Meet the Artists on display at Bantam

While staying at Bantam Brook Cottage, enjoy the art work that accent the walls and decor of our cottages. Meet the talented artists...

MK Czerwiec

About: MK is nurse who makes and talks about comics. Significant influence on her work comes from Lynda Barry, Studs Terkel, Keith Haring, John Callahan, Roz Chast, Jean-Jacques Sempe, Carol Tyler, the uninhibited perspective of children, and her work as a nurse. She creates comics, illustrations, and animal photography. To see more for her work, visit

Kim Pruitt

About: Kim's paintings and sculpture suggest a story, with room for the viewer to share. Her colors speak the spirit and emotion of her images. Kim's work reflects her interest in people and her environment. To see more of her work, visit

Susan Henshaw

About: A lifetime resident of Union Pier, MI. Susan finds artistic inspiration in many areas. Works in Pastel portray South West Michigan’s natural beauty. In Oil she captures faces from the past as well as faces that are on spiritual journeys in the present. Other areas in thought and time are conveyed through Poetry writing and Abstract painting. A self-taught artist, Susan’s award winning work has been displayed in the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, IN, The Box Factory in St. Joseph, MI, Nido Bianco, Three Oaks, MI, and is part of the Corporate collection of Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services in St. Joseph, MI. To see more of her work, visit

Roger Harvey

After attending Chicago’s American Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, Roger Harvey starting out as a graphic designer, eventually owning his own Chicago studio, RHI Graphic Design. He has won numerous graphics awards, been widely published, given workshops, lectured and shown his graphics work extensively. Roger is also an accomplished mural artist, having completed dozens of murals including two murals for the late actor Dennis Farina. He shows his works of large acrylic landscapes on canvas which are represented in many corporate and private collections nationwide, and regional galleries.

Brian Cooley

About: For over 20 years, Brian's artwork has been a means to entertain himself, communicate his thoughts and feelings, as well as tell stories from his special perspective.

From this simple beginning his artwork has progressed to a story board style using India ink and oil paint markers. Now with the help of his friends and family, he is able to present, to the public, his sense of humor and unique way of telling stories to the world. It’s a rare look into a very special person and his mind.

Brian’s mother, Margaret, who guides him day to day, and his brother, Bob, a professional photographer in New York, are very influential and encouraging in his endeavor. They have now set up a business for him called “Brian’s Brain.

You see, Brian Cooley has Autism, which is a spectrum disorder. Every autistic person faces different challenges from physical abilities to their IQ level. Brian has a high IQ and has been able to read since he was three. Other skills have to be taught to him because he has minimal instincts. But, that hasn’t stopped this talented man.

Chelsie Knight

Three Oaks has been my home town for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been into taking pictures when I was young then on my 18th birthday my mother bought my first camera that’s the moment I knew what I wanted my life to reveal around. I enjoy my photography and people who enjoy my work, most the pieces that are hung in the house are from and around Three Oaks.

Most of the art in our cottages is available for purchase, please contact the property owner for more details.