Inspirations of Art Studio is a drop in art studio and education center designed to bring out the creativity in all of us! Our studio boasts an awesome range of equipment to be used during drop in studio time, from sewing machines and long arm quilting machine to easels and paint brushes, stamps (many hundreds) and more. Our classes focus on teaching each student in ways to bring out the artist in them whether it is how to create a quilt, handmade card, or painting the next Monet with acrylics.
Whether you’re just starting or are a pro, you’re sure to discover new ideas to take home to experiment with or just play during open studio time. It’s all about creative expression and trusting your instincts at Inspirations; building on your own natural abilities and believing that if you can dream it, you can create it!
We offer a workspace for area residents and out-of-town guests to drop-in and work on art projects;
a classroom for art education and business networking classes and
an area to serve as a gathering place for local artisans, studio members and the public to meet, share, learn, sell and purchase art.
Meet the Team
We are a team of dedicated artists, ready to do what ever it takes to make your vision come to life!
Dana has always been known to try anything in the process of creating art. She started down the artistic road by watching her mother and grandmother from making beautiful clothes to Christmas ornaments and angels. She has travelled that road by creating her children’s clothing when they were young, by being a Stampin’Up demonstrator for four years and currently with her group of girlfriends in which they share the love of creating handmade works of art.
Dana has a bachelor’s of science degree in environmental health and safety management. She has worked for 21 years making employees and their work places safe for them and remediating chemical spills and restoring the environment for future generations to use.
Dana has had a lifelong dream of being able to share her enthusiasm for creating works of art by creating an environment that would allow one to be inspired to create works of art and then share that process with others. She has developed that dream into Inspirations of Art Studio.
Ingrid Dudek (Instructor) is a retired college professor. She has taught nuclear medicine technology for 30 years. She is married and has three children. Two wonderful daughters and a wonderful stepson. She also has six terrific grandchildren. She was born in Germany, lived in England and has lived in the US since she was 22 and became a citizen when she was 27. She has traveled all over the world and has admired and collected artworks where-ever she went. She loves to sew, knit and crochet. Recently she has learned to work Tunisian crochet, which is a great technique. Ingrid also loves to restore things. She is an accomplished reupholster.
have done photography for over ten years. Some of my favorite subjects are family, friends, and places from my travels around the world. I love people watching, catching nature with a special slant or fancy for interesting shots making it even more fun to discover the plot. I enjoy all the new "Apps" and often combine several types of photo art to create a unique piece. Various print media’s are also fun to explore.
A big benefit of photography is being able to play with the textures, sizes, frames (or not) of the art to make each print unique to their owner. I typically only print a few of each piece. Metal and metallic prints are an incredible way of bringing out every little detail and color to make it "pop" just so.
Julie is a retired accountant. She is married with three grown daughters, which leaves her plenty of time for making and teaching doll making .at IOAS and a local Grand Rapids area fabric store. Most of the dolls she makes are designed by Gail Wilson in New Hampshire and have an old fashioned or early American feel to them. Some of Gail’s dolls are based upon a specific antique doll.
Paul owns many hats, and sometimes wears several in one day! He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Fordham University in New York City (but, please, don’t tell his Mom as she is still proud thinking he is a bouncer in a biker bar . . . ), and has had a private practice in the area for . . . a lot of years . . . He also consults with many nursing homes in the area.
Paul also possesses a Ph.D. from Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic – the most prestigious and oldest Close-Up Magic Convention in the world. Really! He has performed for thousands of people in various restaurants, at private parties, and during corporate events. He has consulted for various products and services and has created marketing projects including videos using Magic to introduce products.
Paul has been an origamist for . . . many years . . . despite the fact that he may look like a Presbyterian! He has several hundred books on origami, warehouses 3.5 square acres of timber that have been converted to all types of paper, and is blessed to have a network of kind and generous origamists who share their expertise with him. He regularly goes to Wonderland (you may know it as Japan . . . ) as a guest of friends who have requested his consultation in running contests and conventions in Magic and, it is expected sometime in the next decade, eating sushi.
Paul believes that dignity and seriousness and a sense of solemnity MUST accompany all he does . . . he also has many bridges to sell you!
Karen Hundt Brown
Karen has been growing and working with gourds for the last 14 years. She started with making a simple bowl and has progressed to be one of the most well-known gourd artists in the Midwest. She teaches locally at IOAS and at her home. She also travels around the Midwest and Canada teaching her art and sharing her enthusiasm about gourds. Her work has been published in many gourd magazines and can be found online on many web sites. Karen says that gourds have changed her life for the better. She looked for a medium to work in that would not limit her and yet still be fun. She found that in gourds. She is always looking for new and fun ideas for the hundreds of gourds that now await her touch..
Phyllis has traveled around the world and has had many experiences that have shaped her love of art. Phyllis brings this experiences into her work as a fiber artist. She specializes in bring different fibers together to build art quilts and 3D fiber sculptures. She is an original member of the Lakeshore Fiber Art Group and teaches classes in both art quilting and fiber sculptures. Her work has been published in books that teach quilters how to think outside of the box to create unique post cards and art quilts.
I have been interested in art for a long time and dabbled in various art projects over the years. I first realized that I was attracted to it and that I was good at it, in college when I took a drawing class for fun. The teacher Mrs. Willard and her professor friend from Notre Dame were compiling my portfolio for, what they thought was my next step at Western Michigan University. They were absolutely sure that I was going to be an art major in college and didn’t know I already had several classes towards a different course of study there. As I continued in college I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and Retail Management and worked in that field for 7 years. I then settled down with my husband Gary and started our family. At that time I started a stay at home business with Mary Kay Cosmetics in order to have the flexibility I needed to raise my family. By being in the beauty business I have been involved in a form of art in helping women look pretty. I always knew that one day I would get more involved in art when the time allotted me. In 2005 I began taking art classes, first with Cindy Ford at Kendall College, then David Davis, a graduate of Kendall, who was an encouraging influence on myself and many of us budding artists. Art in my life now has been a fulfilling time. I totally enjoy the process of creating something and helping others to do the same. It is exciting and very rewarding and requires trusting one’s intuition, a looking to God, and down right courage to just put something on the paper. It brings a joy, happiness, and balance to me that I hope inspires others
Sandi started working with beads and creating jewelry for sale at 14. She sold custom designed necklaces to a downtown Milwaukee boutique for an entire summer while in junior high. Over 40 years have passed and Sandi still loves working with beads and making unique jewelry. She loves teaching others the fun of making jewelry for themselves.
Sandi is a dental hygienist and also has a bachelor of arts degree in Management from Spring Arbor University. She taught Dental Hygiene at Delta College for 10 years along with leading Girl Scout Troupes and Youth Groups. Sandi has studied under a published wire artist in Atlanta and continues to take classes from other artists to learn new techniques, whenever possible.
If there is something you want to learn how to create, bring in a picture. If it is possible to recreate it and the materials are readily available, Sandi will make a sample and develop a class around it.