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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Just for Fun!

Art can be whimsical, silly, and just plain fun! Here at the Gift Shop we have artists with a sense of humor. Today we will look at the playful work of Arlene Breiling, Connie Sochacki, Daren Dundee, and Nancy Garcia.

Arlene Breiling (BREI) has worked in many different art mediums, from Abstracts to Zentangle, and just about everything in between! Currently we have her fun fabric-covered journals. Each one is unique, and you can replace the paper tablet when you have filled it up.




Connie Sochacki (SOCH) creates the most imaginative art dolls. Here is her latest "Spider Lady", complete with her own web, and wearing her heart on her sleeve!


Daren Dundee (DUN) is a sculptor using found objects. They are so very clever! Pictured is his piece titled "Springtime in the Rockies".



Nancy Garcia (GAR) has tried her hand at different art mediums. Pictured are her samples of "Kid Soap".
Each fragrant soap has a toy embedded inside, so kids get clean...and get a prize!


(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 and see what FUN you can have at The Gift Shop.

Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Self Portrait Show May 30 - June 28. Located in our upstairs Community Gallery, this show exhibits selected works from members of the Mount Clemens Art Association, the Lakeside Palette Club of Saint Clair Shores, and the Warren Tri-County Fine Arts Association

Palette and Brush Club Show   June 13 - August 25 in the main floor galleries. This show features selected artwork by members of the Palette & Brush Club of Southfield : Jan Gongloff, Shirley Gower, Colleen Hilzinger, Deborah K. Marvin, Kristine Olson, Olga T. Pawlowski, Diane L. Radtke, Lisa Richter, Sharyn Scharman, Ev Schwartz, Fran Seikaly, Nancy Slutsky, Rose Marie Starke, Donna Thibodeau, Billie Thompson, and Marcia M. Tournay. Juror Edward Duff.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

More unique Fathers Day gifts

Having trouble picking out a gift for the special man, or men in you life? Look no further than The Gift Shop! Our artists have created unique works that you will be happy to give for Fathers Day.

Is your man a "Dog Person"? We have the art of Darleen Urbanek and Winnie Chrzanowski.
Is he a fisherman? We have hand-crafted fishing lures from Ron Cracchiolo.
Does he have a sense of humor? We have a fun mixed media sculpture from Daren Dundee.

Darleen Urbanek (URB) joined our group of artists during Christmas Market 2016, and is now in The Gift Shop. Her sweet animal portraits are a specialty. Here are two of her original dog portraits.



Winnie Chrzanowski (CHRZ) is one of our favorite photographers. Pictured is her "Superior Dog" photo.


Ron Cracciolo (CRAC) carves and paints wooden fishing lures.


Daren Dundee (DUN) always brings us the most imaginative, and clever pieces. Pictured is his "Springtime in the Rockies" sculpture made from found objects.


(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 and choose something special for Fathers Day at The Gift Shop.

Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Self Portrait Show May 30 - June 28. Located in our upstairs Community Gallery, this show exhibits selected works from members of the Mount Clemens Art Association, the Lakeside Palette Club of Saint Clair Shores, and the Warren Tri-County Fine Arts Association

Palette and Brush Club Show   June 13 - August 25 in the main floor galleries, with an opening reception and awards Saturday, June 17 1-3pm. This show features selected artwork by members of the Palette & Brush Club of Southfield : Jan Gongloff, Shirley Gower, Colleen Hilzinger, Deborah K. Marvin, Kristine Olson, Olga T. Pawlowski, Diane L. Radtke, Lisa Richter, Sharyn Scharman, Ev Schwartz, Fran Seikaly, Nancy Slutsky, Rose Marie Starke, Donna Thibodeau, Billie Thompson, and Marcia M. Tournay. Juror Edward Duff.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Father's Day gifts at The Gift Shop

Father's Day is coming, and here at The Gift Shop you will find something to delight every man in your life. Do they enjoy life on the water, a love of all-things automotive or sports related, or have a nostalgic streak? With those interests in mind let's look at the work of artists Robert Mowry, Michael Bowman, and Icon Tiles.

Robert Mowry (MOW) has a talent for capturing  photographic images of Detroit and Michigan.

This nostalgic matted 11"x14" photo by Robert Mowry (MOW) is titled "Made in Detroit"

"Sunrise Grand Traverse Bay" by Robert Mowry (MOW). It is an 11"x14" matted photo.

