In a cozy storefront lit with the rays of sunlight through its large panes of glass, sits a shop created by artists with a mission to sell and display handmade gift items crafted by Michigan artists’ hands. Artistica Gallery has been in its current location, next to the village clock at the Corner of Main and Broad Street, for over seven years. Look for our bright and friendly red door … and come on in!
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Fabric Inspirations by Susan Davis
Susan first learned to sew in 7th grade Home Economics, graduating quickly from pot holders to skirts. She honed her skills using her mom’s old machine–her advice, encouragement and patience were invaluable! Susan, after years of sewing most of her own clothes, bedspreads, curtains, slip covers, and gifts, eventually burned out and put the sewing machine in the back of the closet.
Around the year 2000 Susan’s fingers started itching to sew again. She bought a new sewing machine, some quilting books, took some fascinating classes and has never looked back. Currently, Susan is not interested in sewing clothes, but does find great pleasure in sewing almost everything else. She finds sewing delightfully creative and finds using patterns as well designing her own creations equally fun and challenging.
Like all quilters, Susan loves exploring quilt/fabric shops, but is also drawn to working with recycled jeans, silk ties, men’s shirts and wool sweaters— often combining these materials until pleased with the effect. Susan is am so fond of using found metal objects in her wall hangings.
In closing, Susan feels she is blessed to have had a mother who taught and encouraged her. Susan is also happy to have found Artistica, initially working as a guest artist, then becoming a full partner in 2014.
Potter, Pam O’Hara
Pam’s distinctive colors and glazes are warm and comforting to the touch and her artistic talent shines through in her beautiful decorative tiles and in the shapes of her vessels. Pam is one of the owners of Artistica Gallery.
Growing up in Cincinnati, Pam used to gather the natural clay from the creek bed and form objects d’art. At least her mother thought so…. Fast forward to after college graduation and she decided to take a “clay” class from Charlie Blosser at Oakland Community College and she caught the “bug” once again. And the rest is history, as they say.
As a resident of Dexter for many “moons” she has taught clay classes to both children and adults in the community and Ann Arbor. Pam has exhibited in galleries in Michigan and Ohio. She can be found at Artistica in downtown historic Dexter, on South Main Street in July for the annual Ann Arbor Art Fairs, The Annual Potters Market in December and other local art shows.
Getting her hands into the “mud” is truly her bliss!
Connie Pickering Stover, art photography
Connie’s colorful artwork just arrived at Artistica Gallery and we couldn’t be happier! Her bright and bold colors make a cheerful backdrop to our store. Connie says, “I cannot resist the call of dusty old barns, nor the sight of rust, cobwebs, and peeling paint found on everyday items that are long past their intended usefulness. When a rusted buggy wheel is just lying in the sunshine on the floor of a 140-year-old hayloft, I am compelled to capture the graphical shape, the surrounding light and the dusty textures. But I’m a contemporary gal so I present to you the long-forgotten in bright and bold imagery. I really hope you like my perspective.”
All her images are available printed on fabric, for creating one-of-a-kind pillows, and on coffee mugs, upon request.
Sharon Czekala established The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company in 2004 in the Great Lakes State. Inspired by her own travels, Sharon chose to go with what she knew – her home state.
Using that inspiration as the foundation for the business was an easy choice. Sharon has traveled to every corner of Michigan, and wants everyone to experience the state’s natural beauty as she does.
Sharon says, “Through our brand we hope to connect you to treasured places and Michigan memories. Maybe we’ll inspire your next trip. Or give you a way to share your treasured place with someone else.”
Tadah! Jewelry with Custom Boxes by Anne Kornow
Unique hand-made jewelry packaged in unique hand-made boxes – all ready for gift giving! This artist has successfully shown her talent around the country and now she is showing at Artistica Gallery. Anne enjoys working with silver, copper, and brass; sometimes combining metals for a more diverse look. She also likes to add Swarovski Crystals, beads and stones to add more color to her jewelry.
All ear wires are individually hand fashioned from sterling silver. Each box is made from cardstock, cut into a rectangle then scored, folded and enhanced to reflect what is inside. Open the box, and Tadah–there is the jewelry!
Anne is one of the owners of Artistica Gallery.
Classic Jewelry Creations
We’re Deb and Lary. After working in the corporate world for over 30 years, we wanted to develop a business of our own that would enable us to connect with our customers, express our creativity, and make people smile and feel good.
So…in 2014 we created Classic Jewelry Creations. Our jewelry is an eclectic combination of repurposed, vintage, and newly designed pieces. With some of our newly designed pieces, we often use metals such as copper and stainless steel. Our metal alloys of choice include pewter and brass. We also like to combine interesting metal components with natural stones that our earth has created.
Pane in the Glass
I work in both mosaics and stained glass. This began about 15 years ago when I took my first mosaics course through Ann Arbor Community Education. I fell in love with it! I continued to take classes in mosaics for about five years. Then I took a beginning class in stained glass, also through Ann Arbor Community Education. Now I had two loves!
I remember coming home after the stained glass class and telling my husband I needed to set up a shop for myself in the basement. This was about eight years ago and I have been busy in that shop ever since. I enjoy designing pieces and choosing the colors and textures to match the image I’ve created in my mind. The work is creatively fulfilling, constantly challenging, and incredibly calming.
I appreciate having an outlet through which to share my work with others. It enables me to experiment with different approaches and understand how my work impacts others. As I approach retirement, ending a long career in education, I know that creating both mosaic and stained glass pieces will become an even bigger part of my life.
Fine Art Watercolor
I am an artist and painter, and find my inspiration in nature’s beauty, colors, and backyard wildlife, especially birds. My work explores these subjects during ordinary, yet extraordinary moments. During the past several years, my art has focused on watercolor painting, and I’ve developed a passion for this medium.
At the heart of my work is a desire to capture one wondrous moment in time, which will not fade away, or wilt, or change with the seasons. I enjoy creating unique compositions of various nature scenes, and filling my paintings with colors that pop, harmonize, and balance.