2023 Honorary Artist
"The furniture that emerges from this process continues to excite, surprise, and satisfy both my clientele and myself. This process also results in each piece having its own personality, seasoned with the human touch".
In 1993 Larry Piser moved into an unfurnished trailer near Taos, NM. With a Swiss Army knife, a hammer, and a little imagination he began transforming scraps from the woodpile into furniture. Without training in either design or woodworking it was the natural shapes and beautiful grain that first attracted him.
Discovering the functionality of wood inspired Larry as he began to select unique pieces that fit the developing images in his head. These natural shapes quickly lead him to fill his home with simple sculpture furniture.
Larry’s humble beginnings, designing and building special pieces for special places to solve specific problems has led him to a full-time working artisan for over twenty years. Although, through a very organic process Larry created many pieces of distinctive “Piser Designs” furniture, to a long list of custom clients in Michiana and beyond.
Today, Larry lives in South Bend with his family.
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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.
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.
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.
Martha Winnemger is a self-taught artist who loves nature. She paints nature scenes with oils or acrylics in a realistic style. As a nature lover she paints on smooth rocks that she collects on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior then mounts them on pieces of driftwood.
Martha previously worked as a scrimshaw artist doing scrimshaw on powder horns, knives and antlers. She has also done pen and ink drawings along with calligraphy.
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.
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.
Larry Piser - Hand crafted wood furniture
Brabant Lenting - Abstract Expressionism with figurative images
May s Mayhew - Painted figures in pairs realistically with surreal or abstract elements
Dawn Hatzidakis - Hand forged copper jewelry
Deb Potis - Fine photography
Don Widmer- Handmade
paper and book bindings
Rosemary Wilhelm - Classic realism oil paintings
Carol Estes - Serial expression photography
William Nardin- Hardwood band saw jewelry boxes
Brian Newton - Exotic wood turns
Damen Mroczek- Silver jewelry with precious stones
Bill Kolok - Limestone and wood sculptures
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.
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.
Karen Terhune - Sculptures made from limestone, alabaster, soapstone, and marble
Daniel Driggs- Watercolor of birds, wildlife, and people
Jacquelyn Windbigle - Bas relief / sculpture art
Sandro Akhvlediani - Still life, cityscape, and orchestra inspired abstract paintings
Joey Chessey - High fired hand-thrown ceramics
Ron Rendall - hand carved aquatic sculptures
Michele Strotman - Whimsical
paintings of chickens with character
Jason Sturgill - Fantasy world sketches
Jim Kalka - Original photography featuring the Michiana area
Alli Farkas - Original oil paintings of water lillies
Melanie Osborne - Equestrian art
Lori Pacura - Original watercolors
Retta Hentschel - Repurposed glass to create stain glass windows and lamps
Carky Norris - Mixed media. Repurposed materials to create one- of the kind sculptures
Julie Johnson - Acrylic paintings of nature
Marcus Bautista- Hand-woven rugs, tapestries and bags
Dawn Miller - Acrylics paintings with crushed shells
Carlos Estrada - Abstract Fantasy paintings
Cammy Laffer - Realistic hand sculptures
Ruby Ballard - Harris - Wearable art made from mud cloth from Nigeria
Cindy Bella Cummings - Hand sewed patchwork tunics, dresses, and wraps
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.
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.
Born and raised in Nebraska, Daniel 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
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.
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.
Alii Farka comes from a family of artists and has been drawing and painting from childhood through college as an art major, and later as a dual-subject professional specializing in rural landscapes and equine portraits.
“Sky Pads” represents an artistic interpretation of common Michigan lily pads; white water lilies (Nymphea), and Spatterdock (Nuphar).
Their very mundane commonality usually leads to their very common representation in art, so her goal as an artist is to give them the most uncommon presentation that she can imagine.
Unrelated backgrounds are created first, through various oil paint/solvent techniques utilizing pours and spatters. When dry, the lily pads are added either through direct realistic interpretation or through a monochrome process utilizing a color complementary to whatever the dominant background color is. The end result gifts the viewer with a sense of peace, quiet, tranquility, relaxation, and visual engagement.
