Guild Member Salon Show 2021

The annual Guild Member salon show, in its second year, invites all participating artist members to include work in a salon style exhibition. The resulting display offers a range and depth of stylistic approaches, experience, media, and content. This year, the exhibition has been moved to an online digital publication format.

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Brian Goff Denice Goldschmidt Diane Grand Robert Harold Roger Hersberger Sharon Hubbard Heidi V. Huck Bridget Johnson

Steve Petrides Marilyn Rebant Barbara Reich Ann Robinson Janet Ryan Dorothea Sandra Angela Saxon Trisha Shattuck Colleen Shull Justin Shull Deborah Simms Michele Smith Pam Spicer Sheila Stafford Cydney Steeb Julie Stoppel Karen Thumm Jennifer Tobias Adam VanHouten Debra VanLeen Mark Videan David Westerfield Michelle Tock York Theresa Youngman

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Gloria Katz Louis Katz Judy Kelly Karen Kimmell Ruth Kitchen Linda Klenczar Rick Koehler Katie Lowran Anne Matzka Teresa McGill

Featured Artists: Click on an artist to flip to their page.

Joe Abdella Mary E. Andersen Kurt Anderson Kristy A. Avery Ragnar Avery Juanita Baldwin Douglas Barron Kevin Barton Sue Bingham Sue Bowerman Beth Bynum

Ann Carolan Cherie Correll Royce Deans

Gretchen Dorian Pamela Dueweke Lori Feldpausch Rich Foa Steve Fritz Linda Gardiner Raymond Gaynor Susan Glass

Sherry McNamara Wendy McWhorter Mark Mehaffey Dorothy Mudget

John O’Neill Jay Petersen

Cover Image: Barbara Reich, “Snow Glow,” Pastel, 2020, 12 x 9 in 2



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Crooked Tree Arts Center is proud to present this virtual version of our second annual Guild Member Salon Show. While it was our intention to display these works in person in a salon-style exhibition, Crooked Tree Arts Center moved all exhibits and programs to a virtual format for the first part of 2021. This decision was made in response to pandemic-related challenges. Though I wish our audiences were able to visit us in the galleries to engage with these works firsthand, I am inspired by what this format provides. As you flip through the pages, not only can you appreciate the creative work of each artist, you will also find artist profiles, links to artist websites, social media pages, and ways to purchase artwork. We hope that this robust approach helps you not only discover new works by your favorite Crooked Tree artists, but we hope you find some new favorite artists, too!




Guild Member Salon Show

Crooked Tree Arts Center currently has more than 200 Artist Guild members. All Guild members are invited to participate in this annual exhibition, and the works are not juried. This egalitarian approach celebrates the inherent value of art. At Crooked Tree, we strive to celebrate both the act of making art and the process of appreciating it. We also know how important it is to recognize artists of all varieties, from hobbyists to aspiring artists, and from students to professionals. We know that making art is fundamental to the human condition. As such, it is important to make time and space for it. It is in that spirit that we bring this second annual Guild Member Salon Show to you.

Your membership supports the arts in our community.


Liz Erlewine CTAC Visual Arts Director



the Artist Guild Membership

Guild Member Salon Show

About the Artist Guild Membership

Crooked Tree Arts Center is pleased to offer the Artist Guild Membership. Designed for visual artists working in all media, this annual membership is one way CTAC provides professional support for working artists.

Membership benefits include: - FREE entry for all Crooked Tree Arts Center exhibition open calls

- Your own page in our website’s artist directory - Discounts on professional development events

- Eligibility to participate in the annual CTAC Guild Member Salon Show - Member rates on classes and workshops - for you and your family! - Member rates on Performing Arts Series tickets - Member rates on CTAC organized trips - 10% discount on all purchases during the holiday shopping season

- Invitation to member-only openings and receptions - Early-bird registration for classes and workshops - Listing in our newsletter publication, Art News

Click here or call (231) 347-4337 / (231) 941-9488 to renew your membership, upgrade your membership, or join today!

Featured Image: Justin Shull, “E Lakeview Hill Rd,” Gouache on Paper, 2020, 22.5 x 22.5 in



Purchasing Art

Guild Member Salon Show

Purchasing Art

Similar to CTAC’s in-person exhibition, the online Guild Member Salon Show features work for sale. To purchase work, click on the item for an online checkout or call (231) 941-9488. Since artwork is at home and safe with the artists, please allow one week for the work to arrive at one of the CTAC locations. After which, CTAC can either schedule a pickup or coordinate shipping of the work for an additional charge. As always, purchasing artwork from CTAC supports both the organization and our local artists!

Thank you.

Featured Image: Linda Klenczar, “Alanson Lilly Pads,” Watercolor, 16 x 20 in



Barbara Reich

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Painters and her paintings have been included in multiple publications. Barbara strongly believes that creating art is a continuous learning experience, and greatly enjoys giving back in the form of teaching and demonstrating. Barbara is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She is also a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, associate member of the Pastel Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, Crooked Tree Arts Center, the Glen Arbor Art Center, and the Northport Arts Center. NOTES ON “SUTTONS BAY IN WINTER” & “SNOW GLOW”: I love painting Northern Michigan in all seasons, and I find painting snow is exceptionally fun and interesting. While snow is commonly thought of as “white,” looking closely to see the many nuances of color and value found in the winter landscape is intriguing. Combining the sheer natural beauty found in the area, along with the contrast of highlights and shadows raking across fresh fallen snow, makes for a glorious visual feast. THIS YEAR: With all the changes that took place this year, I found myself painting subjects that were closer to home. Subjects that were personal and meaningful. Whether in my studio or even my own backyard, I found this exploration and connection extremely satisfying, and it will help shape the direction of my work moving forward into the new year. Paint what is in your heart! CONTACT: Website, Facebook, Newsletter,

“Suttons Bay in Winter,” Pastel, 2020, 9 x 12 in, $650.

