31 North main street hartford, Wisconsin (262) 457-2457
Cherie Burbach is a freelance writer and mixed media artist. She has penned and contributed to articles for NBC/Universal (NY Times-owned), About.com, GreenCraft (Somerset Studio), Christianity Today, Readers Digest, Family Circle, and more. She paints with acrylics, oils, inks, and pastels in a vibrant, mixed media style. She uses paper, lace, and other ephemera to create art with a positive, hopeful message.
FROM CHERIE: I’ve been an artist and writer since I was very young. Words and images have always been linked for me when it comes to expression and creativity. Sometimes this is expressed in my art through whimsical animals, girls, or flowers and other times I combine words and poetry. For me, art is all about emotion.
A few years ago I fell in love with mixed media. I was able to add words, collage elements, and a variety of mediums that made painting a new journey, one that was about uncovering the image I wanted to convey as much as it was creating it. Adding layers of paper and paint and words felt like the bridge between my art and writing that I’d always longed for.
I’ve been influenced by a variety of artists, but my favorites include the emotive works of Vincent Van Gogh and the mother and child paintings of Mary Cassatt. I use special papers and ephemera along with acrylic paints, oil sticks, pastels, and ink. Very often words combine with the art in some way, including the use of Bible verses, a manifestation of thought or emotion, or lines from my original poetry.
Sisters Sarah Johnson and Rebecca Eicksteadt have always enjoyed creating art using many different mediums. Recently, Johnson began experimenting with a new medium—ink paint.
She started by painting the ink on glass from recycled picture frames and then tried using the medium on other items such as glass ornaments and stone pieces.
Finding painting with ink very freeing, Johnson shared the technique with her sister and they have been working primarily with this new medium ever since.
Both Johnson and Eicksteadt create abstract designs as well as nature-themed pieces. Paintings are done in reverse by removing the glass from a frame and applying the ink on the back of the glass.
Techniques include dripping, sponging, and dropping ink onto the glass. The white backing behind the glass helps the colors stand out.
There is a special magic in viewing their pieces in person, as the light hitting the glass is truly spectacular.
ManMade Woods creates unique crafts and household items out of naturally re-purposed trees from the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Every item is handmade, all-natural and truly unique.
In utilizing a wide array of various woods that have already been cut down, they love preserving the trees’ beauty and life, up-cycling and transforming the wood into superior quality artisan handmade products that will last a lifetime. The beauty of the unique wood grain and bark in each piece is highlighted.
Products range from kitchenware - including hardwood cutting boards, serving trays, wine racks and coasters - to household items such as unique candle holders, tablet/cell phone stands, games and other handmade wood products and décor.
ManMade Woods also does hand engraving or burning to make your item more personal or fill your need for finding the perfect one-of-a-kind gift! Easily customize anything you pick to memorialize any name, event or date and create a unique family heirloom.
Artist Joe Meyers salvages old wood and lovingly re-purposes it into beautiful pieces of furniture and other decor. His use of accessory pieces of old horse harness as straps for wooden totes or twisted grapevines for wine box handles, for example, serves to preserve history and nature and add a whimsical quality to his work.
Once known in Watertown as “The Pumpkin Man”, for 13 years Meyers donated proceeds of his unique, handpainted Halloween pumpkins to the local community. In 1998, he re-dedicated his time to his hobby crafting unique, one-of-a-kind salvaged furniture pieces.
Randy makes some awesome industrial tables, lamps, stools, cabinets, lighting and more.
He brings things in the shop periodically and his pieces tend to go fast!
Ken and Cheryl Werner
Local upcyclers Ken and Cheryl Werner find their treasures at flea markets and lovingly restore the pieces into functioning furniture.
Each item is cleaned, upcycled, and ready for your home as a unique conversation piece.