Martinez Studio Wins National Arts Award

Ambassadors of Door County wherever they show their tapestries and paintings, Wence and Sandra Martinez of Jacksonport’s Martinez Studio, were honored to receive an Exhibitors Choice Award (voted by their peers) at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show, April 27-30, in Washington, DC. The couple was also awarded the Silver Award for overall excellence at the 2016 show and praised at both shows for the sustainability of their artwork.

“The repeat awards testify to the extraordinary talent of these artists,” said Fran Dubrowski, director of Honoring the Future, a nonprofit project which partnered with the Smithsonian Craft Show to highlight sustainable artwork exhibited at the show. “And what’s more, they are cultural pioneers. Their art – the imagery, the materials, and the process – all point the way to a more sustainable future,” she added.

This year has brought a wave of national attention for the artists’ collaborative life’s work, including making the short list of five finalists for The 2017 Rare Craft Fellowship Award, presented by the American Craft Council in association with The Balvenie, which recognizes and supports contributions to the maintenance and revival of traditional or rare crafts in America.

The Martinez Studio gallery in Jacksonport will open for the season on May 20 with a celebratory reception from 12 to 4 pm.

There will also be a closing reception at Mr. Helsinki Restaurant and Wine Bar in Fish Creek on May 25, 5 – 7 pm. Their work was up at the restaurant all winter. For more information visit


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