Kevin can frequently be seen painting landscapes on location throughout the area. He greatly enjoys the work of other artists, the study of which has enriched his life.
This is blended with his unique style that brings patterns of colors and shapes to the canvas. This young artist has a bright future and has been awarded Best of Show by Detroit Institute of Arts, Common Ground Sanctuary’s Art show and received first place for the Masterpiece Arts Interpretations contest.
Locally, Kevin’s art received Best in Show in Petoskey Art Fair along with acknowledgment from Traverse Magazine for “Up and Coming” artists to watch for.
It is difficult to believe when one sees her pastel, mixed media, oils or collage landscapes, that this is the same artist that also designs and creates in ceramic.
In college, Janet took an art class only because it was required. She found the art class so appealing that she took one after another. Eventually, having taken every art class offered, the university had to design independent studies for her.
Janet’s soft landscapes create a feeling of peace and serenity although she does not consciously paint a message.
When viewing his abstract paintings, it is clear that he is not locked into one thing.
Oil plays a very important role in his art, but John’s art is continually experimenting using new mediums. John’s mother always thought he was a little bit of a rebel. And not just because he mixed his paints and painted out of the lines on his paint-by-number pictures.
To this day he marches to his own drummer, which is apparent when viewing his multi-media artwork. That is also part of the charm.
“Art is the core of my life." - John
Linda is a watercolor artist specializing in the peony flower, a spring blooming plant, with large beautiful complex blossoms that she grows in her home.
The transparency of watercolor makes it a perfect medium for paining flowers. Using several layers of transparent watercolor gives a special luminous glow and adds depth and texture to her paintings.
For eight years Ken lived in Europe teaching and painting, he also attended the University of Manchester in England and the L’Ecole de Beaux Arts at the Louvre in Paris, France.
His use of bold color and plein-air technique reflect the style of the French Fauves painters Derain, Matisse and Marquet.
Ken is dedicated to sharing the tradition of the Fauves by teaching workshops and collaborating with other artists.
Karen lives in Petoskey. Five years ago, she took a class on how to make glass beads and she has been hooked ever since.
She makes each glass bead then designs her custom necklaces, bracelets, earrings and wine bottle toppers. Her jewelry style ranges from whimsical to sophisticated.
Her style is reductive, constantly simplifying, subtracting, eliminating. The desired result is a paring down to that which will convey the abstract quality.
“Inspiration for me comes when I see something I perceive as unique to the curve of a river through a field or the boundary where the sky meets the slope of a hill.” - Cynthia
Her art is chatty, uplifting, funny and kind. It plays with the joys and sorrows of living. She has been a cartoonist for Chicago Tribune, as well as nationally published magazines. Her pro-bono work regarding Breast cancer awareness, domestic violence, and children’s art remain a heartfelt passion for over 30 years.
Her creation process of each piece involves spending quite some time selecting exactly which found object to use. Scrap pieces of metal so not randomly go together.
There is much swapping around till just the right combination is discovered. All the while there is the personal goal to be original. She creates unique experience every time a new sculpture is developed.
For many years, Tom has enjoyed collecting and searching for beautiful rocks. Through travels he has acquired a large collection and wanted to learn to cut and polish the stones. Discovering the art of lapidary and cabochon creation lead him to metal smithing as well.
Tom says, “The art of jewelry making intrigues me, combining stunning stones, gems and various metals into distinctive jewelry, never ceases to hold my interest."
Kathleen C. Fritz
After a decade of accomplishments as a commercial illustrator, Kathleen decided to enter the world of fine art.
Her distinctive paintings feature a realistic and sensitive approach to the nuances of the everyday life.
She is inspired by the shores and rolling dunes of West Michigan. Her goal is to capture the essence of life through art.
Specializing in rendering of architectural subjects in watercolor, pen and ink, and mixed medium, Jack’s art is a natural extension of his architectural interests.
His paintings have appeared on Maryland’s Tidewater Times and Petoskey’s Bay View Association’s program covers.
Drawing upon his immediate surroundings and places visited for inspiration, he offers enduring experiences where past and present meet.
Higdon is a signature member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society in New York and the National Society of Marine Artists in Bridgeport Connecticut.
Kristin has been creating detailed ink drawings since 1964, and her illustrations have been nationally published. She lived in Italy and Turkey and was influenced by renaissance art and Turkish tiles.
