Editor’s Note: Sprinkling Small-Town Holiday Magic

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The holiday season kicks off with the much-anticipated Midnight Madness on Main Street festivities in Ann Arbor, Mich. Even rickshaw riders get into the act. Credit: Melanie Maxwell/annarbor.com

In my next life, I’m going to live in Ann Arbor, Mich. I’m going to come back as a potter, play with mud, move into a cozy little cottage and spend hours curled up in front of a blazing hearth reading books. I’m going to spend quality time at Zingerman’s Deli, take courses at the University of Michigan and no longer worry about trying to keep my naturally curly hair straight.

In the meantime, however, I’m going to revisit Ann Arbor just as soon as I can. Having spent only a few short days there last December checking out galleries and artists’ studios for our winter Arts Walk feature, I came away aching for more. The pace seems slower, the people friendlier, and the downtown shopping streets still very much in the hands of independent retailers who work hard to connect one-on-one with shoppers. Another plus: storefront holiday window displays—shiny and enticing, especially at night. Turn to page 37 to read more, but be sure to also check out exclusive bonus material on Motawi Tileworks, neighboring Chelsea, Mich., and Ann Arbor’s special holiday events at americanstyle.com.

This issue also contains AmericanStyle’s fifth annual Emerging Artists package, a showcase for young artists working in a variety of craft mediums. Senior editor Sara Baker compiles this section every year and, as she says, it’s been her ongoing passion to seek out and write about a select few whose creativity is stellar but who’ve yet to make names for themselves on a national stage. It’s also a fitting send-off for Sara, who started working at AmericanStyle magazine in 2002 as a college intern and grew to become an invaluable member of our editorial team. As she starts her new job, she goes with our very best wishes for success in the next phase of her career.

Finally, we extend special thanks to all of you who took time to respond to AmericanStyle’s website redesign survey. The response was enormous, and highly gratifying. A large majority told us they found the site visually appealing, easy to navigate and worth a return visit. “Clean and classy,” wrote one. “Just like the magazine, everything looks so enticing that I don’t know which article I want to read first,” said another. “I love all the extras you can’t fit into the magazine,” replied a third. And this, phrased in multiple ways by a great number of you: “I like the website, but love your magazine. Don’t stop the print version.” And we won’t.

Parting Shot: Free Parking

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Lorenzo Quinn likes to play with toys. His most recent sculpture, “Vroom Vroom,” which was on display at the Valencian Institute of Modern Art in Spain this past summer, features one of his favorites: a vintage Fiat 500, his first car. “It symbolizes part of my independence, my freedom and my personal growth,” Quinn says. “This was the first car I bought with the money I made in my first jobs.” When a client visiting Quinn’s studio told him “that car is too small, it looks like a toy,” the artist realized the only difference between a child and an adult is often the price of the toy. The childlike excitement he felt upon buying his first car is depicted by the hand in the sculpture. “I want to show and immortalize the innocence and excitement about little things, what makes us happy,” he says. Indeed, no one would understand Quinn’s childlike inclinations better than his own father, late actor and artist Anthony Quinn, who was featured in the February 2007 issue of AmericanStyle.

Galleries at a Glance

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Learn to make tiles at Motawi Tileworks. Credit: Justin Maconochie

It would take a book to detail all the galleries and art stops in Ann Arbor, so what you see below is a highly selective list. For lots more, check out www.visitannarbor.org, the official Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website. There you’ll find not only all kinds of listings, but a complete interactive map system that highlights specific places, shows you where they are on a city map, and provides relevant details.


16 Hands
216 S. Main St., 734-761-1110

Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St., 734-994-8004

Carol Roeda Studio
319 S. Main St., 734-994-3389

Clay Gallery
335 S. Main St., 734-662-7927

The Peaceable Kingdom
210 S. Main St., 734-668-7886

Red Shoes
332 S. Ashley St., 734-913-5554

Selo/Shevel Gallery
301 S. Main St., 734-761-4620

WSG Gallery
306 S. Main St., 734-761-2287


407 N. 5th Ave., 734-302-3060

Heavenly Metal
207 E. Ann St., 734-663-4247


The Potters Guild
201 Hill St., 734-663-4970

University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 S. State St., 734-764-0395


Kate Tremel Clay
627 Gott St., 734-327-3727

Motawi Tileworks
170 Enterprise Drive, 734-213-0017

River Gallery
120 S. Main St., 734-433-0826

Holiday Events

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Ceramist Kate Tremel organizes an annual Holiday Studio Sale on Gott Street in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Ann Arbor knows how to celebrate the holidays. We’ve complied some of the season’s top events that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Don’t miss the biggest shopping event of the season: the Midnight Madness sale on Dec. 3. Shop with Santa along Ann Arbor’s Main Street until the clock strikes 12. Go to www.mainstreetannarbor.org to find out more.

