Michigan Artists Present Hand Painted China to Mrs. Engler for Governor's Residence

Contact: John Truscott (517) 335-6397

First Lady Michelle Engler today gratefully accepted 12 dinner place settings donated by the Michigan World Organization of China Painters (WOCP) for use in the official state residence.

Twelve different Michigan artists contributed to the project, each of them having hand painted a set of fine German porcelain dishes. The china features a flower motif, with a different flower for each set, but with a coordinating color and design.

"I am very pleased to accept such a magnificent gift, which represents the work of several of our state's talented painters," said Mrs. Engler "This china will be admired by visitors to the Governor's residence for many years to come."

The china was displayed at the WOCP's State Convention and Show in Troy in May, where it was viewed by convention attendees from throughout the United States.

The Michigan World Organization of China Painters, originally called the Michigan Federation of China Painters, began in 1967 and was the ninth state to join the WOCP. Today, there are 10 clubs in the state, with a total of 170 members among them.

Below is a list of the participating Michigan artists, their hometown, and the design they individually contributed to the china set:

  • Sandra Bacon (current President) of St. Helen — roses
  • Nancy Bain of Saginaw — single violets
  • Sherilynn Kruger of Auburn Hills — cosmos
  • Emily Breaugh of Traverse City — forget-me-nots
  • Ann Sanderson of Beverly Hills — bachelor buttons
  • Elaine Ellsworth of Beverly Hills — asters
  • Sue Wynalda of Byron Center — wild roses
  • Madonna Waeltermann of Belmont — clover
  • Carol Snowfleet of Muskegon — pansies
  • Mary Esther Edmondson of Manistee — painted daisies
  • Judy Lehman of Hubbard Lake — double violets
  • Marian Skiba of Sterling Heights — apple blossoms