Artist/gallery owner Ruth Conklin showcases her work alongside art and handcrafted pieces by more than a hundred American artisans.

Nestled in the Sleeping Bear village of glorious Glen Arbor, the Ruth Conklin Gallery has been bridging the gap between the natural beauty of the shores of Lake Michigan and the sophisticated, artistic interpretation of the area for more than 25 years.

The Ruth Conklin Gallery Showcases the works of talented Michigan and nationally known artists such as Matt & Lisa Claflin, Leonard Fieber, Louise Hopson, Kristen Jongen, Matt Joppich, Krys Lieffers, Al Rollings, Leif Spörck, Dianne Wakefield, Hanni Yothers, Tom Edwards, Golden, Colorado, Sarah Grant of Des Moines, Iowa, Amy Hardacre of Ohio, Renee Hickman from Portland, Oregon, Prentice Hicks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jennifer Nielsen of Maine, and Daphna Simon of New York.

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For over 25 years the Ruth Conklin Gallery, nestled in the beautiful village of Glen Arbor, Michigan, has brought the natural beauty of the shores of Lake Michigan to life through exquisite artwork and handcrafted pieces created by over one hundred talented artists. Owner Ruth Conklin – an accomplished artist herself – delights in exploring, capturing and exhibiting the essence of the northern Michigan lifestyle in her gallery.

We warmly invite you to peruse this site and discover the depth of Ruth’s longtime passion, from the rolling sands of the Sleeping Bear dunes, a local favorite, to breathtaking Lake Michigan sunsets and majestic white pines. Enjoy!

Please feel free to contact the gallery directly if you see an item that rekindles your own special northern Michigan experience. We’re happy to be of assistance!

Welcome Summer!

What's NEW at Ruth Conklin Gallery for 2015?


The summer sun is again kissing the shores of Glen Arbor, and we are delighted to be seeing so many fresh faces as well as familiar friends this season. Ruth Conklin gallery is excited to be able to feature many talented local artists, as well as innovative creations using unusual materials such as rubber or sand from our very own Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We’ve pulled together a mere sampling of these works to share today, but encourage you to stop by the gallery to peruse the 2015 collection more thoroughly at your leisure!

Carol Spaulding

Paintings by Carol C Spaulding

Local artist, Carol C Spaulding’s sensitive use of color is showcased in her monotype, pastel and gouache paintings. The “Leelanau Palette” is recognizable in her freshly conceived water and landscape images.

LaCosse Studio

Fire Paintings by LaCosse Studio

Scott and Victoria LaCosse create contempory landscapes in a non-traditional medium, steel. Scott produced the image on the metal through layers of carving with industrial grinding tools. Victoria colors the metal by literally heating it with a variety of torches, a process they refer to as “painting with fire.”

Meg Staley

Fashions by Meg Staley

Back by popular demand are the eclectic, free and easy stylings of fashion industry veteran Meg Staley. Meg’s designs are colorful and comfortable, one-size-fits-most, with a relaxed, informal lifestyle in mind. If you are feeling stressed, slip into one of these fresh & fun tops and feel the smile spread over your face.

Marie Pace

Marie Pace

Ruth Conklin Gallery is excited to offer a sampling of the stylish leather creations by Marie Pace. Since the seventies, she has been diligently honing designs and techniques that set her handbags apart from all others! Come try one on today... or two or three! There’s one for every mood, occasion and outfit.

Everlasting Agate Candles

Everlasting Agate Candles

Ruth has hand selected the stone slices for these unique agate candle because they are reminiscent of northern Michigan waterscapes. They are “everlasting” because even after the original wax has burned, you can replace it with a tea light or votive and the flame will continue to illuminate the agate.

Anne Hutchinson Anne Hutchinson

Anne creates lovely cheese boards and trivets using highly polished granite. They are ideally suited for serving either cold or warm foods in that the stones can either be cooled in the refrigerator or heated in the oven prior to serving. They are a practical, yet esthetically pleasing gift for all foodie friends!

Artesana Home

Artesana Home

These limited edition, artfully hand-made cherries are made of a dense tropical hardwood painted with natural pigments and a gloss finish for a long lasting yet distinct shine. The stems are pewter and there are a variety of display trays and bases to choose from as well, just in time for summer entertaining!

Rubber Necklaces

Rubber Necklaces

Annemieke Broinink’s innovative adornments are available in two styles, petals or lace. Each style is available in an array of colors. Wear as a single strand necklace, a double strand, layer together for a fun combination or wrap as a bracelet or headband...the options are endless. Annemieke’s rubber accessories are indeed works of art and will liven up your wardrobe just in time for summer.

Dune Jewelry

Dune Jewelry

This year while you are visiting Glen Arbor, take a bit of the Sleeping Bear Dunes back home with you (and not in your shoes!) These keepsake, collectible jewelry pieces have been infused with our own local dunesand from the gorgeous National Lakeshore. Cherish the moment, wear the memories! Also available from Dune Jewelry are snowflake ornaments cast from Sleeping Bear sand... what a unique holiday gift for anyone who knows and loves Glen Arbor.

Mary Beth Rollings

Mary Beth Rollings

Again this season, we are glad to be featuring the locally lovely, and talented work of Mary Beth Rollings. Her depictions of our reserved, recreational lifestyle are treasured by all who have experienced it.

Golf Club Ducks

Golf Club Ducks

Wooden golf clubs are now extinct but a good memory. In fact, Ruth actually has clubs that once belonged to Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan. These nostalgic, novelty creations make an excellent gift for any golfer or collector of sports memorabilia!

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Ruth Conklin Gallery
6632 M-109 | POB 343 | Glen Arbor, MI 49636
ph: 231-334-3880 | fx: 231-334-3335
Open Daily May 1 to October 31

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