2017-06-22 / Life in Leelanau

Women artists ready for show in Empire

by Kelsey Pease
Special to the Enterprise


LEELANAU WOMEN ARTISTS share their pieces in spring and fall shows. Last fall’s group included included, from left, Jane Batteiger, Renie Cutler, Kay Doyle, Victoria Gallup, Harriett Mittleberger and Jane Ditri. LEELANAU WOMEN ARTISTS share their pieces in spring and fall shows. Last fall’s group included included, from left, Jane Batteiger, Renie Cutler, Kay Doyle, Victoria Gallup, Harriett Mittleberger and Jane Ditri. Members of the Leelanau Women Artists organization have been busy preparing pieces for their show over the weekend in the Empire Township Hall.

The organization, founded in 2010 with a grant from Genuine Leelanau Charitable Fund, aims to promote Leelanau County women in the arts through education, exhibition, professional development, and documentation.

Jane Detri, a painter, is a founding member of the group and can attest to its impact.

“We had a donor who wanted to support women artists of the Leelanau Peninsula, since they don’t typically get as much attention as men,” she said. “As members, we’ve really been working hard to support one another on our artistic journeys.”

From the perspective of co-founder, treasurer, and painter Jane Batteiger, Leelanau Women Artists organization does that and more.

“It’s really a wonderful group because we’re able to focus on looking for artists that aren’t necessarily used to this kind of exposure,” she said. “They’re just emerging and many have never been in art shows before. So many artists really just need a little group to get them started and we’re able to do that for so many women.”

Illustrating the point are the eight group members whose work will be on display this weekend. Included are paintings, jewelry, basketry, linocuts, and mosaics. The artists are Renie Cutler, Nancy Deye, Nancy Doughty, Ginny Foskett, Pam Peplinski, Sally Wille, Batteiger and Ditri.

Added Wille, who has been a member for four years now and is the current president, “This really is a great event because it draws a wide variety of people to the Empire area and it is an event that will continue to grow in the years to come.”

Beneath the individual talents of artists are their life-long passions, put on display in every piece in the show.

Batteiger appreciates landscape features.

“It’s very meaningful to me when people are able to recognize the location of one of my pieces and they’re able to take it home and have a little piece of this area’s beauty with them forever.”

The Spring Show, which is to be held at the Empire Town Hall for the second year in a row, will open Friday at 4 p.m. with a reception scheduled from 5-8 p.m. On Saturday, the show will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

A fall show is set for Sept. 22-23 in the Old Art Building in Leland.

“We kick off and end the summer together with our two events each year,” Deye said.

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