Artist/gallery owner Ruth Conklin showcases her work alongside art and handcrafted pieces by more than a hundred American artisans.
Nestled in the Sleeping Bear village of glorious Glen Arbor, the Ruth Conklin Gallery has been bridging the gap between the natural beauty of the shores of Lake Michigan and the sophisticated, artistic interpretation of the area for more than 25 years.
The Ruth Conklin Gallery Showcases the works of talented Michigan and nationally known artists such as Matt & Lisa Claflin, Leonard Fieber, Louise Hopson, Kristen Jongen, Matt Joppich, Krys Lieffers, Al Rollings, Leif Spörck, Dianne Wakefield, Hanni Yothers, Tom Edwards, Golden, Colorado, Sarah Grant of Des Moines, Iowa, Amy Hardacre of Ohio, Renee Hickman from Portland, Oregon, Prentice Hicks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jennifer Nielsen of Maine, and Daphna Simon of New York.
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For over 25 years the Ruth Conklin Gallery, nestled in the beautiful village of Glen Arbor, Michigan, has brought the natural beauty of the shores of Lake Michigan to life through exquisite artwork and handcrafted pieces created by over one hundred talented artists. Owner Ruth Conklin – an accomplished artist herself – delights in exploring, capturing and exhibiting the essence of the northern Michigan lifestyle in her gallery.
We warmly invite you to peruse this site and discover the depth of Ruth’s longtime passion, from the rolling sands of the Sleeping Bear dunes, a local favorite, to breathtaking Lake Michigan sunsets and majestic white pines. Enjoy!
Please feel free to contact the gallery directly if you see an item that rekindles your own special northern Michigan experience. We’re happy to be of assistance!
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After an unusually bitter, lengthy up north winter, summer sunshine is at last beaming in again at Ruth Conklin Gallery. The jewelry cases and showrooms are filled with wonderful work from talented local artists, many familiar favorites as well as several new discoveries. We have put together but a mere sampling of their creativity to give you a sneak peek, but please make it a point to peruse our gallery regularly while meandering Glen Arbor.
Ruth Conklin Gallery is delighted to feature the paintings of Leelanau county’s own Paul W. Olsen and Mary Beth Rollings. Both artists channel their appreciation for the natural beauty of the surrounding lakeshore with broad strokes of bold, rich colors.
For a number of years, the unique driftwood carvings of Al Rollings have been available at our gallery. A retired veterinarian, the combination of love of nature and being trained in the anatomy of animals has inspired his works.
We also have several of Dianne Wakefield’s hand carved, realistic renderings of Michigan shorebirds and waterfowl looking to perch somewhere in your beach house.
New to Ruth Conklin Gallery this season are the eclectic stylings of designer Meg Staley. A forty year
veteran of the fashion industry, her current focus is happy, uplifting color. The shapes are loose and
easy, one-size-fits-most, with a relaxed, informal lifestyle in mind. If you are stressed out, put on one
of Meg’s tops and feel the tension start to slip away!
We also have a huge selection of accessories and jewelry, including leather handbags from Hardwear by Renee and stunning one of kind adornments made from beach glass, Petoskey stones or native Leland Blue.
There are truly so many fantastically fun must-haves and gifts in the gallery this year, it’s hard to touch on them all! Here are a few more items of interest... beautiful hand blown glassware, cherry pottery pieces, friendly fish sculptures, therapeutic bear neck wraps and so much MORE!
Thank you for visiting our web site! Please stop in or contact the gallery if you are interested in learning more about any of our fabulous featured artists & their work.
Ruth Conklin Gallery
6632 M-109 | POB 343 | Glen Arbor, MI 49636
ph: 231-334-3880 | fx: 231-334-3335
Open Daily May 1 to October 31