One of the centerpieces of the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is a great selection of original art from some of the finest artists of the region and beyond. An innovative and original environment will delight the senses as you enjoy the regional culture.
Calling All Artists: Click here if you are interested in submitting an application to participate in the show.
Interested in purchasing art? There’s no need to traipse back and forth to your car with your art–instead, check your purchases at the complimentary Art Check to be sure to keep your art safe while you enjoy wine, food and music.
Stephanie Schlatter – Landscape Painter
Stephanie Schlatter is an American landscape painter whose work is deeply connected to and rooted in her native Michigan. She’s best known for her On the Michigan Wine Trail series, which explores the stories of the state’s vineyards and wineries through paint. Her artwork has appeared on several Michigan wine labels and is available in wineries and tasting rooms across the state. Much of her work also incorporates the scenic lakes on which she spent her childhood.
View Project 24 Gallery here!
Launching PROJECT 24
For the past year, Stephanie has painted the vineyards of Leelanau Peninsula’s 24 wineries via a partnership called PROJECT 24. This exciting project is being launched during the event. A portion of the proceeds is being donated to the Leelanau Conservancy.
John Roberts Williams – Photographer
John Robert Williams, a life-long resident of Traverse City, MI has been a studio owner & professional photographer for over 34 years, one of the largest private studios in the state of Michigan. Exceptional portraiture, product and location photography are his hallmarks. John also has a great passion for Traverse City, leading many positive changes in the town he loves. An avid, life-long cyclist, he co-founded Traverse Area Recreational Trails (TART) in 1986. In 2005, he was a co-founder of the Traverse City Film Festival, with Filmmaker Michael Moore.
Launching PROJECT 26
For the next year, John will photograph the winemakers of Leelanau Peninsula’s 26 wineries via a partnership called PROJECT 26. This exciting project is being featured during the 2017 festival.
Debra Anton-Cobum – Fused Glass
Unique Techniques in Fused Glass: Crackle, Pâté de Verre, Strip Construction, Carved Dichroic, Drop Bowls. Fused Glass Bowls, Sushi Trays, Wind Chimes, Vases, Platters.
Corey Bechler – Mixed Media
Whimsical, colorful and fun using popular icons….fish, birds, dogs, and landscapes, making them look even more whimsical, with elaborate colors, shapes, and textures, creating a powerful visual contrast within each piece. Clay and glaze are used as a base for each piece, very often with added touches of driftwood, copper and assorted wires to give mixed media pieces a little more pop!
Linda Beeman – Moku Hanga Woodblock Print
Water and nature are the inspirations for the moku hanga prints of Linda J. Beeman. She is passionate about showcasing and conserving the beauty of our waterways and natural areas. Linda seeks out the common beauty of rural landscapes and the lakes, rivers, wetlands and waterfalls found in her travels to transform into prints. The four seasons create an always changing landscape of imagery just waiting to be captured in the beautiful and complex Japanese art form of moku hanga.
Schyler Binkley – Pottery, Ceramic
Shyler’s creates ceramic work as the pure expression of proportion and design. There can be surprising force and power in a simple, well-made form – sometimes it just feels right. This idea is always in the front of Schyler’s mind when working at the potter’s wheel. He strives to create pieces in which the hand of the maker is obviously present. Perfectly round, symmetrical pots hold little interest for him. He alters pieces in some way to make them a little less-perfect, a little more expressive and human. Some of Schyler goes into each piece, all part of a much larger personal narrative as he continues to explore new forms and textures.
Shanny Brooke – Acrylic
Currently, Shanny paints primarily using oils, mixed with unconventional mediums, and mainly utilizing pallet knives or household implements, such as spatulas or spoons. She works on each piece to create something that looks weathered, and has something floating beneath a surface or is coming up out of a depth. She enjoys what can be seen between the cracks and layers. She finds herself exploring what is often not said through what people say, and translate this into a painting. She enjoys finding what people try to keep hidden, and try to convey this with paintings. Whether it’s a deeper feeling regarding helplessness in this world, or something which is just weighing such as an argument with someone, it always gets worked out on the canvas.
Cathy Brown – Flameworked Glass Jewelry
Cathy is a self-representing glass jewelry artist who loves to make glass beads that
are, well, out of the ordinary. Complex and intricate designs requiring advanced flameworking techniques make her beads stand out from the rest. Her jewelry design mantra has always been “it’s all about the bead.” With that in mind, her jewelry designs remain simple, yet classic in style allowing the glass art bead to steal the show.
Troy Cook – Copper
All pieces are designed from copper. Soft and rigid copper tubing is hand-shaped to create stationary and orbital (spinning) sprinklers. Various pieces of copper, along with brass fittings are soldered together and then holes are drilled to create various water patterns. Every sprinkler has either a figure cut from copper sheeting, beads, stainless steel balls, copper spirals, etc. added to create a unique piece of functional art. He designs and creates kinetic wind sculptures (spinners) using the same processes as used above. These pieces are powered by wind rather than water.
