Although my official career was in education, art has always been my love. With a BSE and an MSE most of my teaching was in several elementary schools in the Fox Valley area in Wisconsin. Art classes along with other subject areas allowed the opportunity to develop and encourage young artists. I especially enjoyed teaching adult painting classes part time for Fox Valley Technical College. That experience led me to my present position of teaching part time painting classes at the NWTC Aurora campus.
Throughout my adult life I’ve taken advantage of art classes and workshops in drawing, painting oils and watercolors. Before teaching full time, my paintings were displayed and sold at several art shows and small galleries in the Fox Valley area. Since retirement my husband and I live in the Pembine area close to waterfalls and streams, which are often the subject of my paintings. I prefer to paint from life and am thankful to be invited to paint with the Plein Air Painters of the U.P. That experience has introduced me to the beauty of the upper peninsula and the joy of painting with talented artists in the area.
Lisa Bedard is a Yooper from Vulcan Michigan. Lisa has been creating baskets of all shapes and sizes for the past ten years or so. She sometimes likes to incorporate materials she finds around her farm. These might include Guinea hen feathers or deer antlers. In the past she has worked with Dickinson County 4H youth groups making baskets, and with her students at Nah Tah Wahsh PSA/ Hannahville Indian School.
Come check it out! I am so excited that so many unique artisans are going to be a part of this Special Event May 26th, from 11 am to 6 pm at Trader's Point!
We have something for EVERYONE May 26th at Trader's Point! Artists, Artist and more Artists! Art, Music, Poetry & More!
Colton Babladelis will be selling his Collection of Published Poetry, Grains of Sand .
"With his debut poetry collection, Colton Babladelis reflects the lyrical inspiration of this ancestral land, Greece, and the time spent traveling through the United States and Central America. Colton's love of Nature has found it's way into most parts of his life, and surfaces in both his poetry and his work at the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan.
Grains of Sand is an exploration of timeless questions about our place in nature and the nature of love. It gives agency and voice to the world around us, to the things that we interact with but never speak to. Like a grain of sand, something small that is part of something so much larger and more powerful. so too are we all part of something larger, an interconnected web that stretches and bends as time passes." ~ WinterGoose Publishing
I’ve always loved art, but lost touch with it for a long time. I started making these bracelets a couple years ago as a way to meditate and quiet my mind, and quickly fell in love with the functional creativity of it - I am a huge believer in the benefits of Aromatherapy and the healing power of essential oils, so it made sense to marry the two by adding lava stone to each bracelet, allowing for simple aromatherapy for the wearer throughout the day. It’s been a great way to get back in touch with my artist’s heart.
The stones I use are natural semiprecious gemstones, which are said to carry healing energy of their own. Each bracelet is made with them and created with intention.
I enjoy sharing these at festivals and in our little shop downtown Iron Mountain MI. I also host workshops on creating bracelets and using essential oils; connecting with others through creativity and desire for healing is a Joy – just what life should be!
Zander Michigan is a singer/songwriter from Detroit, MI. He plays the guitar, the harmonica, and sometimes even plays the fool. His howling vocals, heavy strum, and cheeky lyrics make him an iconic musician in an age of futuristic banter. Zander just released his latest EP “Kitchen Sink #1” on November 5th and packed the Loving Touch for the release party during the holiday. He’s now embarking on a new journey in college touring with a stint at NACA’s Midwest festival in the spring. He is planning a college tour through the spring and again in the fall. He hopes to go back to Europe to tour next spring. He signed to a local music licensing company, Assemble Sound. Zander hopes to add this to his arsenal and team up with them to take the new songs to the next level. He already has a song on Grace & Frankie and hopes to expand the sync-licensing horizon. He has been nominated for Detroit Music Awards three years in a row and is a finalist for the 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition in North Carolina. Looking back, Zander Michigan was coined in early 2013, and since then he has released four albums. He has played many local Detroit festivals and venues including Ann Arbor Summer Festival and Arts, Beats, & Eats and has appeared on the Mitch Albom Show, WDET (Detroit’s NPR), WAYN, MetroArts Detroit. He has toured the Midwest, performed on Daytrotter, and has been to England twice to tour. He says, “I’m making my way both eastward and westward in my pursuit of becoming a household name.” Zander has some big shoes to fill and many miles to walk. He is confident in his stride and has faith that what unfolds will help him get there.
Come experience "Plein Air" Artistry at Traders Point during our Event on May 26th when today's featured artist, Christine Burns will be painting in this style for you! Christine is part of Borderland Art, a gathering of artist from Michigan and Wisconsin. Here is one of her paintings! Christine Burns from a young age, always loved art. "I was told that is not polite to stare at people. I was not staring at them, I was studying the lines and shapes and values that were unique to them." She began "dabbling" in a lot of different art forms over the years, however capturing the "mystery and uniqueness" of the human face has always been her favorite. Please watch this PERFORMANCE ART on the WATERFRONT? I Wonder what she will paint???
I'm so pumped! Keeping with tradition, LAKE EFFECTS ARTISTS will return to Traders Point for this one day event! Come join us in celebrating these and other artists May 26th from 11 am to 6 pm. We will have musicians, poetry, woodworking, jewelry, along with Borderland Arts and The Power of Words Project. We will top off the evening with a 5 pm Paddle on the River! Book your Paddle Board or Kayak online now at www.blue-mystique.com. Keep following! We will be featuring some of the artists who will be sharing their talents on our blog over the next few weeks!
To those of you I haven't yet had the opportunity to meet, I look forward to meeting you. I invite you to gather with us on the banks of the Manistique River.
It's still early spring in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but it won't be long before we take the kayaks, SUPs, bicycles and bicycles built for two out of storage. Include us in your U.P. travel plans this summer. We'll have the coolest beach inventory north of the Mackinac Bridge.
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