Barbara Reich ABOUT: Barbara is a nationally recognized artist specializing in soft pastel, a medium that is very exciting and beautifully complex. Capturing moments, subjects, and strong visual concepts, with the near pure pigments of soft pastel is exhilarating, and sharing this knowledge with others is something she is passionate about. Barbara enjoys both studio and plein air painting, working from life as often as possible. Early instruction instilled in her the intense desire to draw better, paint color with more emotion, and to always hunt and study the changing light. Barbara regularly exhibits in juried exhibitions, and was awarded signature status in the Pastel Society of the West Coast. She participates in numerous plein air paintouts each year, finding them to be uniquely challenging and rewarding. Barbara was honored to be invited to paint in the Paint Grand Traverse Paint-outs in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She is a founding member of the Mid-Michigan Plein Air

“Snow Glow,” Pastel, 2020, 12 x 9 in, $650.



Raymond Gaynor

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“Mighty Mac,” Limited edition photography images printed on metallic paper with archival pigmented inks (framed) , 2020, 20 x 28 in , $425. On my way up north to the UP for a frozen waterfall shoot, I made a brief stop to capture the Mighty Mac, Mackinac Bridge, the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world: 8KM (5 miles) long and 168M (552ft) above water. The cold winter already froze a good portion of the Mackinac Straits, connecting the Great Lakes of Huron and Michigan. I gingerly climbed on the frozen water, not knowing how thick the ice was under the bridge pylons. The windchill, subzero temp, and 15+mph wind made the shooting brutal, but the shot was well worth the effort. Nikon D850, 16-35mm@16mm, ISO 100, f16, 1/125sec.

Raymond Gaynor ABOUT: Art, as self-expression, transcends time and place. When offered to the public, it is an open forum to both convey and invite personal engagement and subjective emotion. For as long as I can remember, photography has been, and continues to be, my driving passion; a mesmerizing journey down an eclectic path of joy, discovery, therapy, wonder, and learning! Initially, I devoted my time to black and white film images. Ansel Adams was, for me and thousands of others, a mentor, travel guide, and teacher. I enjoy and admire his artistry, narratives, and his technical expertise. A classically trained concert pianist, Adams embraced and pursued black and white film photography as his truest form of authentic artistic expression. In addition to studying the works of such legends as Adams, Charlie Waite, and Weston, I continue to both attend and lead photography workshops, classes, seminars, and national photo shoots. In particular, I am drawn to our beautiful national parks and my beautiful state of Michigan. Chasing and capturing the perfect light at amazing scenes stirs my soul and lifts my spirit. I am humbly pleased to say that many viewers of my art say that it does the same for them. THIS YEAR : Generally, 2020 has been especially hard for everyone, physically, economically, and emotionally. When creating my images and narratives, I focused on positive scenes and the beauty of nature going forward. My belief is that it has given some respite to friends and followers while also helping me cope with 2020. Art is a good outlet for comfort in these difficult times, although creating art has always been a joy for me. GALLERIES: North Bound Charlevoix Gallery, Charlevoix, MI CONTACT: Website, Facebook, Instagram, (734) 678-1074, Rayjg2@out- 5195 Greystone Ct, Harbor Springs, MI, 49740. Home gallery available by appointment.

“Golden Hour on Superior,” Limited edition photography images printed on metallic paper with archival pigmented inks, 2020, 20 x 28 in, $425. On a sunset photo shoot in the Michigan UP, the sun offered a beautiful golden light. The old pier pilings and driftwood at Whitefish Point presented a great leading line into Lake Superior. The calm winds added a smooth and placid feeling to a Great Lake that can turn treacherous any day and any hour. Go out and enjoy Mother Nature as she brings new life to us all and stay safe. This is “Golden Hour on Superior” – Whitefish Point, Michigan. Nikon D850, 16 - 35mm @16mm, ISO 200, f16, 30sec.



Gloria Katz

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“Wild Child,” Oil on Canvas, 2013, 20 x 26 in, $500. Inspired by traveling through the Badlands, experiencing the desolation of the landscape. As the painting developed it began to remind me of the struggle to overcome ones own “badland” times and reaching an equilibrium.

