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Feb 2, 1946- Dec 26, 2021

2022  Honorary Artist

John Lenting, also known as “Brabant" was born in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.  He has shown professionally since 1976.  He has been included in numerous private and corporate collections and has been represented by numerous galleries in Chicago, Indiana, Michigan and 13 years with A.I.R. Gallery in New York. Today, he is self-represented because Brabant's passion is authentic and no one understands his art more than him.

Brabant's art is described as “Mixed Media”/ Oil Acrylic utilizes various types of printmaking papers, canvas, and other papers, using several types of paint acrylic, industrial finishes, oil etc.  Working in a subtractive method, making random/ gestural marks with paint, litho crayon, pastels etc., then eliminating the previous images/ marks leaving a ghost image.  This is repeated over and over until reaching the desired effect.  he does not work from preliminary sketches or pre-conceived ideas, it is mostly impulse; areas of interest are then developed to bring out the Composition/ Image.

Brabant passed away Dec 26th at his home in Hobart, IN. He will be greatly missed by his friends.  Click on his photo for a short video.

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Damen Mroczek designs and crafts silver jewelry through the age old process of 'lost wax casting', which he learned under the tutelage of his father, who has been designing jewelry for over 35 years. Each design is first hand-carved from wax and then cast into sterling silver. He uses only the best, AAA quality, gem stones and inlays to compliment his designs. Gathering inspiration from trees to leaves and wind to waves, the natural beauty of the World is Damen's source for creative expression. He is proud to carry on a 'family tradition' and hopes you will enjoy his work.

 

Don Widmer is a book and paper artist who uses hand paper making, relief printing, and bookbinding (separately or in combination) to create unique works of art. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Arts program, Don launched his paper arts business, Lion of Bali, which exhibits at numerous arts and craft fairs throughout the Midwest. Much of his work is inspired by travel and his background in ethnomusicology. Don primarily uses a technique called pulp painting to create his handmade paper artworks, particularly his images of urban architecture.      

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Norah Amstutz immigrated to the Unites States from Ukraine with her family at the age of three . She grew up in Goshen, IN and at the age of 18 began working for potter Mark Goertzen in his studio at the Old Bag Factory. Now living in South Bend with her husband, artist Jesse Amstutz.

She works from a home studio. Norah's work is inspired by the female form. Her designs by nature; she especially flavors floral motifs. 

Norah's pieces are joyful and youthful with clear reverence for the past and eye for harmony and balance.

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Marcy Mitchell is a Southwestern Michigan native who is  influenced by Lake Michigan, and the surrounding scenery of the local area.  She also draws inspirations from the four years she spent living abroad in Perth, Scotland, and the other places she traveled.

 

Applying abstraction allows her to explore the range of possibilities through line, and color while pushing the boundaries of how the landscapes are usually perceived.  Marcy often imagines there is much more beauty in this world than we are able to see with just our eyes. She believes beauty can be found in the midst of light and shadows. The spaces in between.

 

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Kent Epler is a fourth generation Montanan with a degree in fine art and design. Including interior design and children's theater. Kent's background in scene and theater inspires him to create unique characters from discarded materials, he then creates character by adding accessories, hair and make-up to give each character a voice of it's own.

Kent has won numerous awards and featured in many art magazines.

 

  Check out his feature story in Sunshine Artist by clicking on his picture.

 

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Rebecca was born in Boulder, Colorado, and educated at Allegheny College (1968-1970) and Miami University (1970-1972, B.F.A.). She studied pewtersmithing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (1972).

During her first twenty years, Rebecca focused on traditional themes, but in 1995 she began producing items with contemporary lines.

Rebecca's contemporary work has been well received, giving her entry to international competitions and displays and top national shows.

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Sunday Mahaja is a metal sculpture and painter.  He enjoys exploring every aspect of art. Welding allows Sunday to creating art in a various shapes and steel as well as aluminum. His sculptures reflect African culture and lifestyle.

Sunday works primarily with found metals and upcycled materials, for most part his work tends to hold beauty alongside humor and functionality.

