September 2010: Header image: Deer, watercolor on canvas by Randy Krause
Header image: Deer, watercolor on canvas by Randy Krause

Featured Artist: Randy Krause

Last updated: September 1, 2010

Randy Krause by CallumA special bonus of the Featured Artist series is discovering new information about artists whose work we thought we knew. Judy Hamilton, for instance, has an inquisitive, adventurous side to her and is an enthusiastic rug hooker as well as a painter. Judy Colein started out making soaps and body products and is now immersed in both painting and rug hooking. Ginny Johnson, in addition to teaching, leading the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, working in ceramics and hooking rugs has a whimsical bent that resulted in a magnificent snow dragon. Phyllis Bigelow has a strong affinity for the architectural which is expressed in both her stained glass work and her rug hooking ... and the list goes on. Which brings us to Randy Krause: We knew she was a painter and a photographer, but she also paints sets for Soo Theatre productions, the latest being this summer’s Guys and Dolls.

Randy Krause grew up in the Sault and now lives on the river, in the Charlotte Beach area. Many of her paintings and photographs reflect her river view. She began painting about thirty-five years ago when she took a watercolor class with Helga Flower. Branching out, she took classes taught by Pat Norton, Gordon McKenzie and Zoltan Szabo, and began painting with oils as well, later adding acrylics and pastels to her arsenal as a result of recent classes with Tom Marshall, Maureen Mousley, and Dave Bigelow. Her first one-woman show was at LSSU, and she has also shown her work in galleries in New York City, the Detroit area, Petoskey, and Sault, Ontario. She has taught painting and has watercolor classes scheduled at the Soo Theatre this fall (see Workshops and Classes).

Randy’s work in photography was an offshoot of her painting, evolving, as she put it, “from my quest for details of objects I was painting”. She found that if she applied theories of composition, color and design, the photographs became important as individual pieces.

In addition to painting on canvas and paper, Randy paints murals. Her first were on the bedroom walls of her grandsons (her son’s new house “had big white walls that were just asking for it”)—a hockey scene in the bedroom of one grandson and an underwater scene on the bedroom of another. About the same time she attended the Soo Theatre production of Annie and was so taken with the play and with the theater itself that she offered her services and was soon at work making black wooden boxes that looked like shipping crates for South Pacific. Next, she was asked to do sets for Die Fledermaus and followed that with sets for On Golden Pond, Oliver and The Christmas Story. This summer she painted the sets for Guys and Dolls. The Soo Theatre will be offering a painting camp next summer for burgeoning set painters for all the great future shows.

Randy has three sons, the youngest of whom was born in 1982, with a serious disability. Her life, then, as she put it, “took a new direction”. She has served on several state and federal boards of directors and advisory committees that relate to children’s health care issues or to people with developmental disabilities. She currently serves on the Michigan Children with Special Needs Advisory Committee and is employed with the Children’s Special Health Care Services Family Center. The latter is a special fund that helps families obtain equipment and services otherwise not available.

We were curious about a couple of things—what “Randy” could be short for, and who “Callum” was (her photograph was labeled “Me, by Callum”. We learned that Randy was short for Granda, the name of her Norwegian great grandmother, known as “Randy”. She said, “I like my name, but I can’t use it anywhere in England, Ireland or Scotland without getting a laugh.” Callum is her grandson. The photo, “was taken by my three-year-old grandson Callum. I was trying to get my camera back. I like it, as it’s fuzzy enough to hide most of my wrinkles. I call it my Diane Sawyer shot.”

Look for Randy’s work in the current EUP Craftsman/Le Sault Art Guild Exhibit in the Olive Craig Gallery.

Works by Randy Krause
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Roger Blough, an oil painting by Randy Krause

Roger Blough, an oil painting

Watercolor on canvas by Randy Krause

Watercolor on canvas

Set for Guys and Dolls by Randy Krause

Set for Guys and Dolls

Weed puffs, by Randy Krause

Weed puffs

The Ryerson by Randy Krause

The Ryerson, a 2' x 4' oil painting

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