Manitowish River Studio

Mary Burns – Weaver and Fiber Artist

4245N State Highway 47
Mercer, WI 54547

(715) 476-2828

Open for Tour Dates in July and October, or by Appointment

“Truly work from your heart. Beautiful and moving!” – D.L.

Visit the studio to see complex colorful weavings, wall hangings, vibrant wool and linen rugs, felted works and hand-dyed scarves. Demonstrations on several floor looms including a unique hand-jacquard loom!

Mary’s highly detailed jacquard weavings are based on drawings, old photos and patterns. They are woven in a wide range of colors with mercerized cotton yarns that are slightly heavier than sewing thread.

“Fantastic! Beautiful and educational.” – E.L.

Mary’s Ancestral Women Exhibit:

In the fall of 2016, Mary completed a weaving project, The Ancestral Women Exhibit, Wisconsin’s 12 Tribes. “My goal in creating this exhibit was to honor and celebrate ancestral women. These are women who have held families and communities together: women leaders who have kept traditions, cultures, and languages alive. They are the glue in the fabric of their communities. This tribute honors women elders from each of Wisconsin’s twelve Native American tribes.”

The exhibit has been traveling to different venues, including Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, WI;  Wisconsin Indian Education Conference, Minocqua, WI; Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI; ATALM Conference, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM; Indian Community School of Milwaukee; State Capitol of Wisconsin, Madison. In the summer of 2018, a portion of the exhibit will be on display at the Madeline Island Historical Museum.

Read more about the exhibit and see the weavings at: or

“Thank you, Mary, for letting me witness the spirits of these amazing women! Your creativity and the work of your hands let me know how your spirit bridges communities and cultures! I salute you.” –E.S., Minnesota