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Due to popular demand, “A Rural Perspective,” featuring all-new oil paintings of Michigan landscapes by Alan Maciag, has been extended. The exhibit now runs through Sept. 28 at Twisted Fish Gallery, one mile south of Elk Rapids.
Maciag is well known for his landscapes and plein air paintings, made throughout Michigan, “from Midland to Charlevoix,” he says. The paintings range in size, with some exceeding five feet and others closer to two feet. They’ve never been shown anywhere else, Maciag says, and he’s been thrilled to see viewers’ reactions to them. Maciag’s signature is brisk and lively scenes, with clever use of color. “I like the way light hits objects, whether manmade, like a corn crib or barn, or natural, like windrows of trees early in the morning.”
After retiring after 32 years of teaching art in the Frankenmuth Public Schools, Maciag was able to turn to his passion full time. Because plein air painting makes up a large part of Maciag’s portfolio, he’s become adept at adapting to changes. He says a painter’s job isn’t to record, but to create a visual story. “The viewer can create their own story from your painting,” he says.
Twisted Fish Gallery is one mile south of Elk Rapids, 10443 S. Bayshore Drive, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. “A Rural Perspective” runs through Sept. 28. For more information, call 231-264-0123.