of 10, a friend’s mother invited me to attend an art class at the civic center. We were each given a small lump of clay and told to create whatever we chose with it. I had been fixated on becoming a nun, so I placed my hands at work molding my shapeless mass of clay into a small version of one.]]> <![CDATA[A Life of Fiber - Insurance was a less than perfect fit for Marcia Koppa, who left her job when the urge to get creative struck her.]]> “About 15 years ago, I felt a real need to do something artistic,” said Koppa, who lives just outside of Grayling. “I tried sketching and found out I couldn’t sketch. So if I couldn’t sketch, how could I possibly paint?” Koppa turned to weaving, turning out hundreds of scarves, vibrant table runners and wall hangings.]]> <![CDATA[Best of Petoskey/Emmet - ]]> at the tip of the ring finger (think Michigan hand map), Emmet County is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. The Headlands International Dark Sky Park--one of six in the world- -along with Petoskey’s scenic waterfront and the rolling hills of Boyne Highlands ski resort are just a handful of amenities enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.]]> <![CDATA[Rare Earths - ]]> Remember this poem from your school days? “For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost/ For the want of a shoe, a horse was lost/ For the want of a horse, a rider was lost/ For the want of a rider, a message was lost/ For the want of a message, a battle was lost/ For the want of a battle, a country was lost/ For the want of a nail.]]>