Joy’s fascination/obsession with glass began in 2000 when she took up flameworking. After
creating handcrafted glass beads and one-of-a-kind jewelry, Joy had the desire to go bigger. At
that point, she began incorporating her glasswork with other materials. She is now working
with pate de verre (paste of glass). Her current work incorporates both lampworking and pate
Joy’s work has won First Place awards and a Best in Show from the Oldham Arts Fall Show and
last year won Best in Show at the For the Love of Art Show in South Bend, Indiana, in addition
to other awards. She has been juried into the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, the Louisville
Artisans Guild, and the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Sue Rosengard started her own jewelry design in New York City after receiving a B.A. in French from the University of Illinois, following studies in Paris and Italy. Sue began with a jewelry making class at the New School in New York. She continued with classes over the next few years eventually returning to her hometown of Chicago to start making jewelry full-time.
Sue creates affordable, well-crafted and well-designed jewelry. The contemporary geometric shapes are structured to flatter the face or lapel of the wearer while being lightweight, easy to wear, and timeless. Her inspirations partly comes from growing up in Chicago among the skyscrapers and Frank Lloyd Wright influences. The designers of the Modernist era (1940-1960) have also been significant – jewelers Margaret de Patta and Paul Lobel, sculptor Alexander Calder, and designer Russell Wright .
Brian is a self-taught wood turner who has been honing his skills for the past twelve years. He has earned a number of awards at various art shows and exhibitions in both New York and Michigan. In 2014 he became a member of the historic Roycroft Artisans at Large group, based in East Aurora, NY and in 2019 he was elevated to the level of Roycroft Master Artisan. He is also an active member of the Blue Coast Artist Group in southwest Michigan.
As Brian has pushed his turning skills to new levels, he has found that he has a true passion for uncovering the hidden beauty that is locked away inside each piece of wood that he works with. Brian loves the experience of watching each piece evolve with every pass of his chisel - every cut, revealing more of the character and warmth within. He considers it a privilege to transform a cast-off piece of wood, repurposing it into something new and beautiful - whether it's a decorative art piece or a functional household item.
People who view Mays Mayhew’s work often say it creates a story that reflects their own. Quite
often, that story is one of overcoming a struggle or peaceful nostalgia. She likes to draw repeated human figures, for it weaves a narrative, a story. The works are skillfully drawn repeated figures that tell stories in a simply beautiful way. Repetition causes dualities. -Dualities like the drawn image juxtapose with the untold story behind the work. She leaves the background clean to keep the focus on the main subject. Mayhew works mainly with graphite pencils for the hauntingly beautiful silver monochromic environment they create. Graphite is occasionally joined with gesso, watercolor, and gold leaf.
She studied art at University Wisconsin – Madison (BFA), Rhode Island School of Design, and Florence, Italy. For 20 years, she balanced a career in product development and marketing with art part-time. Since 2018, she has created art full-time. She lives in Aurora, IL, with her two children and husband, where she maintains an active studio.
Bill Kolok was born and raised in a middle class family in Connecticut. He grew up with a strong work ethic and a vivid imagination. In college he was drawn to art and eventually sculpture. He enjoys the give and take of carving in wood and stone and found a language that speaks to him.
He prefers materials with distinctive spirit such as aged lumber and stone from old churches. The resulting sculptures speak with simplicity,and boldness to those who choose to reflect on his creative images.
Melanie Osborn is a self-taught artist from Kentucky. As a young child she lived on a farm that had horses and several greenhouses to be drawn into the art world with Sketching horses and flowers.
Melanie’s art career started as a mechanical drafter. However, she still found herself in awe with horses and flowers.
After a career in drafting, Melanie’s art world grew into corporate commissions. You can find here indoor murals in several prestigious Kentucky establishments.
Today Melanie’s focus are her equestrian oil paintings to come full circle, to
the subjects that drew her to paint beautiful, classic settings with rich colors.
Lori Kammeraad is an artist with a vision inspired by the beauty of nature from the Great Lakes of Michigan to the Red Rocks of Sedona Arizona and the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. She has developed a new technique of painting with patinas on copper plate.
Lori creates dynamic contemporary designs using textured metal paints dyes, mica and copper leaf.
Lori’s paintings are exhibited in galleries and art shows throughout the U.S.A. Commission work accepted for Corporate and private collections.
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