I did this show last year and although it’s a small one, it’s lovely, especially in good weather. A rose garden circles a fountain outside the center, where a few vendors display our wares.
I believe workshops and a yummy lunch (including strawberry shortcake) are available too. The Andersen Center is located about a long block toward the river from the Saginaw Zoo…at 120 Ezra Rust Drive.
My cancer fund drive exhibit is also still up at Jeff Ward Gallery, which is just behind my art fair booth. The weather is perfect for an art fair: very little wind, lots of sun, and in the 60s and 70s.
I’ll be selling prints, posters, books, cards, and lots of jewelry. Don’t miss it!
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Also perusable will be my 200+ page illustrated breast cancer blog begun after my diagnosis in October, 2004, and continuing to the present. It can be read online as well, beginning with Mary’s Breast Cancer Blog, on my website, continuing for a year elsewhere, and recently returning to my own website at beaverislandarts.com.
Tonight is a gala event—a cancer fund raiser. Cancer surviving artists will be displaying their work at all the galleries. This very special First Thursday Gallery Walk is the only one that requires a ticket: $30 gets you in all the galleries with gourmet food and drink; $5 gets you in one gallery, so if you just want one party, make it mine! (Tickets will be available at all the galleries.) After tonight, the monthly First Thursday Gallery Walks will again be free.
The Bay City Times did a nice article about me and this show in the Thursday Weekend. You can read it online if you can stand the many disruptive animated ads…..
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I made a bargain with my generous hosts: I would exchange the original paintings eventually used in Lake Effects III (the summer poster completing my Lake Effects poster series) for at least six summer weeks access to a window to paint them from. In May I went for the first week and my rather outrageous proposal seems to be working! I have totally lucked out, with interesting, compatible hosts and a beautiful place (specifics to remain private) to enjoy a real Lake Michigan summer.
Two changes will distinguish this last poster from the first two:
1) I’m going to include several panoramas—paintings that take up two, three, even four spaces—instead of making all the paintings the same size. I love this effect, which communicates that wide horizon and makes clear at a glance that this poster is new.
2) Less noticeable but still important: The Lake Effects III view faces straight south over Lake Michigan from the southern shore of the Upper Peninsula. I will have to travel down to lighthouses to catch the sunset or dawn straight on, but the waves are phenomenal, sometimes rolling in all the way from Chicago. Manistique beaches are particularly surf-layered on windy days.
The new poster is scheduled to debut at The Timmel Collection, a wonderful gallery in Saugatuck, on Columbus Day weekend, October 6-7. Original art completed for the project—including the many pieces not in the poster (only about 30 will be chosen out of more than 100 pieces)—will be displayed (and sold!) there for the first time.
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