"Art and Garden Studio Tour" Mother's Day Weekend, May 13th & 14th 2017

I'm very excited to be #7 on the 1st Annual Mother's Day Weekend artzandgardenz.com Tour. A free self-driving tour which invites an early Spring"sneak preview" into local West Michigan private working studios and artist's garden spaces.

The Peachbelt Studio will be hosting artists Susan Burger, (birdhouses), Demitree Oakheart (rustic furniture), Judy Hallisy (handblown glass), and Elaine Decker (gemstone jewelry).  

Enjoy the warm hospitality and contagious creativity of local artists, growers, and gardeners from the Saugatuck-Douglas, Hamilton, and Fennville countryside. Six studios and a lavender farm open their doors.  Each location along the tour will host guest artists and/or growers who will be exhibiting and selling their work or products.

All six studios are within close driving distance to one another, making it easy to spend a lovely spring day driving the country roads along a 35 mile tour route.

For more news and updates LIKE the ArtzandGardenzStudioTour on FaceBook, or email Dawn for further information.

Oxbow "Art on the Meadow" Workshop June 19th-23, 2017

"Drawing from Nature"

In this multi-level workshop we will explore the rich botanical world of Oxbow’s 115 acre campus. Together we will practice the mediums of charcoal, conte crayons, and ink on paper as vehicles for what inspiration and sense of connectedness we may find. 

Special emphasis will be given to the relationship between figure and ground, where and how drawing intersects painting with color, where observation intersects interpretation, and the individual and expressive personality of line-making.

Prior experience helpful, but not necessary.

Register here beginning May, 8th 2017 or call 269-857-5811


28th Annual "Blue Coast Artist Tour" October 2017

The 27th Annual "Blue Coast Artist" Fall Open Studios Saturday & Sunday October 7th & 8th, 10am- 6pm. Click here for printable map.  A rural West Michigan tour of 12 unique artist studios featuring new work, demonstrations, and refreshments. The tour is an opportunity to contribute to a sense of place and to support local economies. Peachbelt Studio is #9 on the Tour this year!

The Goldfinch

Throughout many years of sharing my work directly with the public, I have witnessed folk from every economic perspective view my artwork, and the work of others. So what makes a person connect with a work of art?? I found Hobie’s perspective, a character from Donna Tart’s “the Goldfinch”, an interesting way of describing the alchemy.
“....if a painting really works down in your heart and changes the way you see, and think, and feel, you don’t think; oh, I love this picture because its universal, or I love this painting because it speaks to all mankind. That’s not the reason anybody loves a piece of art. 
Its a secret whisper from an alleyway. Psst, you. Hey kid. Yes you. . . An individual heart-shock. Your dream. The artist’s dream. You see one painting, I see another, four hundred years after we are gone - it will never strike anybody the same way and the great majority of people it will never strike in any deep way at all, but some paintings are fluid enough to work their way into the mind and heart through all different angles, in ways that are unique and very particular. Yours, yours. I was painted for you . . .”

-paraphrased from Donna Tart’s “the Goldfinch” 2013. A suspenseful book about a mysteriously captivating painting set in present day America. 

(Thank you Fritz H. for recommending this book.) 

1955 schwinn "spitfire"

On June 8th I posted a written homage along with a new large-scale oil of a blue vintage bike on Peachbelt Studio’s FB page in response to the cycling tragedy in Kalamazoo MI, where 9 people were run down by a pickup truck driver.  Over the next four days the post went viral in the Kalamazoo area and greater cycling communities. Not a frequent FB user, I was swept away by the enormous number of comments full of heart and gratitude. I mean, many of us make art with a vague hope it might one day reach someone in a significant way? The experience was visceral, the context fleeting, and soon lost in the following week’s terror of the Orlando shooting. Little did I know that my painting also resembled a "ghost bike " coming through the mist. In the end a significant reminder that no art, no individual, no thought, no intention, is born into a vacuum. 

(lithograph and giclee prints available in 2017)