Our Awesome Artists!

Pat Baker

Baker_Pat_14008_389408mPat paints from subjects she loves and finds challenging: florals, still life, portraits and landscapes in oil and acrylic. “I am interested in working the whole surface, finding it’s textural capabilities and the impact of line and shape on the canvass.” Over the past fifteen years she has followed an ongoing interest in classes and art workshops and has participated in juried shows at BIG ARTS center on Sanibel Island, Florida.

She has studied with Ian Roberts, a well known Canadian landscape painter on location in the Provence region of France and by the shores of Georgian Bay Ontario, Canada.  A 2002 art adventure in Giverny, France, included painting color and light in the garden of the great impressionist painter Claude Monet.

As the guest artist for the Saginaw, Michigan annual garden  tour she put paint to canvas among the blooms and 800 visitors.  She has studied light and color theory while painting panoramic views on Mackinaw Island, Michigan capturing unique weather and light conditions.  While in Florida every winter Pat paints outdoors on the gulf shores of beautiful Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

To see more of Pat’s work, please visit her website.

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Jane Nemecek

Jane_Web_DSC_7407_V1“I embrace learning and feel extremely grateful to be able to work with materials I love. I strive to create a lasting glimpse into the beautiful area that I call home. My hope is that the viewer will be able to connect emotionally with my work.”

Northern Michigan artist Jane Nemecek is a “late bloomer” on the art scene. Not wasting time since her retirement, she enthusiastically tackled acrylics and oils and now uses pastels to capture the beauty around her. After being introduced to pastels by Mary Fuscaldo, she became especially interested in using them to capture the atmosphere and mood of her surroundings. She has also studied with Marla Baggeta, Sharon Griffes Tarr, Vianna Szabo, and Richard McKinley.

Not content to concentrate on one medium she has developed her own “leaded glass” style with watercolors. These colorful paintings are representative of Jane’s desire to create something “different.”

To see more of Jane’s work, please visit her website.

• Great Lakes Pastel Society Members Show 2015 (October 11, 2015)

• Great Lakes Pastel Society Members Show 2013 – Bronze Award

• Cadillac Art Festival – Best in Show & 1st Place in Fine Arts 2015

• Cadillac Art Festival – 3rd Place in Fine Arts 2013

• Cadillac Art Festival – 2nd Place in Fine Arts 2012

• Member Great Lakes Pastel Society 2012 – 2015

• Member Cadillac Area Artists Association (CA3) – President 2014-2016

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Karen Roncari

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“While growing up in a family of 10 kids, I never had enough paper, crayons or anything. My media now consists of oils, acrylics, charcoal and pastels. I enjoy trying numerous subject matter and styles. Among my media interests are hand painted silk scarves. I also like to paint on rocks and barn wood.”

To see more of Karen’s work, please visit her website.

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Kirsten Ross

K-Ross-8-15-1024x1024Kirsten received her BA in Anthropology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from San Diego State University. Since that time she has worked as an independent artist creating custom jewelry and ironwork for commercial and individual clients. Her public artwork can be found at the DNR Visitor’s Center at Itasca State Park in Minnesota and on a gate at St. Paul’s Cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Kirsten has taught at several universities and art schools, including the University of Wisconsin, University of Evansville, Touchstone School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Appalachian Center for Crafts. She has exhibited both nationally and abroad. She currently creates and sells jewelry and small-scale wrought iron. She has worked as a Gallery Director at The University of Evansville and currently works as the Associate Director at The Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Michigan.

To see more of Kirsten’s work, please visit her website.

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Chris Samardich

44220Chris Samardich is the creator of Tallulah’s Satchels. She makes recycled cashmere baby hats, blankets, scarves, tooth fairy owl pillows, decorative pillows, brooches, and hand knit items.

“My earliest memory of “art” is of taking lessons in a Detroit building where my dad was working as a janitor to put himself through school. Whenever I catch the aroma of oil paints, it takes me back to this time and I realize how lucky I am to have had this early exposure to something I am so passionate about.

“There are not enough hours in the day for all of the things that I would like to create. I am influenced by nature and my surroundings and when I see something that inspires me, my mind is instantly working on how I can incorporate it into my next design and make it my personal reflection.

“I have had the pleasure of working with a remarkable woman who is an excellent writer. She contacted me and asked if I could incorporate some beautiful red roses that were on her beloved mother’s dress onto a pillow. I thought that this was a beautiful tribute to her mother. The way she expresses her thoughts are so descriptive and full of life. She wrote the following about my art and I am truly honored: ‘Those things that come to light are more brilliant by the reflection of others.’ ~ D. Morgan

“I am very excited to be a member of etsy. You can also find my creations at the new Handmade at Amazon.”

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Elsie Vrendenburg

Elsie_6071640_V1Elsie Vredenburg is probably best known for her pictorial pieced quilts, which are often combined with elements of traditional patchwork designs. Elsie’s quilts have appeared in many national and international quilt shows, including American Quilter’s Society, National Quilting Association, National Patchwork Association, Quilt Expo Europa, Quilters Heritage Celebration, Quilt America!,  and International Quilters Association. They have also appeared in Quilters Newsletter Magazine, Lady’s Circle Patchwork Quilts, Quilting Today, and Traditional Quiltworks. Her article, “From Photo to Fabric: Pieced Architecture” was published in the Spring 1996 issue of The American Quilter Magazine.

Elsie is a native of Michigan. She received her BS in Home Economics Education from Michigan State University in 1963, and taught Home Economics at the high school level for a few years, then decided it was more important to stay at home with her young children. Her quilting career began at that time as a way to add a little bit to the family income while staying at home. She learned to quilt while still in high school, at the insistence of her grandmother.

“I quilt because I love fabric in its many colors and patterns, and I love cutting it up and sewing it back together to make new designs. Even though I always said I had no artistic talent (translation: ability to draw) and avoided art classes every time I could, I think deep in my heart, this is what I always longed to be able to do. I make quilts for enjoyment, both mine and others’. If I like a quilt when it is finished, I am happy. If others like it, too, I am happier.”

To see more of Elsie’s work, please visit her website.

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