Gloria Katz ABOUT: I started painting in my 50s. Having been married to my first husband, an artist, and then my second, also an artist, I decided the affinity must mean that I, too, wanted to paint. And so I did. Living close to the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, I began to take classes working around my office hours as a therapist in Birmingham. I was fortunate to study with Robert Wilbert, Michael Mahoney and Stanley Rosenthal, Mel Rosas, and several others. Following trips to Europe, national parks, and the Western U.S., I began to be amazed at the beauty of the land. Mountains; orange, red, and strange green and yellow rock formations; lush greens of Ireland and fantasy lands took my interest. I saw them as representations of human forms and a vehicle to express emotions. Forms that were sensual, imposing, colorful, and the unusual drew me in repeatedly. My palette is usually bright and intense. Artists such as Georgia Okeefe, The Canadian “Group of Seven,” Frida Khalo, Emily Carr, and other contemporary artists have been influential. THIS YEAR: This year of painting has stunted my desire to paint, turning out only three, with one in the closet waiting for the right time. I have learned apathy does not stimulate my creative juices. CONTACT:

“Maui Momma,” Oil on Canvas, 1999, 18 x 22 in, $450. Inspired by hill formation in Maui, Hawaii from a photo taken while driving by. Simplicity and sensuality of form draws me in, and from there imagination takes over.



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Linda Gardiner ABOUT: The reason you find me here is my desire to share my passion for threads in fabric, images from nature, paint splashing on a surface, and all the things I create from these beginnings. As early as I can remember, I played with fibers. My maternal grandmother and her sister taught me to knit and crochet at a young age. My grandfather was a tailor (cue Simon & Garfunkel music). I moved on to a sewing machine in elementary school that I was not allowed to plug in, so I drove it by the hand crank on the belt. In the ‘70s, I entered Michigan State University as a textile major. After all that, “normal” life of jobs, marriage and children ensued. Twenty years ago, on Beaver Island, I learned the joys of making handmade paper and book structures. Those pursuits took up most of my creative time for many years and still have a place in my quiver. My main focus has returned to my fiber roots and my canvas carpentry creations. I am a first-class noticer. Fiber is my medium, nature provides much of my inspiration. I love to sew, paint, and construct. Taken from what I observe, I hand cut stencils, then add multiple images to canvas fabric with paint and stitch. The geometry of creating three-dimensional vessels is the other part of the equation. I call it canvas carpentry. The end results are beautiful storage pieces for anywhere in a home. THIS YEAR: During this past year, I have learned more than ever before about how much my artistic pursuits keep me engaged and focused. I’m not sure how I would have fared if not for the ideas that I turn into something you can hold and use. However, I have also come to realize that there does not need to be an end result or purpose. The act of creating is vital. CONTACT:, Etsy Shop, Fiber Art Blog.

“Brown Tower with Seed Pod Design,” Hand-painted canvas with rigid support & lid, stencils inspired by nature, fully lined interior. Can hold 4 rolls of toilet paper. 2020, 6.5 x 6.5 x 19.25 in, $92.

“QAL (Queen Anne’s Lace) Green Bag,” Hand-painted canvas stenciled with imagery created by the artist. Fully lined with quilting fabric, 2020, 4.25 x 3.5 x 6.75 in, w/o handle, $57.


Theresa Youngman

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”Golden Sunrise,” Acrylic, 2020, 2 x 3 ft, $1500. This was created from a book of photo references for artists to use. It looked very much like a local scene. It has metallic gold as it base that shines through the paint.

Theresa Youngman ABOUT: Working as an artist is an

endeavor that doesn’t know time. All focus is on the moment, the subject. It is truly joyful. Being able to produce a painting that others appreciate is gratifying. I have heard comments like, “every time I see your painting, it makes me happy.” I have also enjoyed donating my art to specific causes. One enjoyable charity event involved painting fiberglass forms of dogs and cats that were then auctioned for the Cherryland Humane Society at the Grand Traverse Resort. Painting comes from the heart and soul and is truly unique to each individual. THIS YEAR: That art is a good outlet for comfort in these difficult times, although creating art has always been a joy for me. GALLERIES: Bella Gallaria, Traverse City, MI CONTACT: (231) 275-1174. 2213 Cheyenne Trail, Traverse City, MI 49685. Studio and home gallery available by appointment.

“ Hollyhocks and Silos,” Acrylic, 2020, 2 x 3 in, $1500. Inspiration photo taken at a friend’s farm.



Diane Grand

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NOTES ON “SOUTH PARK” : South Park Wildlife Habitat in Wyoming was where I had my first private plein air experience with a local artist. It was in an area that was accessible about 15 years ago. It was secluded and beautiful. Our session on this particular day was to capture the late afternoon light. It was very atmospheric, which allowed for some nice rich color in the marsh. This area and painting are very special to me because it is where I discovered the purest meaning of being in the moment and expressing your interpretation of it. While this pastel was created recently, I did use some studies and photos I took while I was there for my inspiration.

”South Park,” Pastel, 2020, 11 x 14 in, wood frame with museum quality glass. $425.

Diane Grand ABOUT: My greatest appreciation in pursuing a creative lifestyle is what I have gained in being aware of the natural beauty in my surroundings. When I observe my world, I often imagine it in different visual settings. I wonder how it would appear in glistening wet paint or the crystals of dry pastel. But that is only the beginning of my curiosity. I become intrigued with determining the elements I can use to capture the essence of the scene before me. For me, the most defining element is shape. It always amazes me how the slightest shift in any shape can change the dynamics of the whole. Now the real excitement starts to build when I try to evaluate the best way to convey what I am sensing to the viewer: the type of light, value contrast and relationships, and the interplay of color characteristics and temperature. Then I get to choose the tools to express the texture, edges, and, movement—so many ways to make a cohesive collaboration. Painting is an activity that is an absolute necessity for me. It is always a goal to achieve a journey, and a sense of accomplishment. The best aspects, however, are the intimate lessons that can be applied to a fresh new start that continues the adventure. THIS YEAR: I have been doing more extensive studies of the same subject in pastel and oil paint. I have chosen a few pieces that have generated more interest in discovering how I can bring certain qualities of different mediums to enhance the other. When I do this, I usually increase the size of the piece as well, so it serves two purposes. It explores the subject in more depth and involves more problem solving to create a successful painting on a larger scale. CONTACT:

