It has been over a year since my last art fair, and I have really missed seeing my customers and my art fair friends , as well as the inspiration I get from these events. The situation still remains uncertain, and it is hard to tell when we will be able to return to life as we knew it. Please check back from time to time for updates, and in the meantime visit my Etsy store, as I am hoping to add new pieces soon. Thanks to you all!
Some Favorite Links
Steve Tomashek's Miniature Menagerie
My friend Steve carves perfect miniature animals from wood and paints them, meticulously and with wild imagination. Here's a master craftsman and a fun web site!
Motley Mutton (And The Gangly Goats)
A master of needle felting, Nancy Bevins creates a wonderland of delightful animals, and offers a fun description of the technique.
Natasha Fadeeva's Stuffed Animals
Some of Natasha's animals are knitted, some are felted, and all are expressive enough to make one laugh or cry. Take the time to look at every one-they are truly exceptional!
My Canadian friend Christine O'Neill has a remarkable knack for creating really tiny critters with huge amounts of character. Some are felted, others are stuffed-all are great fun!
Dolls & Miniatures
Sweet Grass Trading Company
Betsey Harries creates her beautiful "Earth-felt People" in her studio on the Iron Range of northern Minnesota. The wool felted dolls are made with great attention to detail, and have a lovely aura of peacefulness When you visit her shop on Etsy.com be sure to check out all the other wonders as well-beaded pouches, bracelets, and her gorgeous beaded dragonfly pins!
Christine's tiny dolls.
Wood dolls with a spirit of adventure, carved by TC Vollum. Besides a gallery of TC's Hittys and Bittys, her site offers a thrilling weekly doll adventure!
Favorite Galleries and Shops
Fine Edge Custom Framing
Whether you are framing a treasured keepsake, a fine work of art, or a poster for your child's room, you can be sure that Gayle and Nicki will take the greatest of care with your artwork. Their design studio also features work by local artists, cards, jewelry and more; it is located at 107 North 4th Avenue in Virginia, Minnesota.
Ripple River Gallery
Woodworker extraordinaire Bob Carls and fiber artist Amy Sharpe created this beautiful northwoods gallery which features a wide range of fine crafts and also offers classes and an array of fun special events. The gallery is open year round, and is located at 27591 Partridge Avenue in Aitkin, MN.
Fellow Artists and Friends
Del Stubbs and Mary Thouin are my neighbors here in the Northwoods, and both do extraordinary work with wood. Del is also known worldwide for the fine Scandinavian woodcarving knives that he makes. Friends who use his knives say there are none that compare. If you're interested in woodcarving be sure to visit this site.
Bird of Paradise Designs
Billie Barthelemy not only designs elegant original clothing, and does beautiful embroidery - she is also my sister! We've shared a studio for decades, and also share a love for intricate needlework and fine detail.
Blue Skies Glassworks
Mike and Jody Tonder live and work on the north shore of Lake Superior. Jody uses recycled glass to create her line of gleaming earrings, and Mike's ethereal fused glass sculptures are inspired by the ice, water, snow and sky that define this beautiful area.
Betsy Bowen Studio
Another resident of Lake Superior's north shore, Betsy's vibrant woodcuts depict life and wildlife in the northwoods. She offers prints, cards and calendars, and all reflect the joy she finds in her surroundings.
Ann Ringness Leather
Minnesota artisan Annie Ringness has created elegant and yet functional leather bags for over thirty years. Beautifully crafted and made to last for years!
Wildwood Rustic Furnishings
Northern Minnesota master furniture builder Duane Shoup creates rustic furniture with a contemporary air. Pieces for your home that will last a lifetime and beyond!