Another 11"x14" matted photo from Robert Mowry (MOW) titled "Harbor Springs Morning".

Michael Bowman (BOWM) is another one of our talented photographers who has an eye for Detroit imagery.

An 8"x14" photo of Joe Louis Arena by Michael Bowman (BOWM).

Michael Bowman's (BOWM) 5"x7" photo of old gas pumps.

Icon Tiles (TAC) ,as you might assume, has recreated iconic images on 4"x4" ceramic tiles.

Sports images from Icon Tiles (TAC).

U of M images from Icon Tiles (TAC).

Nostalgic images from Icon Tiles (TAC).
(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:
Self Portrait Show May 30 - June 28. Located in our upstairs Community Gallery, this show exhibits selected works from members of the Mount Clemens Art Association, the Lakeside Palette Club of Saint Clair Shores, and the Warren Tri-County Fine Arts Association

Coming soon to Anton Art Center:
Palette and Brush Club Show  Opens June 13 in the main floor galleries, with an opening reception and awards Saturday, June 17 1-3pm. This show will feature selected artwork by members of the Palette & Brush Club of Southfield : Jan Gongloff, Shirley Gower, Colleen Hilzinger, Deborah K. Marvin, Kristine Olson, Olga T. Pawlowski, Diane L. Radtke, Lisa Richter, Sharyn Scharman, Ev Schwartz, Fran Seikaly, Nancy Slutsky, Rose Marie Starke, Donna Thibodeau, Billie Thompson, and Marcia M. Tournay. Juror Edward Duff.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Artist of the Month for June

Our "Artist of the Month" for June is: Helena Kuttner-Giasson. Helena works in a variety of media including watercolor, pen and ink, pencil, and acrylic on canvas. She is well known artist and her work has been shown in many venues.
According to her artist statement:
          "With a background in printmaking, the various techniques continue to influence my creative
           process and the finished artwork. Creating images of nature...water, clouds, landscapes,                
           flowers...stirs memories of places and people fondly remembered."
Her works can be lush and flowing, crisp and precise, colorful, or subtle.
Here at The Gift Shop we have Helena's prints, original works, cards, even wine charms and key rings decorated with her artwork.
One of Helena Kuttner-Giasson's (KUTT) prints

Just two in Helena's series of bird cards

A beautiful 8"x10" print from Helena titled "Cumberland River View I"

One of Helena's original paintings

Another 8"x10" print from Helena titled "Summer Haze"

Helena's 8"x10 print titled "White Alyssum II"

Still another lovely 8"x10" print from Helena titled "Wild Moon" 

I think we can agree that Helena Kuttner-Giasson is a very talented artist!

Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Sisters of the Brush  Saturday April 29 - June 4. This is an exhibition featuring members of the "Sisters of the Brush" artist group: Yvonne Thigpen, Diane O'Neil, Chandan Gupte, Kristen Robinson, Pat McGraw, Katherine Harra, Karen DeCarlo, and Barbara Markham. Artists Barbara Markham and Diane O'Neil have lovely note cards to sell during the exhibit. 

Self Portrait Show May 30 - June 28. Reception and awards on Saturday June 10, 1-3pm. This show exhibits selected works from members of the Mount Clemens Art Association, the Lakeside Palette Club of Saint Clair Shores, and the Warren Tri-County Fine Arts association. 

ART!Macomb 2017  (formerly known as Mount Clemens Art Fair) Friday June 2: noon-7pm, Saturday June 3: 10am-7pm, and Sunday June 4: 10am-5pm. Featuring 40+ artists, free activities, and entertainment in downtown Mount Clemens! Visit Anton Art Center and The Gift Shop when at ART!Macomb...the fair is right outside our front door!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day

Everyone here at The Gift Shop, and Anton Art Center wish you all a safe, happy, and thankful Memorial Day. Not only is this the official start of Summer!...It is also a time to reflect on the sacrifices our veterans and their families make for us everyday.

A very patriotic wreath created by Jan Gunning (GUN), topped off with a jaunty Uncle Sam.

Fun at the pool in a photo from Winnie Chrzanowski (CHRZ).

