Mary’s Holiday Fair Schedule 2009

Last Saturday I drove up to East Jordan to participate, for the third time, in their annual Holiday Art Fair sponsored by the Jordan River Arts Council. The three-hour trip is always worth it for me: not only do I get lots of help unloading, but my work is always appreciated there.

If you missed that one, look for me at one of these Michigan events:

November 22, Bay City, Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m. Mary Blocksma Studio, 1101 5th St. 

December 3, Midland, Thursday, 3-8 p.m., Holiday Craft Fair, 1309 Parkway 

December 4, Saginaw, Friday, 10-4, Andersen Center, 120 Ezra Rust Dr.

December 5, Ann Arbor, Saturday, 10-4, Women’s City Club, 1830 Washtenaw

If I survive that three-in-a-row series (they just happened that way this year), my work is available by appointment any time before Christmas. Contact me for times or for more information about any of the above:

 

My Beaver Island Commission: Finished at Last

It was Ray Cole’s idea to auction me off to do a painting of somebody’s vacation home—or the view from it—to raise money for the Beaver Island Health Center. He and Nina had commissioned me to do two paintings—one of the Beaver Island Lodge and another showing the View from the Beaver Island Lodge. The paintings came out well, so we thought we’d see if anyone else would be interested.

They were: The auction was won by Marty and Marie Tuohy, who asked me to additionally paint in ten people—family and friends—who vacation at a popular rental on the harbor. I hadn’t bargained on so many people, and it took me a long time to do, but it’s finished now and we are all pleased with it. I’ve started painting residents and/or pets into commissions I’ve done since, which does much to personalize them and liven them up.

I did the Tuohy painting in acrylic and it measures about 20×30 inches. We are calling it “Beaver Island Twlight.” Contact me to purchase notecards and prints of it, or to find out more about commissioning a painting  of your own family or home.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

My 2007 Open House Nov 10-11

You are invited to
Mary Blocksma’s 2007 Open House

1 to 5 p.m. each day
Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11
1101 5th Street (corner of Farragut)

Bay City 

After seven years in the same studio and too prolific for my own good,
I’m desperate to downsize. So for the first time, everything I’ve done
before this year, with the exception of my Lake Effects project,
will be 50% (or more) off, including Bay City Posters,
Beaver Island posters, all books, cards and prints,
one-of-a-kind jewelry, even acrylic and watercolor paintings.

New for this year’s show:
Designer one-of-a-kind purses, scarf-and-bag sets,
a Marble-ous Mary watercolor series, artsy potholders,
and a sneak peak at my new Lake Effects III and IV project.

Come and enjoy wine, coffee, sparkling cider, biscotti,
my own amazing chocolate chip cookies, nine cheeses and crackers.
Can’t make it? Call or email to make an appointment, to order
from my website, or for information or directions.

mblocksma@yahoo.com or call 989-894-5925

CLICK ON AN 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.

Beaver Island Sketches

The paper is too thin for watercolor, but I love these brief little paintings. This is just how I remember the harbor outside my Beaver Island house. A road wraps around the entire town part of the harbor, a good twenty-minute walk. Everything–grocery store, post office, bar, restaurant, deli, hardware–has this million-dollar view. I like living within reach of three airports and easy access to almost anywhere, but I miss this remote peace.