On Dec. 3 from 6-10 p.m., eat, drink, shop and be merry with the members of the Kerrytown District Association during KindleFest. Click www.kerrytown.org for details.

Pottery studios all over Ann Arbor open their doors to the public for the Ann Arbor Clay Tour Dec. 4-5. To find participating studios, visit www.annarborclaytour.com

The annual Ann Arbor Potters Guild Holiday Sale will take place Dec. 4-5 and feature the work of almost 50 guild members. Visit www.pottersguild.net for more information.

The Holiday Light Parade marches down Main Street in Chelsea, Mich., Dec. 4. Expect floats that shine in the night. Visit http://chelseafestivals.com to learn more.

On Dec. 11-12, the fifth annual Holiday Studio Sale at Kate Tremel Clay in Ann Arbor will feature the work of Kate and Suzie Tremel, John Leyland and Jean Buescher Barlett. Visit http://web.mac.com/katetremel for details.

More Art, Farther Afield

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River Gallery is a soaring 3,200-square-foot space in Chelsea, Mich.

If you’re heading to Ann Arbor for the holidays, you’ll want to put two more outliers on your must-see list of visual arts venues: River Gallery, in nearby Chelsea, Mich., and Motawi Tileworks, within the city limits but best reached by car.

Chelsea resident Patti Schwarz first opened River Gallery in a second-story space in 2000 to showcase her husband John’s mixed-media work, but when a dilapidated 1898 building across the street became available, she and arts entrepreneur Deborah Greer joined forces to, as Patti puts it, “renovate and build an art business.”

One look at the soaring, 3,200-square-foot gallery space at 120 S. Main St. in the heart of town proves the two owners have matched and exceeded their own expectations. In their current location since 2003, River Gallery is now considered one of the premier fine art galleries in the state. The gallery mounts two concurrent exhibitions six times a year and specializes in Michigan artists of all kinds, including painters, mixed-media artists, sculptors, woodworkers and ceramic artists. For details on the gallery and upcoming shows, go to www.chelsearivergallery.com

Motawi Tileworks (170 Enterprise Drive) looks like a little factory warehouse from the outside because that’s just what it is, with a twist. Founded in 1992 by brother and sister Karim and Nawal Motawi, the studio workshop and production facility creates tiles made with local clays and glazes mixed on site using Motawi’s own recipes. Designs are strongly influenced by early 20th-century decorative artists.

You can make reservations to tour the facilities, learn tile-making or purchase one tile—or a boxload. For more information, visit www.motawi.com.

Arts Travel: Art that Cuts the Mustard

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The Napa Valley Mustard Festival’s Riverwalk Marketplace presents juried craft by artists like Susy Loew Perkins.

Leave the hot dogs at home—the Napa Valley Mustard Festival is for those with slightly more gourmet leanings. Every winter, wild mustard plants carpet Napa Valley’s California vineyards with hues of green and gold, and foodies and art aficionados from across the country gather to eat food, sip wine and buy art.

This year’s festival, scheduled for Jan. 29-March 26, 2011, will kick off with the Mustard Magic event at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. Stroll through the historic stone building, sample gourmet fare and feast your eyes on living art.

At the Napa Riverwalk Marketplace, March 12-13 along the downtown riverfront, taste mustards from around the world and explore crafts by juried artists. To learn more, visit www.mustardfestival.org.

Arts Travel: Matisse Goes to the Vatican

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This portrait of Henri Matisse, taken in December 1930, is from the Baltimore Museum of Art’s collection. Credit: Baltimore Museum of Art

You can find the work of Henri Matisse in museums all over the world; now, he’s at the Vatican. The Vatican Museums are presenting a brand new project for the Contemporary Art Museum: a room dedicated exclusively to Matisse and the ensemble of works he created for the Chapel of the Rosary in St.-Paul de Vence, France.

Matisse completely designed the chapel, including its architecture, paintings, stained glass windows and vestments, in the 1950s. Among the Vatican’s holdings are four preparatory cartoons of the choir area, five silk vestments designed for the liturgies of the chapel, and 12 lithographs studying the face of the Virgin Mary. These sacred art pieces will be displayed in the museums’ 32nd room, just in front of the stairs to the Sistine Chapel.