NOTES ON “CAPTIVA SHORELINE” : I have always been fascinated by moving water. In this pastel of the Captiva Shoreline, I loved the pattern of the sparkling wet sand left behind from the wave. Movement of the sea is an ever-changing dance. I can spend hours watching endless wave formations claiming their path along the shore. I was fortunate enough to have some short videos of this day watching shell seekers hunting for their treasures. I selected a frame from my video that I felt had the most attractive rhythm and the overall design I wanted to explore.

“Captiva Shoreline,” Pastel, 2020, 11 x 14 in, wood frame with museum quality glass. $425.



Deborah Simms

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”View from my Bike,” Acrylic on canvas, 2020, 36 x 48 in, $1250. This image is from both a memory and photo. I was so grateful to be outside in good weather into the autumn of 2020 and I took every opportunity to walk or bike the trails of West Michigan.

Deborah Simms ABOUT: My name is Deborah Simms, and I currently live on a lake in Fenton, Michigan. My surroundings inspire me daily, as well as family and travel. I taught art for 15 years, and before teaching, I was an illustrator drawing elevation drawings for a furniture store, graphics, and interior design. My work is usually done on a large stretched canvas. I love to use bold color, shapes, and contrast, oftentimes morphing two different locations together in one image. My work is in several galleries, and one of my paintings was used as the cover image for the Flint Institute of Art ’s class catalogue. THIS YEAR: My favorite thing I learned in the studio this year is if you look for it, good can come out of bad. So having spent my second winter in isolation (two years ago I had Mono, recovered, and then broke my elbow), it has taught me to see time indoors as an avenue to create. Painting saved my sanity. GALLERIES: Cause and Affect Gallery, Fenton, MI; Flint Institute of Art, Flint, MI; Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI; Las Lagunas Art Gallery, Las Lagunas, CA

“Napa Bordeaux,” Acrylic on canvas, 2020, 36 x 48 in, $1250. This painting was inspired by two different travels, one to the vineyards in Napa, CA and the other to Bordeaux, France. During one of the vineyard tours in France, we were told that roses were planted at the ends of the grape rows as an ancient form of pest control, if insects were going to attack they would go to the roses first, and the roses served as an early warning sign to protect the grapes. It struck me that such a beautiful flower was used as a shield, and so I super-sized them in the foreground of the image.



Heidi Huck

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“Late Summer Beach Walk,” Oil, 9 x 12 in, NFS. I was attracted to the family groupings and the warm color palette in this scene. The early September light warms the figures along the beach. Early autumnal color is just perceptible in the surrounding trees. The father in the foreground has purchased this painting.

Heidi V. Huck ABOUT: Painting is the filter through which I interpret and convey my sense of the world. For me, the process is inherently centering. It is a source of continual renewal and growth. When I create, my focus is heightened. My intentions are clear. I am present in the moment. Time loses relevancy and the work flows. THIS YEAR: Realizing the depth of support Michigan maintains for the arts was the favorite thing I learned this year. I am both grateful and proud of the importance of the arts held by our community. CONTACT: Website, Newsletter, Instagram.

“Shore Roots,” Oil, 2020, 28 x 22 in, NFS. This depicts the Lake Michigan shoreline near my home. Shore Roots has a dual meaning. First, literally, the roots from the trees and underbrush run through the beach to the shore. They stabilize the dune and secure nutrients for their growth. Second, Shore Roots symbolizes my family’s connection to Lake Michigan, a deep relationship that spans generations. This piece was sold to a family with similar connections.



Louis Katz ”One of Many,” Oil on panel, 2020, 12.5 x 15 in, $475.

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Louis Katz ABOUT: Many years ago, I received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Photography. Some years later, I changed careers, went back to school, and became a clinical psychologist. I never gave up my interest and involvement with the arts. NOTES ON “ONE OF MANY” & “LANDSCAPE RISE”: Both of the works are related to my sense of a just rightness, something I would later describe as a reverie for the landscape. For me, the landscapes I’m drawn to provide a sense of ease and relief from all aspects of life. It ’s a sort of brief vacation that I can have on a daily basis. Since childhood, I’ve found the country or landscapes to provide me with a sense of being in a special, comforting place. I think that ’s largely what draws me to those places. While I haven’t physically been to each location I’ve painted, it feels as if I have. Perhaps part of that reverie is the process of painting itself. THIS YEAR: One of the most significant things for me this year was my greater acceptance on how surprise and the unexpected can be wonderful. It ’s a question of where one stands in relation to both. If there’s difficulty with that, I think life becomes filled with too much struggle. If that can be embraced, there are likely many good things ahead.

“Landscape Rise,” Oil on aluminum panel, 2020, 16.5 x 20.5 in, $475.



Karen Kimmell

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”Riverbend,” Oil on wood, 2019, framed 17.5 x 20.5 in, $575.

