Janet has been exhibiting her paintings for over 50 years and teaches workshops at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, in art venues throughout Michigan, and in Southern France! Her works can be found in national and international public and private collections. A member of several art societies, Janet loves to be outdoors creating en plein air. She can often be found painting in the Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden, one of the world’s premier gardens.
Bob is a native New Yorker, who calls Southeast Michigan home. He has been painting pastel landscapes for over 17 years. His award winning works have been juried into over 30 national and international exhibits. His paintings capture landscapes inspired by adventurous hikes throughout the world. He is a member of several art societies and enjoys teaching others his love of pastels.
A Detroit native, Ed is a self-taught, award winning, artist. His artistic journey began with art classes at the University of Michigan, while earning a degree in Chemical Engineering. He has attended multiple workshops given by some of today’s top painters in the country. He is a member of several art societies and enjoys teaching. Now retired, Ed enjoys spending time painting the magnificent landscapes found in America’s National Parks.
Anne is an award winning pastelist who has spent the last decade loving each moment of discovering what the medium offers in creative expression and visual appreciation. She focuses on the elements of nature and abstract realism blending the emotional response to pure color, with the unique individualism of spontaneous marks. She is a member of several art societies and enjoys teaching and sharing the journey of learning with others.
Sue is an award winning artist from Chelsea, Michigan. She is attracted to scenes that are soft but expressive. She participates in many plein air events and enjoys painting area homes, parks, and public spaces. Sue’s work has been exhibited in various venues around Michigan and she is a member of several paint guilds. Sue has exhibited and sold her original oils at Whitepines and we are excited to include three additional pastel paintings in the gallery.
Linda has won numerous awards for her work. She has studied with nationally known professional pastel artists for over two decades to perfect her craft and develop her style. She is a member of multiple guilds and her work, a collection of both city and country landscapes, can be seen in galleries and shows throughout Michigan.
Lois grew up in rural Pa, has lived on both coasts, but now calls Ann Arbor home. She is an award winning artist who uses pastels to express the color, texture, and spirit of landscapes. She is a member of several prestigious art guilds including: Chelsea Painters, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Huron River Art Collective and Michigan Watercolor Society. Her work is included in private collections and other art venues in Michigan.
Sally is an award winning Michigan impressionist, who paints in pastel. She is continually drawn to the beauty of nature and looks for the shapes, light, and shadows in the magnificence of each Michigan season and translates them into spectacular compositions. She recently donated and sold her piece titled, Flowers for Freedom, with 100% of the proceeds to the World Central Kitchen. Sally is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society, the Chelsea Artists Guild, and the Huron River Collective.
Women did not get the recognition they deserved until the Women’s Movement in the 1960s. Until 1860, women weren’t allowed to attend art schools or exhibit their work. Much of their work was undervalued and overlooked.
With the beginning of the Women’s Movement in the 1960s, more and more female artists started getting the recognition they deserved.
Here are some of the most influential female artists. There are countless others and we recognize the contributions made by all female artists throughout history to the present day. (Aubrey Santana, Arteza Blog)
Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842)
To be a woman who was a professional portrait artist in the 1700s was unheard of. To be a woman who was the official portrait artist of the Queen of France was unthinkable. Yet, Louise Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun was both of these. Madame Le Brun is best known for her highly flattering portraits of the rich and elite in the Rococo and Neoclassical style. During her life, she created around 660 portraits and 220 landscapes, some of which hang in such famous museums as the Louvre, the Hermitage Museum, London’s National Gallery, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
A member of the famous group of male Impressionists, Mary Cassatt became known for her beautiful portrayals of women, children, and domestic life. An American painter who lived in France, Cassatt was inspired by the light, patterns, Japanese printmaking, and the intimacy of family, which can be seen in her paintings and prints. Her paintings are highly prized and hang in private collections as well as in the world’s greatest museums. She has been an inspiration for both male and female painters who came after her.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s art can be seen on everything from famous museum walls to calendars, mugs, and T-shirts. She is probably the most well-known female American artist who ever lived. Proclaimed by several art critics as the “Mother of American Modernism,” her legacy of abstract artwork continues to influence artists of our time. She is best known for her large and provocative flowers and skull paintings, but her work spans as far as American western landscapes to New York City skyscrapers.
During the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the artwork of Alma Thomas stood out as a beacon of hope and optimism. This African American artist dedicated her life to her art after retiring from teaching for 36 years. Her rise to fame skyrocketed when her colorful Expressionist paintings were exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art and she became the first female African American to hold a solo exhibit there. Her works have hung in the White House and today can be seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The work of Polish artist Tamara De Lempicka stands out as the epitome of Art Deco style. Her self-portraits and women models embody the elegance of an era with a modern twist in their tubular forms. She used clear, lustrous colors in her distinctive portraiture of the wealthy French aristocrats for which she is best known. Today, her work can be seen in prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes in France, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Whenever we talk about famous artists, the name Frida Kahlo is always at the top of the list. Her works capture the culture of her home country, Mexico, while being thought-provoking as examinations of the important questions concerning gender, class, and race, which is just one of the many reasons she remains so popular today. With bright colors and a folk-art, surrealist style, Frida Kahlo created artwork inspired by nature and Mexican artifacts, as well as painting numerous self-portraits and portraits of others. She is considered a major influence by many of today’s contemporary female artists.