 2022 Artists

 

 Brabant Lenting - Abstract Expressionism with figurative images

Janice Czerwinski - Impressionistic paintings capturing the essence of water and nature

Clare Hagan- Hand formed wire jewelry

Marcus Bautista- Hand-woven rugs, tapestries and bags

Woody Jacobs- Fine photography

Melvina Stemley - Hand-made eloquent hats and clutches 

Don Widmer- Handmade

paper and book bindings

Rosemary Wilhelm - Classic realism oil paintings

Ed Bratton- Hand twisted copper and aluminum sculptures

Carol Estes - Serial expression photography

William Nardin- Hardwood band saw jewelry boxes

Rebecca Hungerford- Contemporary pewter sculptures 

Damen Mroczek- Silver jewelry with precious stones

Kent Epler - Whimsical fiber sculptures with character

Ann Klem - Glass sculptures

Sue Rosengard - Contemporary, hand forged jewelry in silver and gold.

Diane Reader Dorn - Contemporary acrylic paintings & porcelain vessels

Ronald G. Campbell-  wood bowls

Amy Butts - One - of - a kind nostalgic jewelry made from chandelier crystals and vintage finds.

 

Sunday Mahaja - Metal sculptures 

Kimberly Lichty - Whimsical paintings of animals, abstract cityscapes & faces

Marcy Mitchell - Bold, vibrant landscape paintings

Lori Kammeraad - Paintings with patina edges & copper leaf resins on copper 

Martha Winenger - Detailed nature paintings on rocks

Joy Lait - Flameworked glass and wire sculptures and mobiles

Mark Daniels - Bright, colorful & energetic paintings of regional birds and flowers

Edd Johannmann - Glass sculptures created from stained glass, found objects, wood, and wire.

Jill Bontrager - Realistic watercolors of flowers, birds, and rural scenes

Danial Driggs- Watercolor of birds, wildlife, and people

Kandy Grady- Inspirational paintings celebrating life 

Amy Green - Repurposed farm materials  welded to create one- of the kind sculptures

Dawn Miller - Acrylics paintings with crushed shells and glass.

Norah Ruth Amstutz - Wheel thrown ceramics 

Sandro Akhvlediani - Still life, cityscape, and orchestra inspired abstract paintings

Trevor Daugherty - Ceramic 

Dorethy Jean Carter - Eclectic sculptures and paintings

Angie Thieszen - Wood Stain paintings

Michele Strotman - Whimsical 

paintings of chickens with character

Ruby Ballard - Harris -  Wearable art made from mud cloth from Nigeria

Jimmy Brabec - Abstract paintings

Jim Kalka - Original photography featuring the Michiana area

Gloria Kirk- Hanna - Extreme  fiber art for your walls

Cindy Bella Cummings - Hand sewed patchwork tunics, dresses, and wraps

Jill Scales - Hand-sewed patchwork purses

Carlos Estrada - Abstract Fantasy paintings

Cammy Laffer - Realistic hand sculptures

Elizabeth Deeitzler - Hand built ceramics with an organic twist

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Ed Bratton joins us from Rogers, Arkansas.  After 20 years of landscaping and created beautiful garden designs he turned to art.

During one slow season Ed picked up a roll of garden wire and made his first tree. His wife Andrea was impressed that she encouraged him to order more wire to experiment with. Over the next 8 years he gradually made more wire sculptures and landscaped less. This is now Ed's fulltime job, and his experience working with nature made trees a natural subject for him. Throughout the years he developed a unique process and style of his own.

Ed's sculptures can range from a couple inches to over six feet tall and up to 2,000 pieces of wire. 

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Ann Klem joins us from Fisherville, Kentucky. 

Ann's art glass reveals her love of the design and creation process, the taste for technical challenges and the beauty of a well-finished piece. Strongly influenced by geometry, repeatable patterns, and phenomena such as crop circles, she designs her pieces for beautiful yet functional art.

Beginning with large sheet glass, Ann creates custom pieces, incorporating one into another, assembling and fusing them together. She then slices, grinds, sandblasts, or extensively shapes the resulting glass to enhance the visual impact of the piece. 

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Kandy Grady is an African-American artist known for her work in the medium of mixed media.

Her works are styled in the fashion of African-American Folk Art. The artist choice of bold colors and patterned backgrounds are used to convey her message along with much as the images she creates. Often times her subjects lack full facial details in hope that her audience can relate without the concern of race or skin color.