Can’t make it to Vatican City? Tour the museums’ collections online, and get up close and personal with the elaborate paintings of the Sistine Chapel, by visiting http://mv.vatican.va.

Arts Travel: Roses Bloom on Park Avenue

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“The Roses” are meant to give viewers a “bug’s eye view” of the world along Park Avenue in Manhattan from January to May 2011. Credit: WR Studios Inc.

New sculptures will soon sprout along iconic Park Avenue in New York City. Debuting January 2011, eight clusters of colorful roses will be installed on the malls between 57th and 67th Streets. The public art exhibition, titled “The Roses,” will feature vivid pink and red roses climbing up to 25 feet high, towering over streetlights and New York City traffic.

The artist, Will Ryman, son of minimalist painter Robert Ryman, is an expert in creating large sculptures made from non-traditional materials. “The Roses” will be five to 10 feet in diameter, and constructed from stainless steel, fiberglass resin, automotive paint and brass. The installation is designed to give viewers a “bug’s-eye-view” of the flowers.

Presented by the New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation and The Fund for Park Avenue’s sculpture committee, the vibrant roses will be on view through May. “Flowers in January are exactly what we need on a cold, winter day,” says Barbara McLaughlin, president of the Fund for Park Avenue. “It will help us all get through the season a lot easier.”

Style Spotlight: Museums Update

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Steve Russell’s “Bridge Reflection” is part of “Mighty Tacoma: Photographic Portrait 2010” at the Tacoma Art Museum. Credit: Steve Russell


The Crocker Art Museum opened its dramatic new 125,000-square-foot expansion on Oct. 10. The new Teel Family Pavilion complements the Sacramento, Calif., museum’s 125-year-old historic structures, and more than triples its current size.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, celebrated the grand opening of its new Art of the Americas wing with a free community day on Nov. 20. The new wing, designed by London architects Foster + Partners, allows more than 5,000 works to be on view. The soaring glass Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard serves as a dynamic meeting space.

The Denver Art Museum will debut the renovation and complete reinstallation of its American Indian and Northwest Coast art galleries in late January 2011. New interactive, artist-centric displays will feature 600 pieces of art from the museum’s collection.

A new 12,000-square-foot wing opens at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Fla., in February. The $5 million project, which increases the museum’s public exhibition space by 50 percent, will house more than 250 art and architectural objects from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s famous Long Island home, Laurelton Hall.


The Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Wash., has announced plans for a $10 million expansion project to be completed by March 2012. The new 25,500-square-foot wing will include an art education center, collections suite, outdoor plaza and cafe.


The Tacoma Art Museum in Washington celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2010. In honor of its birthday, the museum is hosting “Mighty Tacoma: Photographic Portrait 2010” through April 24. The special exhibition celebrates the city’s diverse community, and invites everyone to share their own portraits and cityscapes.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco celebrate two special birthdays in 2010: the 40th anniversary of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the fifth anniversary of the de Young Museum. The de Young has several blockbuster exhibitions in the works, including “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay” through Jan. 18, and “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris,” June 11-Sept. 25.

The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2011 with a variety of special exhibitions, programs and events throughout the year. The festivities kick off with a free weekend Jan. 15-16.

The Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, Fla., is partnering with International Fine Art Expositions to celebrate the museum’s 70th anniversary on Feb. 8. Shuttle buses will run between the exposition and the museum, which is offering free admission to a lecture, self-guided exhibition, treasure hunt and birthday-cake design challenge that day.


The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona announced the donation of 100 works of contemporary painting and sculpture by Santa Fe collectors Don and Carolyn Eason. The collection will be featured through Jan. 23 in the exhibition, “Thirty Years of Collecting: A Recent Gift to the Museum.”

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has acquired 160 contemporary works from Potomac, Md., collectors Leatrice and Melvin Eagle. “The addition of the Eagle Collection builds on existing strengths of the MFAH’s ceramics holdings and fills some important gaps, including our holdings of works by seminal West Coast American artists and pioneering British potters of the 1940s to 1960s,” says Cindi Strauss, curator of modern and contemporary decorative arts and design.

Style Spotlight: News from the Gallery Front

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The artist co-op Pop Gallery opened in Gloucester, Mass., in August.

Pop Gallery opened in downtown Gloucester, Mass., in August. Run by five founding member artists, the space showcases original handmade clothing, accessories and home wares. Expect wearable art from Peggy Russell of Iro Design, glass jewelry by Joyce Roessler, encaustics by Linda Cordner, and jewelry by Betsy Frost and Sonja Grondstra.

