Watercolor Artist, Specialty Maps/ Classic Cars
Elisa B Schmidt grew up in Southeast Michigan with a love of cars and the talent to paint. After graduating from Sienna Heights University with a degree in art, she combined the two and created a visual style that is literally reflected in all of her work. She currently resides in Lansing, MI with her husband and dog, Duchess and dabbles in other forms of watercolor. Locally, she has shown at Absolute Gallery & Katalyst Gallery in Old Town Lansing, The Technology and Innovation Center, Okemos Library, Gracie’s Place in Williamston, and most currently, Keys to Creativity in the Lansing Mall, and Studio Retreat in Saint Johns. In 2015, she painted a piano in collaberation with the Keys in the Cites project with a Lansing Lugnuts theme which sat outside Midtown Brewing Co. She is employed at Hobby Lobby as a custom framer & gallery assistant and also volunteers at Keys to Creativity.
Fine Jewelry Artist
Kim is a jewelry designer, DJ, actress, and graphic designer who has been making jewelry for as long as she can remember, starting with beading, moving on to metalworking, and landing on this: Soldered glass jewelry using feathers and butterfly wings. When purchasing materials to make her jewelry, she makes sure no animals were harmed. Most of the feathers are purchased from people who raise the birds as pets; the feathers are naturally molted and collected. Butterfly wings are collected after the butterflies die naturally. All pieces are handmade.
Kim earned her BFA from Illinois Institute of Art and lives in Colorado. For more information, please visit www.skyglassjewelry.com.
Wendy Shaft, born and raised in mid-Michigan, went to Alaska to work on the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. Discovering she was more interested in art than geology, she went back to school part time, eventually adding a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts, with an emphasis on book arts, to her geology degree from Michigan State University. She and her husband, Don Bixler, relocated back to Michigan to be with her mother.
In part, Wendy attributes her choice of subject matter to her parents’ influence. Their enthusiastic observation of the natural world, as she was growing up, left a lasting impression. The Arts and Crafts Movement, as well as artists who is commission work by day and made prints by night, continue to be an inspiration.
Wendy, primarily a relief print-maker, hand dyes paint textiles, gel prints and produces fibre art, according to what is going on in her environment. She teaches locally and contributes voluntarily to her local Chamber of Commerce.
Acrylic Painter/ Muralist
My vision has always been to use art to make people smile. When I started my art biz (tiny by design, llc) in 2009, I created whimsical children’s art. To my surprise, my biggest satisfaction came from adults who stopped to sneak a peek. I love seeing the smiles, the whimsical expressions and hearing the nostalgic stories that my art provoked.
As my own children and my business grew, so did my love for helping people tap into a creative side. I opened Whimsical pARTy Gallery in September of 2016 to build a studio for people to experience to fun side of art. My mission is to provide an entertaining way for people of all artistic abilities to unwind and tap into their creative side. I offer cheerful, whimsical paintings that can be broken down into simple steps. For more information about Whimsical pARTy Gallery click here!
Fiber Paper/ Mixed Media Crafter
Terie creates fine textile works with rich, vibrant colors to enhance everyday life. Her artistic journey began when her auntie taught her to knit when she was 8 years old. Terie also forges beautiful hand crafted journals. She is a long-time Michigan resident currently residing in Williamston, MI.
Mixed Media Artist
A licensed professional counselor by day, and an artist by night, I paint and counsel with joy and with abiding interest in both external and internal landscapes.
I have exhibited at Grand Rapids’s ArtPrize for the past 6 years. This year brought a dozen juried acceptances including three pieces of art being displayed at the Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY. I am particularly “over the moon” about having this summer won Grand prize at the 2016 Mackinac Art Museum Exhibit on Mackinac Island for my mixed media piece Leaving Mackinac (Rain and Tears). As you can see, I-pictured at the south rim of the Grand Canyon-am greatly swayed by colors in my wanderings. Fortunately I am married to Jim Schulz who likes to wander landscapes as well. My studio is based in our 1868 home in Saint Johns, MI filled with art and antiques. We have two grown children, Emily Filler and Graham Filler(married to Alicia Filler).
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