• Red Wing Pottery – An Interesting Find

    It’s always interesting to learn of a pottery that you didn’t know existed.  This past week, Brian and I visited my son and his wife in Minneapolis.  They suggested that a visit to a local winery would be a fun thing to do on a gorgeous Fall day.  We headed to Falconry Vineyards in Red Wing, Minnesota.  When I heard the word “Red Wing”, I immediately thought Red Wing Work boots.

    Red Wing Work Boots

    In the town of Red Wing, Minnesota, there is a pottery.  It was operational between the late 1890’s to the 1960’s.  Believe it or not, it closed due to a labor strike over wages.  It is too bad that they couldn’t work it out, to continue offering hand made storage jugs and more.

    Red Wing Pottery

    Today, one part of the original pottery is a museum and another part is a studio offering clay classes.  Pretty cool.  One couple, the Schleich’s, collected Red Wing Pottery for more than 30 years.  By 2001, they had acquired more than 5,000 pieces.  They decided a museum was required.  So, they donated money to make that happen in Nebraska.  A few years ago, they arranged to have the collection moved to where it started in Red Wing, Minnesota.

    Red Wing Pottery

    One of the more interesting facts:  Women would sit at tables all day long and make just two strokes on a piece of pottery with glaze, then pass it to the next painter for their two strokes.  Can you imagine doing that all day long?  I would go nuts!

    Female decorators at pottery

    Red Wing Pottery

    Potters at Red Wing Pottery

    Red Wing was unusual in that it used two colors on their storage jugs.  The number told someone how much it would hold.  I don’t remember how much liquid this jug holds.  It looks like Brian could almost fit inside of it.

    Brian Barker at Red Wing Pottery

  • 2014-October-c2c-paintings-collage I need your help

    At C2C Gallery, we represent more than 35 Michigan based artists.  Several of these artists are internationally recognized.  We have several paintings that would be wonderful in someone’s home, an office, and a commercial space.

    One of the things I was considering is that many hospitals and retreats have gorgeous artwork hanging on their walls.  This artwork provides a thoughtful and lovely distraction from the business at hand.

    I would appreciate your help in connecting me to individuals that assist with decorating and designing any of these spaces.  I have included 6 examples.  Please contact me at cyndi@c2cgallery.com for more information.


    “Fall Garden Pond” 36 x 48
    Michelle Courier


    “Yosemite 3” 36 x 60
    Michelle Courier
    “Summer Pond”, 60 x 36
    Michelle Courier
    "Ball Jar", 48 x 48
    “Ball Jar”, 48 x 48
    Richard Brinn
    “Dangling Again”,  30 x 30
    Mark Mehaffey

    Christi Dreese Lifesigns

    “Lifesigns”, 20 x 20
    Christi M. Dreese
     Christi Dreese My Grandmother's Garden
    “Grandmother’s Garden Series #567”, 48 x 37
    Christi M. Dreese



     “Autumn Trees, 2014”, 50 x 22
    Christi M. Dreese
  • ArtWalk 2014 by Bob Walma Have you seen the sculptural ceramic work by Mark Chatterley?

     Mark Chatterley with Big Blue

    Have you seen our sculptural work by Mark Chatterley?  


    Big Blue, named “Vincent van Chatterley” by one of our customers has been outside our front door through ArtWalk and ArtPrize.  Daily we have visitors stopping to take pictures with “Vince” and their spouse, friends, and kids.  So much fun to watch.  Mark’s big dogs and pups receive a lot of attention.  Everyone seems to relate to his dogs.  
     Vincent Van Chatterley and Lisa Hinrichs

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    When considering these ceramic sculptural figures, you wonder what was the artist thinking when creating them?  Did it just evolve while being built?  Was a certain idea or mood desired when looking at the form?  Are Mark’s forms literal?  What do they mean?  What do you think about when looking at his human figures?

    Mark Chatterley


    I visited Mark Chatterley’s studio two years ago.  I learned about his process, saw his studio and kiln.  Wow! 

    Walking into his studio you are among his creatures……


    Chatterley studio
    Can you imagine working throughout the week on your projects, living with these beings?……  I find it fascinating thinking about Mark’s process and sculptural work.


