Your browser (Internet Explorer 7 or lower) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.


Navigate / search

Traverse City Art Show

Traverse City Art Show Poster

I’m happy and proud to announce a new solo art show opening this Thursday at the Ledbetter Gallery in Traverse City.

Earlier this year I had several other themed shows on music and film, but I’m looking forward to this chance to display a lot of various works that many who only made it to those other exhibits might have missed.

I’ll also have some new work like St. Eustace on display that I’m really excited about.

Everyone in northern Michigan is invited to come get a high-five and some artwork for holiday gifts. There will be art available from a wide variety of prices (from $5 – $2000), so something for everyone!

Preview some of the artwork that will be available at this Traverse City show in my portfolio, and RSVP on Facebook.

See you there!

Traverse City Art Show · Ledbetter Gallery

Thursday, November 29, 2012
1129 Studio C
Tru Fit Trouser Building
Woodmere Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49686

New Exhibit: Song In Art

Seed Studio Gallery - Song in Art

Super excited to be a part of a new exhibit at Seed Studio Gallery in Traverse City this summer.

The new show is called Song in Art and is chock-full of artwork in various mediums all inspired by or created around the theme of music. Obviously this is right up my alley and I have about a dozen pieces included in the exhibit—framed limited edition art prints as well as original mixed media pieces (something new and super exciting)

Song in Art will be up through mid-july in Traverse City, so anyone visiting the area please make sure to check it out!

More shows are coming this summer. Please follow on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for my email list so you catch all the news.

Read more

New Project: Traverse City Maker’s Market

Early this summer my friend Kelly & I agreed to join forces on the totally awesome event that she dreamed up and founded in 2010—Traverse City Maker’s Market.

It’s been a whirlwind few months (since these things generally take a year of planning), which involved the two of us collaborating on a new website, recruiting over one hundred applications from awesome artists and crafters from all around Michigan, planning and promoting the coolest new thing in Traverse City.

This Saturday—October 22nd—the event finally arrives! (RSVP on our Facebook event page)

We’ve got 25 of the coolest vendors from around the state, plus a half-dozen amazing food & beverage vendors (including hand-squeezed brats!) and local musicians providing a great backdrop for us all day.

(plus some pretty sweet event merch too!)

October is a wonderful time to visit northwest Michigan – come on up this weekend for Maker’s Market!

PS. After-party at Right Brain Brewery is gonna be insane in the membrane.

Here are a few products from our vendors that I’m definitely looking forward to checking out:

Read more

Strong Odors Art Exhibit: Opening Party July 16

Illustration by Troy DeShano

I’m excited to announce my exhibit opening at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City next weekend!

All the work is already up, so you can stop by anytime to check it out, but I’d really love it if everyone could come to the opening next Saturday night!

If you are anywhere near Traverse City or even in Grand Rapids or lower Michigan wondering what to do for fun next weekend you should definitely make the trip up to beautiful Traverse City! Nothing’s better after a long day at the beach or hike along the dunes than a hand-crafted brew from Right Brain Brewery!

My reception will be from 7-9pm so please stop by and say hello and hopefully you or a friend can go home with some radical new artwork for your walls.

Right Brain Brewery Artwork
Right Brain Brewery Artwork
TCFF John Huges Posters behind the bar

If you’ve never been to Right Brain then you’ve been missing out! Each beer is hand-crafted with the same kind of TLC that we visual artists know is required to create something that we can be proud of. The atmosphere is really fun and relaxed—way cooler than a bar with no big-screen TVs in sight!

Come support local art and just have an awesome Saturday evening at Right Brain!

Let me know if you can make it by Likeing the event on Facebook.

Here’s the details

Right Brain Brewery July Artist Reception

  • Date: Saturday, July 16th
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Place: Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City’s warehouse district. (map)

More on Right Brain and the Artist Reception

Never miss out on Strong Odors news!

If you haven’t signed up for my email newsletter yet, do it today. I offer regular contests, giveaways and other big announcements like this one that you’ll never want to miss. Sign up now!

Breathe Owl Breathe: Magic Central and Live at Higher Grounds

I’ve seen Bob Dylan a few times… once even at the front of an 80,000 member crowd at ACL 2007.

I’ve also seen Sufjan in a performance that I unavoidably describe with the ultra-corny cliché “life changing.” (sorry)

But I must say that this past Sunday’s performance by Breathe Owl Breathe at my favorite local coffee roastery was my first real folk concert.

Read more

Traverse City Walk for Autism

Northwest Michigan Autism Walk

I’ve been involved with the Northwest Michigan Autism Resource Network for the past 4 years.

The tricky part about an autism community/support group is that everyone is so busy with their own kids (babysitters are rarely an option) that meetings are difficult and volunteer involvement has to be spread thin across a lot of people.

I wish I could be involved more, but the least I can do is create some cool designs for ARN from time to time…

(like the logo and the art-show poster and a few other pieces)

This year I got to do this super-fun poster for our first Autism walk fundraiser that features some iconic halloweenie costume characters.

(and for some reason reminds me of that Neil Young lyric “Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me”)

Help us out!

I’m trying to raise $500 for my Autism Walk team. ARN has been such a great resource to me over the past few years and I would love to help them do more for the NW Michigan community.

If you’ve enjoyed the writing or illustration or whatever on Strong Odors and you’d like to show your appreciation, would you consider supporting us in this event?

Just visit the ARN website to donate via PayPal and mention “team Gideon” in the comments section.


Join Us

Do you live in or around Traverse City? How about Petoskey or Benzonia or another northwest Michigan town?

Come on out on October 30th and walk for autism! You can download the registration form and support-raising forms on their website.

See you there!

Traverse City Maker’s Market

Traverse City Maker's Market

This past weekend was the very first indie craft fare to come to Traverse City—Maker’s Market.

It’s kind of surprising that it’s taken this long actually, TC is known to have a good art vibe and a great community of young adults who are attracted to more indie style.

(of course we’re also “up north” which means a gun show might fare better than a craft show)

But better late than never and it’s finally here, thanks to the initiative and gumption of my good friend Kelly and a few of her compadres.

Seems like the gloomy weather contributed to a merely moderate turnout for the inaguaral event, but based on the caliber of both the organizers and this year’s vendors, this event has a lot of promise for the coming years.

I wasn’t able to participate (a sad but wise decision from earlier this hectic summer) but hopefully next September I’ll be there with some radical prints (like maybe this or this or this), some t-shirts or some of my handmade lingerie for plus-sized men. (ok, I haven’t started work on that one yet)

Or maybe Noël and I can share a table where she can set up some of her handmade purses, etc.

Anybody have a chance to visit the Maker’s Market? What were your favorite finds?

Stay up-to-date on Maker’s Market announcements by becoming a fan on Facebook.

Check out Kelly’s Etsy Shops

The Best Things – vintage kitsch

kngo – awesome embroidery and prints

Beloved Vintage – vintage clothing & accessories

March Madness for Realz

March Madness has a whole different meaning where I come from…

When everyone else around the country has a skip in their collective steps celebrating the new season… grass sprouting and dogwoods blooming…

We’re typically knee-deep in crusty, dirty snow that’s been frozen for the past two months.

It can make you go a little bit nuts.

This year however, we’re joining in the heel-clicking… thanks to some unexpected sunshine.

It makes me a little nervous to think that winter might return in April… with a sneer no less…

Well I say, bring it on…