Palette Bistro Featured Artists

Michelle Dieter

As of January of 2012, Michelle has become very taken with the Photography of Food. Though she has held a camera for 40 years, it has never felt like this. The challenge is thrilling. Michelle is delighted and teased at the same time when she looks at her images admitting not that they are great, but quite the opposite. It’s the yearning to get back on the horse and try again, and delighted when she is not bucked off. She is the mother of one, and wife of another and considers herself fortunate to be surrounded by supporting family and friends, making her blogging fun. Her goal is to make a living with her new passion, be it working in a studio (no job is too small), for a photographer, a magazine, a newspaper, or restaurants.

David Austin

I have been a professional artist for over 20 years focusing on Public Art with clients like the Portage Public Library, City of Marquette and City of Saline. In addition, I have created large scale private sculptures for discerning clients.  I also create paintings and ceramic pieces. My work has been exhibited around the country in shows like the Baltimore Clay Works 00 Teapot show and the West Palm Beach Florida, Armory Arts Center's "Mad Hatter Tea Party Show".

My gallery and main studio is located in Petoskey, MI at 1103 Old Tannery Creek Rd..

Katherine Brines


Katherine Brines grew up in Northern Michigan and received her B.F.A in painting and ceramics from Aquinas College in 2007. In 2009, she received a fellowship to attend a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, where she spent the month painting and interacting with fellow artists and writers in rural Vermont.  She was then hired as a resident artist at the Studio Center, working in Admissions and painting the Vermont landscape from 2009-2010. Katherine’s work is inspired by nature and imagined biomorphic ecosystems. Color and experimentation with materials upon a 2-dimensional surface characterize her abstractions. Time spent traveling through Central and Eastern Europe and working on boats on Lake Michigan and the Caribbean allowed for a new perspective on the importance of preserving the water and land in which we inhabit.  Something Katie hopes to humbly capture through her paintings. Katherine lives and paints in Petoskey, MI.

Catherine Carey

I am an artist living, teaching, and painting in a beautiful, small, resort town on Little Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan. My creative passion is watercolor sketchbook journaling.


Robert Cleveland

Robert Cleveland

Maeve Croghan

Maeve Croghan has had a life long deep connection with nature.  She grew up spending her summers on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan, living very close to the lakes and forests.  Maeve has chosen Nature, in her many different forms, to be the subject her paintings.  Her “Nature Portraits” are a unique interpretation of the landscape genre.

Maeve is a recipient of numerous prestigious juried awards and her paintings are exhibited and collected throughout the country.  Museum exhibitions include, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Laguna Beach Museum of Art, the Coos Bay Art Museum and the Farmington Museum of Farmington, New Mexico, the Los Gatos Art Museum, of Los Gatos, Ca.

Recently, Maeve's work was invited for a showing at the Matsumoto Museum in Matsumoto, Japan and the Salt Road Museum in Omachi, Japan.  She was personally invited to Japan as an honored 'Artist Guest'.

Other honors include having her art in the prestigious Manoogian Collection of American Art .  Additionally, her paintings have been chosen by Castoro Cellars (Templeton, CA) to grace their award-winning wine bottle labels.

Robert DeJonge

Robert DeJonge


I have worked for over 30 years as a professional photographer and designer. I've enjoyed the challenges of wearing many hats in the design field and I feel these diverse experiences have given me a wealth of concepts to draw from in creating visual art.

Gretchen Dorian

Gretchen Dorian was raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and grew up sailing on Lake St. Clair. She graduated in Photography from the Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT.



Larissa Flynn

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Larissa Flynn has vast experience in many aspects of the art world. She received formal training at Kendall College of Art and Design as well as The College for Creative Studies in the areas of graphic design, illustration, and fine art. Although fluent in many mediums her greatest love is drawing. Larissa has operated a fine art gallery and full scale art fairs along with coordinating solo and group shows for many fine artists. Currently she is developing a new body of work and most recently explored the technique of deconstructed screen printing onto fabric.

Lynn Glahn

Lynn spent most of her childhood in the city of Detroit.  She moved to Harbor Springs in 1981 and began her obsession with photography after her husband bought her a camera that encouraged her obsession with photography and wild flowers.  You can also find Lynn's photography at art shows around michigan.

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Margie Guyot

Ice_Breakup_MargieBesides being known for her colorful, zany still lifes, Eastport resident Margie Guyot often enjoys trekking out onto the ice to paint.  “Have Ninja mask, will paint!”  Refusing to work from photos, she welcomes the return of winter.

Sheridan Jones

Much of my art reflects our natural surroundings. Growing up in southern Ohio, exploring the woods, creeks, meadows and farms, I discovered my way of being in the world. The natural world seems to define what is exciting, fluid, tense and calming all at the same time. This beautiful mix of senses is what inspires me. My hope is to bring the excitement I feel in living life into my painting.

I have been enthusiastically painting in pastel for several years, working almost exclusively in the plein air style ~ painting from life in the unpredictable outdoors. This method demands a painting be close to complete before the light no longer tells the same story.

Meredith R. Krell

merdith_krellMeredith Krell is a professional artist living and working in Charlevoix.  She makes paintings, prints and creates fabric and mixed media pieces as well.  Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers and have also appeared in nationally juried art shows.  Her studio is open by appointment, her art is available for sale at galleries around the state.

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