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Blue Coast Artists announce their 23rd Annual Fall Tour of Studios
Posted: Aug 30, 2012

For over twenty years the Blue Coast Artists have been delighting and educating the public with their annual Fall Tour of Studios. Viewers are invited once again to experience the creative process in action on Saturday & Sunday, October 6th & 7th, 2012   

See a piece of pottery form, watch metal hammered into a piece of jewelry, a tree come alive through brushstrokes or watch a piece of pottery become engulfed in flames during a Raku firing. These are just a few of the demonstrations that art lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy during the Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour of Studios.

This annual West Michigan autumn event runs from 10AM-6PM both days and is free of charge.  Over the past twenty-three years the tour has continued to be an educational and interesting experience for all, by offering a behind-the-scenes look into the studios of working artists. 

The 2012 tour includes eight working artists' studios located between South Haven and Saugatuck. Each site features demonstrations, original artwork, refreshments and more. Hands-on art making projects, unique art abodes, and fall color makes this creative experience fun for the whole family.

The tour can be completed in one day and a tour map is available at each site or on the web at: www.bluecoastartists.comThe 2012 Blue Coast Artists Fall Tour includes:

1) Lattner Studio (319 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven)
The studio of Suzi Lattner Zwissler features her original paintings and drawings in a variety of media. The gardens and woodland that surround her home inspire Suzi. She will be on hand demonstrating pastel drawing techniques.

2) Blue Star Pottery (337 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven) The studio of Mark Williams features handmade stoneware. Bowls, pitchers, casseroles, teapots and platters are embossed with Mark’s elegant textured designs, which he creates by combining the pottery techniques of textured slab and throwing on the pottery wheel. Come see his newly built salt kiln. Mark will open a new kiln load of his work daily on tour weekend.

3) Town Hall Studio (327 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven) The repurposed circa 1892 Casco Town Hall is the jewelry studio of Christine Russell Bruno.  Nationally and internationally collected, Christine's metal work is best described as Rustic Modern.  Her graphic sterling silver jewelry is often textured with leaf skeletons, and may feature semi-precious stones, photography, resin, glass or rocks found along the shores of Lake Michigan. Christine will demonstrate her metalsmithing techniques during the event.

4) Khnemu Studio LLC (6322 113th Ave., Fennville) Enjoy the fall harvest at this 1890's farm estate, complete with a restored barn which houses a unique contemporary fine art and craft gallery featuring over 20 Michigan Artists and the working studio of ceramic artist Dawn Soltysiak. Dawn will have demonstrations in wheel throwing, Raku pottery firing and also a "make & take" art opportunity for kids of all ages.  Come and see the newly expanded studio. Farm fresh pumpkins and popcorn are also available.


5) Lake Effect Pottery (2139 66th St., Fennville) Surrounded by vegetable and herb gardens, with her horses and chickens nearby, an antique turkey barn is the workplace for potter Lee Mckee. Lee makes oil lamps, French butter keepers and other affordable functional pottery.   Lee will demonstrate pottery making techniques during Fall Tour.

6)  Brazilian Shack (122nd, Fennville)   Jewelry artist, Michele Clark gathers the naturally dropped feathers from peacocks and other birds at her colonial coffee plantation Fazenda Neuchatel in Brazil.  She combines them with native seeds, semi-precious stones and petrified wood that originate in her native country.  Michele will offer the opportunity to pick your own elements of design and she will create jewelry for you.  Come and enjoy a Brazilian coffee with us.

7) Volmod Studio ( 66th St., Fennville) Artist Jeff Blandford continues to expand his ceramics and glassblowing studios which produce his design based works.  Strong color and stream-lined forms are showcased with his mid-century modern aesthetic.  Jeff will demonstrate how to create large scale forms on the potter’s wheel.  He will create a 200 lb. bowl on the potter’s wheel.

8) The Front Door Studio (6934 120th Ave, Glenn)  Be enchanted by the idyllic setting
of a fully restored, century old farmhouse where you'll find the mixed media paintings of internationally collected artist Anke Richert-Korioth.  Working from her summer studio, the memories from her travels as well as local scenes come to life in her work. Anke will demonstrate how she creates her unique and colorful paintings, combining acrylic paint with photography, plaster, paper and foil.

MISSION: the Blue Coast Artists LLC is a juried group of working studio artists joined together for the purpose of creating, educating and enhancing public appreciation of handmade craft and fine art, and to preserve the culture and heritage of our region.


HISTORY: The group was founded in 1989 and the Blue Coast Artists name was coined in the early 1990’s. The Blue Coast Artists was the first group in the region to promote culture and heritage through a defined tour.  This self-guided tour guide offers a behind-the-scenes look into the studios of working artists.  In 2006, the group expanded its cooperative to include additional cultural and heritage significant businesses, as well as the juried Member studios.  The group’s artistic, cultural and economic influence on the region is widely known, and the term “Blue Coast” is now used to describe the lakeshore region from South Haven to Saugatuck.  In 2012 there are 30 participating artist, farms and cultural business collaborating together within the geographic region.

The 2012 Fall Tour of Studios is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Fennville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Allegan County Community Foundation, West MI Cultural Trails grant.

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