Meet our current Artists in Residence
Judi is a long time resident of Crete and a juried, lifelong artist. She works in various media and has licensed some of her designs to textile and paper goods companies. Currently Judi brings her newest endeavor, needle felted, wool fiber creations to Crete Creative Gallery.
“Tucked away behind the stress and worry of everyday life are little moments of joy to be captured. Those are the elements I try to add to my art. A sense of humor, an appreciation for the ordinary and a belief in the goodness and beauty of life. I’ve always felt the need for self-expression. I want to make people smile and feel happy, and forget about the craziness in this world for just a little while. I enjoy creating art that hopefully connects with the heart. I hope my art touches you in some way and brings a little moment of joy into your life.”
Judi will be at the gallery most Sundays and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm. Look for our bright red OPEN flag and come in, meet Judi and watch her work.
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Without the ability to actualize an idea or concept, art would not exist. Carly's work is a constant search for the best way to interpret the ideas that she has about herself and the world she lives in. Inspirations and ideas are constantly changing as knowledge changes.
In her art, She likes to capture the beauty in mundane objects and places. It might be her garden or places she has traveled, and people she may know. She is not tied to one style or medium. She is continually going from abstract to realistic, from graphite to watercolors and oils.
She is a native of Battle Creek, Michigan, and has lived and worked all over the world. She received both a BFA and a teaching certificate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a certificate in Scientific Illustration from the University of Michigan.
Her work has taken her all over the world. She worked as an illustrator in Turkey and Israel as a part of archaeological teams coordinated by the University of Chicago and National Geographic, also at the Field Museum of National History in Chicago. Those experiences certainly color her outlook on art and life.