2018 Artists

#1 Jane Herrick
#2 Susan McDonald
#3 Scott Sample
#4 Iva Morelli
#5 Sara Mustenen
#6 Penny Ericksen
#7 Dale Paulson
#1 Jane Herrick

I am a practicing studio artist. My fiber sculptures, paintings and mixed media art emulate the two places I live. I love the intensity of the natural environment of each place and the contrast between them. The south shore of Lake Superior holds magical water, dense forests and lush vegetation, while the southwest provides an arid desert, rugged mountains mixed with native cultures.

Experimentation plays a big role in my personal approach to art. I use many different materials and techniques to join fibers together, paint on canvas, or work in mixed media to arrive at unique conceptual pieces. My goal is to allow the pieces to develop, given the characteristics of the materials and the influences from my environment.

I have shown my work in local, regional, national and international exhibitions. Currently I am represented by the Bell Street Gallery on Madeline Island, LaPointe, WI; and previously at the Obsidian Gallery in Tucson, AZ.

My work is in private and corporate collections across the country. I have shown my work in over 30 juried regional, national and international exhibitions. These include painting and mixed media shows in Madison, Eau Claire, Stevens Point and Door County, WI. They also include invitational shows at Fiber Arts International, Textile Study Guild of New York, Textile Center in Minneapolis, and a fiber show in Sainte-Marie Aux Mines, France.

I have a MA in Textile and Design at eh University of Iowa and taught studio art at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for 17 years. I currently teach workshops in fiber and painting in Tucson and in my Herbster studio.

#2 Susan McDonald

 

Susan Strong McDonald received a B.A. in Biology from Sweet Briar College before studying at the San Francisco Art Institute. She then travelled to study Chinese painting with Sun Yuen Sung in Taipei and woodblock printmaking with Toshi Yoshida in Tokyo. She taught Art and Design at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis, MN for 25 years. Recently she studied Botanical painting at the Academy of Botanical Art in Sarasota, Florida. Her botanical paintings are in the collection of the Andersen Horticultural Library in Chaska, MN.

Guest Artist: Sheila Asato

#3 Scott Sample

Scott Sample: When the winds are calm, you can often see an amazing reflection of nature’s brilliance on the surface of the lake.
On a particularly quiet day, this reflection of trees, earth and sky appear almost as a mirror image.
But on closer study, the subtle differences in color, texture and form reveal themselves.
Nothing, not even the finest photograph can reproduce the beauty of this creation.
It is this reflection that drives and inspires Scott to create his art. “I never try to just reproduce what I see; I want to reflect it in a thought provoking way.” In his works is a juxtaposing of visual metaphors with words.
Sometimes it’s a single word, and its connection to the painting may not be obvious, but thought provoking to every viewer.

Guest Artist – Evan Hestekin (Pottery & Ceramic Art)

#4 Iva Morelli

I have a passion for fabric and working with fabric to create items along with weaving rugs. I also have a passion for photography.

I learned how to sew about 60 years ago and I was taught to weave about 48 years ago. I learned how to knit about 48 years ago and I love doing that in my spare time. I’ve also been involved in photography for about 60 years as well.

My mother taught me how to sew when I was a child and I loved it instantly and began sewing all my clothes—as well as my mother’s. When I had a home of my own, I got involved in interior decorating and began sewing custom draperies and doing reupholstery and caning. That eventually led to an interior design business that I did with my daughter.

My aunt taught me how to weave on a loom that my grandfather and uncle had made (my grandmother also was a weaver and as a young child, it fascinated me to watch her work). It was a Finnish style loom—and because it had to do with fabric, I just loved it as well.

My aunt also taught me to knit and I love knitting different items and challenging patterns.

Totally off the fabric path, my mother bought me a camera when I was young and helped pay for developing my photographs. I instantly fell in love with this medium as well. This turned into my selling my photography and showing at an Art Gallery.

I served as assistant curator for an Art Gallery in McKinney, Texas where my photography was shown and I participated in several exhibitions there, as well as selling my photography. This was for a period of about four years.

I sold my photography at Sally’s in Herbster for about five years. I also participated in a photography contest for the Heard Museum and was displayed at the Museum. My photography business was called iPhotography.

Guest Artist: Maureen Felt – Watercolor

#5 Sara Mustenen

 

Sara Mustonen: While attending a rummage sale in 1980 a pile of wood sitting in a corner of a barn caught my eye. It was a discarded, handmade, 100 year old loom. Thus was the beginning of my passion for weaving.

The desire to create functional, attractive, and unique rugs is what makes weaving so pleasurable for me.

The rhythmic motion of throwing the shuttle, pounding the beater, and watching the patterns and colors emerge before my eyes brings joy to my days. It is rewarding to know my work is being used to add charm and comfort to a room.

Guest Artist: Patty Minehart

#6 Penny Ericksen

Penny Ericksen

Guest Artist:  Linn Erickson

#7 Dale Paulson

Dale Paulson works at logging and sawmilling. His hobby, woodworking, falls right in place with the variety and character of wood he encounters.
Starting with a standing tree and ending up with furniture or wood turnings, the goal is to achieve maximum character and function with each piece.