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Sarah Merkle Watercolor Artist

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.

Gallery is open Tues-Friday 10 – 5 pm and by appointment

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Jean Canavan Watercolor Artist

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.

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Dennis Gordon Artist & Printmaker

Join us at Whitepine Studios on Saturday morning, January 29th from 10-11:30 am and meet local printmaking artist Dennis Gordon.

Dennis is an award winning artist that creates beautiful limited edition prints from original wood carvings. The photographic process has been part of printmaking for over 50 years, prevalent in photo etching, photo lithography and photo silk screening. Woodcuts are the main exception to this process, although methods of carving have expanded, using tools such as the dremel. Laser etching of wood and other materials has been commonplace in the craft and marketing industry for many years, but generally, the material that is being etched is the end product.

Dennis has been exploring ways to make a wood etching function as a woodcut for printmaking. It has taken him hundreds of hours to learn software applications and experimenting to achieve exciting results. Along with the woodcut image, he works on background imanges that may be abstract or semi-representational, and applies rolled on ink reliefs. The woodcut images begin with a photograph he has taken or from one of his drawings or paintings. While some prints remain black and white, Dennis adds color to others. The process starts with printing the woodcut in black ink. Then a sheet of printmaking paper is laid over this print to help determine where he will apply color. The color is applied to a blank piece of printmaking paper, and then the woodcut is inked up and printed on top of that.

Whitepine Studios and Dennis will be giving away, to our first 50 visitors to the studio, a limited edition “mini woodcut” (retail value $45, one per household).

Dennis will also have materials and supplies to show how he makes his woodcut prints. He will also offer a 5×7 mini woodcut of the same image, to give to anyone who purchases any of his artwork in the studio.

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Nancy Murray Watercolor Artist

Nancy Murray is a watercolor artist displaying her beautiful works in the Scenes of Michigan, Winter Exhibition.

Nancy has been painting and perfecting her craft for over 15 years. She is inspired by the natural world and her landscape paintings are masterfully created en plein air. Nancy is a member of several guilds and her work can be found in permanent collections and venues throughout Michigan.

Nancy captures the magnificence of nature in her Matthaei Botanicals Garden painting. Her palette of soothing greens, dotted with the soft colors of spring time flowers, entices the viewer to take a walk along the path and enjoy the natural landscape.

Macaws are not native to Michigan, but in 2011 a couple of these breath taking birds made their way to the Detroit Zoo. Nancy was inspired to paint this vibrantly colored bird and brilliantly captures its regal nature.

Nancy has several other original watercolors that capture images of places and flora found throughout her travels in Michigan. Nancy always finds herself with her art supplies nearby; at any moment she might feel inspired to stop and paint.

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Linda Klenczar Pastel Artist

We are thrilled to have award-winning pastel artist, Linda Klenczar’s work in the gallery as part of the Scenes of Michigan Winter Exhibition.

Linda graduated from MSU and 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 can be seen in galleries and shows throughout Michigan.

Linda’s work is a collection of both city and country landscapes. Her piece titled Main Street, is bursting with vibrant colors and embodies the dynamic Ann Arbor downtown space. The Dagwood Diner opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1949, and was later named The Fleetwood Diner in 1971 by its new owner. It was the first sidewalk cafe in the city of Ann Arbor. Linda’s piece titled, Fast Food Icon, is celebration of this iconic downtown Ann Arbor gathering place.Family farms dot the landscape of small towns and countrysides across Michigan. Linda’s piece titled Nostalgia, captures the essence of these scenic rural family farms; this farm can be found in Manchester, MI.

Stop by the gallery and enjoy the vibrant palette of Linda’s gorgeous pieces. Gallery is open Tues-Friday 10 – 5 pm and by appointment.

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Rose Bradley Watercolor Artist

We are thrilled to announce the opening of the “Scenes of Michigan”, Winter Art Exhibition. All new watercolor, oil, pastels, and woodcuts, by a variety of local artists are now being exhibited and are for sale in the gallery.

Meet this week’s featured artist, Rose Bradley. Rose is a life-long Michigander who has been painting her light-filled watercolors for over 20 years. Her work can be seen in shows throughout the State. She is a member of multiple local painter’s guilds.

