THE ART

THE ARTIST

@bennybodywannapeanut
Benny is a versatile artist based in Lansing MI.  Hes considered a "Jack of all trades" within the art community.  With a proclivity to the imaginative and absurd, Benny enjoys spending time in his "Monster Shop", Working with his hands creating props, puppets, or whatever else he thinks up
@mallorikonkleart
Hello, I am Mallori.  I am a small town girl raised in Homer, MI.  I am studying Art Education at Western Michigan University, and hope to one day be an amazing art teacher.  I had an amazing art teacher, who pushed me to do my best, and i hope to do that for my students someday.  Someone else who played a big role in making me the artist I am today was my grandma Jojo.  She was an amazing artist, and will always be an inspiration to me.  
I really enjoy using charcoal, but going to school has really broadened the art techniques and mediums that I use.  While charcoal was my first medium, I have come to love other things like like pastel art and ceramics since enrolling in art school. 
Art is my happy place, especially when i see the outcome
@meaganwildt
Meagan is a creative designer who resides in Marshall Michigan. At 6 years old she knew she wanted to be a professional artist.
A few years ago she decided to take the leap and complete a graphic design degree.
 
While there is love for digital design, she prefers to get messy with acrylic and watercolor paints. Her work is described a playful and childlike. It's her mission to find the beauty in everyday life through art.
Outside of the art studio, you'll find her on a hike in nature, or snuggled up with a good book.

@nickatomic7

I have always been the doodling kid. As far back as I can remember I was drawing aliens, monsters, and foreign planets. I used to think that I would become an engineer or a scientist, but I knew that because of the way the schooling system was structured, I wouldn’t be able to learn properly in that setting. However, I didn’t immediately pursue art after high school because I believed the world was already flooded with artists and I thought that my work was too different to be coveted.

After almost two years without creating any art, I decided to buy a few canvases and paints in January of 2008 so that I could make my own home décor. When I finished my first five mixed-media paintings, using sprays, acrylics, water, oil paints, markers, and pens, I decided to apply for my hometown’s art fair just for the sake of it. I had no expectations of getting accepted, so when the letter arrived in the mail congratulating me because the jury had selected my work for the show I was blown away!

I found myself forced to focus on creating enough pieces to fill a booth. When the time came, I had sixteen originals completed for the show, but my only goal was to sell a single piece of art throughout the course of the whole weekend. I was shocked, and unprepared to have thirteen of the sixteen pieces fine new homes on the first day of the show. When the day was done I went home and painted until one in the morning so that I would have enough art to fill my booth for the final day of the art fair.

When the show was all finished I found myself standing in the middle of the street, gazing down at the fair like it was an entity of its own, and I realized that I had something special here. That was the spark the ignited my art career.

@back.justin