Updated: Jan 13

Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff MFA, artist, professor

Website: kellyingleright1.com

Facebook: Stone Creek

Artist Company: Stone Creek Fine Arts


I am an artist that grew up in Northern Michigan, went to universities throughout lower Michigan (Western Michigan University, Michigan State, then Indiana University), and later Texas, and have been teaching art and art history in Texas for the past eighteen years. I recently moved back to Michigan (Ortonville near Pontiac) with my family. We missed the lovely changing weather and seasons associated with Michigan and the Great Lakes.

I have been working as an Art Historian and Studio Art professor at Western Michigan University for two years now. Oddly enough, I remember when attending Western Michigan University taking a road trip to South Haven, I so wanted to be in the galleries in the area. It is interesting how time must play out a journey and sometimes one gets lucky enough to actually achieve certain dreams or goals.

The west side of Michigan plays an important part in my life as the beaches are just exquisite, and a part of my internal psyche has come from the Cadillac/Traverse City area. At the moment, my favorite part of life is sharing the history of art and also teaching students at WMU how to achieve a technical concept or expressive qualities in art. It keeps me young and a bit more aware of the changing tides of art styles and concepts.

Chocolate Slick by Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff


I am interested in the intersection of abstraction and realism in my large oil, encaustic, mixed media landscapes, still life paintings, and non-representational paintings and sculpture.  The tension of the symbolic and the literal, as well as abstract and real, provides an interesting and challenging place to dwell. Sometimes my work feels surreal, other times it might fall into the realism category, and at times, even an abstract experimental fashion with usual materials like wool, packing material, and clay being used in the same work. There is a simplicity to my work that hovers near sophistication and moodiness, thus, producing a type of calm tranquility or serenity through the use of vast areas of space. My works often draw reference to the Great Lakes region, particularly the west coast of Michigan, and also, the desert Southwest, as I have lived in both areas and find great meaning in nature regarding these two very different ecologies and cultural systems.


Probably the paintbrush, but I really love drawing with charcoal too. Recently, I have been on a big charcoal kick. I think I love the rawness of it, and if one is exceptional with ideas, the charcoal can convey a mood, from dark and scary, to light and happy. I have also been using different textures and spray paint on top of charcoal for a more contemporary approach.


I also work with encaustic paint, and often use sculpting tools that look much like picks and utensils used by dentists. These tools often help me create cavities (pun intended), holes, places that allow for more interesting textures, or vignettes to transpire. I like visceral things—on the verge of being slightly gross, but that have a more provocative or interesting quality.   

I also work with wool, poking it through a canvas from the back side. I came up with this while in graduate school several years ago.  

Opal Deep Three by Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff

A close-up of an encaustic work: I dug out the wax and created a cavity in which to place moss. There are actually three chasms in this work where I have placed items in the cavities.

I belong to the Brighton Art Guild,  Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild, and Paint Creek Art Center in Rochester Hills, and have items in shows with all three of these groups.

Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff is a South Haven Center for the Arts artist member. As a benefit of this membership level, we are proud to be featuring artist members on our blog. If you are an artist member and would like to be featured, email us at info@southhavenarts.org. Interested in becoming an artist member? See more information here: southhavenarts.org/artist-membership.

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Updated: Oct 15, 2020

The participating artists in our 11th Annual Regional Juried Online Exhibition have shared with us their artist websites and social media pages to share their body of work with our community. Visit any of the links below to learn more about the artists.

Visit the Fantastical Flora and Fauna Exhibition Here!

Alisa Clark, liminalspaceart.com

Anna Mielniczuk, anna-mielniczuk.com, Instagram: @annamielniczukstudio

Anna Wooden, annawoodendesign.com

Anne Harrington Hughes, Instagram @annehhughes.studio

Ben Bohnsack, sandriverart.com

Bindia Hallauer, ArtByBindia.com

Brandy Baker, LinkedIn

Christine Miller

David Baker, dbakerart.com

Deb Davis, debadavis.com

Debra Howard, artistdebrahoward.com, Instagram @artist_debra_howard, Facebook facebook.com/ArtistDebraHoward

