Carolyn Stich once made a living (or at least paid for her middle school lunch) by charging her peers 25 cents for custom artwork for their lockers. Though her pieces may be displayed in more prestigious locations at this point in her artistic career, Carolyn still enjoys creating work that delights and uplifts the viewer. Carolyn came to our Awesome Mitten by way of Missouri and her husband’s work transfer which landed the two of them in Holland in 1993. Carolyn loves the area and says interaction with visitors to her downtown Holland studio is a source of constant joy.
Working primarily in gouache, Carolyn’s work is known for being bright and cheerful. She draws inspiration for her vibrant pieces from Mary Engelbreit, another successful artist hailing from St. Louis, as well as colorful patterns and imaginative subject matter. She largely produces and sells prints and note cards featuring her work. However she also sells mugs, ornaments, cutting boards, and journals among other products.
Her artwork has been shown at numerous stores and coffee shops around our Awesome Mitten including Ludington, Muskegon, South Haven, Grand Rapids, Petoskey, Saugatuck, and Holland. She often competes in art festivals and shows during the summer months and always places in the Top 20 of the Tulip Time Poster Competition, winning Peoples Choice prize for 4 of the past 5 years during the annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland, MI.
Carolyn enjoys creating artwork that brings a smile to her viewers’ faces or “makes someone laugh out loud.” And she does just that: whether by making people happy with her artwork or encouraging others to make their own at her studio. She offers classes classes year-round, as well as Summer art camps for kids.
Where around the Mitten have you seen Caroyln’s artwork? Do you have a favorite piece? Let us know in the comments section below!