At age 88, Kalamazoo artist Patricia Fenn has been painting full time for more than 40 years and has no intention of stopping.
Fenn has been making art since she was a child growing up in Vicksburg. She won a national art award by the age of 7 and first earned money as a painter through a part-time job at Woolworth's during high school.
"Kalamazoo - My Home Town" depicts Bronson Park as seen from the north, as well as the facades of nearby churches and civic buildings on Michigan Avenue, South Street and Lovell Street. The buildings are detailed and accurately proportioned, but the perspective is odd - each street is completely visible above the one in front of it. Fenn calls this and other paintings like it "stack paintings."
Martin Burch is a part-time instructor of art at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art where he teaches courses in graphic design. From 1999 to 2005, he worked in a variety of media as a graphic designer for Herman Miller, Inc. He is the principal at his firm Utility Design, where he works as a graphic designer, filmmaker, illustrator, and photographer in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
His clients include Western Michigan University, the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, State Senator Sean McCann, Congressional Candidate Don Cooney, the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party, Retro Kalamazoo, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
He is currently the art director for the Association for Behavior Analysis International. His areas of focus include typography, branding and identity design, and print media. His work has been appeared in Creativity and Print Magazines.
In 2010, Martin began researching WPA posters-those pieces of ephemera created under the aegis of the U.S. government to provide work for many of the nation's artists. The Library of Congress has the vast majority of their collection available for free download. However, never created as objects of any sort of value, many of these are in simply dreadful condition. He began the arduous task of digitally restoring many of these posters-some of which were missing significant portions-to what a collector might consider "very good" or "fine" condition and exhibiting them at Retro Kalamazoo.
With the sad demise of Retro, Martin has chosen Diversity Vintage and Curio Shop as the exclusive regional exhibitor and seller of these uniquely American works of art.
At Diversity, it's important for us to give local artists a space to display their work. If you are interested in showcasing your art here at Diversity be sure to get in touch with us!