Karen Kimmell ABOUT: Karen began serious interest in painting in 2008, after moving to Ann Arbor from Indiana. She has continued her artistic development in Northern Michigan since 2009, focusing primarily on oils and pastels. She feels blessed to live full-time in Northern Michigan, surrounded and insprired by its unmatched natural beauty. It is a perfect setting in which to engage in plein air painting, one of her favorite activities. Karen is an associate member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionistic Society Inc. She is a board member of the Jordan River Arts Council and organizes their plein air sessions each summer. She also volunteers with several local service organizations. NOTES ON “RIVERBEND” & “LILY POND”: I enjoy being near the water, finding it not only soothing, but inspiring, as I find being in the midst of any natural surroundings. “Riverbend” was inspired by a beautiful scene on the Erie Canal but could be a scene from many rivers. It was in the morning, and all was calm, with the mist lifting from the river. The “Lily Pond” had so many beautiful views. I sketched several and painted from one of my sketches and a photo. I will always be drawn to lily ponds. THIS YEAR: One of the things I’ve learned this year is to practice painting small works from life. I’ve set up a variety of still life scenes with different lighting and worked directly from life. Small paintings sometimes take as much time as larger formats. This is work that will increase my skill level in many ways. GALLERIES: NorthGoods, Petoskey, MI; Fresh Water Gallery, Boyne City, MI; Boyne Arts Collective, Boyne City, MI CONTACT: Website, (231) 350-8159.

“Lily Pond,” Oil on canvas board, 2020, framed 17.5 x 20.5 in, $575. Saugatuck, MI.



Roger Hersberger

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“Random Walk Across the Globe I,” Generative Art (images created by code), 2020, 24 x 18 in, $99.

Roger Hersberger ABOUT: I have a background as an artist and also as an electrical and software engineer. The relatively new field of Generative Art, which is a marriage of art and engineering, is a perfect fit for me to pursue both of my interests at the same time. After a career in engineering, my wife and I have made the move from downstate to Traverse City and to the cottage we have had on Spider Lake for 20 years. I would love to see more people getting into this field and would be interested in collaboration on a project. I am also involved in tutoring math and programming. NOTES ON “RANDOM WALK ACROSS THE GLOBE I & II” : This artwork was created using Generative Art. My tools for creating art is computer code. The code generates the lines and colors the artist wishes to see in the image. The final image that is produced is the same as one would get if taking digital photographs. This piece is composed of various small elements that are drawn one at a time while being rotated and then moved in a random direction vertically and horizontally. The image is composed of 20 elements, each drawn 20,000 times. I feel that designing the image is a creative process, but the design/ writing of the code is a creative process as well. CONTACT:, (248) 417- 3550.

“Random Walk Across the Globe II,” Generative Art (images created by code), 2020, 24 x 18 in, $99. 32


Sue Bowerman

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Sue Bowerman ABOUT: Sue Bowerman is an artist who lives in Northern Michigan, surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty, such as the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas, with their inland lakes and rivers, vineyards, cherry orchards, sand dunes, and quaint coastal towns. Sue loves the creative process and the amazing feeling of being lost in painting, which feels very much like meditation. She particularly enjoys the challenge of plein air painting with its fascinating exploration of changing light and weather variables. Sue also appreciates exploring many sites she would not otherwise visit. Sue spends many happy hours in her studio. Often smaller pieces become the genesis for larger work. Some days, Sue has a specific idea, begging to be let out on to the canvas. Other days, she starts a painting without a preconceived plan. Often these turn out to be only exercises in color or texture (or a waste of a perfectly good canvas). But always, these times are pure joy! The challenge of learning to really see—color temperature, values, harmony, composition and perspective—keeps Sue painting. The rich colors found in nature, the interplay of light and varied textures are intriguing to her. She finds oils best portray her message. Most often, Sue paints landscapes. Occasionally, she paints still life, florals, and eclectic whimsy. A large part of her satisfaction with the painting process has been finding other artists who love painting. She especially values these wonderful friendships. THIS YEAR: So, this year has been challenging for each of us. I feel fortunate to have something I love to do, in any weather, inside or outside, pandemic or not. Painting tugs at me, and I find that if I am away from it for too many days I start to twitch. Part of the joy of plein air painting is the fun of painting with a group of fellow artists and this year, with social distancing that has not happened as much. I find that I miss the camaraderie and the critiques of a group but mostly, I miss the fun of the laughter about something that has happened or about a funny story shared. So what I have learned is to enjoy whatever I am painting, with others or not but I am DEFINITELY looking forward to freedom and more face-to-face fun with family and friends. CONTACT:, 231-409-9320. My website is currently under re-construction but I would rather paint than work on it, which is causing me angst!

”Lady in Red,” Oil, 2019, framed 18 x 22 in, $495. The inspiration for “Lady in Red” came as I was scouting for scenes to photograph on the Old Mission Peninsula. As I followed the road along the water this scene appeared and I had to stop. The contrast between the dark shadows with the bright water and sunlight, along with the vibrant reds and oranges in the fall leaves just took my breath away. This is why I love to paint landscapes and be inspired by the beauty that is Northern Michigan. The area is endlessly intriguing!

