Jeweler Kelsey Larsen of KelseyGrape Jewelry (, who recently relocated to Leelanau County, was honored with the “Best of Show” award at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Midsummer Festival of the Arts, in Sheboygan, WI. The nationally-renowned festival, now in its 46th year, brings together over 130 nation-wide artists working in ceramics, fiber arts, painting, photography, glass, wood, and metals. Artists are selected for the festival (via a jury process) based on originality and creativity, design, technique, craftsmanship, and production methodology.

The “Best of Show” award is the top honor, presented by the festival judges to one participating artist. This year’s judges included Laurie Winters, Executive Director/CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), and internationally-recognized artist-curator Shana McCaw. This was Larsen’s first year participating in the Midsummer Festival of the Arts, where she presented her line of modern silver and gold filigree jewelry. “In my work I strive to balance modern design with traditional techniques and materials, producing jewelry that is high-end and intricate, yet wearable on a daily basis. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to display my work, and honored to be recognized by the festival and judges.”



Kelsey Larsen is a native of Frankemuth, MI and graduate of the University of Michigan (class of 2010). Larsen studied metalsmithing techniques at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL and has subsequently worked out of the Quench Jewelry Arts studio in Minneapolis, MN. Larsen has spent significant time traveling in New Zealand and Australia seeking inspiration from the natural beauty, and developing her unique design aesthetic. She sells her work at art fairs across the country, from San Francisco to Seattle, Boston to New York City, among others. Larsen is excited to return to Michigan, and to now call the Leelanau Peninsula home. (Photos)

Leave a Reply