Becoming

Becoming

Becoming

By Bart Ingraham

“My interest in carving started when my wife and I were in the Peace Corps in the Phillippines. We visited a mountain tribe in Bagio who carved and sold items in the tourist trade. My reaction was, I can do that, and so it started. Upon return I started creating items which were incorporated into our living space."

Interstate NOW UROK

Interstate NOW UROK

Interstate NOW UROK

By Scott Froschauer

“How does one express humanity? I think it’s pretty complicated. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes less so. I don’t always know what a particular piece means and I love to discover new perspectives in conversations with viewers.

You Are Enough

You Are Enough

You Are Enough

By Scott Froschauer

“How does one express humanity? I think it’s pretty complicated. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes less so. I don’t always know what a particular piece means and I love to discover new perspectives in conversations with viewers.

Start

Start

Start

By Scott Froschauer

“How does one express humanity? I think it’s pretty complicated. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes less so. I don’t always know what a particular piece means and I love to discover new perspectives in conversations with viewers.

One Way Heart

One Way Heart

One Way Heart

By Scott Froschauer

“How does one express humanity? I think it’s pretty complicated. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes less so. I don’t always know what a particular piece means and I love to discover new perspectives in conversations with viewers.

The Peace Signs

The Peace Signs

The Peace Signs

By Scott Froschauer

“How does one express humanity? I think it’s pretty complicated. Sometimes it’s beautiful, sometimes less so. I don’t always know what a particular piece means and I love to discover new perspectives in conversations with viewers.

Mending Heart

Mending Heart

MENDING HEART

By Michael Angelo Magnotta

“In what felt like a natural progression, an outgrowth of interests and skills, I began welding in 2008.  Long infatuated by this process, the first glimpse through the lens of a welder’s helmet of metal fusing together brought a thrill unsurpassed."

Grand Traverse Portage

Grand Traverse Portage

GRAND TRAVERSE PORTAGE

By Dewey Blocksma

Grand Traverse Portage was installed in the Walk of Art in 2018, the third of Dewey Blocksma's works to be displayed in the park.  Blocksma is a Michigan artist who earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Wheaton College in Illinois, and who worked as an emergency room physician for ten years after graduating from Northwestern University Medical School. He is now an artist full-time.

Amelia

Amelia

Amelia

By Ritch Branstrom

Growing up on the west side of Detroit, the son of a diesel mechanic and the youngest of four boys, a young Ritch Branstrom observed in awe and wonder the things happening around him. Having older brothers something was always happening in the garage. From an early age motorcycles and cars were fascinating. In his early teens he started making contraptions. Watching his father totally reconstruct the sheet metal on the bottom of a van showed him that with a little bit of scrap metal and patience one could create almost anything.

Walk of Art Sign   Art Brown

Walk of Art Sign Art Brown

Walk of Art Sign

By Art Brown

Marking the entrance to the Walk of Art is a specially designed piece commissioned to Art Brown of Torch Tip Iron Works in Central Lake. While Brown modestly describes himself as “welder” and “blacksmith,” he has, for 18 years, been a prolific producer of decorative and utilitarian architectural art forms. 

Musician

Musician

Musician

By Maureen Bergquist Gray

"My sculpture is the expression of the universal energy that I tap into.  This is the energy that flows through and around each one of us. I depend on the natural forces around me to be my guide, the energy of the material, the whisper of the wind, the ancient  ones coaxing me onward.  It is my privilege to listen.  If my visual description is persuasive the viewer will see a glimmer of light radiating from these forms and then look within themselves for meaning creating their own version of this age old story."

Becca Triumphs

Becca Triumphs

Becca Triumphs

By Ann Gildner

Ann Gildner is artist-in-residence at the Iron One Studio in Cheboygan, MI, where the independent artists who are its members design, work and collaborate in making metal artwork.  Becca Triumphs is somewhat autobiographical in nature, reflecting the artist's own triumph after surviving breast cancer.

Singing Pail of Dreams

Singing Pail of Dreams

Singing Pail of Dreams

By John Goss

John Goss is a nationally recognized sculptor, specializing in realistic wildlife sculptures created through the use of recycled metals. John is a full time artist operating out of his Northern Michigan studio. His work is displayed at public and private locations throughout the United States. 

Botanical Forms

Botanical Forms

Botanical Forms

By David Petrakovitz

Of his work, Petrakovitz writes that Botanical Forms is comprised of elements that, when combined, create positive and negative spaces that interact with the environment.  It is constructed by welding the elements together with a powder-coated finish. Petrakovitz also has works in public exhibits at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, Fuerst Park in Novi, and in Chelsea, Michigan.

Seedpod 9 (Buzz)

Seedpod 9 (Buzz)

Seedpod 9 (Buzz)

By David Greenwood

"Most of my sculptures over the past 30 years have been figurative, life-sized and metaphorical. They derive a lot from Folk Art and seem to suggest narratives. With the Seedpod Series, begun in 2004, I have turned to an interest in pure form and in abstraction from Nature. I cannot resist picking up seedpods. I collect them wherever I travel. They prove to me every time that no one can beat Mother Nature as designer. Their diversity is awe inspiring. "

Yesterday I Saw Mountains

Yesterday I Saw Mountains

Yesterday I Saw Mountains

By Nick Preneta

This sculpture was installed in the Walk of Art in 2018.  “My work as an artist focuses on change. The medium I use to express this is wood. Wood has the characteristic of being able to expand and contract as the moisture in the environment changes.

Millie

Millie

Millie 

By Ann Gildner

Gildner describes Millie as an abstract work, a study of three shapes in three different metals.  Her designs were plasma cut, then welded and pinned together.

Off Balance

Off Balance

Off Balance

By Jeff Whyman

Jeff Whyman is a St. Louis born Florida artist who works in steel, inspired in part by childhood memories of fascination with the const of the St Louis Arch.  A favorite subject matter is the human figure, a consequence, he says, of “my desire to recreate human emotion and depict personality.   The Whyman sculpture in Walk of Art is a steel rendering of whimsical little fellow caught (and titled), Off Balance. His work is in public, corporate, and private collections nation wide.  

Toobers and Zots

Toobers and Zots

Toobers and Zots

By David Petrakovitz

Toobers and Zots was installed in the Walk of Art in 2018.