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. or call 989-894-5925


Big Bay City Art Fair June 9-10!

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!

Click on an image to enlarge it.

Gallery Walk Thursday March 2nd 5-8 p.m.

Tomorrow (Thursday March 2nd) is the Celtic Gallery Walk, this month
sponsored by the one and only Friends of Celtic Culture. I missed the
publicity for the walk this month, but I will be open. Please come
visit me between 5 and 8 p.m. and check out my new gallery.

The new Mary Blocksma Gallery (just opened in November) exhibits my
paintings, including recent paintings of Bay City and Costa Rica, a
well as Bay City posters and notecards, my books about Michigan nature
and the Great Lakes, and many prints featuring my fish paintings,
Beaver Island, and more.

I have just put up a new display of watercolor studies for my next book, What’s In the Woods: A Great Lakes Treasure Hunt, due out in June.

Gypsies will be open as well for excellent coffee. Find me in the orange Gypsies building at 510 Third Street, corner of Madison, across from the Liberty convenience store.

For more information on the gallery walk, go to You can download a pdf map there as well as a
list of all the downtown galleries participating.

Wine and snacks are waiting. See you tomorrow?


I’ve long made my peace with Sundays. Working as I do at home, when I’m not teaching, every day can turn into a work day. But in the last few years, Sundays have become a litany of pleasures, from my favorite radio program–Selected Shorts on NPR–at seven in the morning, followed by NPR’s Sunday Morning edition, followed by CBS Sunday Morning which lasts until 10:30, after which I might go get the New York Times with my friend Tom.

In the afternoon I might watch a football game with friends or paint something I have no business painting (like this of me with dance partner Marty), or read a good book without guilt. In warm weather I might hike the State Park, go mushroom hunting, walk around the bridges in town, eat icecream.

Sunday nights I meet friends, talk, and most fun of all, dance. I drink beer on Sunday nights, instead of my usual glass of wine, and dress up a little, in high-heeled boots if the streets aren’t icy. Bay City has proven a friendly place, a good place to make art and a life, but I like it best on Sundays.