Bartnick, a sculptor in bronze, direct metal, and fused glass,
makes pierogies and egg noodles on the side for her restaurant.
The Old Mission Tavern adjoins the large art gallery, the
Bella Galleria, which exhibits the original fine art work
of 70 regional artists.
The circle and the Mother and child are recurrent themes for
Verna's sculpture. Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore are her favorite
sculptors. Epstein's works have been a strong influence on
her, as his images evoke a sense of spirit in their forms,
which she strives to emulate.
of her artwork has been commissioned for churches from Michigan
to Florida. Her interest and study of comparative religions
and philosophy has found her uniquely prepared to address
matters of faith as strong elements for art forms.
"Hagar & Ishmael
of the Dance"
Drury, an architect/friend, was influential in securing her
first commissioned work and others followed as a result. In
Traverse City her work may be seen at St Francis Church (St.
Francis and Stations of the Cross), Temple Beth El (Tree of
Life) and at NMC Biederman Building (Bust of Les Biederman).
Verna's work at Bella Galleria, 17015 Center Rd. in Traverse