This summer promises to be an exciting one at Three Pines Studio in Cross Village, on scenic M119s Tunnel of Trees north of Harbor Springs. Throughout July and into August, the studio will host events like “Coloring on the Porch” and workshops such as “The Sketchbook for Painters.” Three Pines Studio promises to buzz with creativity and inspiration this Northern Michigan summer!

In the month of July, Three Pines Studio will feature two artists, each of whom works according to the En Plein Air painting technique. Borrowed from French, this phrase refers to the act of painting outside “in open air.” Both of the studio’s featured artists for the coming month work to capture the natural beauty and raw emotion of the outdoors.

En Plein Air art by H. Marshall

Three Pines Studio’s first featured artist of the season, Heidi Marshall says that En Plein Air painting “engages all of your senses and all of that goes into your soul.” Marshall is a nationally-renowned artist and resident of Petoskey. Marshall’s exhibit will be on display July 2 through 18 with an opening reception on July 2 from 2 to 7 p.m. She will also instruct the Plein Air Pastel Workshop July 6 and 7. 

En Plein Air art by L. Pond

Louise Pond, the studio’s second featured artist, has been recognized in contests nationwide. As a Northern Michigan-inspired artist, this recognition includes receipt of awards from art contests in Traverse City, Elk Rapids, and Boyne City. Pond’s exhibit will be on display from July 23 through August 2 with an opening reception on July 23 from 2 to 7 p.m.

A full calendar of Three Pines Studio’s summer events and workshops is below.


  • Cross Village Community Parade – July 3, 2 p.m.
  • Frida Kahlo’s Birthday Party – July 6, all day
  • Coloring on the Porch – Every Tuesday in July & August, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Special Tuesday: National Coloring Book Day – August 2, all day


  • Fairy Parties – Every Friday in July, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Plein Air Pastel Workshop by National Parks Award Winning Artist Heidi Marshall – July 6 and 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Matisse Cut Outs – Every Thursday in July, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The Sketchbook For Painters Workshop with Margo Burian – August 5, 6, and 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Photo(s) by Shea Haddad