Hand Carved Bowl
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 near the Village Clock … and come on in!
We proudly showcase over 35 Michigan artisans.
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Denny Dicks has one of a kind jewelry that features photography from all over the world. He has photos from churches, train stations and farmers markets to name a few that he edits and reduces down to fit each piece. The result is fantastic. Each item is labeled with where the photo was taken. You have to see them up close to appreciate them.
The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company make fantastic bath and body products. Their handcrafted cold-process soap is made using classic, artisan methods. Their unique custom-blended fragrances take you to amazing destinations through your sense of smell. Their soaps gently cleanse your skin without stripping your natural oils, leaving it clean, nourished and protected.
Nancy Racine creates wonderful jewelry using beads to encase natural stones. She has a wide variety of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. These pieces are certain to enhance any wardrobe. There are so many unique pieces it’s hard to pick a favorite,
Kamala Tree Designs creates unique artwork featuring pressed flowers. She uses the entire flower in her pieces and uses recycled and up-cycled materials. Many of her pieces feature our great state of Michigan.
Welcome to My World ¦ They Know Me There
I have used and abused my own photographic images to journey to a world of my own sometimes fun, sometimes strange, and sometimes frightening. I never know where they will take me or where I’ll end up.
The works continue with a surreal theme. The inner play of juxtaposed images lend to the mystery and surprise of each piece. I had my own inner reasons for creating them, but you, the viewer, are welcome to your own interpretation.
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Thanks for letting me share a little bit of myself with you
And Welcome To My World.
I am a Michigan native and live in Ann Arbor. I am a fused glass artist which entails working with sheets of colored glass that I cut and shape with various motifs. The glass is then heated in a large kiln to roughly 1450 degrees and remains in the kiln for approximately 24 hours. Each piece then reenters the kiln at least one more time to be formed into the final piece. I have a lifetime interest in art and have dabbled in many formats including jewelry, painting, mosaics and candle making. When I was introduced to fusing I found my passion. I have studied with several master artists and continue to challenge myself with new techniques and designs. I enjoy creating various designs but my favorites tend involve various landscapes, especially beautiful Michigan birch tree scenes. The possibilities are endless when inspired by nature.
“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last thought life
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson
My inspiration for creating fairies comes from the quote above of Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and author from the early 20th century.
My childhood was filled with adults that saw the beauty of the natural world and taught me to keep alive this inborn sense of wonder.
It is my hope that each fairy, unicorn, or dragon I create will encourage and nurture this sense of wonder.
Whether you are 6 or 96, I hope my creatures will kindle your imagination, inspiring you to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world, and play.
Ellen Lewis, Fiber Artist
John Marchello creates jewelry, angels, and bud vases from recycled silverware. Here is how he got started:
I got started crafting silverware jewelry early in college. My dad had started experimenting with bending silverware and didn’t have the time or energy to take it to more than one store and a few craft shows. I was an ambitious student who wanted to put what I learned in school to work in real life. Creating silverware jewelry allowed me to do this. My favorite part of making silverware jewelry is the process of turning something old and dirty into a new object that can be cherished once again. I believe that our culture has trained people to not regard what happens with products after they’ve been used, and this disposable mentality leads to all kinds of harm to our world and ourselves. My goal is to inspire people to reconsider how they use products.
Fabric Inspirations by Susan Davis
Susan first learned to sew in 7th grade Home Economics, graduating quickly from pot holders to skirts. She honed her skills using her mom’s old machine–her advice, encouragement and patience were invaluable! Susan, after years of sewing most of her own clothes, bedspreads, curtains, slip covers, and gifts, eventually burned out and put the sewing machine in the back of the closet.
Around the year 2000 Susan’s fingers started itching to sew again. She bought a new sewing machine, some quilting books, took some fascinating classes and has never looked back. Currently, Susan is not interested in sewing clothes, but does find great pleasure in sewing almost everything else. She finds sewing delightfully creative and finds using patterns as well designing her own creations equally fun and challenging.
Like all quilters, Susan loves exploring quilt/fabric shops, but is also drawn to working with recycled jeans, silk ties, men’s shirts and wool sweaters— often combining these materials until pleased with the effect. Susan is am so fond of using found metal objects in her wall hangings.
In closing, Susan feels she is blessed to have had a mother who taught and encouraged her. Susan is also happy to have found Artistica, initially working as a guest artist, then becoming a full partner in 2014.
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 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!