September 25, 2022

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Restart for Artwork DeTour occasion in Douglas, Otter Tail counties

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For Jon Thompson and Karla Mikkelson, it is small business, as which is exactly where they come across lots of of the products Thompson makes use of in the jewelry he would make below the manufacturer name JT Maui Jewelry, these as seaside glass, driftwood and coconut.

“When I wander all over the seashore, I am ordinarily filling my pockets,” he stated.

JT Maui jewellery will be on this year’s Artwork DeTour, a tour of a dozen artist’s studios and 22 artists in Douglas and Otter Tail counties, which runs Friday-Saturday, June 18-19, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and lots of web sites also open up from midday-5 p.m. on Sunday. It is a restart of kinds for the tour, which began in 2019 and noticed its 2nd yearly display canceled last calendar year since of the pandemic. It’s modeled soon after the Art of the Lakes Studio Tour, which also functions artists in Douglas and Otter Tail counties, and which can take position in July.

This year’s tour consists of quite a few new artists, but has also noticed some artists drop off.

“Some people were not capable to aim on their art throughout the pandemic,” said Mimi Seykora, one of the organizers and also an artist on the tour. “Some men and women did not have the stock or didn’t consider they could get all set.”

She expects that these artists will want to return in 2022.

“It is certainly increasing,” she said. “What we’re hoping to do is continue to keep the variety of places but improve the variety of artists, so we’re not sprawled all above Douglas and Otter Tail county, and so you can get it finished in 1 day.”

JT Maui Jewellery will set up at Seykora’s studio this year, in which Thompson will exhibit jewelry producing all through the tour.

His small business title comes from the 15 decades he spent on the island of Maui, where he designed necklaces for himself from coconut hulls when he was not controlling accommodations.

Initially from Excelsior, Minnesota, he moved again to Minnesota just after reconnecting with Mikkelson, a faculty girlfriend. He waited tables in Alexandria and manufactured jewelry on the aspect, and several years back certain her that with her graphic style and marketing working experience, and his jewelry-generating abilities, they could acquire a company that would assist equally of them.

They established up an online shop on Etsy, exactly where jewelry and jewellery-building provides are leading sellers, and where they uncovered a couple of several years in the past that they are now in the leading 1% of Etsy sellers. The small business has supported equally of them considering that 2016.

Thompson incorporates semi-treasured stones like lapis lazuli, amethysts, turquoise and peridot. You can also come across lava beads, a porous product that wearers infuse with crucial oils of their decision. Men and women also send out him their own objects to turn into jewellery or keychains: shell casings from a 21-gun-salute from a veteran’s funeral, for occasion, or outdated cash that he suspends from a sensitive net of copper.

JT Maui's creations includes turning spent shell casings into one-of-a-kind gifts. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)

JT Maui’s creations includes turning put in shell casings into just one-of-a-variety presents. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)

Their Etsy sales manufactured up for what they missing in undertaking displays, and they have found they can scale back on all those displays. They used to do 22 exhibits a yr, but now are accomplishing eight or 9 of their favorites demonstrates, of which the Art DeTour is a person.

Listing of studio locations and artists:

1. 45671 348th St. in Ottertail. Clayhouse Pottery, with Sandra Shaughnessy’s practical and food-safe pottery substantial-fired in a soda kiln in exclusive kinds.

2. 35059 Boys Shore Trail in Ottertail. Arthouse, with Shirlee Daulton’s woodcuts, handmade paper from crops, fish prints, clay, paintings, fiber arts and unconventional jewellery.

3. 46730 County Freeway 54 in Ottertail. Pine Mill Farm Furnishings, with Sharon and Roger Krause’s personalized-built, solid wood, lacquer-concluded home furnishings.

4. 32586 Island Street in Battle Lake. Pomme de Terre Pottery, with Sean Scott’s hand-built practical and ornamental stoneware pottery.

5. 16570 County Street 64 NE in Miltona (Site not open up Sunday.)

  • JD Johnson Resourceful Companies, with surf-motivated art which include resin, acrylic, oil, combined media, and pictures
  • Katherine Bockelmann Fine Arts, with portraits and drawings of mother nature in graphite and charcoal.

6. 13694 E. Lake Miltona Dr. NE in Miltona

  • Art by Melissa, with Melissa Werpy’s wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery with colourful imagery and pastel, acrylic, oil paintings.
  • Steve King, stained glass artwork and functional parts.

7. 2117 Ironwood Dr. in Alexandria

  • Pottersmith’s, with Kate Smith’s gorgeous, strong, food stuff-harmless porcelain and stoneware and Phil Smith’s whimsical, useful pottery.
  • Barbara Johnson, with wildlife, character, and vacation photography prints and useful items.

8. 4255 County Road 11 NE in Alexandria

  • Chanda Kraft Art & Style, with paintings in oil or watercolor and drawings of landscapes and mother nature. Also includes kid’s actions.
  • Wolf Run Pottery, with Emily Wolf’s hand-created or wheel-thrown practical pottery with dipped glazes.

9. 101 Three Havens Generate NE in Alexandria (place not open Sunday.)

  • Three Havens Artworks, with Linda Gaugert’s oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media.
  • Chaotic Squirrel Creations, with Matt Bakke’s woodwork like turned bowls, art pieces, and wooden games.
  • Donna Dean’s watercolor, multimedia collage, clay, silk scarves, and seed bead jewellery.

10. Not available this yr.

11. 11076 Twilight Path NW in Garfield (location not open up Sunday.) Cane Toad Studio, with Leanne Larson’s primary oil paintings, dwell marriage working day paintings completed on web-site.

12. 316 Nokomis St. in Alexandria (location not open up Sunday.) Handcrafted by Noni, with Naomi Bjorklund’s oil portrait, landscape, and floral paintings. Handmade enamel jewellery.

13. 4365 County Road 82 NW in Alexandria

  • Turning Lake Styles, with Invoice Seykora’s wooden turned bowls, colored pencil Lazy Susans, and charcuterie boards, and Merodie (Mimi) Seykora’s stoneware, Raku pottery, and jewellery.
  • Track of Ruth, with Ruth Hanson’s watercolor batik, watercolor and gouache, oil pastel, acrylic, and calligraphy.
  • JT Maui Patterns, with Jon Thompson’s jewelry with hammered metals, important gemstones, and discovered objects.
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