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:

 

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.

 

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.