“Dune Shadows,” Oil, 2020, framed 18 x 22 in, $475. The inspiration for ”Dune Shadows” came from multiple plein air sessions all over Leelanau County. The stunning natural shades of blue in the water and sky against the sand and shadows thrills me and challenges me to try to capture that beauty. There are no two days that are exactly the same. The clouds, the light, the wind, and who I am painting with makes for a totally new and exciting experience each time. I hope I have captured some of that story in this painting.



Pam Spicer

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“Pierce Stocking Trail #9,” Oil, 2020, 21.5 x 17.5 in, NFS. Inspired by several visits to this highlight of the Pierce Stocking Trail in our beloved Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, I let the sun and shadows of the day inspire my vivid colors and loose brush work.

Pam Spicer ABOUT: Surrounded by family members who placed a high value on artistic expression, including a great-aunt who advocated color-composed meals, I was bound to pursue a career in the visual arts. After receiving a BFA in design from Alma College in my native Michigan, I moved to Chicago to work as an Art Director for Frankel & Company in Chicago, and then later worked for many years as a Creative Director for Simon Marketing in Oakbrook, IL. Adding to my professional mix, I taught design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Today, I live in Traverse City, Michigan with my husband Steve, where I am an active participant in the rich local arts community. I also enjoy working independently in my studio with oils and acrylics. I love getting out into nature to paint plein air whenever I can! My paintings translate shadow, light, and vivid color found in nature into landscapes and still lifes layered with subtlety and depth. THIS YEAR: To paint with new friends en plein air has been a blast! We each take turns choosing a favorite location and paint together. CONTACT: Website.

“Marsh Reflections,” Oil, 2020, 21.5 x 25.5 in, NFS. The Arcadia Marsh is a special place in any season. However, in late spring, when the birds are nesting and the brush is blossoming, it calls to me to capture the play of sunlight and shadow amidst the grasses and ripples in the marsh.



Sherry McNamara

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“Shared Values,” Acrylic on canvas, 2021, 24 x 24 in, $850. During this tumultuous year, Covid and the various opinions on isolation, social distancing, and mask-wearing, combined with political upheaval, and protesting over all sorts of issues, caused me to try to find the things that bind us together, rather than the things that tear us apart. I realized that we can have differing opinions, but if we have shared values, then we can relate on one of the more important levels.

Sherry McNamara ABOUT: We have been looking at people’s faces since the day we were born. We have learned to recognize anguish, joy, sorrow, reflection, befuddlement. My goal is to capture a fleeting moment on the face of my subject. It matters more that the viewer can distinguish that emotion, relate to it, embrace it, and ponder it, than me recreating a photographic image of the face. Color plays a leading role; it evokes its own subliminal message to the viewer. Expression and color convey individual things to individual viewers, and I enjoy hearing their interpretation of the painting. It is often as much, or more telling, about the relationship between the artwork and the viewer and is the final piece that makes a painting complete. GALLERIES : Bella Galleria, Traverse City, MI THIS YEAR: This year, while a challenge, has allowed me to work intensely without interruptions and commitments outside of my studio. That was unexpected for sure, but was a bright spot in a very sad year. CONTACT: Website, (231) 313-2769. Studio tours available by appointment.

“Angelus Graveris (Reluctant Angel) #1,” Acrylic on watercolor paper, 2021, framed 18.75 x 22.75 in, $775. Covid created a difficult year for many people. “Angelus Graveris” is a representation of the reluctant angels who are first responders working harder and longer than they ever had in their entire careers. It is the first in an annual series of angels.



Linda Klenczar

Guild Member Salon Show

“Pellston Barn,” Pastel, framed 17 x 22 in, $425. The character of old buildings intrigues Linda, and old barns draw her to them because she feels she must paint them before they disappear. The character of the old wood, the worn paint, used for decades, perhaps centuries. What is their story? Is it still in its original family, or someone new, or abandoned. Linda drives the back roads in search of the next barn.

Linda Klenczar ABOUT: Linda Klenczar has been drawing structures since elementary school. It is probably the reason her mother guided her to select her life-long 50-year-career in interior design. What is, now, the personal benefit of art? Linda did architectural drawings all those 50 years in design, but now will enjoy fine art because of its inspiration, creativity, relaxation, meditation, expression, and personal satisfaction! As a plein air artist, Linda loves that experience of painting outdoors, for the ability to feel, taste, see, hear, touch, smell, and contemplate her subjects. Each painting is personal and fulfilling. THIS YEAR: The year of 2020 stopped nearly all organized art exhibits and events, however, personally, Linda could continue to paint outdoors with friends because they worked at a distance from one another. Art provided the wonderful zone of peace and tranquility during this time. So much was offered online. The key items she learned.... to take the dive into social media (Facebook and Instagram) and to work on her new website. CONTACT:, (734) 645-8839, Facebook, Instagram. 7239 Hunters Ridge Ct. Saline, MI 48176 and Burt Lake in Brutus, MI.

“Alanson Lily Pads,” Watercolor, framed 16 x 20 in, $210. Lily pads have such elegance, floating there on the water. Flowers, tendrils, colors that vary. Just beauty to enjoy. Linda was sitting on the shore of the river, just watching the lily pads quietly forming their patterns. 40



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Pamela Dueweke

Guild Member Salon Show

”Moon Pearls,” Red clay and stainless steel, 2013 clay/2019 metal, 20h x 15w x 2d in, $1200.

