The Kline Gallery hosts the artwork of Jill L. Kline and g. buyea. The gallery recently opened and hopes to provide the Marquette community with the best contemporary art in the area. Kline said that she is especially inspired by Depression Era art, that she sometimes has that same feeling of isolation.
The gallery is filled with artwork of various mediums, such as colored pencil drawing, acrylic and oil paintings, original mixed media and digital 2-D and 3-D artwork, jewelry and miscellaneous sculptures.
Kline is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design, and buyea graduated from Northern Michigan University. Kline said that she likes turning old things into new art, like sheet music, pieces of maps, and dolls. Another image she uses frequently is an egg, finding it beautiful and symbolic.
The Kline Gallery is across the street from Casa Calabria at 1109 N. 3rd St. in Marquette. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call (906) 226-4030.
Risak Pottery is the studio and gallery of Ed and Julie Risak, who specialize in Raku and low temperature fired pottery. Ed produces his Raku – quick firing and quick cooling – pottery, by spraying the piece with thin metal glaze before placing it back in the kiln, then removing it and dropping it into a metal container filled with sawdust. The sawdust catches on fire, producing colors and patterns on the pottery.
The husband and wife team use both wheel thrown and handbuilt techniques to create their art. Both graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern.
Ed said he finds inspiration from different kinds of architecture, such as temples in South America. He also said he models some of his designs from the shapes of snow drifts he sees as he drives to work.
Risak Pottery is located in Marquette at 2909 N. Lakeshore Blvd at the entrance to Presque Isle Park. For more information, call (906) 226-6003.