31 North main street hartford, Wisconsin (262) 457-2457
A member of the Kettle Moraine Fine Arts Guild, you’ll regularly find Karin Corteen painting, carving, collaging and painting with a good friend. She enjoys the collaboration of working with other artists and sharing feedback and is typically involved in a few projects at a time. She explains the process “keeps my work fresh and more enjoyable.”
A self-taught artist, color and design has always captivated Corteen. While working as a teacher, this interest manifested in the creation of extravagant bulletin boards for her classes.
In addition to teaching, Karin sold real estate and raised a family. As her boys were growing older, it was her participation in art classes at Cardinal Stritch University that was instrumental in renewing her passion for art.
Corteen’s works are fresh and whimsical, with each piece representing the principles of color and design most tastefully.
Sarah Johnson & Rebecca Eicksteadt
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.
Mary Karas is a Hartford resident who enjoys re-purposing items in a unique way, to create one-of-a-kind decor. When items are combined, they present an eclectic design.
Mary finds that the hunt for the pieces brings great satisfaction. You may find her at local estate and rummage sales or area thrift stores. Re-use and re-purpose is the foundation of her art.
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.
Debra is a self-taught artist who recently moved back to her home state of Wisconsin, having spent five years on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Florida had much to offer, but she missed the seasons and the beautiful rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine area. She says about her art:
"I have felt a driving force to create my entire life. In recent years I have returned to painting, at first oil and acrylic, and now mixed media with paper, paint and ink. I am most drawn to creating through feeling and expression and hope this shows up in what I do."
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.