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
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
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
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.
A GREAT ART GETAWAY IN WEST MICHIGAN...SINCE 1990!.
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
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