Clark Priftis Art opened a 2,400-square-foot space in downtown Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 10. Owner Ann Priftis showcases art by new and established national and international artists.

Craft Company No. 6, known for its brightly accented former firehouse building and funky bathroom in Rochester, N.Y., marked 30 years in business in October. “We are proud of our long history and reputation in the community,” say co-owners Lynn Allinger and Gary Stam.

Co-owners Mike and Kathy Stutland celebrate the 30th anniversary of Artique Gallery in Lexington, Ky., in November. “I’m relentless. I’ve always moved forward, even in down economies,” Mike says of the gallery’s longevity.

After a serendipitous “wrong turn” onto Pass a Grille, a barrier island just off the coast of St. Petersburg, Fla., co-owners Nancy Markoe and Joey Peters of Nancy Markoe Gallery mark 25 years in business. Markoe credits much of the gallery’s success to the fact that 18 years ago, Peters, her partner and a wood artist, joined her and increased the profile of the gallery. Today, they represent more than 500 American artists.

After almost a year without a permanent space, Touchstone Gallery officially re-opened with a champagne event on Sept. 10 in Washington, D.C. Operated since 1976 by local artists, the gallery begins its latest incarnation with 50 members and a custom-designed space on New York Avenue.

The nonprofit 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Va., named Emily Smith its new executive director in September. “I have long admired 1708 Gallery for its model as an artist-run, nonprofit space dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art,” says Smith. “I am excited to join the staff.”

Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, Pa., appointed Sienna Freeman to the position of director in September. “I am excited to push the gallery’s mission of challenging the existing boundaries between fine art, decorative art, craft and design in the 21st century,” Freeman explains.

Style Spotlight: Artists’ Life

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Albert Paley won the American Craft Council’s gold medal for work like “Hallelujah,” which is installed at the Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va.

The Museum at Eldridge Street in New York City unveiled a new monumental stained-glass east window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans at its 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue in October. “It was imperative that with this commission we return a sense of grandeur to the interior,” explains executive director Bonnie Dimun. “Smith and Gans intuitively created a design that is both strikingly contemporary but surprisingly in keeping with the 19th-century interior.”

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced its 2010 fellows in September. Notable recipients are Nicholas Benson, a third-generation stone carver, calligrapher and designer; and marble sculptor Elizabeth Turk.

Marianne van Ooij, a multi-faceted Dutch designer living and working in New York City, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to create seven pillow designs for the 2010-2011 season. The witty, hand-sewn pillows are inspired by the season’s seven productions.

Two of New York ceramist Christopher Spitzmiller’s handmade “Patricia” lamps were integrated into the recent White House Oval Office redesign, which was unveiled in September. No taxpayer funds were used to purchase the lamps.

Three artists were honored as part of the 2010 SAC Artist Awards Exhibition at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Mass., this fall. A three-member jury selected Jeffrey Clancy in the metals category, Timothy Coleman in studio furniture and Ellen Wieske in jewelry/metals for their mastery in each medium.

Vancouver-based ceramic artist Dirk Staschke was named the winner of the John & Joyce Price award of excellence, given in conjunction with the Bellevue Arts Museum’s inaugural biennial exhibition. He was selected by the curatorial staff from among more than 30 exhibiting artists to receive a $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity for a future solo exhibition. “BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!” runs through Jan. 16, 2011.

The American Craft Council inducted eight individuals into its college of fellows: mixed-media artist John Garrett, jeweler Ron Ho, wood artist William Hunter, fiber artist Rebecca Medel, glass artist Ginny Ruffner, ceramists John and Susanne Stephenson, and honorary fellow and writer Janet Koplos. The gold medal award for consummate craftsmanship was presented to metal sculptor Albert Paley. The Aileen Osborn Webb award for philanthropy recognized longtime collectors Dorothy and the late George Saxe. Each award recipient was recognized in a ceremony on Oct. 1.

Fiber artist Trish Korte won the Alma Lesch Memorial Award at the Kentucky State Fair in August for her innovation in color and technique. The award is administered by the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and specifically recognized Korte’s “Red Vessel.”

Holly Hosterman, creative director and co-founder of Holly Yashi, celebrates her 30th year in business in 2011. In 1981, Hosterman and Paul “Yashi” Lubitz “transformed a one-car garage into our studio and started creating jewelry that was built on craft, creativity and innovation,” she says. “We still honor the craft of jewelry making, handcrafting our jewelry in small batches.”

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