Munising Local Artists & Crafters

The Munising area is very fortunate to have so many talented artists and crafters. With our Upper Peninsula solitude and beauty, the local artists are able to draw from mother nature and create some really spectacular artwork. Some of the visual arts include painting, photography, pottery and sculpture.


Thomas Baugnet

Thomas Baugnet

Thomas Baugnet is a professional potter who focuses mainly on functional pottery for the home. Thomas draws inspiration from the woods and water of the Upper Peninsula and has a studio called Open Wings Pottery Studio & Gallery.

318 W. Munising Ave., Munising

(906) 387-5070

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  • Professional potter since 1990
    Functional pottery
  • Kitchen, bath, patio, garden pottery pieces
  • Custom dinnerware
  • Owner of Open Wings Studio

Jill Zwemer Baugnet

Jill Zwemer Baugnet

Jill Baugnet is a passionate artist who enjoys melding beauty and function. Her art includes fabrics & fibers as well as pottery making. With her husband Thomas, Jill owns and operates a studio called Open Wings Pottery Studio & Gallery in Munising.

318 W. Munising Ave., Munising

(906) 387-5070

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  • Fibers & Fabrics
  • Pottery
  • Owner of Open Wings Pottery Studio & Gallery

James W. Denkins ~ Chainsaw Sculptor

James W. Denkins

James W. Denkins has been a chainsaw sculptor for over 25 years. His creations range from small pet carvings to large, multi-carving arrangements. His award winning "Edge of the Forest" display is on display at the Central U.P. Tourist Information Center on M28 East in Munising (next to Hardee’s). James’ sculptors include realistic humans and whimsical style caricatures. Well-known for his attention to detail James has won many regional and national competitions. Photos of his sculptures can be seen at
Contact him to discuss commissioning him to create a wonderful one-of-a-kind sculpture for your very own.

794N County Road 437, Cooks, MI

(906) 286-0910

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Carol Frances ~ Fine & Fantasy Art

Carol Frances

Being slightly eccentric and extremely eclectic, Carol, has a myriad of paintings, drawings, and photos. She covers the gamut in genres and mediums. You are encouraged to come by Imagine & Shakti in Grand Marais to see her works (open year ’round) or visit her artisan website to order print and more. Carol is passionate about her art from the obscure surreal, to the whimsical fantasy and the beauty of nature of which she is surrounded by.
Carol enjoys the challenge of commissioned works, from the complexity of sketches of each of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” to the personal desires of a full back tattoo.

N 14263 Lake Ave, PO Box 446, Grand Marais MI

(906) 286-3016

Kathryn Lund Johnson – Superior Inspirations

Kathryn Lund Johnson

Kathryn Lund Johnson’s deep respect and awe for the natural world has led her to create photo note cards and prints from her images so that she might inspire others to be more aware of their surroundings. She prints all her own work, allowing her to have control over the results. More recently, she has begun exploring an additional creative venue…that of wire wrapped jewelry. Her pieces are made using “findings” from the shores of Lake Superior, including stones and beach glass and beach pottery, some probably from shipwrecks. She also incorporates additional Upper Peninsula-related materials, such as hematite and polished Lake Superior stones she has purchased from area lapidary artisans.

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  • U.P. nature & landscape photography
  • Handmade Lake Superior beach pottery, beach glass and beach stone jewelry

    Greg Kretovic ~ Landscape Photographer

    Greg Kretovic

    Greg Kretovic is an outdoor photographer and creative designer who loves spending his time in the outdoors capturing the year-round beauty of Upper Peninsula. Much of Greg’s work includes photographic prints of Upper Peninsula waterfalls, landscapes and spectacular Lake Superior. His prints are professionally printed, of archival quality and available in a variety of sizes. His work can be viewed by visiting his online photography store as well as the Central U.P. Tourist Information Center in downtown Munising (across from the Days Inn, open seasonally).

    (906) 236-2786

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    • Featured on Huffington Post, Outdoor Photographer magazine, National Geographic News & several others
    • Waterfalls
    • Lake Superior
    • U.P. landscapes & nature
    • Northern Lights & night sky
    • Prints on canvas & custom sizes available!

    Chris Ledbetter

    Chris Ledbetter

    Chris Ledbetter is a painter and muralist who enjoys working with a variety of paint mediums. Her work varies from small paintings to large room-filled murals. She enjoys living in the Upper Peninsula and nature’s beauty.

    P.O. Box 330, Chatham, MI 49816

    (906) 439-5755

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    • Watercolor paintings
    • Acrylics and latex paintings
    • Landscapes
    • Nature
    • Mural painter
    • Pencil sketches

    Chris Neri & Nova Mackentley

    Night Flight Images

    Welcome to Night Flight Images, photography and framing by Chris Neri & Nova Mackentley. We met in 2005 at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, having been hired to band migrating owls along the shores of Lake Superior. As seasonal field biologists, we feel very lucky to be able to travel around the country in pursuit of our passions. From Michigan to South Texas, raptor studies and wild cat conservation projects have kept us fascinated with the natural world. Within our photography we strive to capture a sense of beauty in nature and convey the need for conservation of the species and landscapes we photograph. We hope that our images remind you of the natural beauty that surrounds us and the value of preserving it for future generations.

    • Wildlife & Nature Photography Including Various Birds, Butterflies & Landscapes
    • Handmade Birch Bark Frames
    • Professional Prints with Archival Paper & Inks

    Dan Pociopa ~ Wood Working

    Dan Pociopa

    Dan Pociopa is a lifelong UP native born and raised in the Iron River area. After earning a teaching degree from NMU, he went on to teach high school biology, PE and wood shop in Eben for 34 years. Retirement in 2005 has enabled him to devote more time to his art.

    Dan discovered a passion for wood working at a very early age. It has continued throughout his life, transforming him into the artist he is today. “Wood turning has proven to be quite therapeutic, and the process delivers a gratifying feeling of accomplishment when the piece is complete.” His unique hand turned one-of-kind creations are made from wood responsibly harvested from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula forests. In addition to lathe work, he has a portable sawmill which generates lumber for custom built furniture.

    E5103 Bebo Trail, Munising

    (906) 439-5560

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    • Wood creations
    • Furniture
    • Bowls & utensils
    • Vases

    D. Shields – Lake Superior Jewelry

    D. Shields

    Art jewelry handcrafted in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula featuring Lake Superior stones, gemstones and fossils from around the world. Many exclusive and unique designs.

    P.O. Box 163, Munising, MI 49862

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    • Hand-Forged Copper, Silver, & Brass
    • Lapidarist & Metalsmith
    • Kiln-Fired Metal Clays & Enamels

    Tim Trombley ~ Photographer

    Tim Trombley

    Concentrating on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in particular the Central UP and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Tim’s work captures the raw beauty that still exists if you’re looking for it. Not settling for another pretty picture, Tim tries to impart a personal look at the landscape creating each piece to have visual impact. Common every day scenes become transformed into visually stimulating images. Add to this the printing by a craftsman of 35 years and Tim’s landscapes are captivating.

    PO Box 144, Chatham, MI

    (906) 439-1551

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