From Issue 92, Winter 2016
Quiet and Mysterious Art
Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Shawn Krueger is a contemporary landscape painter whose work sits comfortably in both the American Arts & Crafts and Tonalist Movements.The artist, who last year juried into the Roycrofters-At-Large Association (RALA), creates work on an intimate scale that is at once quiet and serene but also a bit mysterious in feel. Traditional methods and an awareness of history are important to the artist. Krueger says, “I consider myself a contemporary artist, by virtue of having breath and a pulse in the year 2017, but my approach to the work definitely hearkens back to Barbizon, to the Hudson River School and even the Dutch Masters.” Mood and a sense of place are the primary areas of focus for the artist in his work, with the majority of his pieces begun outdoors, on site.
Glass Designed by Nature
Yvonne Stoklosa at YMS Art Glass has been creating things with her hands her whole life.Art and math being her favorite subjects led to completing a Master’s degree in Architecture while working as an Interior Designer.Yvonne began working with stained and fused glass over two decades ago by taking a night class while staying home to raise her children.Her original designs in glass incorporate painting and fusing techniques with traditional Tiffany-style stained glass.Design inspiration comes from nature and her surroundings. Yvonne is fortunate to have a studio space on the historic Roycroft Campus, home of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. She is also a founding member of the Arts & Craftsmen Guild at Roycroft. Her work has garnered many awards at art shows and is in private collections all over the world.
A Potpourri of Designed Spaces and Art Objects
Bungalow Pros in Lake Mills, WI offers handcrafted Arts & Crafts-inspired art pieces for the home, in addition to interior design. These featured items are by Thomas “Bud” Skupniewitz, a self-taught ceramic artist and house painter. His designs vary from monochromatic green glazes with classic Arts & Crafts motifs to Sgraffito style and woodland scenes (pictured), which become more multi-dimensional the closer one looks. Contact Bungalow Pros to find out more about him and many other artists.
Beautiful and Useful Flatware
The Providence line of flatware by Liberty Tabletop is offered to you by Fair Oak Workshops. The flatware is 18/10 stainless steel, which means it will retain its attractive luster, and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or contaminants. It is the only flatware made in the United States, employing skilled American craftsmen and using the traditional, time-honored technique of hollow handle knife construction. Liberty Tabletop flatware is an elegant addition to any home and sure to be passed from generation to generation.For more information and to see additional flatware designs, visit the Fair Oak Workshops web site.