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Artwork
at sandhill

Sandhill Crane artwork by Lindsey Dahl of Wildfeather Studio

Highlighting local, original artists through featured artists year round
and Summer Solstice Art & Music Festival, June 29th!

Pride Month artists:
Skeins of VAlor

June & July 2024

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April Vilminot is a fiber artist from Jackson, Michigan who has been working with fibers since 7 years old, making it a full time passion-filled job starting in 2020. April works in a variety of mediums including cotton, recycled cord and many different types of yarn. Techniques used are macrame, knitting, weaving and crochet with hand-dyed cord by herself! April's creations are beautiful functional art-like scarves and shelves as well as wall art that incorporates
crystals, wood, and fiber.


FB: @skeinsofvalor IG: @skeinsofvalor

Chris Blank
acrylic mixed-media

I remember it well… it was 1969 sneaking off to read an article in Newsweek magazine about the homosexuals rioting in Greenwich Village. There’s a whole village full of them? I was only 12 back then. Riots were going on everywhere so naturally my attention went to who the rioters were. There’s people like me? I’m not the only one? From that point on I pretty much knew (and took comfort) that someday I would be able to be myself just like the guys in the Newsweek pictures. It was six months after graduation (November 11, 1975) the closet door was kicked open and I came out to my family. There’s a lot of risk for some. Losing loved ones and friends isn’t an easy thing to grasp, but the risk was necessary for self preservation. You have to be true to yourself first and foremost otherwise you’re not living up to your potential or have the life you’re entitled to. Giving into others expectations of you or how to live is a death nail for anyone’s spirit. Gloria Gaynor sang it best “I Will Survive!” and together we all will too!❤️☮️🌈🏳️‍🌈

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Mercurial threads
Justine Melville

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Justine Nicole Melville is a queer non-binary woman, native to Jackson and an advocate for peace and equality. These progress mandala portals are an ode to the original 1970’s pride flag with the recent addition of brown and black to include the importance of BIPOC as leaders in our community. The inherent natural occurrence of colors and the rainbow is a reflection of the LGBTQIA+ community.
We were born this way and are an important piece
of the human condition and natural world!

A dream of mine is peace and equality and happiness and love for everyone in their true authentic selves. To live in a world that embraces our differences is the most ideal and liberated world there could ever be. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇵🇸



FB: Mercurial Threads IG: @mercurialthreads

Paige Cramton

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I am Paige Cramton and I grew up in Jackson Michigan. I am now studying graphic design at Michigan State University and have always loved creating. I have dabbled in many different mediums over the years, but one I regularly come back to is painting. I love mixing and blending the colors to get something that is both representational and expressive. I am delighted to be featured during pride month as a queer artist myself. I think this allows me to be more open in my pieces and draw on inspiration from people who are also LGBTQ+ in the art community as I tend to be more drawn to some of their pieces. 

Paige was an employee of Sandhill Crane Vineyards during the summer of 2023 and recently finished an internship with us as well. Paige created the Summer Solstice 2024 Art & Music Festival logo!

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