2023 Spring Plein Air Retreat
2023 Spring Plein Air Painting Retreat
Space is limited, reserve your spot soon.
Online registration is now open for our Spring Plein Air Painting Retreat. Hope you will join us!
If you live in the area or are just painting with us for the day, you are welcome to order meals. The online form for the meals only option will be coming out soon.
217 W. Westwood
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
The Outdoor Discovery Center (ODC) Network is looking for artists interested in painting one (or more) 50 gallon rain barrels that will be installed at businesses in downtown Saugatuck and Douglas from June-September 2023. These rain barrels are designed to be functional art; barrels will capture rainwater, educate and inspire the public about protecting water quality through personal eco-behaviors, as well as provide an aesthetically-pleasing outdoor public installation in towns that have such a rich history of, and appreciation for, art. Designs depicted on the barrels must relate to the Restoration and Preservation of the Kalamazoo River and the Surrounding Environment. Artists would receive the primed barrels and some related supplies mid-May, and would need to return the completed barrels by the beginning of June. The number of barrels is limited, and participation is on a first-come basis. Participating artists will have their name included on educational signage adjacent to their barrel, viewable by the public for the entirety of its installation on a downtown building. If you are interested, please fill out this interest form: https://forms.gle/VBzCHVoFFmLsRSnLA, and someone will contact you with further information. Interested artists should make sure to have their name submitted by March 17, 2023, (though submission of your interest form by this date does not guarantee there will be available space within the project). For more info about the ODC Network, visit outdoordiscovery.org. Email Sarah Irvin, at email@example.com, with questions about the project.
The Lakeshore Art Festival is looking for 5 artists to create masterpieces that ROCK (literally) for this year's public art project.
5 large rocks, painted by selected artists, will be on display around Downtown Muskegon on June 24th and 25th during the Lakeshore Art Festival. Visitors attending the festival will be encouraged to paint smaller stones and place them near the 5 large rocks as a part of a community public art project.
For more details, check out the artist application.
The Journal Project at SCA
The Lakeshore Community Chorus will be presenting a spring concert titled “Road Trip: Adventures on Route 66,” Sunday, May 21st at 4:00. Nancy Plantinga, artistic director of the chorus, would like to invite Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club members to be part of this collaborative event. Original writings from local authors will be included at “rest areas” in between the concert selections. Classic cars from the 50’s and 60’s, owned by local residents and members of the Holland Car Club, will be displayed in the parking lot before the concert.
The Chorus hopes for approximately 12 artists to create visual representations of what travelers might experience on the old Route 66, such as landscapes, buildings, people in 50’s/60’s attire, cars, signs along the route, etc. Or artists might consider creating an artistic statement about how things have changed since the 50s and 60s. Each work will be displayed on an easel for your 2D artwork in the Saugatuck Center for the Arts lobby the day of the concert. The artwork must be large enough to grab the attention of concert attendees. Some SDAC members may have already done paintings similar to what you’d see on the old Route 66, such as rivers, mountains, farmland, and valleys. These could be included, although, we hope you’ll feel inspired by the program of music and concept to create something new! Your creation can be listed as "For Sale," however, we ask that you take care of the purchase at another time. If you are interested in selling your creation, you could leave your contact information on the easel. Nancy will go over these details with those that are interested in participating. Due to limited space and easels in the lobby, only 12 works of art can be included in this collaboration with LCC. The names of the artists displaying the work and a statement about the Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club will be in the written program.
Concert songs will include: Come Travel with Me (inspired by by Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road”); Route 66; Sweet Home Chicago; Shenandoah; Kansas City; Oklahoma; On the Atchinson, Topeka and the Santa Fe; Grand Canyon Sunrise; Hooray for Hollywood; The Road Not Taken (based upon the text of Robert Frost); and From Sea to Shining Sea (America the Beautiful). Put your thinking caps on…see if you can connect with one of these songs through art! If interested in participating, please contact Nancy Plantinga, 616 405 3399 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your consideration!
Play the Game of Shrooms 2023!
Game of Shrooms is like an Easter Egg Hunt for art and celebrates the spirit of unexpected surprises. Started in 2019 by Attaboy, artists and gatherers from Hong Kong, Berlin, Japan, the UK, India, Russia, Switzerland, Tasmania, the US, and many more participated in the world-wide event, creating a world-wide non-religious, no cost, personally interactive “art show” of making and sharing, suspense and sometimes absolute freakin’ wonder.
On June 10, 2023, mushrooms invade the human space, not the other way around.
For details and to place your art on the global map, visit https://yumfactory.com/gameofshrooms/
The Journal Project Opening
Ruth Crowe's exhibition "The Journal Project" will open on
Friday, February 10, 5:30 - 7:30pm
"The Beauty in the Ordinary:
Paintings by Jim McMillan, Helen Kleczynski and
Saturday, February 11th from 5:30-7:30 pm
Artist meet and greet with live music and hors d'oeuvres
Padnos & Armstrong Galleries
January 26- March 31
Experience the nostalgia of Little Golden Books with over sixty masterpieces of original illustrations from the Random House archives. Featured in the exhibition are pieces from beloved picture-book classics like The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny, The Color Kittens, I Can Fly, and many more!
