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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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, author & 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 Munising Visitors Center in downtown Munising (across from the Days Inn, open seasonally)

    Greg also just authored a travel guide book titled ‘Waterfalls of Michigan’, which is available at the Center and online.

    (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
    • Author of ‘Waterfalls of Michigan’
    • 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

    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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    Yooper Goddess

    Yooper Goddess
    Upper Peninsula

    Yooper Goddess Partnership is owned by two sister-in-laws, Lori Kulju (a.k.a. The Yooper Goddess) and Vikki Kulju. They are the authors of the very popular, Superior Plates & Places, a cookbook meets travelogue and they design and create Yooper-inspired products. They also use their platform to promote local artists through their via strategic collaborations.

    Lori Kulju

    Marigold St., Ishpeming, MI
    (906) 250-2309
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    • As seen on WLUC TV6 Morning News with bi-monthly cooking segment
    • Author of Superior Plates & Places and Venison Vixen
    • Yooper-inspired clothing & jewelry
    • Supporters of local artists
    • Creating a tribe of Yooper Goddesses across the nation

    Chad Robillard ~ Metal Fabricator

    Michigan metal artwork

    Chad Robillard has been a metal fabricator for over seven years. His creations range from small name plates, garden stakes to large over the driveway signs. His work is on display through the Upper Peninsula as he has created may business road signs. Contact Chad about your custom metal art project!

    Chad Robillard

    37009 Co. Rd. 581, Ishpeming, MI
    (906) 485-5285

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