Monday, March 24, 2014

New Jewelry by Karma Grotelueschen


 These sterling silver brooches are entirely hand forged and crafted in Grotelueschen's silversmithing studio in La Valle, WI.  Made of sterling silver sheet that is punched and formed, these brooches have a sturdy pin back that is also hand made. Each brooch is one inch high and between 1 3/4 and 2 1/2 inch wide. Imagine wearing one on your coat lapel, on a wrapped scarf, or on a dapper hat! They can be purchased in the gallery spring thru fall, or at www.Etsy.com/shop/prairieoaksilver year around.

Friday, March 7, 2014

How To Shop With Prairie Oak Artisans

Prairie Oak Artisans is located in beautiful Mineral Point, Wisconsin, a lovely historic town between Galena, IL and Madison, WI on Highway 151.  Mineral Point is home to a number or artists and artist galleries and artist studios, so you will find more like us up and down the streets and in interesting locations just our of town.
Prairie Oak Artisans is at 207 Commerce Street.  It is a small building with only 20 feet of storefront, so we can be easy to miss, but worth looking for.
In season, approximately May through October, we are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also at other times when shop owner, Karma Grotelueschen, is there working on art.
There are friendly helpers in town willing to let you in to shop by appointment at other times, so just call Karma's cellphone at 630-728-9998 and she'll round someone up to help you out.
Or we can ship something to you. If you saw it while in the gallery last time you were in town, or you see it here, or you saw something a friend obtained from us, describe it and we can send it.  Email a description to plannedscapes @ aol.com (take out the spaces) and we'll try to  help.
Karma also has an Etsy shop at www.Etsy.com/shop/PrairieOakArt where many of her things are listed.
Or if you don't see them there, if you call or email, she can put them there in a listing for you so that you can use it to order.
Karma also has her sterling silver jewelry at www.Etsy.com/shop/PrairieOakSilver so you can shop for earrings, pendants, rings, cuff bracelets, and other lovelies year around.
Thanks for showing an interest in our artwork and do let us help you find the right lovely thing for your home or for you to wear or as a gift.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Woodcut of our Building

Owner Karma Grotelueschen has carved a woodcut of the building facade, which will be the 2014 postcard.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Bird Nest Lapel Pins




















Karma Grotelueschen has been making copper and copper wire sculpture since before Prairie Oak Artisans was even a gallery.  Copper wire birdnests have been a staple at the gallery since the beginning, with customers using them for table centerpieces, window sill art, and even outdoors as garden art.  They have been given as housewarming gifts, gifts to celebrate a new baby, as part of a wedding gift package, and are a favorite as a birthday gift to a friend.  In recent years, Grotelueschen has expanded the line with silver-color nests made of aluminum wire and black nests made of stove pipe and electric fence wire.
Grotelueschen's latest additions to the line of wire nests are lapel pins.  These are made of copper, brass, or black wire, and feature 'eggs' of fresh water pearls or other beads.  These little lapel pins have a tie tack style post back with a winged backing clasp.  As with the nest sculptures, these little pins make great gifts.




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sterling Silver Leaf Jewelry



Sterling silver with botanically influenced designs are the specialty of silversmith, Karma Grotelueschen.  Leaf shapes of sterling silver are shaped and set with stone cabochons to create wearable are in the form of pendants, earrings, rings, cuff bracelets and other interesting and beautiful jewelry.  Buy it at our gallery or at www.Etsy.com/shop/PrairieOakSilver.










Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tiny Felted Landscapes and Florals as Lapel Pins











Karma Grotelueschen demonstrates the process of making her felted landscapes at Fall Art Tour and other times throughout the year. In response to customer demand (literally, a customer who felt she could not yet afford the full size versions said "You need to make little ones as pins so we can take home a sample while we save up for one for our wall."), Grotelueschen has made teeny tiny versions as lapel pins.  These little gems are made just like their larger cousins, with wet felted backgrounds and needle felted details.  Sometimes, to make up for their diminutive size, they are embellished with a few sparkly beads.  They are a little under 2" x 1 1/2" and they have a tie tack style pin back.  Some are mini landscapes, some feature trees, others flowers or bird nests with little eggs in them.  Another great gift item for a friend! Or for yourself!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jack-In-The-Pulpit Woodcut Print

After visiting Audrey Christie's studio in late October, I was inspired to give up linoleum blocks and work with wood.  I had the artwork ready for what was to be my largest linoleum print yet, so I put aside the lino block and transferred the image to cherry instead.  I've only had time to make a few prints from it, but here they are hanging to dry, along with the block after printing.  The image itself is about 10" wide by 13" high.  This first printing is in a water based ink, but later, I might print it with water-soluble oil inks so that I can hand color the leaves green and the flowers a burgundy purple color.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Felted Landscapes for Fall Art Tour 2013

Fall Art Tour is an amazing multi-community event in the Driftless Region of southern Wisconsin where artists' studios are open, with the artists often demonstrating their techniques and methods.  Since artists up and down the street and across the street are on the tour, visitors to my gallery on that weekend expect me to be working on something more interesting than maybe putting ear wires onto beaded earrings or finishing the ends on knitted scarves or repolishing the silver jewelry.  So most years, I demonstrate the process of making my felted landscapes.  In 2013, the subjects were a yellow aspen forest, from a photo my son in Tucson, AZ had taken a couple weeks earlier, a pear branch from a photograph I had used as inspiration for a multi-pane block print I had completed the previous week, and a Jack-In-The-Pulpit from photograph I had been using to complete artwork for another larger block print.  This is the status of the landscapes at the end of the Fall Art Tour event; they all still need to be detailed and squared up and framed.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Weekend Felting Classes at the Gallery

 Felting classes are available every Friday evening, from 5 to 6:30 pm or 7 to 8:30 pm and every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 am or 9 to 10:30 am. 
Felting a Vase:  We felt around a small glass cylinder vase so that it can be used for fresh flowers or to force branches. 

