Palette Bistro Featured Artists

Carol Ross

After retiring from teaching in the Detroit area, Carol Ross started on a new road.  Before the classroom, she developed her artistic skills completing her M.A. in technical theatre at Wayne State University, and then added to her understanding of art by taking industrial design courses with a contract interiors focus at the Center for Creative Studies.  Now retired, she continued to take art classes in oil painting from the most successful contemporary artists.  California’s Ken Auster gave her introduction to oil plein air on the streets of Chicago, and in Vermont, Eric Aho lead her to a new approach to landscape painting.  California’s Plein Air Society’s members Betty Billlups and Jeanette Le Grue both freed Carol to paint with the suggestive brush of the impressionists in contrasting, vivid colors.


Carol is invited yearly to exhibit her paintings at many juried art shows and is shown in galleries in Upper Michigan.


Sandy Selden

Sandy P. Selden grew up in the Chicago area, studied art in Pittsburgh and Detroit, and has lived in the beautiful city of Petoskey for thirty five years.

She has a Master's degree in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Her work has appeared in many of Crooked Tree Art Center's juried shows, the Northern Michigan Artists' Gallery, and in the homes of collectors and friends. Sandy and her husband, Steve, enjoy northern Michigan in all seasons.

Susan Sheets

Susan Sheets' inspiration comes from the ruggedness of the Horton Creek valley that surrounds her home. Charcoal and the flow of watercolor best express what she sees.

Petra Stoppel

Film maker and Chalk Artist.  Stop in and check out her chalk art portrait series.

Bob Swanson

bob swanson, a native of bloomfield hills, michigan, is a graduate of cranbrook school....he received his bachelors degree in architecture at the university of michigan and his masters' at M.I.T.....professionally he was associated with the firms of saarinen swanson & saarinen, and swanson associates, both of bloomfield hills and swanson meads in birmingham, michigan.....his notable projects include the university of michigan college of art & architecture, oakland university's kresge library and the de salle auditorium at the cranbrook academy of art.

Steve Toornman

Downriver by Steve ToornmanSteve Toornman is a professional artist living and working in Charlevoix.  He makes paintings, prints and drawings.  His work has been featured in magazines and newspapers and have also appeared in nationally juried art shows.  His studio is open by appointment, Steve's art is available for sale at galleries around the state.

Hal Willens

Hal Willens - artisan photographer

 Hal Willens has been capturing images of nature for his entire life. Now, after years as an accomplished cardiologist, he is entering his encore career. He is excited about sharing his intimate and sculptural vision of the beauty found in front of us every day in the patterns and colors of the natural world. More examples of his work can be found on his website:

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Paula Zammit

The pervasive theme in Paula's work, whether it be painting, encaustic (which migrates between 2 and 3D application) or some other non-traditional material, such as urethane foam, is her interest in organic form. From her realistic figurative paintings to the biomorphic abstract work she creates, her curiosity and intrigue in the natural world and the parallels existing therein, are undeniable. She holds a BFA (with honors) from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mi. Aside from a handful of years in St. Louis, she is a life-long Detroit, MI area resident and happy to be immersed in the rebuilding of the North Corktown neighborhood. She is a member of Corktown Studios in Detroit along with fellow artists: Alisyn Malek, Jake Chidester, Lisa Poszywak, Jaye Allen Thomas and Chris Anderson.

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