SUTTONS BAY — Ken and Betty Krantz of Suttons Bay celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a family dinner in Suttons Bay.
Ken Krantz and Betty Cork were married on March 27, 1954, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Raleigh, N.C. They met in a painting class at Michigan State University, where Betty received a degree in art education. Ken transferred from the University of Michigan to North Carolina State University, where they jointly taught children’s art classes. Ken later received a degree in architecture from North Carolina State.
The newlyweds spent the summer of 1954 in Petoskey, where Mrs. Krantz spent her time doing watercolors and Mr. Krantz worked as a sidewalk pastel portrait artist. After Mr. Krantz graduated from North Carolina State, the couple spent a year in Milwaukee, Wis., before moving to Suttons Bay in 1957, where they rented their home for $50 a month before buying it.
In 1960, Mr. Krantz completed a large mosaic at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City, then spent a year working on a 25- by 35-foot oil on canvas mural for a farm implement dealership on Louisville, Ky., all while working as an architect. In 1962, the couple and their three children sailed to Europe with their Volkswagen bus, using the proceeds from the canvas mural. They spent nearly a year in Europe, most of it on the Spanish island of Ibiza, where Mr. Krantz painted every day.
The couple opened Inter Arts Studio in Suttons Bay in 1965, primarily as a gallery for their combined European works. Mrs. Krantz also opened the Bay Window dress shop adjacent to the studio. They later opened Inter Arts Studios in Leland’s Fishtown, Northport, Traverse City, and Key West, Fla.
Now retired, the couple live in Suttons Bay in the home they purchased in 1957. They still travel and Mr. Krantz tries to make a trip to Europe at least once a year.
The couple’s children are Shannon (Stephen) Mentzer, Tom Krantz and Matthew (Armanda) Krantz. They also have six grandchildren and one great-grandson.