Are you the next MI Great Artist?


Do you have an eye for design or an artistic spirit? Have you ever dreamed of your work in a gallery or of earning money for doing what you love? If so, then this opportunity is for you!

Beginning Monday, July 17th, artists may enter their works in the 2017 MI Great Artist competition, where cash and prizes total more than $16,000. Entries may be submitted to MIGreatArtist from now until noon on August 10th.

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2015 MI Great Artist Winner Kenneth Hershenson

2015 MI Great Artist winner Kenneth Hershenson.

2015 MI Great Artist winner Kenneth Hershenson.

Kenneth Hershenson of Clawson was chosen as the winner of the 2015 MI Great Artist award competition for his acrylic on canvas art. Largely self-taught, Kenneth Hershenson, 62, has been painting and drawing for nearly 50 years. A favorite piece in the show, “A Pair of Jacks,” was a an idea that came to him almost 30 years ago, which he has worked to perfect through the years. Visitors can see “A Pair of jacks” along with his other wonderful pieces, at the Park West Gallery through January 8, 2016. Continue reading

Weatherly Stroh named MI Great Artist Winner

Weatherly Stroh, an oil painter who specializes in animal and landscape paintings, was chosen as winner of the 2014 MI Great Artist online competition. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson made the announcement Thursday, December 11 at the Park West Gallery. Patterson said, “Supporting the arts, not only improves the quality of life in Oakland County, but it is an important determining factor for international companies deciding to relocate or expand to Oakland County.”


L. Brooks Patterson and Kristie Everett Zamora present Weatherly Stroh with her awards

Patterson and Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of the Gallery, presented Stroh with a check for $1500.00. Her work will be featured in a group exhibition at Park West Gallery, which runs through January 4, 2015, and in a two-month solo exhibition at the Oakland County Galleria in the Executive Office Building in Waterford.

Patterson said  “I’m awed by the talent of these fine artists. The competition was very close but Weatherly had a slight edge over the other four finalists. I congratulate her and thank the other ninety-one artists who entered the competition this year.” Stroh is a graduate of the University of Colorado with an undergraduate degree in fine art and a master’s in elementary education. She was an elementary school teacher but turned her focus to painting full time in 2010. She is the great-grandniece of American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers.

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