Kandy relishes the endless design and color combinations that mixed medium give artists. “There is a lot of freedom in mixed medium/media,” says Kandy. “Finding a good mixture of both is my desired effect.”

Determined to push boundaries and explore challenging subject matter, Grady has developed a unique style of collage and color. She mixes master techniques with unconventional media. She mono prints paper using acrylic, ink, water color and stencils to create passionate portrayals of faith, and God’s love of man.

Artist Kandy Grady creates her art in her home studio, located in her home town of Dowagiac, MI.

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Melvina Stemley is fiber artists at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights and a juried artist at the Tall Grass Arts Association Gallery and Gift Shop in Park Forest. She is best known for her elaborate handmade hats.

Melvina stretches and manipulates fabric onto wood antique blocks of different shapes and sizes. After the hat is blocked with buckram and fabric, she hand sews wire into the base to stabilize the shape. The hat is decorated with feathers, beads, rhinestones, buttons, or handmade pins of different designs and materials. All hats are hand finished and decorated.

Each hat she sews are made from patterns she creates with fabric copy paper. She uses different textiles such as cotton, denim, silk, fur, leather, and polyester. 

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  Born and raised in Nebraska,  Daniael Driggs developed the love of art as a child. He attended Hastings College where he earned a BS degree in Art and Art Education.  Driggs painted, taught, and exhibited his art for 18 years.  Through the years he owned and/or managed galleries in Omaha, NE, Laramie, WY and Cheyenne, WY

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 Today, Driggs’ artwork is different than it was in his earlier art career.  Although he still paints still life and landscape scenes, his art work is developing new depths.  The "Traditional" series centered around re-enactors and reached into the past to envision where our beliefs and values came from.  Out of this, Driggs began working on the "Out of Chaos" pieces that examine the relationship between the chaos of daily life and the visions that we capture in the midst of that chaos.                                                                              

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Edd Johannemann is a member of the Louisville Artisans Guild and lives in  La Grange, KY where he lives on a lake with the love of his life and muse.

Edd choreographs light to create sculptures of kaleidoscopic color and motion. His work is frequently philosophical, exploring the boundaries of faith, beliefs, values, facts and assumptions. He is largely self-taught; his sculptures combine his love of photography, woodworking, and stained glass. 

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Marcos Bautista is originally from the Central Valley of Oaxaco, Mexico where he started weaving at age 9.

Marcos and his family are masters of traditional Zapotec Weaving and the creative skills associated with their fine art. They are descended from centuries of weavers, who began passing down the art of weaving in Pre-Columbian times. They are inspired by ancient images as well as more modern designs, to imagine, create, and produce fine, natural wool products such as rugs, bags, pillows, and more. 

Marcos and his wife Katherine live in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Jill Bontrager lives in rural northern Indiana.  Watercolor painting has been a passion of hers for most of her life.  She infused that passion into her professional life as an elementary art educator in her community for 35 years.  She has instilled an appreciation for the arts and the different cultures from around the world while teaching three generations of students.  Throughout her career, she was the recipient of several awards, the closest to her heart being the Margaret Ann Keegan Excellence in Education Award in 1999 in recognition for her program development for creating a visual arts high ability program and a student run art gallery within the school.  She was also the 2005 recipient of the Lily Endowment Creative Teacher Fellowship that allowed her to travel to Paris, France.  This experience not only allowed for professional growth, but also rejuvenated her passion for her own work.

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Janice Czerwinski travels to destinations near and far for inspiration that bring richness and adventure to painting the landscape in oil.  Chasing light and movement in scenes that captivate her through plein air studies which many develop into larger studio paintings.  She is passionate about painting and finds great joy in creating works of art that become experiences, remind us of happy places, elevate our senses, encourage us to think and feel through works of art.

Her love of nature and the artistic process began in her youth with sketchbook in hand, fueled by frequent camping, fishing and beach excursions with her family. It was being awarded "Best in Show" along with many other awards in high school that encouraged her to pursue an art career.  A degree in graphic design followed then over 30 years experience as a graphic designer and secondary art teacher.  During this time, continually pursing her passion for painting through many professional painting workshops and mentoring by master painters Kenn Backhaus and Colley Whisson.  Her paintings have received awards at the regional and national levels.

