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Sharon Que: Building with Found Materials

Sharon Que in studio“Everything is a building block, I don’t plan things out,” says Sharon Que, an Ann Arbor artist. “I love what materials do, the way they break.”

Que is a what she calls a “found material” artist. She primarily works with scrap materials she finds and then recrafts into a piece—like using found metal to construct a sculpture. This is different from a “found object” artist, who usually does minimal manipulation to an object after they found it.

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Jill Wagner: Chasing Light

Jill Wagner“I like to drive around until I see something that is breathtaking, and then I paint it,” says Jill Wagner, an Ann Arbor artist who specializes in plein air painting. 

Wagner is attracted to this style of painting because of its spontaneity and authenticity. “My whole goal is to paint what I see—to document what our lives are like right now.” She enjoys capturing a moment that is fleeting—preserving it through art. 

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Freier Forestry Makes Use of Reclaimed Wood

Freier Forestry is a wood processing company that is putting a sustainable spin on lumber creation. At construction or urban development sites, trees are cut down and chopped into firewood or simply left for mulch never to be used. Eric Frier, the owner of the company, wanted to find a way to make use of these discarded trees. Watch this video to see his solution:

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The UMMA Store is proud to have wood products processed at Freier Forestry. We’re thrilled to have a piece of sustainability for our community to purchase!

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