She has received two national first place awards and numerous first places from local art shows and events.
She creates one-of-a-kind designs with her Dichroic glass jewelry. This unique glass contains multiple layers which reflect an array of color and shapes.
Her collection offers rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants and custom knobs and pulls for cabinets.
Jim has been a professional photographer for 25 years, starting with private & corporate clients.
For the past 10 years his passion turned toward the beauty of creation and the natural world. Jim has traveled extensively, although his favorite place to wander is the Great Lakes. He says “I never lose my fascination with the richness and diversity of this area.
His images have been published globally in magazines, books, and calendars.
Jeff has always specialized in painting sports. His paintings are about the quiet moments of sports as well as the shifting and complex panorama of all sports.
After taking numerous photos of the subject, he will sketch the design onto canvas and then paints with oils to finish the original. These originals take anywhere from four months to a year to complete.
Often called the “Painter of Flowers”; Jean’s flowers bloom and flourish in a vivid impressionistic style. She was inspired and encouraged by her grandfather, a Michigan artist.
Her energy of color lifts the spirits and raises intelligence and even promotes good health. Her many awards and numerous one person shows did not phase her; she is more interested in creating lovely, colorful paintings that enrich many lives.
Thomas first discovered his passion for painting at age thirteen. He received his formal training at Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. He is best known for his distinct style of painting outside the margins which draws you into the landscape, along with strong use of color, and mirror reflective imaging. Traveling with his sketch book and camera, LeGault gathers inspiration and experience while enjoying plein air painting.
Thomas has received many best of show awards while exhibiting in galleries, museums, shows and art tours. Come see the new collection of his paintings, sizes from 20” x 20” to 3ft x 6ft.
Michael is a self taught artist. He brings landscapes to a different perspective, with a touch of whimsy.
His original oils are in a category of their own adding a unique style to the galleries collection. Michael’s work is part of the Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital’s permanent collection, along with Grand Valley State University and Kent County collections.
Her paper mache sculptures are created with imagination and designed with whimsy. The painting colors are custom blended to create a design tailored to each shape.
Her life size projects have been displayed each year at the popular Grand Rapids Art Prize.
“My paper sculptures have evolved over the years. I first fell in love with paper mache in high school." - Lynda
Catherine loves painting birds in their natural habitat on watercolor paper. At first she painted all subjects, but the most popular images were birds, her well attended backyard feeder seemed like all the reference she needed.
She also captures the geese overhead, kingfisher chattering and raucous Blue Jays. The flowers of her gardens and friends gardens find their way into her art.
As a photographer the print media he chose is Silk Giclee. His photos are printed on a silk-like fabric that is made to hang from a rod, eliminating a need for a frame.
The image is further enhanced by the natural light passing through the lightweight silk. Michael’s photography captures a quiet moment in light and time.
Karen VanDam Michmerhuizen
Using both brushes and palette knife has given her excitement for putting oil on canvas. She wants the viewer of her work to feel like they want to be at the same spot, to feel the sun, hear the waves, or smell the flowers.
Karen says there is a need in her soul, whether it is gardening or painting, to help in some small way to make the world a more beautiful and peaceful place.
She loves creating one-of-a-kind pieces that make a statement. Whether they are bold, sculptural, or contemporary her designs are a made with the finest gemstones including: pure silver, sterling silver and 14 karat gold.
Mary’s collection of fine designer jewelry includes her use of precious metals clay, this medium allows her to set stones in pure silver.
His impressionistic oil paintings are a colorful, bold reflection of the Midwest landscape. Every stroke he paints is an inward expression of his emotions.
Peebles majored in five areas of art which include: Painting, drawing, print making, watercolor and sculpture. His paintings have been showcased in many places and he has won numerous awards.
His unique oil paintings capture experimental and subjective realism with bright colors and energy.
David’s impressionistic images take you to a vibrant, colorful place of enjoyment, the world through his eyes.
Her favorite subject is landscapes especially Birch trees. Thick paint mixed with wax is applied quickly with a palate knife.
Mimi uses many layers of glazes for greater depth and contrast. Her ultimate goal is to translate her personal emotions through paint, allowing viewers to share in her love of nature.