We are thrilled to have two of Rose’s watercolors titled, “Snowbirds” and “Gulls Aflutter”.

Snowbirds – The Dark Eyed Junco enjoys Michigan winters. Michiganders will often see these birds at their feeders in a beautiful backdrop of snow.

Gulls Aflutter – Herring Gulls can be found all throughout the Great Lakes. Rose captures the graceful dance of these birds on a sandy Lake Michigan beach.

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Featured Artist

Kaili Dence is Whitepine Studios Creative Director. Kaili  was born in Utah but Saline has been her home for the past 18 years. She began drawing and painting at an early age and always knew she would be an artist. The focus on technique demonstrated in classical art led her to develop a realistic style in her work. She often gains inspiration from the natural beauty she observes in nature, people and animals both large and small. She earned a BFA, with a concentration in painting and drawing, from the University of Michigan and studied figure drawing and fresco painting at SACI College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy. Some of her favorite mediums are oil and watercolor paint, colored pencils and charcoal. She loves sharing her passion for the arts, exploring new mediums and styles and helping her students grow as artists and creative thinkers.

Kaili’s animal portrait series is created with charcoal on toned paper. She uses colored pencil to selectively highlight her pieces. Kaili shares “I love working with charcoal as it allows me to create with the precision that defines my animal compositions. This medium allows me to explore a range of values and mark making.

Kaili can be commissioned for pet portraits in this medium or in oil.

Cougar – SOLD
Eagle Owl
Wolverine Go Blue – SOLD


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Art as an Investment?

Why Invest in Original Art.  Is it Worth It?

Have you ever fallen in love with a piece of artwork at a gallery and wondered why the piece is so expensive? Here’s why original art is absolutely worth the higher cost. 

Artists are influenced by the the local culture and colors of the region. The art they create will often reflect the region in which they live. Their artwork is one of a kind, made by the hand of the artist. You will not find it in another home or gallery. There is a connection to the artistic process and the artist’s inspiration. The original expresses the colors the artist chose versus a print where the original colors may be compromised. You can observe the brushwork and textures and subtleties not visible on a print. The original gives you the full visual experience that the artist labored over for many hours. Your purchase supports the arts. Artists need you to observe, interact, and buy their work so they can continue to produce magnificent art. 

Stop by the gallery and see the beautiful work of local artists. Let’s support our local art community!

Opening Art Exhibition – Saline Painters Guild
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Happy Birthday Dali!

Salvador Dali was born on May 11, 1904, and remains one of the most famous surrealists. His paintings, sculptures and films were inspired by his dreams. Surrealism was an art movement that tapped into the unconscious mind. One type of surrealism combined reality with dream-like images. Artists like Dali combined subjects that would you would not expect to be together as can be observed in one of his most famous works, Persistence of Memory. Melting clocks, a monstrous face, and red ants on a gold watch are juxtaposed with the realistic images of the sea and cliffs in the background. Another type of surrealism focuses on the spontaneity of creation without the need for conscious reasoning. With randomness and intuition, Hans (Jean) Arp, a fellow surrealist, created organic abstract paintings. We offer a workshop for middle school and high school students called Arp and Intuition. Students will create an abstract piece of art by chance and intuition! Happy Birthday Salvador Dali and thank you for your contributions to the Surrealism Movement and its continued influence on Modern Surrealism.

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Happy Birthday Leonardo!

Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 in Italy. He was a painter, sculptor, architect and inventor remembered as one of the most famous men of the Renaissance. The fresco of the Last Supper in the monastery of the Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, and the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum in Paris, are two of his most famous works. He left behind several notebooks that include sketches of his inventions. Many of his designs later influenced future inventions: parachutes, helicopters, diving equipment, airplanes, army tanks and much more. He had a scientific mind and his inventions were centuries before their time. He studied human anatomy and his illustrations are astoundingly accurate. He was truly a “Renaissance man”. Da Vinci died at the age of 67 on May 2, 1519. Today we celebrate his birthday and his contributions to art, science and technology.

The Last Supper, Milan Italy