Donald Spezia, donspezia-friznicmusic.com

Dorris Akers

Eana Agopian, eanaappleagopian.com

Elizabeth Hubler-Torrey, elizabethhublertorrey.com

Erin Houghtaling, Instagram @okay_collage

Erin McCarty, erinmaemccarty.com

Gemma Fletcher, gemmafletcher.work

George J. Miller

Helen O'Rourke

Jane Cloutier, deviantart.com/cloutierj/gallery

Jeanette Hammerstein, jeanettehammerstein.com

Jeanne Fields, jeannefieldsart.com

Jennifer Sugarman, jennifersugarmanartist.com

John Diephouse

Judy Wenig-Horswell

Kyra Richter, Instagram @kyrarichter, Etsy etsy.com/shop/TheLFPProject

Lori Brubaker, loribrubaker.wixsite.com/loribrubaker, Instagram @lori.brubaker.art


Marian Anderson

Martha Liddle-Lameti, Martel-Designs.com

Misty Grumbley, Instagram @digitalvictorian

Natalie Wetzel, Instagram @natalie_wetzel

Pamela Hart

Pamela Sloan, pamelasloan.com

Patricia Nelson

Robin Haller, robinhallerart.com

Ryn Clarke, rynclarkephotography.com, Facebook, www.facebook.com/rynclarke

Instagram, www.instagram.com/rynclarkephotography

LinkedIn, www.linkedin.com/in/rynclarke

Samantha Earley, Instagram @earley.samantha & Nancy DeJoy

Stephanie Weiner, revolutionarylemonadestand.com

Sue Hale, suehalefiber.com, Facebook: glittergirl.feltworks

Teri Bult, teribultart.com, coloringempowerment.com

Return to the Fantastical Flora and Fauna Exhibition

We would like to extend our gratitude to our juror, Stephanie Robertson, all participating artists in the exhibition, the SHCA Exhibition Committee and our sponsors.

This exhibition was funded and sponsored by Paul Hix's Office of Edward Jones and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The South Haven Center for the Arts mission is to enrich our community through the arts. Interested in becoming a member? Join today!

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What's in your garden?

Join the South Haven Center for the Arts online for the opening of the 2020 Regional Juried Exhibition: "Fantastical Flora and Fauna," on Friday, September 25, 2020, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Artists will speak about their work and prizes will be awarded during the Zoom opening. Visit southhavenarts.org to register. All are welcome!

​This year the art center is focusing on Frida Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul, her lifelong refuge and inspiration. In celebration of indigenous Mexican culture, Frida Kahlo's garden is full of plants and animals native to her home country. In her studio, Frida painted still lifes and self-portraits exploding with the colors and shapes of these plants and animals. 

Artists from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin will give us a glimpse into the gardens of their imaginations centered around the the theme of Kahlo's work. Juror Stephanie Lewis Robertson juried in 55 pieces of artwork, chosen from over 199 submissions.

Robertson is an accomplished, award-winning artist who 

sings to her hand-dyed and –printed fabrics while she works. Spirituality, ritual, nature, music, the concept of the “last worst time” and the current state of the world serve as the inspiration for her fabric and paper constructions.

This year's winners are from top left: First Place, St. Persephone (Medical Trials of the Saints) by MANDEM. Second place, Beginnings of Fall by Gemma Fletcher; Third Place: Till Death Don't Us Part . . . Pushin' Up Daisies/Roses 4U4Ever by Christine B. Miller; Honorable Mentions, from bottom left: Now by Nancy DeJoy by Samatha Earley; Flora and Fauna in Your Heart by Robin Haller, and The Magician's Door by Anna Wooden.

"These photographic composites were created during the long months of the Covid-19 virus quarantine," said Ryn Clarke, creator of Trumpet Honeysuckle. "Taking to the woods everyday with my dogs, I began shooting images of the beautiful flora and fauna all around me. As isolation can quickly become dark and depressing, I used these images to create make-believe landscapes, exaggerating the truth a bit to make you smile."

"Each of my three entries contain a 'mythical creation' that lives among the flowers in their fantiscape," said South Haven's Dorris Akers' of I Dream of Frida, photographed by Krystin Grenon. "They are meant to be a whimsical, childlike, portrait of an imaginary, funny and kind monster that could easily be a child's imaginary friend, or a creative self portrait. I completely resonate with Frida Kahlo's work due to her intense use of color and the way she incorporates nature, whimsy, and self portraiture into her work."

The South Haven Center for the Arts congratulates the winners and all who were chosen for the show, and all who submitted their work.

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