At the Muskegon Museum of Art
No one is going to know that your brilliant work exists if it goes no further than your studio. Take a chance. Stretch yourself. Make your work visible. Consider applying to one or more of the GAAC's upcoming exhibits or an artist's residency. Do it. This is the year.
Exploratory art journaling workshop led by SCA’s Outreach Educator Meg Shoup plus artist Ruth Crowe. In partnership with Arbor Circle, one of West MI’s most comprehensive providers of mental health services.
West Michigan Art Competition 2023
The 37th Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artist who reside in a 25-county region. Artwork in any visual art media can be submitted by artists 18 yrs and older. Artists may submit one piece for consideration by the juror. Five awards totaling $3,000 will be presented. The deadline is February 1, 11:59pm. For more details visit lowellartsmi.org
Art Sale at Isabel's
Beginning Drawing Class
Do you struggle trying to make your creative ideas come to life because you lack drawing skills? Maybe you just want to improve your drawing skills? This class will teach you how to “see” better and give you conﬁdence in making better drawings, which will translate to better, “more ﬁnished” pieces (paintings, etc) as you progress in your studies.
Here’s what you will come away with:
• Practice exercises good to use as long as you want to improve/maintain your skills
• The BEST tricks and techniques, along with traditional study, to help you observe better for more accurate drawings
• The start of your personal art portfolio, for your forever reference
• Framable drawing studies
What: The Beginning Class series is 2 hrs each week for 6 weeks/$120 pd. before classes start.
(Intermediate studies class will follow for another 6 weeks.)
Where: The History Center (old schoolhouse), 130 Center St., downtown Douglas MI
When: Suggested Class time/dates: Tuesdays, from 10:00 am - Noon, 1:00 - 3:00 pm., starting
January 17 (then, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21) Right now these dates and times are not set in stone, so let’s discuss! I’m open for suggestions and majority will rule.
Minimum class size is 4 students, maximum is 12
Contact me: email@example.com or call 419-349-2626
and please check out my website: www.teriutzbersee.com
I’ve had over 10 years experience in teaching studio and private classes and together, we have fun!!
Holly Willson opening Nov. 29
Art Club member, Holly Willson, will be showing of her work at the Grill House Restaurant in Allegan. You're invited to a very cool reception on November 29, 2022 from 5 to 7 hosted by the Allegan Area Arts Council. Come for hors d’oeuvres and stay for dinner.
Book by SDAC member
Art club member Angie has a published book available through Amazon and Schuler books and several local stores in Holland an Saugatuck. It is titled A YEAR IN BALANCE.
Here is the link:
Or contact Angie at 312-723-8158
Plein air travel easel for sale
A brand new, never used, plein air travel easel for sale for $125. This is the link to the same easel online, https://enpleinairpro.com/collections/packages/products/traveler-series-watercolor-package
Contact Barri Rosenbluth
Colley Whisson Workshop
Carrie Andrews show
SDAC member Carrie Andrews has a new solo show at Gallery 602 in Holland Hospital. Her paintings are largely abstract in acrylic and mixed media. The show is open to staff, patients and their visitors, and will be up until September 30th, thanks to Paulette Carr, curator and Holland Friends of Art. For more information about Carrie, click the link below: https://linktr.ee/carrieandrewsart
Michael Rippey Reception
Sue Flanagan grand opening
Sue Flanagan is having a grand opening artist reception at her new summer studio and gallery. Pine Tree Studio is located at 6596 146th Ave., Holland. The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2022. All are welcome.
Please visit Sue’s website for information about on-going classes in pastel, acrylic, and oil: www.sueflanagan.com
Theresa Gray show and immersion
Vast spaces on canvas for my upcoming show.
Theresa Gray is returning to Michigan to show her art during the Saugatuck Douglas 45th Annual Fall Gallery Stroll. Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 12-5 PM, with local artist and gallery owner Krista Reuter. Stop in, see our work and celebrate with me | 36 Center Street | Downtown Douglas, Michigan.
SAVE THE DATE | Saturday, September 17
Retreat: The Art Of Connection is a powerful one-day immersion that I'm hosting with my friend Michelle Shaw. We are combining our passions of yoga and painting so that you can create courageously. We'll move our bodies. We'll work on canvas. We'll challenge ourselves and celebrate our time together. The Art Of Connection is Saturday, September 17, 10-5 PM at Redbud Farm in Hamilton.
Tickets will be available soon!
For more information firstname.lastname@example.org
THE GAP by Ira Glass
A message suitable for all creatives.
View the original at https://vimeo.com/danielsax/thegap
Let’s share our news!
A studio cleaning or move, an upcoming class, or excitement over a new project. If you have any news — big or small — to share with your fellow local artists, please send to email@example.com