I love the outdoors and nature. I hope to call people’s attention to the environment and how beautiful it is. Emphasizing what pleasure we get from nature and the outdoors is my main focus. When I was an artist in the city, I craved nature and took my inspiration from what little of the natural world I could find there. Now that I’m living out in the countryside I am surrounded and immersed, delighted to have widened my chance to see and find forms in nature.
Holmquist Pottery Sue and Chris Holmquist are a husband & wife team who make their whimsical pottery at their home studio 3 ½ miles east of downtown Northfield. All of their pots have fun original imagery that is hand painted and is designed to make you smile. They will be sharing their showroom space with two other potters, Linda Day Diggins and Christie Clarke, and we all are looking forward to seeing you at the studio.
I am a self taught painter in acrylics and oil, often times drawing inspiration from nature, always striving to apply different techniques.
Char Johnson, Studio #10 For as long as I can remember, nature has held a special place in my life. Whether it is animals, insects, reptiles or plant life, natures wonders have woven themselves into my spirit and are reflected in my art. My love of nature photography is the inspiration for many of my pieces. As a child, and into adulthood, small wonders have enthralled me. I can often be found examining various bushes, plants, water puddles and tree bark for natures most tiny, overlooked jewels, capturing them in macro. In turn, many of my creations, both pottery and needle … Continue reading
I make jewelry on the Top Floor of the McClaughry Building, also known as the old opera house in Northfield. For over 25 years I have worked in the same spacious studio, #305. The studio space overlooks Division Street and the Cannon River and has great natural light. In the earlier years my studio was a shared space, a group of women Artists collaborated and formed, Artshare Studio. We gathered and made art. Over the years lives changed and Artists moved on until it was just me creating art work in #305. I make original, contemporary hand-woven jewelry. After practicing … Continue reading
I have been surprised by what beauty I can find in a piece of wood that has been found in the yard of a neighbor, found at the yard waste site, or donated to me…much wood from storms (plentiful in recent years) has hidden cracks from twisting or bending, but helping neighbors take down trees yields some treasures… Two doors down, Donna had a standing dead ironwood tree she wanted removed…having used dead standing ironwood in the past I was aware of its high density and long-burning quality, but paid little attention to it otherwise. After sawing it into lengths … Continue reading
Gail Gates, Photographer Website: AgingSchmaging.com Photos can be viewed at (online): https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/gail-gates (In person at) Gustaf’s Up North Gallery https://www.gustafsupnorthgallery.com Despite what her brothers may say, Gail Gates was NOT dropped on her head as an infant. She simply sees life as stories and possibilities. Thus, her photography style, playfully called “app dancing,” reaches for something juuust a notch off of the familiar. The most common question she gets is, “This is photography? What? Wow!” Followed by, “How did you DO that?” Well, in a nutshell… Her process starts by taking traditional photographs with her Nikon or iPhone. She then … Continue reading
People connect with one another through art. The pictures I take, and later translate into prints or objects, say something to a viewer. It might be “The natural world is beautiful,” or “mysterious.” Or the scene might elicit a feeling or evoke a memory. My work starts with my personal interaction with what I see, and hopefully becomes a connection with someone else.
Joel Froehle is an artist and educator creating pottery and more recently, paintings on ceramic forms. His functional pottery is intended for daily use to accentuate the home. He’s hard at work making new pots for the Studio Artour this Fall. He’s been part of the Studio Artour for many years, but his studio will be a new stop on the tour this year. In addition to pottery, Froehle also makes mixed-media paintings on ceramic “canvases”. A series of these are currently part of a group show at the Northfield Arts Guild. The show, “Landscapes in the Abstract”, features four artists … Continue reading
Julie Fakler paints vibrant one of a kind domestic animal portraits. Over the years she has developed her own unique painting style by applying many thin layers of acrylic paint to build up a representational image of an animal. Julie will share with you how she creates her portraits. She teaches Paint a Portrait of Your Pet locally at the Paradise Center for the Arts and at the Northfield Arts Guild. In these photos you can see her process of adding thin layers of acrylic paint. Seven steps in total that get repeated until the painting is finished. Julie also … Continue reading