Fusion Fine Art Framing and Gallery's goal is to carry unique and innovative artists who specialize in a variety of mediums and is committed to exhibiting and selling the works of local and regional artists in an attempt to represent the many individuals who are dedicated to creating fine art. These works are available framed or unframed.
Although we are primarily a custom framing gallery, we do carry original art and giclees by local artists, including the following...
Gene graduated from Western Michigan University in 1955 with a Fine Art major - followed by two years in the US army where he served as an infantry officer.
From 1957 until 1985 his primary career was as a Commercial Artist doing Illustration and Advertising Art in the Kalamazoo area.
In 1985 he came to Northport to pursue a full time career in Fine Art. He maintains a studio in Northport, Michigan and Suwannee, Florida. Although he paints mostly in Northern Michigan and Coastal Florida, he also spends time and paints in Homer Alaska and the Western USA and has participated in Plein Air events in Florida, Michigan and Virginia. His works are owned by collectors throughout the U.S.
After growing up along the banks of the Maumee River in NW Ohio, Claud Mills attended Carleton College in Minnesota, majoring in history. Back in Toledo, “at loose ends”, in November of 1975, “on a whim”, he decided to spend a winter in Northern Michigan and maybe “ski a little”…… he’s been here ever since.
That first winter in Glen Arbor, he happened to attempt a drawing of the old outhouse visible out the picture window and rather enjoyed the process. Since then, art gradually (“very gradually”) became a major focus in his life. Largely self-taught, he says “it’s been an interesting journey”.
Working in pencil, oil, watercolor and pastels, Claud enjoys recording his surroundings, hoping “one day” to create a “masterpiece or two”.
In January, 2015, Claud opened a working studio/gallery in Old Town, Traverse City, Michigan. “While I may be taking my art way too seriously, it’s been a joy and a privilege to have such a space.” While the originals are not for sale at this point, Claud welcomes visitors. He has finally had his work photographed and we are proud to be able to carry some of his giclees at Fusion Framing.
A Northern Michigan native, Kim Diment’s art brings personality and life to the animals she portrays. Both her art and love for animals started at young age. Her first preteen field sketches came from wanderings along the backwaters of the AuSable River during the spring thaw migrations. After high school Kim’s formal training involved a double major from Michigan State University in Zoology and in the Fine Arts. During her college years she was competing in the Michigan Duck Stamp Art Competition. She later went on to teach High School art for thirteen years while simultaneously pursuing her own art. In 2003 she started painting full time. Kim resides in northern Michigan on the Au Sable River with her husband Carl.
Kim loves her subject matter and tries to help out in preserving it when she can through several conservation projects. Currently she is involved with the on going project Tahquamenon State Park’s “Art for the Park”. Kim uses the landscape from Michigan’s Tahquamenon’s Falls area to portray a native animal species. A portion of the sales go back into the State’s Park systems.
Further away from home Kim is currently working with “Grevy’s Zebra Trust of Kenya” which is targeting the dwindling northern herds of Grevy’s Zebra. She has also worked with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya to raise awareness to the endangered species that are prevalent in that park.
BFA Studio Arts. Minnesota State University
Mr. Murphy, an Artist/Illustrator and Art Educator, has been teaching classes and workshops in Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic since the mid 70's. He received an Arts Educator Of The Year award in 2003. Traveling workshops have taken him to many areas of the U.S. and abroad to France, Italy and Spain.
Charles has been represented by more than 45 galleries in the U.S. and Caribbean and his work is included in innumerable collections both private and corporate including Kraft, General Motors, U.S. Gypsum, John Hancock, Mead Corporation, Prudential, and more. He has exhibited with the American Watercolor Society and the International Society of Experimental Artists.
Murphy has illustrated several books including the multiple award winning "Reach For The Moon" (Scholastic Books) written by Samantha Abeel, "Smokey The Raccoon", "Chickadees At Night" and 2 others by Bill O. Smith and his own book of rhyming verse, "The Waking Hour".
Charles Murphy lives in Traverse City with his wife, Carrie.