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Amy  Butts has a BFA in metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Amy's work is wearable, whimsical nostalgia. She creates new life out of old items including chandelier crystals; several decades' worth of autograph books, diaries and recipe books; vintage rosaries and other yard sale and flea market finds. In addition to her own scavenging, she works with clients to refashion everything from inherited jewelry, photographs, handwritten notes and obsolete wedding rings into contemporary pieces that have meaning for today.

Working in her Chicago studio overflowing with found objects, crystals and jewelry vending machines, Amy finds inspiration in the ways that jewelry can spark memory and play the role of souvenir. She hand crafts each piece in her collection and can spend hours just arranging various items until they feel irreplaceably right. Amy says it's a good day in her studio when she is able to look at beautiful little objects that have lost their present usefulness and bring out their beauty again.

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Carol is a self-taught art photographer, artist and author.  From LaPorte, IN, she found the art world late in life.  In order to heal and grieve personal trauma, she picked up a digital camera, and started writing.  It changed her life, hence the phrase “Welcome to Carol World…life as I see it”

 

She has exhibited her work in Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana and Canada.  She was published in Birds and Bloom Magazine three times, and self-published her own work of prose and poetry in 2016.  Carol has moved into mixed media which includes encaustic beeswax, and resin finishes. As she explains it, she creates her art “outside the box.”

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Ron Campbell is an award winning woodturner from Cedar Rapids, Michigan. One look at Ron’s pieces and it is evident that he has the intuitive gift for woodturning. I a decade, Ron has achieved a mastery the craft that few others can scarcely Imitate. From burls and various hard woods, to embellishments utilizing polished high-luster remind, Ron’s work is simply stunning.

Ron has won many awards and has participanted in the Grand Rapids Art Prize for the past 12 years.  In 2019 Ron was one of 5 to win the AAW Award of Excellence. 2021 Ron won the following awards, Regional Arts 3D, Grand River Award, LaFansee Gallery 3D award and Diana VanKolken Community Arts Award from Holland Area Council of the Arts.

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Gloria Kirk-Hanna grew up along the Oregon Coast a life rich with color and nature. The fiber artist's family has always been abundantly with painters, sculptors, and writers. Gloria began her own artistic journey at the age of 5 (painting with her grandmother) and continued into college exploring drawing, pottery, art history, and quilting. Quilting was the pathway into the ever growing Fiber Art / Textile world.  She has enjoyed teaching quilt classes in the West Michigan region.  The artist is currently working with hand cut batik fibers on a new self taught exploration of manipulating her current choice medium.  Her exploration pushes weaving and quilting to their limits. 

Gloria has spent time in Alaska, New Jersey, New York, and now resides in West Michigan expanding her art, and raising her family.

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Diane reader Dorn's passion for painting was realized early in life. Influenced by her father, professional visual artist and musician, Cecil C. Reader, Diane realized, as most female artist do, she had to make time to paint after all the chores were completed. She painted what she knew, realism. After her three children were raised, she enrolled and earned a Bachelor of Fine Art, Suma Cum Laude from Texas Women's University. It was there she developed her signature abstract watercolor paintings. This work resembles an enigma, or a puzzling occurrence. They can be perplexing and mysterious, giving the viewer reason to pause. Her acrylics on canvas follow the same convention, moving from chaos and order to a calm and soothing direction. Following university, she accepted a position as the gallery and presentation coordinator and assistant to the director of the visual art department at Interlochen Arts Academy. She returned to her hometown, South Bend, a few years ago and rejoined the art community. Her work is in corporate and private collections in Texas and the Midwest. She currently teaches painting at the South Bend Museum of Art.

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Kimberley Hawk Lichty was introduced to the arts early in childhood at the local Art League located in Elkhart, IN where her mother was a teacher/instructor. Kimberley continued studies at IUSB, and is self taught through techniques she'd learned throughout studies.

 

Kimberley uses acrylics, painting abstracts, animals, and her faces series. Her pieces are captivating, charming, and whimsical, celebrating life, creativity, bold color, and big personality. Kimberley's inspirations are Van Gogh, her husband, Bob a musician, music, family, life itself, and the gift of another day to create.

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