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.”
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.
Hand dyed and Handwoven Wearable Art by Debbi Cooper
My career as a fiber artist began at a very early age. Enchanted by my mother’s knitting & crocheting I “borrowed” her yarn and needles and taught myself. The idea that I could create something unique & fashionable was very exciting. As an adult I combined these two loves and added a third, fiber dyeing.
My philosophy in my clothing is to focus on creating interesting cloth. The handwoven pieces are created using 5 & 15 different yarns. All of the yarns are different: shiny/dull or thick/thin or bumpy/ smooth. This creates a cloth that is much more interesting.
The dyed cloth is similar in philosophy. There are layers of color instead of just one. I use a Japanese technique know as “shibiri” a more sophisticated method. It is my hope that you will find as much pleasure in wearing these cloths as I have had in making them.
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.
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.
Glass Bead Jewelry
I am drawn to a love of the natural world: rocks, plants, birds, and sea life. This interest finds expression in beads that are organic in design, color, and texture. I also am guided by a need to be organized and to be technically precise, as evidenced in beads that are more graphic in design. And always, my work is driven by my curiosity and desire to experiment and learn new techniques. Enjoy!
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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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!
Ann Kornow Jewelry and Custom Gift Boxes
Unique hand-made jewelry packaged in unique hand-made boxes – all ready for gift giving! This artist has successfully shown her talent around the world and now she is showing at Artistica Gallery. Ann is one of the gallery’s co-owners and would be happy to talk to you about creating custom, one-of-a-kind pieces for that special person. Contact her at the gallery.
Ann is one of the owners of Artistica Gallery.