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Remember FIZZ? That was the paid subscription newsletter I once snail-mailed to many of you. This website followed, then my Etsy store, and a page on facebook. As you can guess from my neglect of this website, it’s getting too much for me to maintain all that while trying to write books and make art. So instead, I’ve decided to make most of my work available on Etsy, and offer a free, “mostly monthly” newsletter.

I’ve been itching to do a comic strip for a couple of years now. I’ve indulged that yearning with my November newsletter. Please click on the opt-in link in the upper right corner of my home page—I’m not allowed to just send my newsletter to everyone on my email list. So please ask for it. I hope you will find it amusing.

Find information about my upcoming annual open house, along with my many shows around Michigan, in my newsletter. And I’ll probably pop in a discount coupon here now and then.

Expanding on Etsy

Soon you can really see my work properly, on my new beaverislandarts shop on the arts and crafts website, etsy.com/shop/beaverislandarts. My shop is divided into sections, so you can just look at cards or posters or paintings.  You can use a shopping card and payment by check, credit card, or PayPal.

You can still call me or email me with for information or with special requests, or if there’s any problem with the Etsy store.

And here’s early info: My 2010 Open House—my 10th Anniversary celebration and my first Open House in my new studio—will be held Sunday, November 21st, from 1 to 8 p.m. Please come and bring friends…I don’t advertise this show publicly, but if you’d like to be on my list or you’d like the address, please contact me.

Mary’s Holiday Art Shows for 2008

The season is upon us and I am doing my 7th Annual Open House on Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23 (Noon to 5 p.m. each day) at my Bay City, Michigan, studio. If those times or dates don’t work for you, just call for an appointment. To email me or call for directions or appointment, click on the CONTACT US button above.

This year’s SPECIALS: I am selling, for the first time ever, some of the over 30 out-of-print children’s books I have done for major publishers in the last twenty years. Also new this year is my 2008 title, WHAT’S IN THE WOODS? A MICHIGAN TREASURE HUNT and two 2008 posters that complete my LAKE EFFECT SERIES…you can now view Lake Michigan over an entire year.

Also this year I am adding a “garage sale” element to my Open House…find bargain art frames, original art, prints, cards, and as much miscellaneous household stuff that I can find room for. Whatever is left will go into a public sale, but I’m giving my friends first crack at it.

Please come and enjoy friends, neighbors and area art lovers, as well as coffee, wine, and treats.


At last, Lake Effects III and IV are here!

Fresh from Holland Litho, my commercial printer (printed in the USA!), are Lake Effects III: Summertime and Lake Effects IV: Day at the Beach, completing the year begun by Lake Effects I (Oct-Dec) and Lake Effects II (Jan-April).

The new posters, painted last summer from Upper Peninsula and Beaver Island beaches, still present essentially the same view at varying times of the month or day, but the paintings in the new posters are larger and vary also in size. I wanted the new Lake Effects posters to work with but be distinct from the first two, and these seem to work well.

I have not raised my poster prices in ten years, but printing and packaging costs have gone up considerably. All my posters now retail at $30 each, two for $50 (if you order them from Beaver Island Arts)  which makes them the same price they always were. Combine your two posters any way you like (I have six posters available).

Notecards and original art will also soon be available on my website as well as at the many shows, fairs and signings I will be doing beginning in April. Stay tuned!

 Order by email or phone before June 1st for free shipping!!


Mary Blocksma’s new website design

Now you can find just about everything that I do, much of it focused on the Great Lakes: original art, reproductions, notecards; tapestry bags and perhaps I’ll even put my quilts on, just for fun. (I don’t think any of you would actually pay for one of those labor intensive jobs!).

Come back frequently for more stories, updates, new art, new books, and a continuing look at my recent experience with a diagnosis of breast cancer. I intend to include reviews of books read and movies seen, and I’m even hoping to do a Poem or Painting a Day category! Join me in all these exciting artistic and medical adventures!