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Summer Is For Cherries, 2011 Newspaper Collage on Paper by Catherine Elizabeth

We’re blessed to be surrounded by inspiring vistas in Northern Michigan, but inspiration gleaned from old newspapers? That’s exactly where Chicago-based collage artist Catherine Elizabeth finds hers, especially if you’re talking about the colorful Glen Arbor Sun. Catherine started making collages nearly 10 years ago. Her Northern Michigan Collection “contains newspaper from the quaint town of Glen Arbor. Using local newspapers related to the image I am working on makes the process more meaningful to me and creates fun details to tell the buyer,” Catherine shares.

Her pieces, constructed using exclusively upcycled newspaper, exist to both tell stories and preserve memories. Inspired by summers spent in Northern Michigan, Catherine’s early pieces capture her favorite Leelanau County views, including Cherry Republic’s Great Hall in Glen Arbor. Today, her work has expanded to include more of the Great Lakes State, landscapes, florals, and Chicago residential architecture. Each artwork takes an average of 20 hours to create and is made with over 100 hand-cut or torn pieces of newspaper. Catherine Elizabeth’s unique medium beautifully captures places special to her and images she dreams up. Find her on Instagram at @catherineelizabeth_art.

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