Acorn Studio|Gallery Studio

The ACA has moved two dimensional artists (formerly Studio One) to two new buildings: Acorn Studio located at the west edge of the property, and the Gallery Studio in the basement of the newly remodeled Gallery building located just north of the clay studio. These studios focus upon the two dimensional arts (painting, drawing and photography) and also include needle felting, mixed media, art-making and portfolio building. Both studios feature a classroom and artist studio space that can be rented. Both studios create an environment that nurtures all levels of education in many different disciplines of the arts, supporting many types of artists - students, hobbyists and professionals. We see it as a vehicle to share our understanding of the artistic process with the public and grow and expand our own expertise. We are happy to offer classes, and experiences for K-12, vocational and college students.

Gallery Hours

By appointment: Contact Jill Shaffer (517) 263-3038 or (517) 270-2465

Studio Spaces Available

Studio Spaces Available in Acorn Studio
For more information, please contact:

Jill Shaffer: (517) 263-3038, (517) 270-2465,

Jill Shaffer - 2 Dimensional Director & Instructor

As a very young girl, Jill’s artistic eye was captured by colors and shapes. Drawing became an everyday event; on the back of old wallpaper rolls. Later she took art in high school, and that propelled her on the journey of a lifetime, of creating art. While raising a family, running a business with her husband for 50 years, she found time to take many workshops in Oil, Watercolor and Pastel from well-known artists, such as Daniel Greene. Jill has had seven (7) solo shows, participated in many juried group shows, LCVA shows, and has won many awards. She belongs to the LCVA and is a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society. She serves on the ACA Executive Board. She has been a previous member of JCAA, Bedford Artist Club, Toledo Women Artists Jill has designed and built sixty-eight (68) Stained Glass windows for churches in the area, has two windows in the Adrian Historical Museum, and many windows in private homes . She is a teacher at Community Arts of Tecumseh, has taught Adrian Adult Education Art, the Tecumseh Adult Education Art, and gives private lessons in her studio. She participates and demonstrates in the annual Tecumseh Art Walk, and CAT 's Art in the Park. ln 2014 she was accepted into ArtPrize, an international show in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her art depicts the beauty of God's creation, in a positive way. Her hope is that the art she makes brings joy to the viewer, and that the viewer gains knowledge of her heart's intent through the art. Jill feels that she has a richer and fuller life, because of God's gift of Art.

Mary Gautz - Resident Artist & Instructor

Mary's interest started at a young age when she discovered a Brownie camera in a closet at her home. Her work tends to focus on nature photography, many of her works and inspiration come from the nature that surrounds us right here in Lenawee County. She uses her camera to capture nature in its ever changing moments, every day brings with it new wonders to be discovered. Her love of God's beautiful world shows in her photography, one of her favorite photographers is Nick Brandt. He is well known for the photos he has taken of the animals in Africa and the shrinking land that they live in. Mary attended SHU graduating in May 2015 with a BA concentration in photography winning a Fra Angelica purchase award for her Cattails and Water Lilies Photograph. Mary had a photo published in the Jackson 24 book, and has had several photos selected to be in catalogs. She has photographed several weddings and senior portraits, and participates in several local craft shows around Lenawee County. Mary is really happy to finally have her own studio, a longtime dream and the time to pursue heart, attend craft shows and be able to accept new jobs.

Taina Bundshuh - Resident Artist

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Taina Bundshuh started painting at 14 and continues to work in all painting media. She majored in Fine Art at CCS in Detroit until she enrolled in a class called ‘Psychology of Creativity’ that inspired her to pursue Art Education.  While teaching K-12 art for 25 years she continued to study and produce art. Taina’s art is rooted in story-telling and expressing emotional experiences. Her portraits combine symbolic content to create highly personal glimpses into the subject’s lives.  She especially likes to explore the simultaneous experiences of life through layering and transparency.     

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Ardea Thurston-Shaine - Resident Artist

Catherine Royer - Resident Artist

Michael Collins - Resident Artist