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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
This is 1 of 28 pieces that it will be available for viewing and sale at my solo art show – “The Naked Truth – Inside Out”. The solo show opens at the Vilas County Business Incubator located on Highway 51 and Townline Road in Manitowish Waters on August 7th with a reception from 11 to 2 o clock. The show will be open for further viewing and sales on August 11th,12th and 13th, August 18th and 19th and August 25th, 26th and 27th.
In the last year I read a book called “My Dream of You”. I can’t exactly remember what the book was about, as I was reading several books around the same time. I have a bad habit of only collecting the information that strikes my heart and soul and the rest of it slips away. The “slips aways” go to a place that is similar to a laundry basket full of mending tasks that I have in my basement. I’ll notice them sooner or later.
However the important part of this post is “My Dream of You”. That title really grabbed me. It touched my heart, my soul, my psyche. I had meant to use the book’s pages, which are yellowed, to art collage. Somehow, I could not bear to cut up the pages especially the title on the top of each page. I never knew why it resonated so but it finally came to me this morning as I photographed a pile of art supplies laying on my counter top (that needed to be put away). The title popped in to my head and with it came a feeling of being enfolded in warmth and love. At once I was struck with the reality of living a dream. Thanks to the man in the upper right hand corner of the photograph , my honey Brent McFarland, I am able to live this dream. My days are spent in the forest, watching our chickens and feeding them, spending time with our puppy and creating art. (I do other things also, like dishes laundry, housework, yard work and things of that ilk but who needs to hear about that, right?) I was given this gift almost a year ago and I have learned about peace through art by studying meditation, art and mindfullness, time spent alone and with others of like mind and creating an art that changes daily. This art is the drug soothes my savage beast. Whenever I feel unsettled or out of sorts I turn to art to settle me. Thanks to art, I have no need to worry about side effects, drug interactions and the cost of drugs.
I’ll be seeing you later! I’m going to toss back a shot of canvas and a chaser of paint! Cheers!