By BENJAMIN RAY
Herald Special Writer
When one thinks of Michigan art galleries, places like Lansing, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids spring to mind.
Add Tecumseh to that list.
Not only has Whitney Studio been open since February, owner Susan Whitney-Johnson continues to add work from local artists and offer workshops for would-be painters. A dozen or so artists from Tecumseh, Manchester, Ann Arbor and the like are selling and exhibiting their work in the 113 W. Chicago Blvd. gallery.
This is work that encompasses Michigan. Vivid colors and serene landscapes share wall space with portraits of animals and historical scenes from the Tecumseh area. Glass-blown crafts and cute wool animals — the “warm fuzzies” — sit next to haunting acrylic paintings of people and abstract oil work conveying different emotions to different viewers.
“I was so happy that a gallery opened up in Tecumseh. The response shows there’s enough of an artist community here to support it,” said Amy Sowers, a local resident and creator of the aforementioned abstract oil paintings. “(Whitney-Johnson) is providing the outlet for some of us who would not have been able to show our stuff otherwise.”
Unlike many art galleries around the state, Whitney Studio is pretty much devoted to art, making it a destination for the more serious fan. The entire right wall is covered in a myriad of paintings, charcoal drawings, sculptures and prints.
Off to the left is Whitney-Johnson’s studio, which boasts a number of almost-finished paintings, which she will get around to soon. In the middle of the studio is an open space with a table for artists to work or congregate.