UP Focus: Catherine Benda and Carrie Flaspohler VanderVeen


Jan 18 2024 - Mar 30 2024

January 18 – March 30, 2024

Thursday, January 18, at 6 p.m. – Join us for the opening reception with artists’ talks.

The UP Focus features artists living and working in or inspired by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The 2024 exhibition features two artists connected to the Copper Country — multi-media artist Catherine Benda and painter Carrie Flaspohler Vander Veen.

Catherine Benda Interior Concepts, 2023, Catherine Benda, Interior Concepts, 2023, Acrylic
Catherine Benda Interior Concepts,
Acrylic, 2023













Catherine Benda is a multi-media artist working in paint, thread,

and paper. She received her BFA from Central Michigan University

in painting and drawing. Benda lives and works in Marquette,

Michigan, and spent over forty years residing on the shores of

Lake Superior.


A painting of birds and flowers with an overlay of radiating lines.
Carrie Flaspohler VanderVeen, Love is the Great Intangible, Gouache on Paper,  2023













Carrie Flaspohler Vander Veen works in gouache paint. She

received her BS in architecture from the University of Michigan and

her MFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is the Curator/Director of Finlandia Art Gallery in Hancock,