• Photographs that I Love – Decay of Our Schools – Bob Walma

    South Haven School Bob Walma

    Bob Walma
    Bob Walma is a West Michigan photographer who has lived in Europe and North America.  He is known for his lakeshore photography around Grand Haven.  I love his more “artsy” images with interesting composition.  Bob has won several Michigan photographic contests.

  • Ceramics I Love – Gorgeous Bowls by Alex Thullen

    Porcelain bowl by Alex Thullen

    Alex Thullen

     

    Alex is Michigan potter who loves tradition and the question of “how does tradition and the craft world work together?”  I find his carving into porcelain and glaze choices very interesting.  

    2017 - Alex Thullen carved bowl

  • Recipes I Love – Kale Caesar Salad

    kale caesar salad - recipe

    Kale Caesar Salad

     

    The crisp-tender texture and robust flavor of thinly sliced Tuscan kale stands up to the tart, Caesar-like dressing of this hearty slaw. Serve as a first course or as a side with grilled chicken, beef, or lamb.
    Ingredients:
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 8 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
    • 1 garlic clove
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan, divided
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 hard-boiled egg, peeled
    • 14 ounces Tuscan kale or other kale, center stalks removed, thinly sliced crosswise (about 8 cups)
    • **Ingredient Info:**Tuscan kale—also called cavolo nero, Lacinato, black kale, or dinosaur kale—has long, narrow, bumpy dark-green leaves. You can find it at better supermarkets and at farmers’ markets.
    Preparation:
    • Combine the first 4 ingredients in a blender; purée until smooth. With machine running, slowly add oil, drop by drop, to make a creamy dressing. Transfer dressing to a bowl and stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill. DO AHEAD: Dressing can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.
    • Separate egg white from yolk. Place egg white in a coarse-mesh strainer set over a bowl. Press egg white through strainer with the back of a spoon; scrape egg white from bottom of strainer. Repeat with egg yolk, using a clean strainer and bowl. DO AHEAD: Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover bowls separately and chill.
    • Toss kale and dressing in a large bowl to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and sieved eggs.

    From:  BON APPÉTIT JULY 2011

     
  • A Sculpture I Love – Weighted Down – Mark Chatterley

    Mark Chatterley sculpture

    Mark Chatterley
    Mark Chatterley is a Michigan Sculpture artist who is best known for his other worldly ceramic sculptures.  They always tell a story, remind you of something in the past, or resonate with you in some other way.  I love what he says about his work: “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.”  We are honored to represent Mark in the gallery.

    Artist at work Mark Chatterley many sculptures in process

    Mark Chatterley at work creating human forms

    Blue Dog sculpture Mark Chatterley

  • A Mural I Love – City of Dreams – Tristan Eaton

    New York City Mural

    Tristan Eaton
    I started looking at murals across the United States and found so many wonderful concepts.  Each focused on a message important to the artist.  Hard to choose from but the nice thing is I get to choose another one to share next week.  Tristan is a Los Angeles artist.  He painted this mural in 2015 for New York City.  Love it!

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    Tristan+Eaton_Gumball_RRP-1607b

    Tristan+Eaton_Gumball_RRP-1613b

    Tristan+Eaton_Gumball_RRP-1664b

  • A Painting I Love – Taos Shadows

    Mark Mehaffey is a Michigan painter who has taught all over the world.  You can find his artwork in both public and private collections internationally.  He is skilled in watercolour, acrylic, and other mediums.  I love his ability to create depth using one or several tools.  We are honored to represent  his art on a regular basis at C2C Gallery.

  • Image of the Day – Balance and Beauty – Stone Peng

    Trees reflected in water stone peng

    stone peng
    I met Stone five years ago.  He visited the gallery asking if I would consider representing  his photography.  I loved his work immediately.  It is quiet, beautiful, gives the viewer a sense of peace, and always very good composition.  Stone lives in West Michigan with his family.  You can find his work in collections across the midwest and internationally.  

     

  • Bowls I Find Interesting – Painting on Porcelain – Heesoo Lee

    Porcelain painted bowl by Heesoo Lee

    heesoo lee
    Heesoo is a Korean ceramic artist who moved to the United States in 2000.  She is known for her paintings on ceramics.  She spends hours layering color into her paintings on her porcelain and ceramic forms.  

  • Lisa Pedolsky bowl A Bowl A Day – actually two with Lisa Pedolsky

    Lisa Pedolsky bowl

    lisa pedolsky
    Lisa Pedolsky is a clay artist who begins her making with a slab of clay.  From this slab, she creates bowls, boxes, and bottles that she hopes the viewer will relate to in both form and design.  Lisa’s interests in innovative design and fine craftsmanship, from mid-century modern furniture and household objects to African and Japanese textiles and traditional craft are reflected in her artwork.  In looking at the body of her work, you will see the development of form and design.  This bowl is a double walled vessel making it look quite substantial but actually fairly light weight.  
  • Tara Wilson pottery bowls A Bowl A Day with Tara Wilson. Form and Surface.

    Tara Wilson pottery bowls

    Tara Wilson
    Tara Wilson likes to make pots that are quiet relating to the natural world and body shapes.  She loves to fire in atmospheric (wood) kilns.  She has luscious surfaces that beg to be considered, touched, and held.  I love her mugs in the morning.  

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