BUCHANAN ART CENTER MAIN
4 DIMENSIONAL JOURNEY FEATURING 5 CONE STONEWARE AND MIXED MEDIA
A public, evening reception will be held
on Friday, May 24, 2013, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Buchanan Art Center for 4 Dimensional Journeys
– Cone 5 Stoneware by Susan Sutherland Barnes and Mixed Media by Christopher Beikmann. This exhibit
opens on Wednesday, May 22, and runs through Saturday, July 6th, 2013.
About Susan Sutherland Barnes: Born and raised in Niles, MI, printmaker, fiber-artist and ceramist,
Susan Sutherland Barnes graduated with a BFA from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. From 1982-1990 Sutherland Barnes
worked at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Buchanan, MI as the Arts and Crafts Coordinator, where she planned
and implemented the arts education program and taught classes for adults and children. In 1990 her husband Richard
[Rick] Barnes was transferred by AT&T to Martinsburg, W VA., where Susan continued to work in art education and administration,
creating studio art part-time.
In the mid-90’s, another job transfer
for Rick resulted in a move to the Council Bluffs, IA/ Omaha, NE area where, in 1997, Susan established WindRiver Designs, her first clay and fibers studio, and began to
pursue her art full-time. She also
became active in area galleries including the Artists' Cooperative Gallery, the longest running cooperative
gallery in NE. There Susan was President of the Board of Directors and helped design and promote arts
outreach programs for area youth.
In 2012, a desire to be closer to family prompted a move back to Michigan,
where Susan presently maintains a full-time clay and fibers studio in Paw Paw, MI. With regard to this show, Sutherland Barnes
states: “I've recently rediscovered working
in the garden and it is, in some ways, like finding one’s creative voice on the long way home. There is a necessary
process and each step along the way needs the step that came before and the one that will be coming after. As in my
life and as an artist, there is a common rhythm in those steps that calms, connects, and reminds me. This is where my
voice began. Creative process is a mode of travel and the world outdoors is an open road.”
About Christopher Beikmann: A former,
standout student of Susan Sutherland Barnes at Fernwood; Niles native, Christopher Beikmann graduated with a BBA in advertising
and minor in art from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1999. He then worked for global ad agencies JWT and Y&R
managing digital media campaigns for Ford Motor Company in both Detroit and Denver from 2000 through 2012.
in both digital art and mixed media; Beikmann often blends sublimation and giclee reproduction techniques with hand-painting,
embroidery and other textures. His digital artwork has been licensed internationally for use on device skins, cards and gifts
as well as for TV and print. His complex and colorful works have also been shown in numerous galleries in the Santa Fe Arts
district of Denver, Colorado.
In 2012, Beikmann founded Da Vinci Case, a device case accessory company focused
on artisan cases for smart phones and mobile devices. His artisan cases have been sold all over the world and were recently
featured in Vogue magazine. He currently resides in Aurora, Colorado.