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Growing up in New York, Arlene was the high school class artist and won 2nd place in the Mutual of NY (MONY) Contest. This gave her the honor of exhibiting in the Everson Museum in Syracuse.
Arlene went on to major in Illustration and Education at Syracuse University. It was at this time she began doing portraiture and had a piece displayed at the Lowe Art Center in Syracuse.
Arlene and her family moved to Michigan in 1994. Since that time she has worked in the arts programs for East Lansing and Delta Township, taught at Grand Ledge's after school art program, Neff Elementary, and Strange Schoolhouse. She is currently teaching children's art at Ledge Craft Lane, as well as privately in her home.
Arlene has sold numerous works including the portraits she does every year at Grand Ledge’s Island Art Fair and the Color Cruise & Island Festival. She’s had "one man shows" at Ledge Craft Lane and city libraries, including a permanent piece in the Oneida Township Hall.
Among the efforts Arlene is most proud are being on the board of the Mid-Michigan Art Guild, becoming a published illustrator, working on the Grand Ledge city mural, and completing a mural at Blessed Sacrament School in Syracuse, NY as well as the mural on the building housing Ledge Craft Lane.
Working in many mediums, Arlene finds the most fulfillment as a figurative artist and continues searching for the essence of her subjects.
(517) 627-3795 or (517)803-7747
Kimberly Conklin is an artist living in Potterville, MI. She graduated from Grand Ledge High School and teaches art classes at Ledge Craft Lane.
She teaches oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting classes and drawing to students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Kim specializes in modern paintings with emphasis on color.
Carol Emerson was born in New England and started her creative art journey dancing at a young age. Later in life she worked at Gnome Sweet Shoppe and Bakery, decorating and baking desserts.
Carol has two art degrees and enjoys working with watercolors and pastels. She has been an art instructor for over 25 years.
She says she is at peace when painting and instructing others. Nothing satisfies her more than seeing her art students grow through art.
(517) 627-8242 or (517) 331-8242
Kerri Goodman is a native of Portland, Michigan, also known as “The City of Two Rivers”. She has always enjoyed the arts and began her love for painting under the guidance of Ledge Craft Lane’s former art instructor Carol Basso. Carol encouraged Kerri to step in and take over four of her classes when she retired to The Villages in Florida in 2012.
Kerri has found that her studies with a variety of artists - Margaret Mead Trumbull, Margaret Carter Baumgartener (WI), Tim Tyler (AK), Larry Blovits, Heiner Hertling, Alla Dubrovich, and currently Timothy Widener (FIA) – has been very beneficial to her in her role as art instructor at Ledge Craft Lane.
Kerri enjoys painting most everything – children, animals, flowers, landscapes, still life, and plein air (painting outdoors). Her real passion however is painting “stolen moments” – those moments that make people laugh, smile, or just say “aww”. Most of those moments are captured with her camera and then brought to life on canvas with oils or watercolors.
By the Grace of God, Kerri hopes to continue sharing her love of painting with others at Ledge Craft Lane for a long time to come.
(517) 647-7170 or (517) 526-1586
If you know Tina, you know that she has demonstrated her artistic abilities for a number of years in the Grand Ledge community. And, according to Tina, her interest in the arts goes back to her childhood …
“Making art has, from a young child, been a part of who I am. For as long as I can remember 'seeing' details in nature and the world around us has been natural for me.
I painted as a child and took art classes in high school as well as in college. I taught art in the public schools and have taught several other classes along the way, both for children and adults.
I work in many mediums from clay and sculpture to painting. I use watercolor, water-based oils, acrylic, gauche, and alcohol ink, both realistic and abstract. I especially enjoy exploring with color.” Tina also does calligraphy professionally.
517-627-2686 (h) or 517-614-4204 (c)
Tam Wolfe was born and raised in Wisconsin and then Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1979 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, majoring in Studio Art with emphasis in clay, glass, and metalsmithing.
Tam moved to California in 1980. For the next 35 years she developed a career in hot glass, working in techniques such as blowing, slumping, and fusing glass. She also worked with AMRI Studio, a well-renowned art glass studio, doing sand-carving.
Tam has taught art privately since she was in high school. For over 20 years she has also worked in public schools', heading up elementary schools' art programs. She has also headed up art programs at Girl Scout summer camps. Tam has participated in many outdoor art fairs and shows. You can find her at the Island Art Fair in Grand Ledge each August.
Coming back to her roots, she is now a working artist in Grand Ledge while teaching in the Eaton County School District. Tam is a past and current member artist of Ledge Craft Lane. You can find her pottery and jewelry on the main floor at Ledge Craft Lane.