A beautiful painting of Lake Michigan created by Marianna Defer-Pfeifer (DEF).
A celebratory image from a 6 note card set by Michael Bowman (BOWM).
(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:
Sisters of the Brush  Saturday April 29 - June 4. This is an exhibition featuring members of the "Sisters of the Brush" artist group: Yvonne Thigpen, Diane O'Neil, Chandan Gupte, Kristen Robinson, Pat McGraw, Katherine Harra, Karen DeCarlo, and Barbara Markham. Artists Barbara Markham and Diane O'Neil have lovely note cards to sell during the exhibit. 

Coming soon to The Art Center:
Self Portrait Show  May 30 to June 28. This juried show will feature works from members of the Mount Clemens Art Association, the Lakeside Palette Club of Saint Claire Shores, and the Warren Tri-County Fine Arts Association.

Enjoy the start of Summer...and remember to thank a Vet!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Artists at The Gift Shop

Here at The Gift Shop the word has gotten out that this is not only a great place for choosing one-of-a-kind gifts, but also a great place for artists to present their work. This week we will look at the work of several of our newest artists: Sue Kimmen, Barbara Markham, and Michael Daitch.

Sue Kimmen (KIM) is a painter who has brought us lovely examples of the "Acrylic Flow" technique of painting. Below are just two of her colorful paintings.



Barbara Markham (MAR) is a member of the "Sisters of the Brush" artists group currently on exhibit in our main galleries. While her 2D work is part of the exhibit, she has also joined The Gift Shop. She has brought us colorful note cards, many with replicated images from her wall art on display. Below are just four examples of her cards.





Michael Daitch (DAI) is a master weaver. He has participated in previous Christmas Markets, and is a weaving instructor here at Anton Art Center. Now we have his hand woven scarves in The Gift Shop. These scarves are light and bright, made with silken threads and shimmering ribbons...perfect for Spring and Summer wear. Shown are two of his creations.



(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:
Resident Artist Show  April 22 - May 20. This show includes the artwork of Margaret Hull, Elise Martin, and Joshua Mulligan, and the Macomb County students they inspired.

Sisters of the Brush  Saturday April 29 - June 4. This is an exhibition featuring members of the "Sisters of the Brush" artist group: Yvonne Thigpen, Diane O'Neil, Chandan Gupte, Kristen Robinson, Pat McGraw, Katherine Harra, Karen DeCarlo, and Barbara Markham. Artists Barbara Markham and Diane O'Neil have lovely note cards to sell during the exhibit. 

See you soon!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day and Made in Michigan

Mother's Day is upon us! What better way to please her than with a gift as unique as she is. Here at The Gift Shop we have one of a kind jewelry that would make any Mom happy.
This week the featured artists are: Elaine Kolodziej, Tammy Graham, Barbara Tobin, Nancy Young, and Esther Schuldt.

One of several styles of necklaces from Elaine Kolodziej (KOL).
Some beautiful silver, enameled, and beaded bracelets by Tammy Graham (GRA).

Gemstone and bead necklace by Barbara Tobin (TOB).
A very striking necklace and earrings by Nancy Young (YOU).

A classic necklace and earrings by Esther Schuldt (SCHU).

(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.)

Do your Mother's Day shopping here at The Gift Shop. You will be sure to find creative, original gifts for Mom.

Showing now at Anton Art Center:
Resident Artist Show  April 22 - May 20. This show includes the artwork of Margaret Hull, Elise Martin, and Joshua Mulligan, and the Macomb County students they inspired.

Sisters of the Brush  Saturday April 29 - June 4. This is an exhibition featuring members of the "Sisters of the Brush" artist group: Yvonne Thigpen, Diane O'Neil, Chandan Gupte, Kristen Robinson, Pat McGraw, Katherine Harra, Karen DeCarlo, and Barbara Markham. Artists Barbara Markham and Diane O'Neil have lovely greeting cards to sell during the exhibit. 

Coming to Anton Art Center:
DiChiera: Music Made in Michigan  Friday May 12 at 6pm...a celebration of the work of Michigan Opera Theater director David DiChiera. Performers from the MOT Studio Artists, and MOT Orchestra will present selections from DiChiera's opera "Cyrano".

Event in Downtown Mount Clemens:
 "Made in Michigan" fair is coming to downtown Mount Clemens on May 12 & 13. The fair runs from  Friday May 12 11am - 8pm, and Saturday May 13 10am to 6pm.