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Margie Guyot, A Not So Still Life will open at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts on Friday April 13th from 5-7 pm. Margie Guyot has been a colorful and well-recognized regional artist since her move to Eastport in 2006. She is known both for her exquisite plein air paintings as well as her flamboyant still lifes.
Born and raised in Iowa, Margie grew up between the Mississippi and Wapsipinnicon Rivers, where she developed a strong love for nature. Saturday mornings were usually spent at the art museum in Davenport, where she happily took part in art classes.
By a twist of fate, Margie won a music scholarship to Morehead State University (KY) and didn’t touch a paintbrush for over 15 years. Then by another twist of fate, a friend loaned her a copy of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. Inspired by the dramatic improvements shown by high school students in the book, Margie doggedly did every exercise. By the end of the book, she knew she could draw!
Some would say life was cruel that Guyot would have to spend 30 years on the auto assembly line. Yet without that good job, she never could have afforded to have flown around the country, studying painting with some of the nation’s top instructors: Clyde Aspevig, Robert Bateman, Daniel Gerhartz, Scott Christensen and Janet Fish. She’s painted along the Inca Trail, on volcanoes in Mexico, the French Riviera and yes, even standing on the shoreline of Lake Michigan during a blizzard.
Joyously retired, Margie lives in a paradise in the woods where she spends her time painting, gardening, playing saxophone and exploring with her four cats. She likes doing plein air landscapes “until I get sick of them” and large, colorful still lifes “until I get sick of them”, working in all seasons and types of weather. Margie smilingly describes her artistic process as, “The key to success is learning to control your panic”.
At the opening, Chef Bradford Lewis will be providing the food and Ruth Willis will be performing on the Circle’s new Steinway piano provided by the Cummings Foundation. The opening is free and open to the public and you are invited to join in the celebration of this remarkable northern Michigan treasure. For more information, please contact the Charlevoix Circle of Arts at 109 Clinton Street in the heart of downtown Charlevoix, (231) 547-3554, www.charlevoixcircle.org .