Pamela Dueweke ABOUT: Art is a process. Enjoy the process. NOTES ON “MOON PEARLS” & “FLOWER POWER”: Inspiration for the two pieces started in 2013 during research of images using the word “goddess” and found only images of scantily clad women and wanted to see something else. These two sculptures, and others like them, are the result of that process. The year difference in completion is because work in the studio stopped while my husband and I moved from Interlochen to Indian River, Michigan. THIS YEAR: Favorite thing I am working on this year in the studio is insulating it, so I can work in the studio during the colder months and create art instead of creating a studio and gallery or refurbishing a home.

GALLERIES: Turn Out Studio, Indian River, MI; Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI

CONTACT: ( 231) 590-2467. Turn Out, Studio/Gallery, 3771 Resort Road, Alanson, MI 49706.

“Flower Power,” Red clay and stainless steel, 2013 clay/2019 metal, 18h x 21w x 2d in, $1200.



Teresa McGill

Guild Member Salon Show

Teresa McGill ABOUT: I love to share my passion for Michigan’s amazing wildlife and helping others to understand and appreciate the importance of guarding our natural resources through my photography. I love to blend into the environment and quietly observe my subjects, being as unobtrusive as I can, resulting in some rare and special moments captured. Blending artistry and nature into one is a satisfying venture that I love to share. I have lived for over 40 years in the Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan with my husband, Michael. I graduated from CMU with my B.S. in B.A. But I discovered my passion for wildlife photography over 20 years ago. I spend as much time as possible at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan photographing wildlife and journaling my observations. In the winter, I spend time in our eagle research blind studying the American bald eagle or out monitoring snowy owls, winter visitors from the Arctic tundra. GALLERIES: Boyne Art Collective in Boyne City, MI THIS YEAR: This year has been a very trying time for all of us. I have been very blessed to be able to spend more time out in nature. It truly is where my heart is filled with joy and peace. This year especially made each special moment even more special. CONTACT: Website, Facebook, FineArtAmerica.

”Regal Eagle,” Photography, 2020, framed 18 x 21 in, $195. I am blessed to spend as much time as possible at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is my happy place, a ‘refuge’ for my soul. On this fall morning, a lovely snow had fallen, so I was off to see what I could see. This beautiful bald eagle was there just as the sun broke through, allowing me to capture this beautiful portrait.

“Fall Snow Reflection,” Photography, 2020, framed 18 x 21 in, $195. “Fall Snow Reflection” was taken at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Digital Photography taken Fall 2020 after a lovely snowfall.



Douglas Barron

Guild Member Salon Show

“October Sun,” Oil on gallery wrap, 2020, 36 x 36 in, $1200. We were exploring Wilderness State Park this fall, and we came upon this little white pine, being lit up from the afternoon sun. It was a great reference photo that offered a good composition, shadows, and color palette.

Douglas Barron ABOUT: Douglas J. Barron is an emerging artist known for his Realism oil painting. Born and raised in Michigan, Doug focuses on studio work but also enjoys plein air painting. The four seasons enhance his favorite subjects; landscapes and architecture found in everyday travels. By applying the strengths of his medium to achieve rich compositions with vibrant hues, Doug transports the viewer to a favorite place and time. Doug finds a great deal of enjoyment in gardening and cooking at his home in a rural zip code. From his spouse and family, he finds continual sources of inspiration and love. GALLERIES: Studio 23 / The Art Center, Bay City, MI; Lilac Gallery on Mackinac Island, Mackinac Island, MI THIS YEAR: 2020 was a very interesting year to be creative. I know that many of my artist friends used their medium for escapism. Moving to Northern Michigan in September has given me new inspiration to get out and explore the area and create from what I find on hidden roads and/or little lakes. CONTACT: Website, Facebook, Instagram, (313) 920-6734. Studio visits available by appointment.

“White Pine,” Oil on gallery wrap, 2020, 30 x 40 in, $1500. We came upon Deadman’s Overlook Hill this fall and loved the colors of the Jordan River Valley. Deadman’s Hill is a beautiful vista with one of the most beloved viewing points for leaf peppers in the Lower Peninsula.



Susan Glass

Guild Member Salon Show

”Far Northern Shore,” Watercolor, 2020, framed 18 x 24 in, $450. I painted “Far Northern Shore” in the morning at Sturgeon Bay, when there was no one else on the beach. I was trying to capture the joy of being in the beauty of the natural world using the blue and green tones of watercolor. The flow of paint and the simple strokes of the brush felt in tune with the wash of the waves along the beach. Painting this favorite scene was a special pleasure in 2020.

Wayne State University and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. I established a studio practice in the Detroit loft space, the Brooklyn Building, then moved full-time to Northern Michigan, after spending many summers in Good Hart. Teaching is a way to engage, share, and learn. I appreciate student artists of all ages, and have taught plein air and watercolor classes for many years, as well as Basic and Life Drawing classes at North Central Michigan College. GALLERIES: Primitive Images, Good Hart, MI; Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey & Traverse City, MI; Charlevoix Circle of the Arts, Charlevoix, MI THIS YEAR: This photo was taken before the isolating year of 2020. It shows the energy I get as an artist from being around people and their activity. I missed that. I was inspired by the natural world, and in the spring, I painted a series of emerging wildflowers alone in the woods. But in the summer, when I taught a small plein air watercolor class, I recognized the importance of the creative synergy in sharing places with others. (Photo of Susan painting at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market. Photo credit: Cyndi Kramer). CONTACT:, Website, Facebook. Studio visits in Harbor Springs available by appointment , call (231) 838-1095.

