Dividing her time between Michigan and Tennessee textile artist Nellie Durand likes to call her work "ortwork" a reference to a container that seamstresses use to save leftover bits. She incorporates recycled fabric, threads, yarns of all kinds and sheer organza into her pieces. Often these visually rich textiles depict the natural surroundings of her two homes.
Michigan artist Christine Marcus Stone works with acrylic paints on Masonite to capture her wistful images of cows, horses, crows and other animal imagery. She is also known for her slightly surreal paintings of dogs- many in party hats or near very large cakes. Recent works also include beautiful abstract colorscapes.
Michigan artist Teresa O’Brien works with Sennelier Pastels capturing the geography of west Michigan. She moved here in 1999 inspired by the natural beauty of the Saugatuck area. "I discovered, in the wild open spaces, the trees, the fields, the dunes, and the great expanse of lake - peace on earth", said O'Brien.
Since 1998, Kalamazoo artist Mary Brodbeck has specialized in moku hanga – woodblock prints made using traditional Japanese methods and materials. She learned these techniques from Yoshisuke Funasaka in Tokyo, as a recipient of a Bunka-Cho fellowship from the Japanese government.
Charlevoix artist Meredith Krell is inspired by the landscape "up north". Depicting road signs, camps and trailers her prints evoke an era fast fading from our Michigan landscape. She creates prints and monoprints using a Conrad etching press and oil based inks. She often goes back and hand colors each piece using watercolor and a variety of other media.
New Jersey artist Bob Rickard uses a hand-held plasma cutter to carve his designs into aluminum. He then coats the aluminum with other metals, typically copper, bronze, and iron. Each of these metals reacts differently to the chemical patinas and dye oxides with which he finishes his pieces creating surprising colors and patterns unique to his process.