New Beaver Island Posters & Art

I spent a total of three weeks at the Beaver Island Lodge in the summer of 2006, a real treat. I always loved that place, which displays my two Lake Effects posters, beautifully framed, in the lobby. When I lived on the island and ran my Beaver Island Arts gallery there, I used to set up my paints outside on one of the round tables on the patio, or at a window in the bar during inclement weather. The Lodge affords one of my favorite views on the island, along with that of Paradise Bay and the Whiskey Point Lighthouse, which I could see from my own window.

While I was visiting last year, Judy and Liz Laneer offered to let me show my Beaver Island and other art in their Montaage gallery next summer. So this winter, I’m working on that show, producing new watercolors, acrylics, prints, cards, and (already finished and produced) two posters that feature my favorite Beaver Island scenes.

Since I closed my gallery on Beaver Island, Sue Thomson has been selling my prints, cards, jewelry and some original art in her wonderful Livingstone Gallery, localed between the Beaver Island Toy Museum (which sells my books and posters) and the lighthouse. Sue will continue to sell my cards and prints, and this year, at last, she’ll have some new ones.

For now, except for the posters, I’m keeping most of the new Beaver Island art a secret….posting it only after the opening of the show in late June or early July.But just as an intro, here’s a small 5 x 7-inch mostly watercolor piece I did during last summer’s visit.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Mary Finally Leaps into 2007!

After finishing three Beaver Island commissions before Christmas as well as a three-week trip to Florida, I’m busy finishing a sequel to What’s On the Beach, another easy intro book to Great Lakes nature for kids (and clueless adults) called What’s In the Woods. I’ve finished most of the art and am now writing and doing layouts. With luck and a little less procrastination, I’ll have it ready by June.

The Florida trip got me started on another book idea: What’s on the Beach in Florida! I’m hoping to get that finished by Christmas. But I may have to postpone that project if I end up doing a third poster in my Lake Effects series this summer (Lake Effects I and II cover fall, winter, and spring, but not summer).

I have been sending out a few flyers to folks interested in those 36-views-from-the-same-window posters to see if someone with a good Lake Michigan view would be willing to extend me access to summer digs and a weatherproof window workplace in exchange for the 36 original watercolors that will become Lake Effects III, the last poster in the series. I’ve gotten an interesting response recently, so my artist-in-residency may dominate my summer.

Meanwhile, if you want to know what’s happening with me from the tight focus of a breast cancer survivor, pop onto my blog at HealthCentral. I’ll keep up better with this one too—a lot of art is happening that hasn’t yet been uploaded.

The painting (click on it to enlarge it) is an acrylic on paper, done for Ray and Nina Cole, owners and operators of the Beaver Island Lodge and Nina’s Restaurant on Beaver Island, Michigan.