Erika Bergishagen has been painting her unique take on whatever catches her fancy for years, pretty much undiscovered until about 6 years ago. She loves brilliant color and one can always find at least one sunset in her displayed paintings. She also has a vivid imagination and paints what she refers to as critters. She lives with her two labs, jointly called The Blondes, and a black cat named Pepperoni.
A local henna artist, Suzana has taken her love in a different direction. She creates beautiful pieces of art using natural henna and acrylic paints on canvas and tambourines. Each piece is unique and all designs are drawn freehand and without stencils.
Cass Community Social Services
Cass began creating jobs for people with significant barriers to employment during the recession of 2007. When you shop with Green Industries, you are helping to provide work for adults who have developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, physical restrictions or who have formerly experienced homelessness, war, or prison. What’s more, items produced at Green Industries are good for the environment. All of the products repurpose or recycle material that would otherwise end up in a landfill, the city incinerator or remain part of the garbage and blight on vacant lots in Detroit. Green Industries products include mudmats, Detroit Treads (both made from recycled tires), recycled glass coasters, and Old English D keychains.
EcoPotions Bath and Beauty
EcoPotions began as an idea in the Environmental Science class where Saundra Rathburn teaches at Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores. Her products come from fresh, natural ingredients that make your body feel good. They make natural cosmetics such as shampoo, soap, lash strengthener, face masks and more. Their premium soy candles are made with lead-free all natural cotton wicks. They pride themselves on using the best natural ingredients; eco-friendly products can be found in vintage containers and new, low environmental impact containers alike. Everything is made in small batches with love!
All Marsha Chamberlin’s spent most of my career as President/CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center. Her work is made with rubber tubing as the connect–black, grey and colors. Using contemporary metal beads and occasionally hand blown glass beads to create one of a kind pieces. Working in themes but rarely are the pieces exactly alike. A self-taught artist who has worked in clay and now, jewelry. Marsha loves working with pattern and texture and with modern elements and design.
Michelle Foy Sucaet
Susan Gerardette Kramer became a fine artist and textile designer following graduation from the Center for Creative Studies. Her painting endeavors took her to the vineyards of Europe, markets of Mexico, gardens in Japan as well as the streets of Detroit and beauties of rural Michigan. Along the way she established a technology business working as a graphic designer. Her current direction is creating lush paintings and jewelry inspired by landscapes and flowers.
Golden Raven Studio
Golden Raven Studio specializes in original pieces of wearable art that are meant to be lived in. Our canvas is high quality silk, and our medium is heat-set acid dye. The colors are chosen as a reflection of the artist’s experience. Some palettes reflect flowers, reflections on water, concerts, and even space nebulas! Each piece is unique, and can never be exactly duplicated. We use only the best materials, and our finished pieces that feel as good as they look. Best of all, all of our silks require minimal care and are perfect for your busy lifestyle.
It’s Only Squash
Yvonne Massenberg is head of this family owned business dedicated to creating elegant embroideries for the home, the baby, and personalized gifts. She likes for her embroideries to reflect the delightfulness and simplicities of a bygone era. It’s Only Squash has nothing to do with food or the game that so many in other places enjoy playing, but it has everything to do with Yvonne’s love for gourds–their plethora of aesthetics– the colors, the shapes. Her kitchen linens, flour sack, and vintage tea towels are 100% cotton with added loops for hanging, featuring beautiful embroidery designs.
Jamcat Candles are Janet Mary Catherine’s creative outlet and passion. After years of caring for ill children as a pediatric registered nurse and then supporting patients as a medical device sales representative, she turned her focus and devotion to candle creation. Still with the happiness and care of others in mind, she has set her sights on providing candles that command attention for their unique, external charm, beautiful, aromatic scent and natural, healthy glow.
kriz jezak art
hello, my name is kris jezak. i am a mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, friend and artist….i am happy to be sharing my love of creating with all of you….i am the youngest child of a beautiful family of 8 children. my father was a graphic designer and artist and my grandmother was a fine artist…so art has always been a part of me…..i struggled, like many of us, trying to figure out what i want to be when i grow up….well guess what?….i have finally decided….after the untimely death of my brother, i found great comfort in painting…..realizing life is too short……i needed to follow my dream…..hope you will all come along with me on my journey into my creative world….xoxo
A founding member of a non-profit community pottery guild called Village Potters, Debbie Liberman creates a variety of pottery pieces. Hand-crafted turtles and frogs, trays for reading glasses, as well as serving pieces and many other unique items.
Lisa Mistiuk Fine Art
Lisa Mistiuk began her serious study of art in Germany. During this time she received a scholarship to study at the AAU in San Franciscon where she graduated with honors in 2008. She has participated in various group and solo shows in the US and is collected and commissioned internationally. Lisa is an expressive realist painter working in oils with an emphasis on the elements that make up our everyday lives. Her hope with her work is to continue discovering the meaning and beauty in everyday life and to share these discoveries with others. She uses professional grade oil pigments on triple primed panels.
Neon Vagabond Goods
Erin McClaine has a passion for quirky, funky, nature-inspired jewelry. She loves to work with materials like wood, agate, amethyst and lava and tries to use salvaged or vintage materials whenever she can.
Glass artist, Paul Rene Belleau, studies under the glass blowing masters at Detroit”s renowned College for Creative Studies. Inspired and driven by the colors and shapes in nature and driven by the innate beauty of the medium, Paul takes his ideas and inspiration from the world’s chaotic surroundings to create contemporary, yet one-of-a-kind glass artworks.
That’s a Wrap!
Annette Figley is always delving into some sort of creative endeavor. From ceramics to knitting to jewelry making. Including, watertight bags, draperies and pillows and apparel. Currently enjoying a craft that makes use of fabric remnants. These products consist of cotton rope wrapped in cotton fabric strips then sewn into coils creating trivets, coaster sets, bowls, etc. Many are custom sewn to fit bowls, pie dishes and other vessels. Some vintage, some new, and some just very cool.
Wire Designs Jewelry
Wire Designs Jewelry is the creation of Jan Vettraino, an interior designer from West Bloomfield, Michigan. She uses an Old World technique in a modern way to create crocheted wire jewelry adorned with new and recycled beads and embellishments from vintage jewelry. Dream, Gratitude and Prayer Jars were added to the line in the fall of 2010. The jars are re-purposed vintage silver plated containers that are embellished with vintage rhinestone jewelry.