We’re gearing up for Artwalk Ann Arbor next Friday. As a special treat, artist Katherine Larson will be set up with her easel, brushes and paints creating miniature scenes of Ann Arbor right in our hallway! You may recognize Katherine’s illustrations from her years of being one of the local artists who produced Ann Arbor Observer covers – last year she released a wonderful compilation of those covers in a lovely book called Ann Arbor Observed. We carry this popular book at FOUND – during Artwalk, Katherine would be happy to autograph a copy for you.
She is also the illustrator behind the “Ann Arbor and the Rest of the World” posters that are always best sellers at graduation time – the poster is based on an iconic New Yorker cover.
Although Katherine will be working on miniature canvases during Artwalk, she’s well known for creating large scale murals. The latest mural was a series of panels for the new Whole Foods Market in Detroit. Here’s a link to a short video made during the creation of that mural: Muralist Katherine Larson. Detroit Whole Foods. It’s fascinating to watch the progression from single panel to full mural installation on the huge brick wall of the new building.
Katherine is also the graphic designer behind our FOUND ads and a personal friend. It’s been a pleasure to get to know this multi-talented woman – not only has she written and illustrated numerous children’s books, but she is also a trained opera singer, makes custom fairy houses, does fine art portraiture and plein air painting, creates Ann Arbor ornaments, presents school assemblies, builds props and generally just knows how to get things done. On her website there are photos of other large scale murals and projects she’s done. On Friday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m., we hope you’ll stop by FOUND to meet Katherine as she creates miniature scenes of Ann Arbor. She’ll also have limited edition prints of Observer covers for sale – the perfect size to fit in our Urban Ashes frames!
ABOUT ARTWALK 2013: Artwalk Ann Arbor is a one evening event – from Kerrytown to Main Street – sponsored by Art Showcase Magazine and Ann Arbor State Bank. Friday, June 21 from 5-9 p.m. Most of the events in Kerrytown will be finished by 8 p.m. In addition to Katherine’s painting demo, we’ll also sponsor an ArtTalk by Paul M. Hickman at 6:30 in Fustinis Oils & Vinegar Shop and the first ever Urban Ashes frames second sale at FOUND. Great locally made frames at a great discount! 16 Hands and Heavenly Metal will have demos and trunk shows. There will be live music, refreshments, chalk art by David Zinn, wine tasting and more. Stop by the Ann Arbor Public Schools art exhibit in the former Hollanders Kitchen space. Details about this and the Main Street features can be found in the summer issue of Art Showcase. Flap through this online version with 6 pages of Artwalk 2013 info or pick up a print version at FOUND!
And don’t forget to enter to win a $50 FOUND gift card on the evening of June 21st. It could be an extra lucky night for you!