What can we say, we had a wonderful tour and we’re thrilled we had so many new and returning visitors to see the artists! We hope all of our guests enjoyed their adventure up the north shore of Lake Superior finding all of our studio stops, and we hope you’ll visit us again soon.
We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to our gracious studio hosts, who opened their studios to other artists and to the public to share art with our community. A special thank you to our host artists Sarah Brokke, Corine Buechner, Christian Dalbec, Shelley Getten, Dave Gilsvik, Helen Hartley, EJ Klepinger, Lisa Kosmo, Jen Murphy, Gail Rosenquist and Paul Zoldahn.
Meet Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour host artist Jennifer Murphy! Jennifer’s studio will be open for visitors during the tour, where you can meet her and see her beautiful work in person. We asked her a few questions about being a working artist on the North Shore.
What do you like the most about living and working on the North Shore?
I love that any direction I go there are places to explore with amazing wildlife, plant life, and geology that give a never-ending supply of inspiration. The natural spaces energize and comfort me, and my work has been evolving to reflect that since moving to the area almost 3 years ago.
As an artist in the tour, what are you most excited about? If you have not participated before what are you looking forward to?
This is my second year as a host on the tour. What excites me most about the tour is meeting the people who support and appreciate the arts. I also love to give people a look into my studio space. I feel it helps people to be more connected with the artwork if they can see where it is made.
I’m also excited because I was awarded a technology and equipment grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council this year, and I cannot wait to reveal the new work I’ve made with the equipment I purchased with the help of this grant.
What is it that you enjoy about working in your medium?
I love working with clay because it is tactile, malleable, and always challenging. The successes are always something I celebrate, and the failures are always a learning experience. Clay gives me the freedom to continually evolve my work and try new things, there is never a shortage of techniques to discover. I also get to play with fire, which is awesome!
Find out more about Jennifer and her studio stop on the tour, STUDIO JM, by clicking the button below.