Beth Millner designs nature inspired eco friendly jewelry in a variety of recycled metals and Michigan gemstones. While in her last year of college, she started displaying at art fairs and teaching silversmithing classes in Marquette, Michigan. In 2007, she also opened an online storefront on Etsy. Beth graduated from NMU with a BFA in metals in 2008 and launched Beth Millner Jewelry in the corner of her kitchen. As her business grew, she was able to take on part time help as well as develop an ecommerce website.
In 2012, Beth opened a storefront in downtown Marquette, Michigan where all the jewelry is handcrafted in the studio space above the retail shop. Depending on the season, Beth employs between three to five staff members, including a full time Operations Manager. She has expanded her jewelry line to include wedding bands in both sterling silver and recycled palladium white gold, as well as offering certified recycled diamonds. Beth has collaborated with many customers over the years to design and fabricate custom pendants, rings and bracelets. Beth has designed 1000’s of pieces of jewelry over the years, including the classic four season tree series and a variety of Upper Peninsula silhouette pieces. Her work can be found in galleries and shops throughout the country and has a strong international retail client base.
Mia Cinelli graduated from Northern Michigan University’s School of Art & Design with a BFA in Graphic Communications in 2011. Shortly after she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to complete her MFA in Art & Design at the University of Michigan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
Throughout graduate school she worked as a freelance designer, teaching undergraduates during the academic year, and teaching a Portfolio Prep class to high-school students through the Stamps Pre-College Summer Program. She also worked as a Rapid Prototyping Consultant at the UM-3D Lab.
In 2014, Mia was hired as an Assistant Professor of Art & Design at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, tasked with pioneering a new Design program. The program incorporates both graphic and product design, allowing students to study design in a holistic manner before choosing a concentration in 2D or 3D design. She is also currently the Director of the Women’s Commission Art Gallery at Defiance College.
Mia’s work has been featured on Dezeen, Fast Company, MTV, Design Milk, Design Taxi, Paste Magazine, People Magazine, Notcot, The Daily Mail, and Yorokobu, among others. She currently lives in Defiance, Ohio, with her fiance and cat. She is thankful every day for the amazing education she received at NMU.
Just days before graduating in 2009 from the Digital Cinema program Shana accepted a Producer / Videographer position at Charter Media (Now Spectrum Reach) here in Marquette, MI.
At Spectrum she writes, shoots and edits TV commercials for businesses across the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. She weaves compelling stories and messages that relate to viewers and provides a final video that her customers are proud to show in their community.
The drive to learn never ends as Shana grows in her videography and editing skills each year winning multiple awards for her work. Working for Spectrum has also allowed her the opportunity to be involved with creating an annual travel program called The UP North Show and in 2013 taking the lead producing a documentary on a 100 Day Art Project. Following local artists as they make a commitment to creating art everyday for 100 days.
At home she continues to thrive creatively. Shana enjoys other artistic outlets such as jewelry design, painting and photography.