Michele Tuccini


Having lived in Marquette since 1985, Michele Tuccini wholly embraces what it means to be both a community member and a community artist. For 15 years Tuccini worked at JoAnn Fabrics and then landed a job as a frame technician for Ben Franklin. It was here that she began to gain a real appreciation – and inspiration – for artists in the area, and to foster friendships with many of them. Meeting these artists and seeing their work pass through the store each day influences Tuccini to set up programs and workshops with the artists so they can share their talents with others. She understands the pull an artist can have on someone. Tuccini took her first watercolor class with Carl Mayer and was immediately hooked. That was 20 years ago. Now, the artist paints weekly (often with a group) and follows her philosophy that life is too short; do what you love. And so, she does. Tuccini continues her work at Ben Franklin, sits on the Lake Superior Art Association Board, docents at the DeVos Museum for school tours and schedules watercolor workshops at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Her commitment to the art community runs as strong as her commitment to her own work, which she sees as an extension of herself.

Many of Tuccini’s paintings reflect U.P. inspiration. While some are painted on location, others may be painted from her photographs. After she completes a painting, Tuccini has it scanned and proofed, and then a giclee print is made. This rigorous process uses all archival paper and inks, and produces a quality product that is as close to the original artwork as possible. These prints will last for generations. Some prints are limited editions, which are then numbered and signed by the artist. Once the edition is sold, no more will be made.

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