2019 Artist Highlight

Meet Corine Buechner, Host Artist

Corine is a returning host artist for this year’s Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour. She will be opening her studio to visitors, welcoming them to the gorgeous textures and ethereal colors in her delicately composed mixed media paintings. Not only a painter but a talented fiber artist as well, Corine shared what it is like to live and work on the North Shore, and gave some exciting details about what to expect at her studio stop!

What do you like the most about living and working on the North Shore?

I love to walk in the woods and with my dog Bijo and look for wild flowers and fungi. 

As an artist in the tour, what are you most excited about?

I’m excited to see all of the lovely people who visit our show. We’ll have music all day Saturday again this year so I’m looking forward to that as well. 

What is it that you enjoy about working in your medium?

I enjoy creating art through combinations of texture and color. 

Beautiful textured artwork by Corine Buechner

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2019 Artist Highlight

Meet Lisa Kosmo, Host Artist on the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour

We are thrilled that Lisa Kosmo is once again a host artist for the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour. She instills her love of nature in every aspect of her work, from plein air painting to book illustration. Her work is vibrant and full of life! We asked her to share what it is like living as an artist on the North Shore.

What do you like the most about living and working on the North Shore?

I like that I can be in a quiet space right outside my backdoor.

Lisa Kosmo’s “March, Amber Flow”

As an artist in the tour, what are you most excited about?

Visiting with people that appreciate your art and art in general. Many of the people that take these tours are such giving people, they are looking for gifts for someone else and want to support local artisans. 

“Walleye”, a sneak peek at upcoming illustrations by Lisa Kosmo in “Love of a River” by Darby Nelson

What is it that you enjoy about working in your medium?

I worked in acrylics for many years, but the last couple of years I’ve returned to oils. I love the richness, the smell and texture. 

Lisa Kosmo’s “New Moon Rising”

A great selection of Lisa Kosmo’s work can be found at her studio stop on the tour. It’s a stop you won’t want to miss! For more information on Studio LK, click the button below:

2019 Artist Highlight

Meet Guest Artist Sandi Pillsbury!

Sandi Pillsbury is a longtime participant to the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour, and after a brief break is returning again this year as a guest at Christian Dalbec’s studio. Sandi is invested in her community, and can be found participating in workshops up and down the North Shore, as well as investing her time among numerous arts organizations. We asked her to share what it is like being a painter on the North Shore!

What do you like the most about living and working on the North Shore?

I have always been drawn to nature and the peace and solitude that the North Shore has to offer. I have been coming up to the North Shore of Lake Superior ever since I was a baby, so it has been an integral part of my life for almost 70 years! I cannot think of anyplace else I would rather live.  I feel incredibly blessed to have a home ON the big lake, which has been a dream of mine for a long time. My husband and I bought our home 24 years ago, and we share it with our two Samoyed fur babies: Magic and River. 

Sandi painting plein air on Agate Bay in Two Harbors, Minnesota

What are you most excited about for this year’s tour?

I am most excited about the new direction that the tour is taking this year! We have a GREAT team of new curators with great skill sets that provide the tour with more of a 21st Century look and connection via social media and web presence! I am excited about being back in the tour after taking a year off. It’s going to be a great event with new artists on the tour, new studios and a new logo design!

What is it that you enjoy about working in your medium?

I work primarily in oil paint. I like to be able to come back to a painting after letting it “sit” over night and being able to still add/subtract to/from the image. I sometimes will use alkyd paint which is a synthetic oil that dries faster than regular oils. This way, I can layer and glaze my paintings to give them further depth and meaning. 

Summer Day Lester River, Oil Painting by Sandi Pillsbury

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