Considered a major influence on modern artists, including Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese avant-garde artist best known for her use of polka dots and electric colors. Her works span sculpture, installation, and paintings as well as film, fashion, and literature. A conceptual artist, she infiltrates feminism, pop art, and abstract impressionism into her work.
Faith Ringgold isn’t afraid to address the tough subjects, including feminism, politics, and activism in her colorful abstract paintings, quilts, mixed media sculptures, and children’s books. Her brightly colored works are narrative representations of her beliefs with inspiration from past and present historical events.
Through her use of large, stark black paper-cut silhouettes and drawings, Kara Walker invites viewers of her art into the world of slavery and African history in America. Many of her works portray the brutality of slavery. Although she is best known for her paintings, she is also an influential sculpture, whose monumental work, made entirely of sugar at the old Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, New York, depicting a black woman as a sphinx, is one of her most important works.
Faith Ringgold is now 91 years old and has had a long successful career as a black visual artist. Her journey was not always an easy one but she always found a way to move forward. This New York Times article by Holland Cotter, titled Faith Ringgold’s Path of Maximum Resistance is a beautiful recognition of Ringgold’s artistic journey and her legacy in the art world and beyond.
We are honored to have Sue Craig in the Scenes of Winter Exhibition.
Sue is an award winning artist from Chelsea, Michigan. She is attracted to scenes that are soft but expressive. She participates in many plein air events and enjoys painting area homes, parks, and public spaces. Sue’s work has been exhibited in various venues around Michigan and she is a member of several paint guilds. We are thrilled to have four of Sue’s pieces exhibited in the gallery.
With more than 120 lighthouses along the Great Lakes, Michigan has the most lighthouses of any U.S. state. Lighthouses are beautiful and picturesque, and each with their own unique history and charm. Point Betsie Lighthouse is located on the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Sue’s oil painting on wood panel captures the charm of one of Michigan’s famous lighthouses. Sue’s pastel pieces Sidetrack Grill II, Sunset Walk, and Garden on the Lake are vibrant in color with beautiful velvety textures.
Excited to feature our next artist exhibiting in the Scenes of Michigan, Winter Exhibition – award winning oil painter Sandra Difazio.
Sandra is a representational oil painter and avid plein air artist. Painting plein air gives Sandra the opportunity to not only see color and light but also feel the environment and attempt to translate what she experiences into her paintings. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and in private and corporate collections throughout Michigan. She is a member of several paint guilds and we are honored to have Sandra’s work in the gallery.
Tahquamenon Falls is a pure Michigan treasure. Lower Tahquamenon Falls is a plein air painting created as part of the DNR’s “Paint the Parks” Centennial Celebration. It was selected to receive the “Best Sense of Place” Award. The exquisite colors and textures in this painting are a must-see.
Sleeping Bear Dunes is a popular Michigan destination. Sandra’s piece titled Good Harbor Beach, invites the viewer to experience the warm breezes, sunshine, and crisp, clear water that makes our Michigan shorelines so appealing.
Interested in the architectural charm of Michigan’s historic buildings, Sandra was inspired to paint the The Anna Scripps Conservatory at Belle Isle. Belle Isle is one of the most beautiful public parks in the State of Michigan. Sandra captures the intricate details and beauty of this historic building.
Sarah Merkle is a landscape watercolor artist Her artwork captures the unique beauty of Michigan’s spectacular coastlines and sandy beaches. Her paintings created en plein air, enable her to capture the intense and emotive colors of the clouds, natural lighting, and breath taking images that emerge from the unpredictable, ever-changing Michigan weather.
Sarah’s work has been displayed in venues throughout Michigan, including the Art Around Saline Exhibition. She is a member of several painting guilds and also has an extensive background in Graphic Design.
Leelanau Peninsula, one of the most beautiful places in Michigan, is a place of solace and inspiration for Sarah. Her Leelanau Peninsula series, captures the brilliant colors of Michigan’s sunrise and sunsets. These three paintings would look beautiful in a Northern cottage displayed together or individually.
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An award winning artist, Jean derives inspiration from her observation of daily life. Her watercolor still life and landscapes reflect transitions of light and shadow, and express a sense of memory of time and place. Jean’s works can be found in private and public collections and galleries throughout Michigan. She belongs to multiple painters’ guilds and we are thrilled to have a couple of her paintings in the studio.
Rentschler Farm in Saline, often inspires local artists to capture images from this historic site. The sunflowers that burst on to the scene during Michigan summers, invited Jean to paint, en plein air, one of Michigan’s favorite flowers. Look closely at Jean’s piece titled Sunflower, and take in the complex details of the petals or “rays” that inspired its name.
Inspired by a walk through San Francisco’s China Town, Jean just had to paint the colorful and festive lanterns that hung everywhere. February 1, begins the Chinese New Year; this is a great opportunity to stop by the gallery and see Jean’s painting titled, Sky Lanterns 2. Jean captures the intricate but delicate beauty of traditional Chinese paper lanterns. Jean was awarded best of show and sold her piece titled Sky Lanterns 1, at the Northville Arthouse Watermedia Show.