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      Sue Robishaw

Biography  Calling Cranes watercolor by Sue Robishaw

    A self-taught artist, Sue started working in wood thirty years ago, expanding into other areas of the arts in the years since. A writer of both fiction and non-fiction, she also keeps alive the forgotten craft of fingerweaving.
Her work in wood ranges from abstract sculpture to live-edged boxes to hand-carved spoons. She is currently involved in the world of watercolor, blurring the line between realism and abstract in her own unique style.
Sue’s work has received a number of awards and been involved in numerous juried and invitational shows and exhibits. She was one of five artists invited to participate in a special wood exhibit at the Neville Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and several of her sculptures were included in a special exhibit at the Michigan Governor's suites.


Artist Statement   

I remember the fun of being involved in designing class floats, dance routines, posters. That’s about as close as I got to art in my youth. There was no encouragement in the arts as such, and little exposure to anything beyond our small town. But at a small school you could pretty much be involved in any activity you wanted so in many ways the opportunities were broader than in a larger city. And usually youth were expected and allowed to handle their own activities which gave us freedom to create .
Years later I met Steve who had benefited from an art education I hardly even knew existed. He knew how to turn visions into objects, and introduced me to designing, inventing, building, and carving in wood. I discovered a world I love; where the hand, eye and the spirit dance, and the possibilities are endless. I don’t separate art and craft, whether of life or objects. Creativity begets creativity, whether writing or carving or painting or playing music, each area blends into another which leads to something different.
There is so much to explore, to discover. Creative expression is difficult, fun, time consuming, challenging, satisfying, a lot of work — sometimes all at the same time. Chaotic and peaceful, it has become an everyday part of my life. It gets into everything I do, and drags me into more. It connects me to myself. It connects me to those around me. Everyone who touches my art adds to it, to me, and I to them. Along with the intensity and frustration, there is a lot of fun. The way of life I’ve chosen allows me my way of art. It’s a good way to live, and it suits me.        
Sue Robishaw

Selected Juried / Invitational Exhibitions & Awards

Animal/Vegetable/Mineral Show — Berkowitz Gallery, Univ. Mich.–Dearborn MI
Art on the Rocks, Marquette MI — Juror and Awards Judge
Artists in the Round, Marquette MI — Award
Bay Arts Member Shows — Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Escanaba MI — Awards
Creativity Unfolding — Solo Exhibit — Kasota Gallery, Bonifas Fine Art Center
Expressions Art Show & Auction, Marquette MI
Expressions In Wood and Wool, Marquette MI — 3 Person Exhibition
Glacier Glide, Marquette MI — Awards Judge
Into the Woods — Marquette County History Museum — special exhibit
Language of the Lakes — Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba MI
LSAA Juried Member Show — University Art Gallery, Marquette MI — Awards
Northern Exposure Shows — Bonifas Fine Art Center, Escanaba MI — Awards
Superior States, Governor’s Invitational — Lansing MI
Wood and Watercolor — Bay College Art Gallery — 2 person Exhibition

ManyTracks -- Sue Robishaw and Steve Schmeck

    We live and work in our home, studio, and shop in the northwoods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our art, our work, our lives, and our play interweave and blend to such a degree that it is often hard to tell where one ends and the other begins, which is how we like it to be.
    Our interest in a sustainable lifestyle and world permeates our life and work. The sun provides our electricity, the wind pumps our water, and the woods and the sun heat our home and cook our food. We strive to live a non-disposable life.
    The artwork that is created by each of us reflects our lives, both inner and outer, individually and as a part of the larger communities in which we live.