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Elk Rapids kicks off the Summer Spectacular Art Tour with Art Beat of Elk Rapids on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
Three of Northern Michigan’s award-winning galleries will be participating in an open house gallery walk from 10am to 5pm. Each Elk Rapids gallery is special, and all offer original fine art, along with many affordable artist-made items. Three $100 gift certificates will be drawn from those visiting all three galleries. Festivities include guest artists, who will be demonstrating their work. Refreshments will be served all day. Stop by for a mimosa, wine, hors d’oeuvres, or other tasty treats.
Mullaly’s 128 Studio & Gallery, enjoying its 26th year representing excellence in fine art and craft, is located on River Street in downtown Elk Rapids. Mullaly’s offers the finest selection of high quality glass in Northern Michigan, and has been recognized as the finest jewelry gallery in the area. Selected artists will be on hand to demonstrate and sales specials will be offered. Enjoy a sip of champagne and Grocer’s Daughter chocolates!
The Blue Heron Gallery, located on Ames Street, just one-quarter mile east of the light on US 31, showcases hundreds of Michigan artists. Gallery owner Dan Reszka will be demonstrating his watercolors starting at 10am. Other artists who will be demonstrating include Desiree Vaughn with shibori fabrics from 11am to 2pm, Margaret Gutchess with watercolor collage, and Nancy Pennell with monotype printmaking from noon to 3pm.
About a mile south of Elk Rapids, along US 31, the Twisted Fish Gallery specializes in fine paintings, along with pottery, metal, wood and jewelry. Their large sculpture garden will be in full bloom, offering sculptures to enhance your home or business. Visitors can participate in an hourly gift certificate drawing throughout the day. Throughout the day Artist Dick Davis will be demonstrating his metal and leather work, Cathy Brown will be showing her jewelry, and sculptor Bernadette Zachara-Marcos will be working with clay and other materials. In addition, six other artists will also be demonstrating on site for part of the day: From 10 am to noon: Margaret Meunch Learner – Weaving wool rag rugs; Margaret White – Painting with oil pastels; William White – Painting with acrylics; Betty Bea Washburn – Painting with watercolors. From noon to 2pm: Charles Murphy – Painting with watercolor; William Sievert – Painting with acrylics. In addition, other artists will be plein aire painting in the Twisted Fish Gallery gardens throughout the day. You are welcome to come and watch, or bring your easel and join the fun!
Elk Rapids Art Beat is a wonderful way to celebrate our artful community and kick off the splendor of the summer season. Come spend the day with us….we guarantee a fun-filled day for all!