“ Market Bouquet,” watercolor, 2019, framed 20 x 16 in, $295. Painting at the Harbor Springs Farmers Market is one of my favorite plein air experiences. Inspired by color, crowd energy, and endless still life potential, I love the challenge of capturing a quick image before it ’s sold. “Market Bouquet” shows this enjoyment of spontaneous expression, where the need to be in-the-moment creates a balance between abstraction and description to convey the exuberance of the scene. It is one of an ongoing series of paintings from the market.

Susan Glass ABOUT: Painting is a way to connect to the natural world and pay attention. I paint en plein air, enjoying the immediacy, energy and sense of place. Color inspires me. Brushstrokes, like musical beats, become a language to celebrate and express the rhythm of life on the northern shores of Lake Michigan. Originally from the Detroit area, I received an M.A in Painting from



Mark Mehaffey

Guild Member Salon Show

Mark Mehaffey ABOUT: Internationally recognized artist Mark E. Mehaffey is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member - and Distinguished Master, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters, among others. Mehaffey has won major awards in juried exhibitions internationally, including the Silver Medal of Honor (twice) and the Arches Paper Co. Award from the American Watercolor Society, the Beverly Green Memorial Purchase Award from the National Watercolor Society, M. Grumbacher Gold Medal from Allied Artists of America, the Skyledge Award from TWSA, Biennial Award from the 2010 Shanghai Zhoujiajiao International Biennial Watercolor Exhibition, Best of Show from the San Diego Watercolor Society, and guest artist for the Salon De L’Aquarelle 2015, Antwerp, Belgium. In 2016, Mark was honored with the new designation of ‘Distinguished Master ’ by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America for having over 20 total paintings accepted. He wrote “Creative Watercolor Workshop,” published in 2005, and it was re-released as “Creative Watercolor and Acrylic Workshop” in 2013 published by Northlight Publishing. Air Acrylic’, Walter Foster Publisher was released in 2019. Mark has also created 12 instructional videos. He has appeared in many publications. He was featured in “Masters of Watercolor,” written by Konstantin Sterkhov and “Inspirations & Technical Breakthroughs: Secrets from the Contemporary International Watercolor Masters Volume 1” written by Zhou Tianya & Ruan Hoe. Mehaffey’s paintings are included in corporate, public, and private collections including Blue Cross Blue Shield and The Arches Paper Co., USA. In 2018, Mark was invited to participate in the International Watercolor Masters Exhibition in Weston Park, England. His work is included in the permanent collections of transparent watercolors at the Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin; the Muskegon Museum of Art; Muskegon, Michigan, the National Watercolor Museum of Mexico City, Mexico; Quanhua Watercolor Art Gallery, Zhoujiajiao, China; and the Dachong Art Gallery, Zhongshan, China. Mark is a popular juror, workshop instructor, and lecturer. GALLERIES: C2C virtual gallery, Grand Haven, MI; Main Branch Gallery, Grayling, MI; Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI; Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI THIS YEAR: Creative solutions are found within work. Having more time to work (and walk in the woods) has led to a deeper understanding of my visual languages. CONTACT: Website. 11660 S. Village Ct., Empire, MI. Studio visits available by appointment.

“Cascade Effect Again,” Mixed water media, 2020, 26 x 20 in, $1300. This series of works all have ‘cascade’ as part of their title. Cascade refers to the biological cascade effect of one species of plant or animal dying and that death (or extinction) precipitating another. Everything is linked. If we continue to ignore the damage we do to our natural systems, eventually this ‘cascade effect ’ will include us. 52

”Cascade Effect,” Mixed water media, 2020, 26 x 20 in, $1300.


Juanita Baldwin

Guild Member Salon Show

“Cloudy at the Lake,” Acrylic, 2017, 4 x 6 in, $180.

Juanita Baldwin ABOUT: Painting and photography have been my creative outlets for many years, which I try to cultivate with serious dedication. I enjoy the challenges each medium offers and the excitement of learning new techniques in acrylics, oils, watercolors, and pastels. My approach is that an artist is perpetually learning and should experiment with new materials and ideas. NOTES ON “ CLOUDY AT THE LAKE” & “BEHIND THE COTTAGE”: Nature is a source of constant inspiration and water especially, is an element that always catches my attention. I painted these small pieces in the comfort of my studio, based on photographs I have taken when visiting several beautiful areas of Michigan. I coated the support with bold brushstrokes of Gesso to give texture, and then painted with acrylics a scene that shows a glimpse of a cloudy day at a lake. My second piece shows trees in autumn. THIS YEAR: The year 2020, in isolation, voluntary or mandated, I realized that I have a world of possibilities to lift my spirit by painting in my studio or en plein air, and taking photographs or painting in my backyard. It ’s like turning a light on and forgetting the many worrisome things in our current daily life, mainly related to the virus. GALLERIES: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI; Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI; Framer ’s Edge Framing & Art Gallery, Okemos, MI; Shiawassee Arts Center, Owosso, MI CONTACT: Website,, (517) 230-9922.

“Behind the Cottage,” Acrylic, 2017, 4 x 6 in, $180.



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