Lansing artist finds inspiration in Porcupine Mountains

Oct 14, 2015

Every summer, artists are invited to spend a couple of weeks in a cabin deep in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Barbara Hranilovich of Lansing, who participated in the Friends of the Porkies Artist in Residence program this year, about how the trip influenced her work.

The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park west of Ontonagon is one of the reasons people love Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s known for everything from the Lake of the Clouds and towering trees to hiking, camping and black bear sightings. But did you know that it’s also become a place where artists go for inspiration?

Since 2007, the Friends of the Porkies Artist in Residence program has invited artists to live in a rustic cabin in the park for a couple of weeks, hoping that their work will be enriched by the experience. Barbara Hranilovich of Lansing was one of the artists chosen for the program this summer and tells Current State's Scott Pohl about the experience.