Welcome Christine Echtner to the 2021 Tour

Welcome Christine Echtner to the 2021 Tour

Welcome Christine Echtner to the 2021 Tour

Please welcome Christine Echtner to the Spring Art Tour!

We are very excited to have Echtner join the Tour this year. Her intricate, clever, often hilarious mixed media pieces are a joy to behold.

Recently, on social media she posted some new work; here,  James and Harmon Suit Up’ uses her custom mix of drawing, painting, and collage, utilizing acrylics and mixed media.

Christine Echtner, 'James And Harmon Suit Up', mixed
Christine Echtner 'Roderick Finishes His Reading' mixed media

And here is one of her recent “Smalls” titled ‘Roderick Finishes His Reading’

She writes: “My work is about storytelling. I use drawing, acrylic and mixed materials to develop my stories. I start out with a basic idea and, combining figures, line, texture, color and pattern, the story takes shape as I as I develop it on the canvas. With the title in place I encourage the viewer to participate, to expand on the idea and continue the story in a way that is meaningful to them.”

See Echtner’s fabulous visual stories in person

during this year’s Spring Art Tour, June 4-6. Meanwhile, see a preview, get tour information and more at her Spring Art Tour Artist page!

Christine Echtner's 'Breakfast at the Bowen Family Farm'
Christine Echtner's 'Norris Explores the Arts District'
Christine Echtner's 'Leaving the Inventory'

Jessica Curning-Kuenzi returns for Spring Art Tour 2021

Jessica Curning-Kuenzi returns for Spring Art Tour 2021

Jessica Curning-Kuenzi returns for Spring Art Tour 2021

Jessica Curning-Kuenzi is back for her 2nd year with the Spring Art Tour!

We are thrilled to have Curning-Kuenzi return to the Tour for 2021 with her breathtaking photography and intricate chain maile jewelry.

Here is a photo of a White Breasted Nuthatch that Jessica recently posted to social media.

Jessica Curning-Kuenzi, 'White Breasted Nuthatch' photograph
Jessica Curning-Kuenzi, 'Beautiful Day on the Farm' photograph

“Beautiful day on the farm”, Jessica writes of this inviting farmscape on social media in early April of this year. The sepia tone makes us feel the promise of warmer days to come.

 CurningJewelry, Chainmaille jewelry from her Etsy Shop

See Curning-Kuenzi’s exquisite Chainmaille & photography in person

during this year’s Spring Art Tour, June 4-6. Meanwhile, see a preview, shop her online stores, get tour information and more at her Spring Art Tour Artist page!

Jessica Curning Kuenzi Photography

Jessica Curning Kuenzi Photography
Agate Necklace by Jessica Curning Kuenzi
Heidi Clayton: Wunderkind, president,…

Heidi Clayton: Wunderkind, president,…

Heidi Clayton: Wunderkind, president,…

A full plate, and a beautiful one at that!

Heidi Clayton, co-owner of Center Ground Studios, potter, teacher, wife and mom, MHAAA president tireless worker at other jobs as well, and just barely into her 3rd decade of life? Wunderkind! We at MHAAA are thrilled to have Clayton as our hard-working, utterly charming, inspiring leader, and are so grateful for all that she does.

Heidi Clayton, potter, unfired serving dish
Heidi Clayton, potter, unfired serving dish

That said, Heidi, lately got back into the studio after too much time taking care of everything and everybody else. She recently writes:
“First time back in the studio for what seems like forever. I wanted to try an oval serving dish and some medium bowls to get back in the swing of things. I have to say it feels really good to touch clay again!”

Back in the Studio…

creating more beautiful, functional ceramic ware for you to enjoy in your own home. You can see Clayton’s wonderful ware in person during this year’s Spring Art Tour (her 6th year on the Tour), June 4-6. Meanwhile, see a preview, shop her online store, get tour information and more at her Spring Art Tour Artist page!

Coffee pitcher by Heidi Clayton
Heidi Clayton, potter; wheel-thrown, ceramic bowl
Ceramic Oil Cruet by Heidi Clayton

Welcome Patty Klarer to Spring Art Tour 2021

Welcome Patty Klarer to Spring Art Tour 2021

Welcome Patty Klarer to Spring Art Tour 2021

Besides working with clients on their personal pieces,

Patty enjoys seeing what her soul in unison with her hands generate from an interesting collection of gems, ammonites and natures trinkets.

Patty Klarer, Jeweler, pendant
Patty Klarer, jeweler, Aquamarine

 

With insight and knowledge only an experienced jeweler would have, Patty writes of this ring: “Aquamarine is the March birthstone. It’s a light blue gem that gives off a cool feeling. This ring holds a pear cut Aquamarine and it’s cool quality seems to be enhanced in this yellow gold custom setting.”

And on her Social Media page Precious Metal Kreations at Bergey Jewelry (the jewelry store in Mount Horeb where she sells her work), she writes about this piece here:

“A heartfelt mobius design transformed into an heirloom diamond pendant for a friend.”

This is Klarer’s first year on the Spring Art Tour…

…and we are thrilled to have her! Her studio will be open for the Tour. To find out more and get a preview of her bedazzling work, please see her Spring Art Tour Artist page!

Patty Klarer, jeweler, Mobius Design Pendant

Sarah Aslakson joins the Spring Art Tour for 2021

Sarah Aslakson joins the Spring Art Tour for 2021

Sarah Aslakson joins the Spring Art Tour for 2021

“The most important element to me is the use of color”

—particularly in how color itself, rather than shading or composition, affect mood and the viewer’s response. I have used the same or variations on a compositional theme repeatedly, using different colors and color combinations to achieve different moods and responses to my work.

Please welcome Sarah Aslakson to Spring Art Tour for 2021!

Aslakson will be showing with Chuck Bauer at his Hen House Studio and Gallery. Find out more and see some of Sarah’s featured work at her Spring Art Tour Artist page.

Sarah Aslakson 'Fireworks Dream' oil
Mosaic tile by Sarah Aslakson
'Camouflage' watercolor by Sarah Aslakson

Robert Bergman: Big changes & new work

Robert Bergman: Big changes & new work

Robert Bergman: Big changes & new work

Big news

Bob writes: “The big news here is that after 52 years of running the blacksmith shop I will be selling to a new owner. He wants to continue and add to the history of 165 years of continuous service to the local community and nation wide market. I will do all I can to pass on the knowledge I have gained and do everything possible to ensure the new owner’s success.”

Please welcome Bob Bergman back for 2021; his 2nd year on the Spring Art Tour!

Bob Bergman wood bowl
Bob Bergman wood bowl
Bob Bergman wood bowl

Bergman continues: “I turned 75 this year and want to focus more on my personal work. I have been experimenting in adding metal details to my wood turnings.”

We can’t wait to see the new work! You can see it for yourself at the 2021 Spring Art Tour, June 4-6. See a preview of Bergman’s work at his Spring Art Tour Artist’s page.