A Day In My Studio

A huge thanks goes out to everybody who stopped in during the Northwoods Art Tour this past weekend! I really appreciate all of the purchases that help to support my artist life!

Today I’m in my studio working on some of my 1st loves. Birchbark, procure pine quells and pine needles. I can’t wait to share the finished products with you! Stay tuned…

Enjoy Local Art During the Northwoods Art Tour.

Come visit Wisconsin’s northwoods artists that working in their studios during the last day of the July Northwoods Art Tour. Watch them create and learn about their processes.At the Burger country art studio which is listed as number 9 we are working on many different mediums. We have birchbark baskets and treasure boxes in progress, encaustic painting, and Viking knit jewelry processes for you to learn about!

Come check us out at our 3rd annual Artists & More in the Bog Sale!

3 years ago, I had an inspiration to expand events in the Manitowish Waters area. The first Saturday of December, the Manitowish Waters Lioness have always hosted a fundraiser called The Holiday Home Tour. The Friday prior to the Home Tour is the celebration called Christmas for the Town. In conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, the Manitowish Waters Lioness and the downtown businesses we decided to have a sale showcasing all of the artists and a cranberry gift store in the cranberry bog area of Manitowish Waters. Come check out what we have been creating! We feature unique art and gifts!

5 Reasons to Buy Local Art

There’s a big move to support local community businesses and community building is created by staying local. You can shop at your local stores, buy from your local farmers, and buy unique gifts for yourself or others by buying from local artists. There are numerous reasons to continue to buy from local artists. Number 1: you love us and we love you! Number 2: when you buy my art I take the money and go out to eat, I tip the bartender, I tip the waitress and I bring money to the Cook’s pocket and his family. Number 3: when you buy from local artists you develop a relationship that is very valuable. At the very last minute, before a celebration or a gift giving opportunity, we are here for you – who needs a last- minute, unique, interesting gift? Who wants to go to Minocqua on a busy Friday in the summer? Call me up, swing by my shop and I just have the perfect gift for you – – not sure what your loved one wants? I can create something for you! Number 4: many of the ideas that I have are from our beautiful forests and many of the items that I make come from our forest and obtained through sustainable harvesting. Therefore, your purchase of my work are local natural wonders! What a great souvenier! Number 5 your purchases allow me the time and freedom to continue creating more art. The extra time that I have allows me to volunteer in my community. Thanks for your support of local artists!

Teaching Classes – Sharing The Love

For nearly 25 years (how can that be???) I have taught basic classes for community education  in the arts.  I have taught week long courses through the UW School of the Arts – Rhinelander, multi-session classes through the continuing education program at Nicolet College and single session classes throughout the country, through the North Lakeland Elementary Community Education Program and through my contact with others.

When I return to teaching after short lapses, due to scheduling, I am always pleasingly delighted to watch the many students grasp the basics and make the art their very own. It is an honor to share that time with the many different people that have taken my classes throughout the years.  What I teach them is small compared to what they teach me!

Yesterday I had the honor of teaching a porcupine quill embroidery class at Fanatical Fish in Butternut, WI.  Check them out at www.fanaticalfish.com!  It was great to meet Kelly Meredith , the owner and mural painter, and to meet and inspire the students that attended!  I look forward to teaching more classes at her studio!  Check out my Upcoming events page to more about a free-form peyote stitch bracelet at the Fanatical Fish on September 9 from 9 – 12 and a class called Wire-wrapped Beach Glass, Stones and More on November 11 from 10 – 1.

Let me know what you want to learn – I love to teach – I always learn so much!

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Leaving the Nest Mixed Media $235

The Show Must Go On

Tic-tac-toe- three of these paintings have sold!  A huge thank you  goes out to everyone who came to the opening of my art show called “The Naked Truth – Inside Out.” Viewers were struck by the images that I painted using an intuitive painting method. This show includes interactive and introspective elements. The show will be available for viewing through August. The show, held at the Vilas business incubator at 399 Highway 51 in Manitowish Waters will be open August 11 12 and 13, August 18th and 19th and August 25th, 26th and 27th.    The hours are 11 to 5 daily. I am looking forward to seeing you there!