2014 Winter Arts Festival Exhibit

The 17th Annual Juried 2014 Winter Arts Festival Exhibit show runs February 7-28, 2014, at the Gallery Uptown in Grand Haven, MI. I’m pleased to announce that both of my entries were excepted! The Artists’ Reception is at the Gallery Uptown, Friday, February 7, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00. Come on down for some wine and hors d’oeuvres and have fun viewing art and mingling with friends. Cash awards: Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, place and Honorable Mentions

UPDATE ON SHOW RESULTS: I’m very pleased to announce that my Hemlock Crossing, Early Spring 2013 painting received the 2nd place award! Many thanks to Gallery Uptown, and the jurer, Timothy Norris from Muskegon College for his fine job of judging.

Attached is the pamphlet about the show results.



Duck Lake Park, Whitehall, MI

Duck Lake Park, Whitehall, MI

Hemlock Crossing, Early Spring 2013

Hemlock Crossing, Early Spring 2013

Wine About Winter Show 2014

I just delivered two framed paintings (nice Roma Moulding frames) to the Uptown Gallery in Grand Haven, MI for the annual Wine About Winter Show, which starts on Friday, January 17, 2014. The reception is 5 P.M. – 9 P.M at the Uptown Gallery. So come on down to Grand Haven to walk the venues, sample wine and vote for your favorite art entry. If you like more information please visit the Downtown Grand Haven website.

UPDATE ON SHOW RESULTS: I’m pleased to announce that I won an honorable mention for Hemlock Crossing , Early Spring 2013. Yeah, I’m happy about that! Thank you judges!

Hemlock Crossing , Early Spring 2013 8 x 10 oil

Hemlock Crossing , Early Spring 2013
8 x 10 oil

Pigeon Creek at Hemlock Crossing 2011 8 x 10 oil

Pigeon Creek at Hemlock Crossing 2011
8 x 10 oil

Kirk Park Paint Out

I got together with the Ottawa Shores Plein Air group again on Sept. 7 for a paint out at Kirk Park. It was another cloudy, windy and sometimes rainy day out by the lakeshore but that just makes it more of an adventure!


Our fearless leader, Lynne Boezaart.


View looking south.


View looking north. Beautiful dune grass and great wave action!


My painting in progress.


My finished painting.


Pilgrim Haven Natural Area



The Plein Air Painters of West Michigan hosted a paint out Pilgrim Haven Natural Area in South Haven, MI on July 27th. Pilgrim Haven is part of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy of West Michigan. It was a cloudy and windy day but Pilgrim Haven has a beautiful stretch of beach and we all had lots of fun anyway. The critique was done at the “fireplace” — the only structure standing on the property. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy has plans to develop this site in the near future. To read more about Pilgrim Haven click on this link. http://swmlc.org/content/pilgrim-haven-natural-area


Cool picture!



My painting in progress.


My finished painting.


Critique at the “fireplace”.

Marc Hanson Workshop

I participated in a 4-day workshop given by Marc Hanson on June 24-27 in Petoskey, MI. I’ve been a fan of Marc’s painting for a few years and was very excited to hear that he would be in MI this year. What a fantastic workshop! Marc kept us busy doing different exercises every day from value studies to painting from memory. We painted at a different location every day as well. Marc was a patient and attentive teacher and I highly recommend his workshops to painters of all levels.

The girls I painted with, Kathy Kalinowski, Patti Mollema and Connie Kuhnle painting the first .evening in Harbor Springs

The girls I painted with, Kathy Kalinowski, Patti Mollema and Connie Kuhnle painting the first evening in Harbor Springs.


MHWorkshop_1 Marc giving a value study demo the first day.


Marc giving a demo the second day at the farm market where we painted all day.


Petoskey State Park was our location for painting on the third day. Beautiful fog and soft sunshine that morning.


Marc giving a demo of the dunes in the high noon sun. Not an easy thing to paint!

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Painting in the early evening on the bay.


The last day. Kathy Kalinowski, Marc and Patti Mollema.

Pigeon Creek-Hemlock Crossing


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It’s been way too long since I’ve been out plein air painting so Saturday I finally got a chance to go out. I went to Hemlock Crossing to a spot I had scoped out earlier. It was cloudy and 38 degrees. It was fantastic to be out and a little chickadee kept visiting me, perching on a branch and watching with interest. 8 x 10, oil on canvas panel.

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