Artists of the 2019 sturgeon bay art crawl
Visit, view, and enjoy Original Art in the Artists' Studios
PRISCA BENSON-FITTSHUR - Ceramics
Stoneware by Prisca began 20 years ago after she completed 2 traditional pottery apprenticeships. Her forms range from functional tableware to sculptural garden vases and lanterns. She strives to make useful pots with simple beauty applying glazes that are reminiscent of the natural environment - melting snow, deep water, bluffs, and freshly turned soil.
LIZ BUTLER - Ceramics
Liz Butler works with stoneware clay and creates both functional and nonfunctional work. She creates pieces inspired by the natural beauty of the earth. There is something special about creating an object with Earth’s most primal element.
HANS CHRISTIAN - Sound
Hans Christian’s versatility as cellist, recording artist, and producer for more than three decades has created a legacy of concerts and recordings that have touched people’s hearts around the world.
JEANNE DEMERS - Ceramics
Jeanne Demers creates hand thrown, functional, stoneware pottery, along with some hand built items. She enjoys the entire creative process from idea to completion – which includes drawing on her woodworking background to fashion molds and tools, mixing glazes, and firing the pottery.
PAM FLANDERS - Painting
Pam Flanders always loved to draw, and when introduced to oils in 1991, her real passion began! She paints en Plein Air, and Alla Prima. Pam's works include a variety of subjects in landscapes and still life subjects evident in her collection of affordable works.
KAREN HERTZ-SUMNICHT - Painting
An artist who has spent the last 35 years running an art business in the Appleton, Wisconsin, Karen Hertz-Sumnicht is finally getting back to what she loves: making, painting, observing, finding her path.
MIKE JUDY - Painting
"I like the feeling of drawing confident lines and choosing equally strong colors to further emphasize my intent. I am gleefully addicted to the game of solving this challenging puzzle.”
MARGARET LOCKWOOD - Painting
Margaret Lockwood’s work is overwhelmingly a response to her appreciation of the fragile beauty surrounding us in Door County, the fleeting light and color across water and fields and among the trees. Margaret’s tools are color relationships, layers of atmosphere, and rhythmic interludes. Her hope is to create welcoming spaces of contemplation.
SANDRA & WENCE MARTINEZ - Symbolist Painting & Weaving
The Martinez Studio creates contemporary hand-spun wool tapestry based on Wence Martinez’ geometric patterns and wife, Sandra’s symbolist paintings. Their collaborative, national award winning artwork resides in permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Wisconsin Art, National Museum of Mexican Art and Miller Museum. 2018 - United States Artists Fellows.
PAT OLSON - Painting
Pat Olson loves to paint; she loves the colors and the process. She currently works in acrylics, pastels and oil pastels, and enjoys them all. Her favorite subjects are still life and florals, and humorous Door County activities and scenes. She likes to make people smile when they look at her work.
KOLLIN ORTHOBER- Woodworking
Kollin gives the term "farm to table" a fresh new spin, whether selecting and processing locally sourced material or discovering specialized woods. Kollin prioritizes maintaining the natural beauty, strength, and delicacy of wood in order to design and create fine custom furniture that speaks for itself!
KIM PEDLER - Jewelry
Kim J. Pedler, “Door County’s personal jeweler”, graduated from Purdue University and is a goldsmith with 35 years’ experience in gold, silver, and platinum. He has been awarded several design awards by the Wisconsin Jewelers' Association. Kim and his wife, Tami, are proprietors of a custom jewelry design gallery and jewelry repair business.
NANCY PRANGE - Photography
Nancy Prange's photography uses a mindful observance to focus primarily on landscapes - capturing bright, bold scenes as well as more intimate quiet details. She says: “I try to look at the simple as well as the grand, hoping the observer will pause, give a second glance, and consider the object as being something of value, or perhaps even of beauty.” Prange worked for world renown photographer Thomas D. Mangelson, and has studied more recently with Suzanne Rose.
MONICA RAMIREZ - Painting
Monica is a new artist living in Sturgeon Bay and pursuing her lifelong dream. Monica is an abstract painter, and mostly works with acrylics on canvas and also enjoys painting with oil and watercolors.
MELISSA RESCH - Painting
Melissa is an abstract expressionist oil painter whose work is inspired by nature and architecture. Her work is in many private and public collections throughout the US, Europe and Australia. She is represented by Idea Gallery.
KRISTI ROENNING - Painting
Kristi Roenning creates paintings in her rural Door County studio that reflects her inner and outer landscape.
STELLA ROGERS - Bead Painting
“I am self-taught and have developed a unique medium and technique of bead paintings. My art brings me joy in its creation; it is my hope that it brings joy to others as its fulfillment.”
MAC SCHUEPPERT - Painting
Inspired by dramatic lighting in the landscape, acclaimed Pastel Artist, Mac Schueppert, PSA, is always seeking out new ways to push the color in her works. Through the use of rich, warm and cool colors, and by manipulating the interplay of darks and lights she is able to express the beauty that surrounds her.
BARBARA SHAKAL - Painting
Barbara Shakal finds inspiration for her pastels on morning walks along the beach and hiking the trails at Whitefish Dunes State Park. Pastels offer the opportunity to capture the early morning light and saturated colors of the fields, trees, water and sky that nourish Barbara’s spirit on a daily basis.
LINDA SHEARD - Ceramics
In Linda Sheard’s ceramic vessels, each piece is thoughtfully designed, expertly crafted and complex. Her work tends towards clean, pressed, inscribed and applied surface textural designs. Her glazes, colored stains, and kiln process makes colors vivid and very earth toned – the colors and patterns of water, sky, sand and woods.
KERRY VAVRA - Painting
Kerry Vavra began his artistic career in 2007 after retiring in Door County and being inspired by Gerhard Miller. His expressive watercolor skills rapidly grew when taking lessons from Ed Fenendael and participating in a variety of Peninsula Art School workshops. Kerry's mission is to commingle pigments and create beautiful, flowing organic shapes, whether they are architectural, botanical, or maritime — all representing vignettes of the beauty in Door County.