Artists Bio

Campbell and Kennelly


Copper Creations

 

 

Jan and Mike at their home in the

Smoky Hills State Forest in northern Minnesota.

Essense -Copper Quad Panel

Original owned by the State of Minnesota, purchased under Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places and displayed at Northland Community and Technical College, Thief River Falls Campus

 

 

 

Jan Campbell

  was born in White Cloud, Michigan in 1958 and moved to Arizona shortly after graduating from high school and eventually settled in the artists community of  Bisbee, Az where she studied fine art at Cochise College. After working for several artist her longstanding love of copper led her to work for the well known Bisbee coppersmith  Tom McCartney. During the seven years of her work / apprentiship she became adept at cutting, brazing and flame painting,with the oxy-acetelyene torch on many forms of copper art.

  In 1999 she started Copper Creations, creating her own line of copper ornaments and fine copper wall art. Some of her patrons include the Arizona State Parks, The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, AZ,  Scottsdale Princess Hotel and Resort, and now Minnesota State Parks. She developed unique methods of flame painting copper using a oxy-acetelyene torch and now applies this to large scale copper weaving, beading, wire, and wall art  In 2005 she moved to Minnesota to work with her partner Mike. She maintains a home and artist studio in southern Arizona next to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, where they work and travel frequently.

Michael Kennelly is a self taught artist. His artist background includes neon, lapidary, woodworking, shibori, metal sculpture, and stained glass. He was part of a group that co-founded the Smoky Hills Artisan Community, now called the Smoky Hill Wilderness Retreat where he taught tye-dyeing techniques to thousands of people at his studio there. He worked for several years as a technical tutor for the  Northwest Technical College in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota teaching neon techniques and as a member of their Neon advisory board. More recently his love for history and people led him to work as Director of Outreach for the Becker County Historical Society & Museum, helping them organize a capital funds campaign for a new museum. He has degrees in Marketing and Neon sign fabrication. In 1976 he built his own home and over the years developed exstensive experience building unusual designs such as the incredible Toad Mountain  ranch. Mike helped to build a home for Winona LaDuke , a friend and neighbor.  


When not busy working on copper art in their studio,  Jan and Mike are both avid organic gardeners,maintaining several large gardens. In addition to wildcrafting native plants and mushrooms like shaggy manes, Chaga , and Morel mushrooms Mike harvests wild rice by the traditional method of using a canoe and flails ( specialized sticks).

They both enjoy snowshoeing , cross country sking , biking, and snorkeling together.

 

 

Blue Moon III - copper 2008

Campbell / Kennelly