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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Jewelry Shines at The Gift Shop

We have many talented and accomplished jewelry artists here at The Gift Shop. The choices range from classic to contemporary, bright to natural, bold to delicate, and colors to fit any outfit or occasion!

Shown here are a few of the pieces we have to offer.









Remember, Mother's Day is not that far away! She would be thrilled to receive a gift of jewelry from The Gift Shop.

Coming Soon to Anton Art Center:

2018 Biennial Macomb County K-6 Student Show  April 28 - June 3, 2018  juried student competition & exhibition! The artwork of our own Macomb County children will be showcased in this inspiring show.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Birds and Butterflies

Birds and butterflies are  popular artistic themes. Here at The Gift Shop, our artists have created some lovely artworks with those subjects in mind.
This week we will look at the work of Kelly Wojdyla-Gray, Irma Reinboth, and Daren Dundee.

Kelly Wojdyla-Gray (WOJ) is a painter. Here are three of her framed, original watercolor bird portraits.




Irma Reinboth (REI) uses a paining method called "Wood Batik". The process calls for paint and dyes to be used directly onto wood. The results have a rich depth that allows the wood grain to show through.

Scarlet Tanager

Red Poll


Michigan Oriole

Daren Dundee (DD) is a photographer and a collager. He often uses found objects to create 2D and 3D art.
Here is his framed 3D butterfly collage.


(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)


Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Macomb County Secondary Student Art Show  March 10 - April 13. Featuring the artwork of Macomb County students, grades 7 - 12. Bringing together the works of students from around Macomb County, this is the 37th year for the show. You will be impressed by the works of our own very talented Macomb County young people. These are the last days to see this show. Don't miss it!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lighthouses and Tulips

Looking around The Gift Shop I was struck by a couple of bright and recurring themes: lighthouses and tulips.
Lighthouses are iconic and nostalgic sights in Michigan. Patricia Petro (PETR) has created watercolor images of some well-known lighthouses. Here are three of her matted and framed original pieces.
"Fort Gratiot Lighthouse"

"Waugoshance Shoal Lighthouse"

"White Shoal Lighthouse"

Tulips will soon be blooming. Here at The Gift Shop they are in full-flower!
Mary Kelleher-Tassone (TASS) has painted and framed bright beautiful tulips on silk.




Helena Kuttler-Giasson (KUTT) has a series of hand painted flowers in her very distinctive style. Here is one with Dutch tulips.


(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)


Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Macomb County Secondary Student Art Show  March 10 - April 13. Featuring the artwork of Macomb County students, grades 7 - 12. Bringing together the works of students from around Macomb County, this is the 37th year for the show. You will be impressed by the works of our own very talented Macomb County young people.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Artist of the Month" for April

The Gift Shop "Artist of Month" for April is Tenchi Wayner.


"I grew up in Southwest Detroit. I love hiking in the forests of northern Michigan. 
Drawn to nature’s shapes, colors, and beauty. I collected particularly interesting “fallen branches”, roots and stones that I found on the forest floor and river bottoms. I began, as a hobby, to put
the pieces together to create rustic, funky and functional art for my home and garden.  With encouragement from family and friends, I began to expand my artistic works. While continuing to use the materials nature provides, I began to use other materials that might otherwise be discarded."

                                         “RECYCLED, UPCYCLED, REUSED, REBORN”

Here are just a few of the unique and clever art pieces created by Tenchi Wayner (WAY).


"Wooden Fish" 

Michigan bottle cap opener

Key holder using a jig-saw puzzle cardinal

Another key holder with a jig-saw puzzle blue bird

These bird pieces have recycled and vintage components

Come in soon and see Tenchi's work for yourself!

(Remember, the letters in parentheses after Tenchi's name shows her code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know she created it.)


Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Macomb County Secondary Student Art Show  March 10 - April 13. Featuring the artwork of Macomb County students, grades 7 - 12. Bringing together the works of students from around Macomb County, this is the 37th year for the show. You will be impressed by the works of our own very talented Macomb County young people.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

All About Michigan!

Here at The Gift Shop, we have lots of ways to show your love for Michigan.
This week we look at the Michigan themed works of Gayle Krause, Sharon McDonnell, and Robert Mowry.

Gayle Krause (KRA) is one of our ceramic artists. She has crafted these mitt-shaped hangings with photos from Michigan landmarks.


Michigan lighthouses are among Gayle Krause's (KRA) favorite images.
Here Gayle has added another lighthouse image to a large plate. 




Sharon McDonnell (MCDO) works in wood. Among her creations are mitt-shaped cutting boards, and cookbook holders.



Robert Mowry (TAC) takes photos of favorite Michigan images. Shown are three of his prints.

"Made in Detroit"

"Sunrise Grand Traverse Bay"

Belle Isle Conservatory

(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)


Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Macomb County Secondary Student Art Show  March 10 - April 13. Featuring the artwork of Macomb County students, grades 7 - 12. Bringing together the works of students from around Macomb County, this is the 37th year for the show. You will be impressed by the works of our own very talented Macomb County young people.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spring is in the air!

Even though it is still cold outside, the crocus and snowdrops are blooming, daffodils are emerging, and the bird song is sweeter...Spring is in the air!
Here at The Gift Shop we can bring Spring into your home, with all its beauty and promise. Today we look at the Spring art of Janice Lindell-Meinhard, Mino Watanabe, and Helena Kuttner-Giasson.

Janice Lindell-Meinhard's (LIN) ceramic creations were quite a hit at Holiday Market 2017, and now she has her work in The Gift Shop.

Janice Lindell-Meinhard's (LIN) adorable ceramic bunny
(LIN) Flying Swans 3x6 ceramic tile

(LIN) Birches 4x4 ceramic tile

(LIN) Dogwood flower 4x4 ceramic dish

Mino Watanabe (WAT) is a favorite artist here at The Gift Shop. Her expertise as an illustrator is evident in her imaginative work. Here are four of her signed and numbered prints perfect for Spring.






Helena Kuttner-Giasson (KUTT) has painted some lovely Spring flowers.





(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)

Come in soon for an early taste of Spring.


Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Macomb County Secondary Student Art Show  March 10 - April 13. Featuring the artwork of Macomb County students, grades 7 - 12. Bringing together the works of students from around Macomb County, this is the 37th year for the show. You will be impressed by the works of our own very talented Macomb County young people.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Gift Shop celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Here at The Gift Shop we are ready to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the art of Jan Gunning, and Joanie Ugelow.

Jan Gunning (GUN) has wreaths that are holiday and season themed. Her "Wearin' of the Green" wreaths are clever, fun, and very green!




Joanie Ugelow (UGE) has created ceramics just right for St. Patrick's Day. Here is one of her dishes, and several of her pins, celebrating the holiday.



(Remember, the letters in parentheses after each artist's name show their code. When you see that code on work in The Gift Shop, you will know who created it.)


Showing now at Anton Art Center:

Macomb County Secondary Student Art Show  March 10 - April 13. Featuring the artwork of Macomb County students, grades 7 - 12. Bringing together the works of students from around Macomb County, this is the 37th year for the show.
For school-age children, having a chance to show their art in public is an exciting opportunity. “It seems to me that students and their families are often appreciative of getting their works on the wall,” Phil Gilchrist, executive director of the Anton Art Center, says in regard to the annual Secondary Student Show. “It’s an accomplishment for students.”