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Peachbelt Studio Updates
Posted: May 21, 2012

Welcome to artist Dawn Stafford’s Peachbelt Studio and Gallery website, an unusual find for art enthusiasts, collectors and designers. Updates include all-new easy to navigate painting galleries of recent and archived oil paintings, four galleries added of works in ink, charcoal, encaustic and etching, more gift cards and reproductions, schoolhouse renovation photos added, a new Art Coast of Michigan page celebrating our area's cultural landscape, new email address, this newsletter, and many links!

2012 Workshop at OxbowArt on the Meadow Color Basics with Dawn Stafford  July 23rd - 26th 

Part science project and part play, in this hands-on workshop we will explore the mysterious behavior of light as it applies to oil painting through a series of small oil studies.  A pre-selected palette of pure-pigment oil paints is included in the price of the class.  Drawing skills not required, but always useful.
Visiting Artist Projects with Dawn and 2nd Grade students at Saugatuck-Douglas Elementary 2010-2011

GOALS: The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their largest lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.  The arts teach children that purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstances and opportunity. 

MEDIUM: Acrylic paint on canvas board 

CONCEPT: Each student reinterpreted one random 3” thumbnail cut from a print of the original oil painting.  No one saw the painting ahead of time.  All colors were mixed from the three primary colors and titanium white.  Finished works are 6 ft. tall!

Commissioned Work
A heads up to anyone who hoped I'd paint more pears one day. It has been 12 years since I painted EveryDayPeople Cafe's original Blue Pears, and since I had some recent requests for compositions with pears, it seemed like the right time to revisit the subject.

These works will be remembered by me with great sentiment as some of the first new originals made with my daughter riding on my hip.  Quite a change to say the least! 

The Saugatuck Dunes Book
Artists respond to a freshwater landscape

There is nothing about being an artist that makes me love the lakeshore more than anyone else with two eyes, ears, a nose, skin, breath, and an open heart.  It's just that, as artists, some of us may be more acutely aware that an unadulterated landscape, such as ours, is the closest thing to Truth.   
-Dawn Stafford

All proceeds from sales of this book will support the work of the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, dedicated to protecting and preserving the character our rare dune landscape.  Available on their website and local stores $35 

One of 24 West Michigan artists who participated in a collaborative project with Saugatuck Center for the Arts on an entry into Grand Rapid's Annual Artprize Competition. We re-created a 1930's painting by the late Bill Olendorf in a manner based on my recent Visiting Artist Projects with the 2nd Grade Class. Each artist finished a 30 x 30" square canvas resulting in a largescale work measuring 10 x 15 ft. The goal was to promote art and tourism on the Art Coast of West Michigan.  

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