Holiday Craft Shows

Sue Raiche - Fabric Arts

Tis the season of The Holiday Craft Show.

The Holiday Craft show … where you will find more than traditional art like pottery, painting, sculpture, and photography. Craft Shows showcase many more forms of arts & crafts such as jewelry, crocheting, sewing, woodworking, beading, candle and soap making. The creativity has no limits – from visualizing to creating, it is fun to make something with your own hands. Let’s celebrate all the creative people who generate new ways of sharing their talents with others. Here is just a small sampling of the talent we have in our area. (thank you Karen Klenke for the images)

Stacey Parsons paintings
Paintings by Kirk Johnson (Leslie Johnson pictured)
Kathy Kuczek Whimsy illustrations
Whimsy illustrations by Kathy Kuczek
Gina Sutton painted glass
Painted glass by Gina Sutton
Lynn Hitt shirts - Becky painted screens
Lynn Hitt Yooper themed shirts – Painted screens by Becky
Sue Raiche - Fabric Arts
Fabric Arts created by Sue Raiche
Russ Kwarciany,  Steven Beneke, Don Giesen
Crochet by Don Giesen, Russ Kwarciany RADA Cutlery and Steven Beneke
Tina Murray Anderson painting on wood
Painting on wood by Tina Murray Anderson

Menghini Museum Art Show

Borderland Art display

The Annual Art Show held at Menghini Museum during the Leif Erikson Festival continues to impress. This show is growing in both the number of artists represented and the attendance. The first year of the show there were 20 artists, this year there were 46 and over 150 items on display! Some of the groups at this years 4th Annual Art Show were Borderland Arts, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College painting class, Les’ Artistes, and Through the Lens Photo Club.

This year featured the talents of Crystal Hogan singing, Roger Eklund playing his banjo with old favorites, and Kathy Falls entertained us with the soothing sound of her dulcimer.

Thank you to all the artists who participated and also to the people that came out to support the show. Here is just a small sample of what was on display.

Rod Building and Graphite drawings of Jeff Gurchinoff
NWTC Student Art
Just Friends Painting Group with Ginger Seat
Borderland Arts Metal Pumpkin Sculpture and Bark Carvings
Borderland Art on Display in the Dining Room
Photography Group
Les’ Artists Group in the Kitchen
Borderland Art display
Borderland display – living room

What’s happening in Borderland

What’s happening in Borderland

Borderland Arts members and friends of BA, I want to take a few moments to explain what we have been developing. I posted a bit of a teaser to Facebook, talking about something dynamic on the horizon – so here it is. Our overall plan is to have 3 to 5 Mini gallery spaces located within local business creating one large Multi locational Borderland Arts gallery. What we hope to achieve, beyond merely partnering galleries within each participating business, is a cross promotional venture among multiple businesses and gallery locations. We want patrons to feel comfortable shopping and moving between each location perhaps stopping to admire a mural or two along the way. For marketing and advertising purposes Borderland Arts intends to use the website and produce a map. The map will consist of not only the Gallery Spaces located within these participating businesses, but also include the permanent local artwork in town such as our wonderful murals. Further the map will be added to as necessary to include future artistic creations, ones currently in the planning phases and art yet to be determined. This will evolve as we grow artistically so the true end state will be determined by our community and what we can create.

Our current gallery is in Greenway Books. Our host Jane and her daughter have been fantastic at helping us feel at home in their space, and it truly feels like a partnership. We’ve already begun to get the wheels turning to create fun events that will incorporate both the bookstore and gallery so stay tuned for more information. Our official grand opening will be announced soon.

I am pleased to announce our second location in the Borderland Arts family of Galleries. I expect to be set-up prior to Ladies Night Out and just in time for our “Grand Opening” at Greenway Books. Please help me welcome our new host Elizabeth Douglas and The Savage Mane Salon and Day Spa! I am excited to line up artists for this very cozy space so if you are reading this and want to participate let me know! I am looking for smaller framed items (8X10 to 11X14 ish in size) and perhaps jewelry makers or 3D artists that would feel at home here.

We have a third location already determined and it will be a fantastic addition to our tour of gallery spaces to be coming in the next few months so look forward to hearing more on that in the next few weeks as well.

Borderland Arts has always been about the promotion of art and this new concept is a continuation of one of our core goals. We want to be as interactive as we can be with our website and updating of what will become our downloadable map. All of this takes a great deal of effort on the part of our volunteers and we always welcome assistance and expertise that can teach us how to create a better product to share. Thank you for being such strong supporters of our group these past few years! If you have been watching from a distance, perhaps now is the time to join in on the fun.

Jeff Gurchinoff

Mia Tavonatti : New Power of Words Mural

Mia Tavonatti : New Power of Words Mural

Local Artists (and several Borderland Arts members) had the amazing opportunity to work on our community mural project with Mia Tavonatti- world renowned artist and native Yooper. Working alongside Mia and Muralist Sky Black were 9 very talented students and a few members of our group. Borderland members; Christine Burns, Laura Lobner, Darlene Strand, Student/Borderland arts member Mirada Roberts, and Jeff Gurchinoff all contributed and were able to experience a bit of the mural painting process while creating something inspiring in our downtown Iron Mountain area. It was great to be a part of such a large group effort, and I cannot wait until the next one! If you have not yet seen it, check out the side of the Daily News building in downtown Iron Mountain.



M.C. Escher exhibit at Woodson Art Museum

M.C. Escher exhibit

19 Days Remain to see the M.C. Escher exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI.

M.C. Escher handsThe exhibit of over 100 original drawings and prints is as labeled, “mesmerizing!” On April 12, I and three other Borderland artists made the familiar and easy drive to see this exhibit. We were so drawn in by the fantastic imagination of M.C. Escher we lost track of time. I was surprised when a docent came up to our group to say it was closing time! The exhibit has a great deal of variety. We were enticed by Escher’s use of the many forms of printmaking, the woodcut, mezzotint and lithograph. Included were a lithographic stone and the final print in an edition showing the destroyed block in a woodcut series. One of my favorite moments was a video interview with one of the artist’s sons who described what life was like sharing puzzles, games and Sundays of maze s built on the living room floor! The images remain in my memory today, just as clear as if I were still in the gallery. The collection is from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece. I think it is a rare opportunity for us all. Accompanying this very large collection were three other smaller but just as exciting exhibits, all of which reflected the theme of drawing, printmaking and illusion. The Woodson is a bright spot in our universe and we are so fortunate to live just a couple of hour’s drive away.

– Melisse Carr

M.C. Escher exhibit

Bartz Snow Sculptures

Bartz Snow Sculptures

Bartz Snow Sculptures
Check out these boys from Brighten Minnesota. Yearly Snow Sculptures created by Austin, Trevor and Connor Bartz. Wouldn’t you love to see sculptures like these in our area.