    Mark Chatterley's outdoor sculptures  
    Mark’s artist statement helps us have a better look into what he is thinking when starting a new sculpture.
    “Everything is either moving toward or away from nothingness.  Life, death, creation and destruction this is the world I find myself in.
    I want my art to echo these thoughts, everything in a state of flux, changing and reforming.  A sense of decay along with life.  Nothing is permanent and nothing stays the same.  
     I also try to show thoughts and feelings of the human condition.  Beauty in the malformed, acceptance of the inevitable.  I am doing work of our time for our time, even though I look to the past, the dead for inspiration.”
    My daughter, Camille, was here this weekend.  She had a couple of minutes to look at each of our ArtWalk artist’s entries.  Her comments are always interesting to me.  Camille’s opinions are always thoughtful. She read each artist statement, looks again at the work, and usually provides a very interesting perspective. 
     2014 ArtWalk Icon


    2014 artprize stargazer chatterley

    Stop in to see what you think or even fall in love with one of the sculptures.  Take one home or display in your office.  Most of Mark’s work can withstand our Michigan winters.
    Mark has more than 30 years experience in Figurative Sculpture.  He is nationally and internationally recognized. I have been thrilled to exhibit this ceramic artwork in the gallery and at the Grand Haven Community Center.  The larger forms will be in Grand Haven until October 22.  
  • #markchatterleysculpture Find out why Grand Haven’s ArtWalk is Amazing in so many ways.

    Have you checked out the artwork around Grand Haven?  There are more than 100 ArtWalk entries all over downtown Grand Haven.  I haven’t gotten to each venue, yet, but I will.  This is the first year that I have been on the actual ArtWalk committee.  Other years, I have pushed my way into different events but stayed on the edges of actual commitment.  


    Grand Haven’s ArtWalk might not be snazzy like ArtPrize but I think our volunteers get an A+ for pulling all of the events together.  A week ago, we had beautiful warm weather.  Lots of visitors to town.  Many of them, unaware of our local art event.  At C2C, we are actively asking people if they saw our ArtWalk entries and how to look for ArtWalk entries around town.  Each year, for the last four years, people are confused thinking C2C is entirely ArtWalk entries and only open for the Fall.  We laugh at that and tell them more about the gallery and ArtWalk.


    What’s amazing about Grand Haven’s ArtWalk?  

    Each event over the 18 days is organized by more than 200 volunteers.  

    Community Picnics


    Watching the bike parade, made me feel as though we had stepped back in time to small town America, with all of the good ideals related to that concept.




    With the bad weather predicted for this weekend, all outdoor events were moved inside.  It takes a lot of energy to shift gears and make it look seamless to anyone visiting.
     What I love about our Fall Art event is that each year we actively involve families – bike parades, kids art making events, art competitions that include all ages, live music, openings for the artists in a variety of venues.


    Jack Leaver

    Art Making Events




    Making art at ArtWalk






    Video of our “Sunday on the Grand”

    Live Music

    Indie rockIndie rock

    Professional Artists





    Connection to other Art Communities – 

    This year, Detroit Institute of Art


    The Fire Barn Gallery organized an exhibit relating to the Detroit Institute of Art’s collections.  Chris Protas, the Fire Barn Gallery‘s curator,  challenged artists to select a piece of art that resonated with them and then create a new piece of artwork relating to that one historical representation.  On October 9 at 6:30pm, the DIA’s Chief Operating Officer, Annmarie Erickson, will select three merit awards, plus speak at our closing award ceremony.

    #firebarngallery, #DIA

    An example of this push from Chris:  I chose a Jue Ritual Wine Vessel from 1100 – 1300 BC. and created a ceramic version of it, using hand carved stamps relating to our Lake Michigan shoreline.  It was an interesting exercise.  I might have to continue on this path to see where I go.

    Jue Pouring vessel

    Cyndi Casemier, #c2cgallery

    Today, with the sunshine, I am hoping we continue to have lots of people looking at the great artwork in our downtown area.  So, come on down to Grand Haven’s downtown.  Take a look and place your votes through Tuesday, October 7.  Remember, we are low-tech, using paper ballots.


    Images by Bob Peskorse and Chris Protas

  • What runs, jumps, tussles, and asks many questions?

    Mark Chatterley, Blue DogMark Chatterley’s Blue Dog

    Wow!  What a day!

    Tuesday, along with several ArtWalk committee members, and two Grand Haven Area Public School art teachers, we managed a Kid’s Educational Art Day for our local Fourth graders.  I had forgotten how kids run, jump on and off of anything possible, and ask lots of questions.  A friend’s son came home saying that he had a lot of fun.

    Student Educational Art Day

    GHAPS Student looking at art

    Goal accomplished!  The kids had fun and looked at art.  This fourth grader thought that there were too many paintings with not enough sculpture.  So, artists, we have a goal for next year – more  art.  Our Grand Haven community foundation provided a grant that covered our transportation costs.  Harbor Restaurants provided lunch for the students and teaching staff.

    Students eating lunch

    ArtWalk 2014

    Our ArtWalk volunteers made the sack lunches, transported lunches, and cleaned up.  The city was wonderful with immediately cleaning up Central Park when the students were done creating their tessellations on the concrete.  “Blessings in a BackPack” received our leftover lunches.  What a great day!

    Grand Haven ArtWalk

    Student Tessellations

    Making art at ArtWalk

    We learned a few things for next year.   Let’s include Spring Lake Public Schools.

    Student artists

    Thank you Bob Peskorse for the images.