The South Haven Center for the Arts welcomes colorful vintage-style travel posters created by Petrus Martens to the 2020 Mistletoe Market Virtual Artist & Artisan Gallery.


Petrus began drawing at a young age and grew up in the Caribbean, lived in Florida and New York City, and eventually settled in East Lansing, Michigan, never expecting the beauty of Michigan’s lakes and shores. Fascinated with water, he says the Great Lakes remind him of any tropical location in the world.

Petrus travels the Great Lakes region illustrating and photographing on-location, then digitally draws and combines color and vintage fonts to create travel prints resembling advertising posters from bygone eras. Inspiration for his work springs from his combined fascination of locale, the composition of his subject matter, color, fonts, and the craftsmanship employed in the foregone era of screen printing and printmaking.


The colors resemble old stone lithography—the use of two or three colors. He creates his digital drawings using a color table of up to ten inks (the colors can’t be created using just primary colors) to create high-quality archival pigment prints in palettes of purples, violets, oranges, and blues.

Petrus notes that some of his prints, like "Sleeping Bear Dunes," are starting to become more simple, using two colors, which is meant to resemble four colors that are actually printed on a two-color press. "I am always trying to improve to make a piece resemble something vintage and authentic."


Font choice also plays a large role in each piece to re-create the effect of a vintage advertising poster from the early 20th century. Petrus graphically manipulates traditional fonts to resemble authentic period fonts that match the era each piece represents. He favors early- and mid-century poster stylings, especially those from the 1930s. He spoke of a documentary called Helvetica that describes how subconsciously fonts have an important impact on how people react to this visual cue.


Scaling and layout of fonts are also important, especially in relation to more than one font. “It’s a challenge, because you can ruin something with the wrong font in relation to an image, but there is always that magical moment when I know I’ve got the right font and scaling to complement my subject.”


Petrus notes that in early century prints by French poster artists, the foregrounds of scenes with great depth like landscapes and seascapes are often framed with foliage and shadow.



Visit the market to purchase vintage prints from Petrus for someone on your gift list or to enjoy his unique work in your own home. You can also view Petrus' work at martensprintworks.com, on Instagram: @martensprintworks or Facebook: Martens Printworks.


Happy shopping and happy holidays!



The South Haven Center for the Arts thanks Petrus for his contribution to the 2020 Mistletoe Market Virtual Artist & Artisan Gallery, and for helping the art center continue to further its mission of enriching our community through the arts.


The 2020 Mistletoe Market Artist & Artisan Gallery was made possible by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, and sponsored by South Haven’s Hardt Insurance and the Edward Jones Office of Paul Hix.


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The art center is happy to welcome South Haven graphic designer Jennifer Sistrunk to the 2020 Mistletoe Market Virtual Artist & Artisan Gallery.

Jen shares the beauty of South Haven and the local community through her art—she says that it's not just her hobby, but her passion. This passion for the arts took Jen to the Harrington College of Design in Chicago, and then she returned to Michigan to promote all there is to offer in South Haven and surrounding areas through her artwork for travel guides, community guides, magazines, newspapers, websites, billboards, materials for local businesses and non-profits, and many other local print and online publications.


As a special treat this year, Jen has designed a series of postcards called 12 Days of Encourage Mint to inject a little love and fun into what may likely be a very different holiday season. As part of your purchase she will send one postcard to family and friends for twelve consecutive days! The cards are also available as a set.


Send Jen a message from her Facebook page: @JenniferSistrunkDesigns to order your postcards today. You can also contact Jen directly at sistrunk.create@gmail.com.



Jen also designs digital portraits of people and pets. She begins with a concept, then sketches her idea and uploads the image to her computer to continue her creative process. As Jen puts it, "I use my computer as a paintbrush." She will digitally render in her unique way a photo of your choice and your gift will arrive matted and framed.



Join South Haven Center for the Arts' Executive Director Kerry Hagy as she visits with Jen.


Visit Jen at jennifersistrunk.com to purchase her art for someone on your gift list. Order Jen's 12 Days of Encourage Mint postcards today on Jen's Facebook page @JenniferSistrunkDesigns, or contact her directly at sistrunk.create@gmail.com. A little encouragement goes a long way!


Happy shopping and happy holidays!


The South Haven Center for the Arts thanks Carol for her contribution to the 2020 Mistletoe Market Virtual Artist & Artisan Gallery, and for helping the art center continue to further its mission of enriching our community through the arts.


The 2020 Mistletoe Market Artist & Artisan Gallery was made possible by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, and sponsored by South Haven’s Hardt Insurance and the Edward Jones Office of Paul Hix.

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The South Haven Center for the Arts is pleased to have the work of mixed media artist Alisa Clark as part of the 2020 Mistletoe Market Virtual Artist & Artisan Gallery.

Alisa works from her studio in South Lyon, Michigan, in what she calls “liminal space,” the space that forms life’s “in-betweens.” Paints, sand, fabrics, found objects, and other materials shape her art as she “floats in, above, and through” the liminal space and time inside her creative mind, until she surfaces back to reality.


Alisa's ideas and inspiration are borne of memories from her past, and looking toward the future; objects of significance to her that form spiritual connections—a representation of a tortoise, which reminds her of her son, strips of the scientific writings of her father, who made significant contributions to the realm of science during his lifetime. She combines these types of materials with cold wax and jelly plate paper techniques and others, to create textural and intriguing artwork that is meaningful to her, and meant to resonate with others on a universal and spiritual level.


"Sky Full of Angels," "Hello Hope," "Road Home," and a view of Alisa's studio


Visit the market to purchase Alisa's art for someone on your gift list or to enjoy her colorful work in your own home.


With each purchase, you will receive a complementary signed copy of Alisa’s book, Art and Liminal Space: Liminality and Creative Process in Life's Places and Spaces. Visit Alisa’s own virtual gallery to view her work, and to enjoy wonderful writings about her creative process.


Visit Alisa at liminalspaceart.com, mindfulnesspaintings.com, and journeyoncanvas.com, and feel free to contact Alisa directly at alisa@clarkistan.com.


Happy shopping and happy holidays!


Join South Haven Center for the Arts' Executive Director Kerry Hagy as she visits with Mistletoe Market artist Alisa Clark in her studio.



The South Haven Center for the Arts thanks Alisa for her contribution to the 2020 Mistletoe Market Virtual Artist & Artisan Gallery, and for helping the art center continue to further its mission of enriching our community through the arts.


The 2020 Mistletoe Market Artist & Artisan Gallery was made possible by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, and sponsored by South Haven’s Hardt Insurance and the Edward Jones Office of Paul Hix.

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