Felting a Scarf:  We wet felt a scarf with about an ounce of fleece and warm soapy water.  Thse scarfs are warm and durable and can even be given as a gift.

Felted Flowers:  We use bits of roving and hot soapy water to wet felt flowers and leaves and tendrils and attach them to pin backs.  They can be used as lapel pins, hat pins, to decorate knit mittens or gloves, as holiday ornaments, as gift ties, and anything else you can think of.  Each student usually get between 3 and 5 flowers finished.  


These classes are $30 each for one person or $20 each if there are two or more participating.  The gallery can accomodate about 6 people for a class, so feel free to form a group!  If you are the first person to sign up, you get to choose what we make.  If more people sign up, your cost drops to the group rate. 
Bring a bath towel if you can, and a used plastic bag to take home your damp project.
Join me at Prairie Oak Artisans on Friday evening or Saturday morning and explore the fun of felting!

I can also teach you how to make felted 'paintings' but this class takes 2 sessions and costs twice as much.  They can be on the same weekend or on different weekends.  I have a collection of photographs of flowers, leaves, trees, and ferns that students choose from as the subject of their 'painting'.  During the first session, we wet felt the background mat and any petals or leaves or other pieces that we can.  During the second session, we needle felt the picture together, adding yarns and fleece to build up the 'painting'. 

I will also teach a group class in the Chicago suburbs, Mineral Point, Reedsburg, the Dells, and anywhere nearby or in between.  Find a room at your park district, library, community center, office building, church, recreation center, fitness club, and we can hold a class for up to ten people.  In good weather, we can work outdoors, but we should have a back-up location in case of bad weather.
Form a group, find a location, and lets felt together!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Newly Painted Sign


In between rain storms, the old sign got a new coat of paint on the letters and leaves.  When the sign was new and light colored wood, the dark green letters and brown leaves were just dandy.  But over the years  (and has it really been eight?), the sign wood has darkeened considerably, so making the letters light green and the leaves a nice rust makes the sign readable again!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Fiber Art Faire at Shake Rag Alley


On June 1 and 2 at Shake Rag Alley, fiber producers and fiber sellers and fiber artists gathered to offer their wares and demonstrate their crafts and arts.  I was in the blacksmith shop, a building that my sons actually helped restore as a part of a log cabin workshop a few years back.  While I demonstrated wet felting and made scarves and covered vases, Alice demonstrated needle felting.  We also offered event attendees an opportunity to try their own hand at wet felting by making a felted flower to put on a pin or make into a hair barette.  I love it most when kids take my little workshops and see how good they are at making something oh so lovely! 
It was a fabulous weekend, because I got to work nearly outdoor on fiber projects while showing the art to other, but mostly because both of my sons were there with their wonderful girlfriends and kept me company and helped me set up and pack it all back to the gallery at the end of the weekend.  Can't wait until next year!



Saturday, May 4, 2013

Opening Day in May 2013


Opening Day on Friday, May 3, 2013 was an opportunity to put out for display some new jewelry.  Samantha Traylor makes earrings of found natural objects like sea glass and uses wire wrapping techniques to turn them into lovely earrings.  I just adore that she has the spunk to create deliberately asymmetrical earrings.
Also for the first time, my sterling silver jewelry is available.  After being inspired by Wolf Runner, I finally got up the nerve to order tools and supplies and make leaf-themed jewelry with semi-precious cabochons.  I must admit I destoyed some silver before I got it right, but it's been a blast.  I hope you like it.  You can see more on Etsy at my shop PrairieOakArt.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Felted Landscapes

These felted landscapes are interpretations of my own nature photographs, constructed by wet-felting the background of the photograph, then needle felting in mid-ground and foreground details.  Most are ready for framing.
This woodland landscape features layers of trees and a forest floor pattern of leafy groundcovers.













Hollyhocks stand against the stone wall of a Mineral Point building.

















Poppies dance in the sunlight.













Detail from Poppies


















Yellow coneflowers wave in a summer breeze in the prairie garden.













Crabapples reflect from the still early morning surface of a lake.














An aspen woodland of contrasting white and green.

















Bloodroot is a spring wildflower of the woodlands that is beautiful and fascinating.  Green-blue leaves hold water droplets in a shower, delicate flowers attract pollinators, and the sap of the stems and roots is a brilliant orange, giving the plant its name.

















Detail of the flower.

















The diversity of a prairie flowers from a photo taken at a restoration  in late summer.

 A nest in the branches of an orchard tree.

















Fall colors in a mixed species woodland.

















A birdnest nestled into the stems and leaves of a vine.