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A Passion for Creation- The Studio of Multi-Media Artist Adrianne Adelle McCluer

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Skilled, driven, and ambitious, Adrianne Adelle McCluer, can do it all. From photography and illustration, to ceramics, jewelry, and a variety of other media, this local artist explores multiple directions of fine art and do-it-yourself craft. I was lucky enough to get an interview with Adrianne and a tour of her colorful studio.

Born in Grand Rapids, raised in Cedar Springs, this Kendall College graduate knows how to work with her hands. Adrianne graduated in May a Bachelor of Fine Art: Photography, but has done much more than just that. A jack-of-all-trades, Adrianne, has her hands in almost every type of art media.

“I want to do it all!” Adrianne expresses during our interview, “I would do everything if I could.”

Adrianne has had her work featured in Kendall College’s 2010 view book, a show at Forest Hills Fine Art Center, and participated in the UICA’s Nosh Night and Winter Artist Market in 2009.

Her studio is bright and inspirational. The vivid green walls of her lively room are decorated with a variety of her work including line and watercolor illustrations, graphite drawings, jewelry, ceramic characters, paper collages, and photos. If she needs to work on something a bit larger, Adrianne has the extra space in a second studio downstairs. The room currently contains her large encaustic photography, woodcuts, sewing machine, pastel illustrations, and a variety of other tools.

Outside of her studio, Adrianne has been an ArtPrize photographer and a Grand Rapids Symphony intern. Her internship showed her that she enjoys designing and being busy, but that working at a desk wasn’t meant for her. Hands-on activities are what Adrianne does best. She has found ways to use her skills to financially support herself by photographing weddings and senior photos, landscaping, working on a farm, and selling her work at local art markets. Adrianne hopes to become a successful artist, nail a job at Disney’s Pixar or perhaps join the AmeriCorps.

Currently, Adrianne is preparing her work for the upcoming art markets this summer. The wooden block dictionary pages and kooky, light-hearted illustrations were a big success during her first time at the Avenue for the Arts Market in June. Adrianne plans on selling at the Fulton Street Artisans Market a few Sundays. 

If you would like to view more of this multi-talented artist’s studio, go to our Flickr slideshow
To meet Adrianne, head down to the Avenue for the Arts Market on July 10th, 2010 from 4 until 9pm, or connect with her online: 
[email protected]

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