John's focus is simple coloration and classical symmetrical form. He feels the natural properties of glass both transmit and reflect light and enhance the quality of that light in the process, add grace and beauty to simple forms.
His goal as a glass technician and artist is to design and make objects that people enjoy enough to add to their surroundings and enjoy again every time they view them.
I've been working with glass since 1997, when I began making stained glass windows for my ca. 1839 house in Ann Arbor. I started working with kilnformed glass in 2004.
Glass Fusing: Different types of glass can be fused together in a kiln to make interesting patterns. Glass can also be shaped in a kiln by allowing it to 'drape' over ceramic or metal forms. Glass fusing/shaping can be accomplished at temperatures of 1200-‐1500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Enamel Paintings: The enamel that I use is crushed glass mixed with pigment. I apply the enamel in both powder and liquid forms. The enamel is fused to glass in a kiln at a temperature of 1290 degrees. These paintings require several layers of enamel and glass to achieve the desired effect. A single painting will require at least five separate 4-‐hour kiln cycles.
Using local scenes and images, Kathy works with watercolor and ink. Vintage frames are used and many times vintage backings.
Her whimsical look at everyday life in northern Michigan is brought out in these fun paintings.
“The Painter of Precious Pets,” Marilyn adores animals and captures their spirit with her paints. Each impressionistic watercolor pet portrait has developed a personality of its own.
Marilyn is very much involved in the arts both as a singer and a painter. She attacks watercolors, mixed media and collage with bold spontaneous energy.
Befriending a cowboy in South Dakota he introduced her to wild horses, the geography, the environment and how they all fit together.
Jodie has honored these stallions by capturing every detail with her oils onto canvas.
She loves the process of painting and being able to tell a story or least give hints about the story through her work for the viewer to ponder.
"Life is about the choices we make,” Swarthout insists. “I choose to live my life thoughtfully and artfully. Art is not just something you hang on your wall or put on a pedestal and forget. It is a conscious way of life."
"Trees are our closest relatives. What they exhale, we inhale. This is a constant relationship that no one can afford to live without." She attempts to demonstrate the close relationship we all have with trees through her representational abstract paintings.
Rick has been a long time employee of Stafford’s Hospitality and in his spare time he draws with pencils or pastels, and paints on paper and canvas.
His love for architectural is apparent with his detail drawings of buildings and their setting.
Her beautiful impressionistic paintings back in our area. Since her move from this area, she selected Stafford’s Gallery to represent her original paintings along with her prints and note card collection.
Valerie loves capturing northern Michigan landscapes with her soft brush strokes and strong colors.
“Happy” is expressed in her paintings. Using only primary colors, this was influenced after studying in France.
Connie paints what she sees, mostly local scenes with acrylic on canvas.
Experiencing the beauty of northern Michigan has her falling in love with every season. Such inspiration is what moves her to reflect back to create something beautiful with her artwork and life.
Her simple interpretation is transferred into her prints, note cards and accessories.
After many years as an interior architectural designer Kathleen returned to her first art passion, painting with watercolor.
“My goal in painting is to portray the pleasure I find in a subject in a way that impacts the viewer. The flow of watercolor with its transparency, spontaneity, and colors, bold and delicate, help me to achieve that goal.” - Kathleen
With warmth, humor and sensitivity, sculpture Todd Warner has been creating his imagination of sophisticated whimsy for over 40 years.
A love for sketching drew Warner to study art over veterinary medicine. After a brief period teaching art, he realized that he was most attracted to the design and creation of his sculptures.
“There’s an innate sense of humor in my work, but I’m not going for the belly laugh. I just love to make people smile.”- Todd
A self taught impressionistic realist painter depicting a style that is partly derived from the study of classical 19th and 20th century American and European artists.
His paintings are oils on canvas using brushed and palette knife. His work is a continual growing process which gives him personal pleasure and an opportunity to learn new methods of painting that help him redefine places and events in his life.
“Everything I look at is a painting," says artist Glory Wood. Perhaps that’s why her art is so versatile.
Each painting is a surprise, mirroring her passion for life and art. Her palette is very unique with distinctive and striking color combinations.
When approaching a painting she lets the spontaneity and intuitiveness emerge from deep within. Her work ranges from mystic watercolors to impressionistic oils, from abstracts to portraits.