Art on the Beach Brings Art in All Forms | news


OSCODA – Beef jerky, macrame wreaths, crochet, stained glass, sun catchers, wooden signs, soap, body lotion products, chimes, garden towers, cedar birdhouses, doll furniture and Special Olympians cards don’t even begin to cover the list of items sold at Art on the Beach for sale in 2022.

Over 52 artisans turned up to sell crocheted flowers and wreaths, toddler dresses, goat soaps, handmade license plates, cement sheets for your garden, t-shirts and crushable seagrass hats, all laid out by individual vendors in individual lots on the grass next door to Oscoda Beach Park . This provided cooler air and easier access to the bathrooms.

All of these items could make a good gift for a grandchild or family member, said Gaylynn Brenoel, board member of the Oscoda/AuSable Chamber.

“There is an artisan who makes unusual and unique doll clothes,” she said. “You’ll find something that just doesn’t exist in a typical retail store.”

Art on the Beach is hosted by the Oscoda/Ausable Chamber of Commerce.

Local organizations such as the Oscoda Lions Club, Oscoda Rotary Club, Friends of the Library and Special Olympics performed at the annual event and helped set up and set up the tables.

There was too much to cover for a single event, but a selection of things are covered below:

One booth held Rick Bender’s flatboard inlays from Oscoda. These are flat planks of wood that have been stencil cut, painted and shaped to form three dimensional scenes which are then framed and hung on the walls.

Bender has been involved with flatboard inlays for over 25 years as a hobby, in his spare time and sometimes on assignment, depending on how interesting the job is.

Bender’s craft strategically emphasizes not being too perfect, in the sense that the cuts are so precise that he has to hold back some things in his pieces or they’ll look wrong. After carving and shaping the wood, he applies paint thinly to show the wood grain through the stain.

“So they know it’s wood and not plastic. It’s not something made overseas where they made a mold and shipped it.

Additionally, the depiction of the wood grain complements each piece and helps make it unique.

Bender creates his own templates and landscapes, experimenting with shape creation and texturing to create realistic subjects and landscapes.

“These aren’t mountains, these are pyramids, these are piles of dirt,” he said, showing a photo of the old way he made mountains when he started in the late ’90s. They were carved out as roughly triangular pieces with roughly shaped snow caps.

He then pointed to a newer inlay on the wall that was selling for $30. On it was a scene with mountains from a trip he had in Alaska. Instead of possessing geometric shapes, the snowy peaks on the mountains meandered down the slopes through imaginary rocks. The faces of the mountains featured jagged, irregular rock faces carved (with a jigsaw) from the skyline. “Look, they look like mountains. And this is what they looked like when I was there.”

Oscoda Schools superintendent Scott Moore and teacher Kristy Bergquist sat in a tent representing the Oscoda Rocket Club, which is affiliated with Oscoda Rotary. From now until August 14th, the public has the opportunity to enter a charity raffle. The estimate that comes closest to the height of a rocket on an altimeter launched that day will receive the first prize of $500.

Sandy Carlson of Barton City makes and sells macrame, yarn dream catchers and other soft goods. She also draws custom designs over wood cutouts that serve as artwork.

As a medical worker who fills out forms all day, she tends to get bored and doodles between stacks of papers in her free time.

“Sometimes my boss comes in, sits with me and we doodle together!” she said.

In a small bucket she houses small stuffed animals with floppy ears. She makes each one unique with button eyes, different sized ears and she sews in different facial expressions.

Some are happy, some frown, some look surprised or angry. She said a delivery is scheduled for later in the day from a woman who works with autistic children.

Kate Felix Scheurur is a mixed media artist who began by cutting out collages and painting over paper glued to canvas, typically over landscapes with plants.

After quitting her job as a political scientist, she has dedicated six years of her life to art with bright colors and hard lines.

She recently stopped making collages and focused more on overwriting shapes painted on canvas.


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