Leading up to the October opening of the Grotto Gallery, we'll be highlighting the artists whose work will be exhibited at the gallery.
Last week, in our second installment , we introduced Edgar Hernandez and Erica Montgromery.
We offer our third installment this week with metalsmith Michelle Startzman and natural world artist Steph Peters.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Michelle Startzman earned her bachelor's degree in photography and art history from the University of Arizona and her Master's in Metals from ASU. A full-time art and jewelry teacher at a Mesa high school, she also teaches classes and workshops at Mesa Arts Center, Milkweed Arts, and KP Studio.
Her sketch of an idea for a piece evolves into a work she saws by hand, fabricating it in a detailed craftsmanship that reflects the importance and meaning of family and friendships.
Michelle enthusiastically supports the Grotto Gallery's mission of supporting and developing local artist businesses.
Her work for the Escape the Madness exhibit includes wall pieces with layers and depth that reveal the complexity of relationships. We are so thrilled to have her incredibly intricate artwork in our inaugural show at Grotto Gallery!
Written by: Beth Wineland, Senior Writer & Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org