Tuesday, April 27, 2010


ArtWorks is celebrating its second anniversary with a special public reception on Thursday, May 6, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Following May’s theme of “TWO”, fifteen artists will be presenting interesting facts about creating their two new works of art. Live music will be offered between the presentations by Ivy Coan on the violin and Doug Bacon on the guitar. Celtic and medieval songs, jigs and reels will add enjoyment to the evening. Free beverages will be available.

ArtWorks is a cooperative gift shop and gallery, where local artists work on a volunteer basis. It is located at 111 North Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain adjacent to Rocconi Ace Hardware.

Members would like to express their gratitude to area citizens and media for their recognition of the benefits derived from having an artistic presence in our community. With that in mind, all attendees will be given two gifts as they leave.

The theme of “TWO” will continue throughout the month of May. Regular hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Wed.-Sat., with Sunday hours of 10:30-2:00 p.m. The public can also see paintings, sculptures, and carvings at ArtWorks new website at artworksup.com.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Bird is the Word"

"Bird is the Word" at ArtWorks Gallery in Iron Mountain during the month of April. Birds have long been a fascination, a hobby, a patriotic and religious symbol in our human history. Throughout time, birds have been protected by law , hunted to extinction , purchased illegally and worn on hats and ceremonial dress.
ArtWorks invites the public to see how artists in the Dickinson County area present their ideas about our feathered friends. There will be an opening reception on April 8th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Anything you like from painting to sculpture, photography to fiber art can be found at this show.
Some of the new items featured for this upcoming show include Ivy Coan's collage titled "Guardian Angel", garden journals by Melisse Carr and sculpture by Gail Stanek to name just a few.
ArtWorks is the only artist owned and operated gallery in the area where 16 award winning artists display their creations.
ArtWorks Gallery is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday, Wednesday-Saturday and from 10:00M to 2:00PM on Sunday.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Winter Flowers at ArtWorks

ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts is proud to present for a limited time Winter Flowers semi-precious jewelryjust
in time for Valentines Day!
Winter Flowers jewelry is created by area artists Jayann Erkkila and Patty Hammill. Both women are
employed by the Niagara School District. Jayann is a middle school teacher of 24 years and lives in
Kingsford. She and her husband Mike have two children that attend college. Patty is the business manager
and has been working in governmental accounting for 23 years. She and her husband Tim reside in
Norway Township and have three children and two grandchildren. Their mutual passion for fl ower
gardening sparked their friendship years ago.
Jayann and Patty feel their fl ower gardening provides a great outlet for relieving stress from work and
lifeʼs twists and turns. The gratifi cation from gardening is more immediate than most other things in life.
The U.P.ʼs winter always brought a temporary end to their gardening passion. Four and one-half years
ago, Jayann and Patty started beading during this time. They found creating jewelry with semi-precious
stones very similar to the rewards of fl ower gardening. All winter long they kept making more and more
jewelry. Both their husbands thought they were going a bit overboard with the quantity of pieces they
were making and said “No more stones or beads until you sell some of your jewelry”. Hence the start
of their business and their business name “Winter Flowers”.
Winter Flowers jewelry is made of semi-precious stones, pearls, Swarovski crystals, silver, gold, copper,
brass, and silk. Each piece of jewelry is a beautiful “one of a kind” creation. And like fl owers, one can
never have too much jewelry...
Jayann and Pattyʼs jewelry is available exclusively at ArtWorks February 11th through Valentines Day
February 14th. Everyone is invited to a reception Thursday February 11th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm, to kick
off this special event and to meet the artists. ArtWorks Gallery & Gifts is located at 111 N. Stephenson
Avenue in Iron Mountain- next to Rocconi Ace Hardware.
ArtWorks is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:30am - 5:30pm; Saturday 10:30am
- 5:00pm; and Sunday 10:30am to 2:00pm. Our wide selection of original jewelry, pottery, purses, cards,
paintings, drawings, carvings, and photography make wonderful gifts for Valentines Day. And remembera
gift of Art comes from the heart...

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Martha Johnson Nagel has joined the Art Works family. She brings expertise in the areas of knitting, felting, and embellishment.

Martha was taught to knit doll clothes by her mother when she was a child. She continued to knit through her college years. About ten years ago, she started experimenting with various types and textures of yarn. She became interested in felting and began creating purses, scarves, and coasters, sometimes embellished with beads. Martha hopes to add pillow cases, other clothing, and decorative items to her repertoire.

Raised on the eastside of Iron Mountain, Martha graduated from Iron Mountain High School. She achieved a degree in education from North Park College in Chicago. Working with both children and adults, she had a career in early childhood education serving as both teacher and administrator in the Head Start program.

Martha has lived in Illinois, Florida, and South Carolina returning to this area in 2007. She and her husband, Seelye “Corky” Nagel live in a new home built on property purchased by her grandfather in 1913 on the Spread Eagle chain. The Nagel’s have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Martha’s creations can be seen at Art Works, 111 North Stephenson Avenue, every day except Tuesday.