Pamela Atsoff began observing and interpreting the world through the tiny lens of a Kodak Instamatic in 1967. While her cameras have changed and evolved, her love of photography has remained passionate and steadfast. An avid hobbyist and semi-professional, Pamela studied liberal and visual arts at Wayne State University in Detroit. For the last 18 years, the native Michigander has been happy to call Petoskey her home.
A lifelong resident of Gaylord, Linda and her husband John have two married daughters and two grandchildren. Linda has worked in the feild of Substance Abuse Prevention for over 24 years and enjoys spending time with her family, boating, traveling, and of course, photography! Currently a Charlevoix Photography Board member, Linda loves wildlife, landscape, and macro photography. She has worked with portrait, wedding and event photography as well. Simply stated; "I enjoy photographing the artwork of God, seeing photography as a way to slow down and truly look at the beauty of the world around us." You can view Linda's work on her website: www.lindagallphotography.com
I love puzzles, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, work puzzles. Â I love all of it and that is one of the reasons I think that I love painting. Â Painting is a puzzle whereby you must resolve one problem before you can go on and tackle the next.Â Then there is always the hope that at the end of this struggle there will be a successful conclusion. Â I find this process of problem solving very challenging and satisfying.
Of course this is only one reason that I am drawn to painting.Â I also like the challenge of trying to convey beauty and emotion.Â The subject matter of my paintings can be quirky or sentimental depending on what has intrigued me about the subject matter. Â I tend to be more emotionally driven in my approach to painting.Â I hope that my paintings stimulate the viewer to see life from a different perspective.
I believe my career began with "Paint by Numbers" when I was in grade school. Â After completing the Last Supper I thought I was a bona fide artist. Â However, I only sporadically dabbled in Arts till much later in life when I began painting. Â I painted water colors and became a mural artist for a while.Â In 2010 I took an oil painting class in Petoskey and began to paint in oils. Â I find that painting is the most relaxing and satisfying thing one can do.
Petoskey resident, Kim Krumrey first studied ceramics at Western Michigan University. She opened her ceramics studio in 1999 after apprenticing with potter/sculpture David Austin for one year. Since then Kim has been self taught, continually experimenting with new techniques and designs. She currently shows her work at fine galleries and participates in juried fine art fairs throughout Michigan. Her work is bold and fun, celebrating color, pattern and shape to create dynamic visual contrast within each piece. The colors she uses are vibrant; the patterns are clean and simple yet bold; and the shapes are often altered to create a sense of movement and playfulness. She uses both wheel thrown and hand building techniques, often combining both in the same piece.
David J. Pickett is a local artist who, as an adult, has largely split his time between Petoskey, Michigan and Los Osos, California. Dave studied art at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Sheridan College in Sheridan, Wyoming, the University of Nevada at Reno, and Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. Dave works in many medias aside from painting. He does welding for sculpture, nail gun sculpture, stained glass and tile designs. He paints in oil, acrylic, and watercolor. His favorite subjects are house and gardens, interiors, boxing and track, landscapes, and female figures. Mr. Pickett is continually doing studies wherever he is, including hours upon hours at various coffee houses. He paints and draws a great deal of interpretations of master paintings. He often paints with photos or sketches in his studio late into the night. On site painting accounts for about a fourth of his output. Dave has exhibited widely across the country and currently exhibits with two galleries in Petoskey, Michigan, The Shadetree Studio and The Gaslight Gallery.
I have always been involved some sort of creative process, whether drawing, painting or constructing something in three dimensions. I love the progression, the conception, the problem solving, learning the media, and setting the goal.
I enjoy the mental steps it takes and the challenges that I confront as I go through the evolution. My journey begins somewhere inside and ends up as one piece of art that I have created that will only be produced once, and the satisfaction that I have achieved the goal.
I know of no other human activity that allows a person to use all of their skills and creativity that allows such pleasure and fulfillment as the creative process. I feel fortunate to be able to have the opportunity and skills to be allowed to enjoy this process an am looking forward to what new experiences this journey will bring
After high school I moved to Emmet County to become a full time artist, however life interfered I needed a full time job. I owned Sign & Design for 40 years retiring in 2014 at which time I began painting full time. I am looking forward to improving my skills and enjoying the journey
Neil W. Ahrens is a 1998 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Master of Fine Arts in Painting. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Michigan State University where he was awarded his department’s highest honors. Ahrens has traveled the globe painting and drawing and now resides in Harbor Springs, Michigan. His work can be found in private collections across the United States. His current works reflect an interest and obsession with the horizon, atmosphere and post-post Modernist painting theory.
Anne Morningstar is an Interdisciplinary Artist, whose work embodies the arts of Animation, Film, Book Arts, and Papermaking. In 2008, Morningstar graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art + Design with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation. She continued on to Indiana University in Bloomington, where she graduated in 2010 with a Master of Science in Telecommunications, New Media; her graduate studies centered on the management of film, radio, and television. Morningstar's work has been exhibited nationally, through: galleries, juried art shows, traveling exhibitions, and film festivals. Morningstar is currently working as a professional artist and freelance animator out of Petoskey. To see more, please visit: www.annemorningstar.tumblr.com.