CNC sale has stood the test of time

During this Christmas season, even the most passionate of nature lovers sometimes fall victim to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hype of modern technology to give as presents.

There are those among us who will welcome a change, who appreciate getting what Jenn Kirts, program director for the Chippewa Nature Center, calls “nature-related presents” - such as an eagle photographed in flight caught with an artist’s eye, a painting of a nuthatch on the riverbank perched on a log, or a simple “Welcome to our Cabin” woodworking board that is a welcome gift for cottage owners.

The Nature Art Show & Sale offers some of the best works by local artists.
Kirts notes these works and more are available at the CNC Nature Art Show and Sale which takes place over two days Friday and Saturday this week. “There are lots of great photos and items made of nature-related artwork that takes one back to nature,” Kirts says. 

She adds, the sale, now in its 25th year, has “stood the test of time, and appeals to people who want to buy less expensive prints to original art.”

The Nature Art Show & Sale offers some of the best works by local artists in mediums such as photography, wood carvings, metalwork, pottery, books, baskets and more. Chippewa Nature Center members are invited to the Friday, Dec. 2, show from 6 until 9 p.m. for an evening of shopping, wine, cheese and light refreshments. A silent auction closes at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The Nature Art Show & Sale continues for the public on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m, with a silent auction closing at 3 p.m. For more information on the sale, go to

Included among the artists showing and selling their wares are Bowls and More (wooden bowls, ornaments, boxes, mini lighthouses and more); Sue Collins (hand-woven baskets); Diller Photo, Wood to Wildlife Studio by Jack Harper II, John M. Roberts Wildlife Artist, Kabscapes (photography and children’s books); Kathy Woods Booth Photography, Ken Kueffner Studio (drawings and paintings); Markell Multi-Mediums (original watercolor paintings, prints and notecards); Midland Fiber Arts Guild (fiber arts); Nature Niche, NORDmi (- watercolor, bags, cards and more); Pottery by Linda Oates; Rachel Prill- Set in Stone - painted stones, signs and canvas; Smiles by Garlynn Photography; Synthia Marsh Jewelry, The Lavender Fleece and Whitestone Images.

Works from several artists are on display at the CNC.
The Nature Sale is just one of the presentations offered by the CNC during this festive season, including the Winter Solstice Celebration Saturday, Dec. 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. for all ages including children when accompanied by an adult.

The event recognizes the longest night of the year. For centuries, people have gathered with family and friends to celebrate the return of longer days to come. Take part in earth-friendly traditions such as rolling a beeswax candle, creating a miniature Yule log and making a small evergreen wreath to take home. Visitors can also take a peaceful walk along the lighted Arbury Trail and warm up by the fire.

For a full listing of December events, go to

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Ralph E. Wirtz is a native Midlander who retired from the Midland Daily News as a managing editor in 2015. He has been freelancing since then in between traveling and volunteering. He has four adult children, all who graduated from Bullock Creek High School as he did. He is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and a Central Michigan University grad. He can be reached at