Madison Hampton – Jewelry
Vancrafted Studio is a jewelry studio on wheels. Although Michigan-born, Madison lives out of her car traveling America drawing inspiration from her surroundings and in turn creating unique, handmade, one of a kind jewelry.
Jesse Jason – Experimentation of Paint
Jesse’s work is the result of his own internal imagination combined with the external application and experimentation of paint. Every painting starts from a clean slate without any attempt at referencing the objective world. As he applies more and more paint, the work slowly evolves into something beyond his imagination. Newfound imagery emerges through the pairing of internal thought with the physical attempt at forming a cohesive composition. His hope is that he is able to create a work that embodies the journey of the painting which may inspire a similar creativity in the eyes of the viewer.
Jonathan Kesler – Ceramic, Pottery
Jonathan brings into the world objects which impart a feeling and mentality of beauty. The inclusion of the visual , how it enters the eye and so mind, is meant to suggest , without demand, a sense of balance, ease and harmony and thereby yield strength and content(ment) to the mind. Though the work may be deemed “functional” in nature, it can morph into a presence which alters environment by simply being . It then does not have to be “used” to function and so becomes effective and affecting. This would be to yield change , and so congruent with life.
Gloria Kirk-Hanna – Quilting and Weaving
Gloria’s work is a mosh up of quilting and weaving with a lot of rule breaking. To create her fine art pieces, she takes hand cut cotton and silks laying them out in organic shapes or movements and runs cotton thread in opposite directions to hold those movements. For wearable art accessories, such as scarves, shawls or vowels, she will use a base of hand spun fibers along with commercial yarns as accents all quilted together. Often, she will stitch designs onto the accessories on a base of silk roving.
Susan Kirt – Photographer
Frederick Klass – Furniture, Lighting and Sculpture
Furniture, lighting and sculpture from salvaged and repurposed materials.
Nova Mackentley – Wildlife Photography
As seasonal field biologist, Nova feels very lucky to be able to travel around the country in pursuit of her passion. From Michigan to South Texas, raptor studies and wild cat conservation projects have kept her fascinated with the natural world. Within her photography, she strives to capture a sense of beauty in nature and convey the need for conservation of the species and landscapes she photographs. She hopes that her images remind you of the natural beauty that surrounds us and the value of preserving it for future generations.
Melissa Martin-Neubert – Pottery
As a potter, Melissa works with a white throwing stoneware and food safe glazes to create functional pieces. The focus of newest works is on texture applied with slip. Color is either applied with the slip and left visible with transparent glaze or colored glaze is applied in order to respond to the texture. Melissa is a lifelong resident of Michigan and showcases her art under Muddy Girl Pottery.
Christina Porada – Graphite and Water Color
Christina has worked in a variety of different mediums, but has the most extensive experience with graphite and watercolor paints. She especially enjoys depicting people and animals as subjects, as she finds them very interesting and challenging to bring across their expressions and personalities just right. Using graphite, she is able to depict all the minute details that help with properly conveying all that emotion while with watercolor she can show all the subtle changes in color and light.
Beaded animal skulls, sourced locally when possible. Her collection is a variety of skulls from painted turtles to bears. She uses seed beads, swarovski crystals, natural stone, shells and repurposed jewelry.
Dustin & Katie Pfeiffer – Jewelry
Douglas Prater – Wood
Sarah Roemer – Mixed Media
Purses, belts and hair accessories made from aluminum beverage can pull tabs bound together to form a relatively supple mesh fabric. Earrings, pins and clips made from aluminum beverage cans, handwoven guitar straps.
Kirsten Ross – Jewelry, Ironwork
Liz Saile – Stone Jewelry
Liz’s design work is casual, for our UpNorth style of living. She enjoys working with gems and minerals native to Michigan, Petoskey stones, Leland Blues and Thomsonite. Cultured freshwater pearls, of many shapes and colors are used to enhance the natural beauty of these stones. Because of the characteristics of the natural gems, these handmade pieces are truly one of a kind custom designs.
Leif Spørck – Tile
Heather and Tad Veremis – Stone Jewelry
Jessica Vitale – Pottery
Working as a potter, she enjoyed knowing that her products started from a lump of mud. There becomes a greater appreciation of the food and drink consumed from those pieces knowing that someone handcrafted those forms. Her drinking vessels will be featured, particularly wine cups. Using stoneware, her mid-range firing glazes will embellish these forms to give the effect of beautiful oxidation firings. As a lover of nature, she also enjoys hand-painted imagery of animals and oceanic creatures, which will be used on a variety of my forms as well. Her credit card mosaic landscapes were inspired by the realization of the hardships of the “American Dream.”
Jim Wolnosky – Sculptor
Debra Wright – Wildlife/Landscape Acrylic