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Tecumseh Art Walk to feature 28 artists, 3 musicians


Tecumseh’s 13th Annual Art Walk will bring more than two dozen artists to the city on Friday, May 14 from 6-9 p.m., when merchants will offer extended hours and refreshments for the public to enjoy while the artists talk about their work, including pottery, photography, painting, jewelry and more. Some artists will demonstrate their work, and many will have art for sale.

Along with the visual arts, there will also be live entertainment in three locations this year. A new feature offered will be freestyle art for children at the August Company Building & Suite, to allow the younger set to take part in the event, as well.

Adrian metalworking artist Debra Hoffmaster has been making jewelry since 2000. She will bring 20-30 pieces to the Art Walk ranging from anodized titanium earrings to larger, more elaborate anodized titanium, mokume gane and Keum Boo pieces. She describes Mokume gane, or woodgrain metal, as a Japanese technique where 20 layers of differently-colored metals are fused and then patterned to produce a woodgrain look. Keum Boo is a Korean technique whereby 24K gold is fused to sterling silver to produce patterns. She last participated in the Art Walk in 2018. “I like jewelry because it has a physical aspect – hitting things is very relaxing,” she said, referring to Mokume. “It also has some painterly aspects in anodizing.”

Kristy Lerma of Saline will demonstrate watercolor painting during Art Walk as well as displaying her painting and beadwork. She has created jewelry with beads for 25 years and began working with watercolors about three years ago when she took a class with her former high school art teacher. “I always liked to draw as a kid,” she said. She wanted to be an artist but her father urged her to get a job at Ford Motor Company instead. “That was always in the back of my mind, and now I’m retired and I have time to do these things, and I’ve found people that share that same interest.”

Other artists include, at Basil Boys, Bernie Langton and Pat Cooper with graphite as well as acrylic and oil painting; Shirley VanBenshoten with acrylic and oil painting at Another Vice; an artist to be announced at Second Chance Consignment; Joellen Peck, acrylic artist, at Tecumseh Antique Appeal; Sharon Miller with bottle stoppers, stylus and jewelry at Pentamere Winery and Dip Stix & Stuff; and Kate VanderSande with alcohol ink on paper and Kathy Schmidt with cloth art at Paper Street Soap.

Musgrove & Company will host Cale Stoker and Ashleh Worden of Cave & Canopy, artists who create carved wooden spoons and handcrafted jewelry; The Bead Box & Vintage Cottage Antiques will feature Lerma’s watercolors and beadwork; at Howard Hanna artist Cindy Lockman will show her watercolor paintings and musician Bret Maynard will provide entertainment, while at Hopscotch Kids, Kate LeBlanc will feature dot painting.

Watercolor artist Mary Schmidt-Dunham will show her work at Tilton & Son Shoes; at August Company Building & Suite there will be freestyle art for kids to make; Anthro Apothecary will host Morgan Kulwicki and her pottery; Bonnie Auten will show her colored pencil art at The British Tea Garden, and The Boulevard Market will have Kelly Moore with her paintings. Moore, who lives on a farm in Adrian, has been practicing art since 2014 and uses many mediums, but currently focuses on oil paints. She will bring five to 10 pieces of art to the event.

Clinton resident Jenn Carson will be at Grey Fox/Michigan Wares. She has been practicing and teaching art since the age of 16, and in addition to watercolors she has designed dolls and stuffed animals, does intricate embroidery portraits of animals, and does art quilting, too. She already has prints, cards, wrapping paper, and stickers at Grey Fox Floral, and will bring to the Art Walk handmade Waldorf dolls, items made from her own fabric designs, and her children’s books. She will be painting live at the event. In the same space, Tecumseh Coin will host Hoffmaster and her metalcraft jewelry, and J. Washburn Gardener will perform music.

At The Eve & Annie Boutique, the acrylic and oil paintings of Pat Baker will be featured; Amara Maria Karapas and Ryan Hatzung will bring pottery to Living in Lenawee Realty; and Tecumseh Brewing Company will host Vickie and Joe Oliver with their hand-carved wine stoppers.

Carnegie Artist Studios located two blocks west of downtown at 304 W. Chicago Blvd. will have an open house, with artists Susan Atkins, Mary Lou Olds, Edith Pittman, Ed Hunerberg, Mathew Sowers, and Susan Amstutz participating, and Jill Maria Murdy as the musical entertainment.

The Tecumseh Art Walk is hosted by downtown Tecumseh Merchants and coordinated by the Tecumseh Economic Development Department, Michael Snyder-Barker, and Susan Amstutz.

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