Deb Birkam

Artist's Statement: Work primarily with acrylics on canvas but mostly on driftwood and other non traditional surfaces. Also create through Crochet, jewelry making and many crafting types. Will do commission work.

Teach at Art Reach, Joann's Fabrics, private groups and individual student classes.

Participate in Art Reach Holiday market, display on occasion at Roz's Diner in Rosebush, Second Site Art Show and various other shows throughout Michigan.


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Laura Coffee

Artist's statement: My diverse body of work explores the properties of color and texture. I play with a variety of styles and subjects, including abstract pieces, high contrast portraits, and cartoonish illustrations. No matter the medium, I do tend to enjoy the stranger aspects of the human experience and I'm not too worried about whether the reality of a particular subject is primarily objective or subjective. I hope something here sparks your imagination the way simply living in the world sparks mine.

Facebook: ArtbyLauraCoffee

Instagram:  laura_coffee


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Darlene Cyr

Artist's statement: I have been doing henna body art in the Midland/ Mt . Pleasant area for the last 9 years. I love to create and use the ancient art of henna to decorate, making my clients feel beautiful. Teaching henna art to others makes me feel I am spreading the love my daughter Morgan had before she passed her passion on to me. Henna Body Art classes and private appointments.

Facebook: Henna for Morgan

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Craig Hutchins

Artist's statement: I'm a local artist who works in acrylic paint, water color, graphite, charcoal, ink, alcohol markers and found items sculptures.

Instagram: mindseedcraig9

Facebook: Craig Hutchins art and illustration

Twitter: hutchinscraig72


Julie Tyslicky

Julie was born in Historic Marshall Michigan and has lived and created art of one kind or another in Michigan the majority of her life. She has taught art and other skills to students in her home and in various private schools, demonstrated her drawing skills at the Midland Center for the Arts and at living history reenactments and county fairs.

Julie has taught for over 30 years for private students, homeschool students, 4-H groups, and adults. She has also competed in various juried art shows and county fairs over the years earning awards, and recognition for her pieces.

In the fall of 2012, she moved to Coleman with her husband, Jon, and registered for classes at Midland Center for the Arts, to fill in the gaps in her art skills and to meet other area artists. She studied with internationally recognized graphic artist Armin Mersmann, whom she now views as her mentor, guide, and friend.

Julie has participated in exhibitions at Midland Center for the Arts every year since she moved to the area. She has also participated in the Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, the Spring Art Fair, (demonstrating her colored pencil and drawing  skills with Ruth for the Center), Art Walk Central in Mt Pleasant in 2017, placing in the top 5 for public votes, and the Art Battle.

Julie has a good work ethic and is constantly seeking to do better with the next piece. She feels the more work you put into learning and doing – the more you learn and do. The interest that ties all of that together is her love of learning to do new things, experimenting with those new things and the act of creating something, just because she can.

Facebook: Julie Tyslicky