March 2009: Storm, watercolor by Anny Hubbard
Header image: Storm, watercolor by Anny Hubbard

Featured Artist: Anny Hubbard

Anny Hubbard

Anny Hubbard is a difficult artist to categorize because the creative juices are always bubbling and one never knows what she’ll be doing next. What one does know for a certainty is that she’ll be doing something creative. She can’t help herself. A prolific artist and teacher, she paints in the Native style, works in pen and ink, makes hand pulled prints, does beadwork, makes dolls (some of them life size), sculpts in clay she digs herself and bakes in an open fire, makes jewelry, weaves suncatchers, writes poetry, makes books, whips out birch bark cut-outs, sews regalia—the list goes on and on. If one had to pick what she does most of, it would probably be painting—from sweeping murals to tiny miniatures—and she favors water media. Her colors are usually intense, yet she works often and very effectively in black and white and some of her intaglio prints are pure white. For the past six years she has participated in the iconography workshop offered by the Chippewa County Historical Society, so she paints icons, too.

Her work is in major museums and institutions, including the Royal Ontario Museum, Michigan State University Museum, Central Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, the Jesse Besser Museum, the Nokomis Center, and the Art Gallery of Algoma.

She has exhibited widely, in solo exhibits, group exhibits and juried shows and has curated a number of shows. There’s no point in trying to list her exhibitions—there are just too many—in Michigan, in Canada and elsewhere. She has taught at Bay Mills College, Sault College, Algotrad, LSSU, Alberta House, through the Sault Schools and elsewhere. Exhibiting is a constant; the art keeps bubbling forth.

She is a regular, and frequent prize winner, at the Sault Summer Arts Festival. She demonstrates often and teaches regularly—workshops, classes and apprentices (through the MSU Museum Traditional Art Program). She is patience itself when she works with children, which she does often. You’ve probably seen her demonstrating on Tuesdays in Alberta House, or at the Les Cheneaux Historical Museum, the Museum of Ojibwe Culture or elsewhere.

Anny was born in Saginaw but spent much of her youth in the U.P.—her family moved up when she was eight. She is one of three children. (Her sister Dawn Tweedle, who lives on St. Joseph Island is also an artist, currently working in pastels, and the two have exhibited together.) She is a graduate of LSSU, with a degree in human services and for a number of years she worked in that field while spending all her spare time on her art. Now living in the Sault, she works full time on producing art and teaching art and Native crafts.

Anny’s work is available in Alberta House and Penny’s Kitchen in the Sault, at the Calico Hen on St. Joseph Island, at the Northern Artists Market in Petoskey, and at Indian Hills Gallery in Harbor Springs. She can be reached at her own Turtle Studio, 1615 E. 15th Avenue in the Sault (635-9230) or by e-mail at To reach her by mail write to 4234 I-75 Business Spur, PMB #188.

Anny is a long time member of the Sault Area Arts Council Board, past Chairman and current Vice Chairman. If you want to talk to her and see her working, drop by Alberta House. She’s there most Tuesdays, as a volunteer, staffing and demonstrating from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Works by Anny Hubbard
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Storm, a watercolor by Anny Hubbard, mounted with two of her birch bark cut-outs, a rabbit and her signature turtle

Storm, a watercolor, mounted with two of her birch bark cut-outs, a rabbit and her signature turtle

Winter Woman, leather doll by Anny Hubbard

Winter Woman, leather doll

Pen and Ink from Groundwater Exhibit by Anny Hubbard

Pen and Ink from Groundwater Exhibit

Pen and Ink by Anny Hubbard

Pen and Ink

Watercolor by Anny Hubbard


Last updated: March 2, 2009

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