Since its inception in 1951, the Artcenter Traverse City (ACTC) has played a crucial role in supporting the visual arts in the region. But as with any non-profit organization focused on the arts, the challenges are many.
Shanny Schmidt has found an art niche that offers something special for animal lovers.
She paints pet portraits, mostly dogs, which feature vibrant colors and unusual poses. Her growing collection of works ranges from Airedales to Wolfhounds and most breeds in between.