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Elk Rapids transitions into Fall Art Splendor with Art Beat of Elk Rapids. Four of Northern Michigan’s award winning galleries participate in an open house gallery walk Sat., Oct. 5, 10am-5pm.
Each Elk Rapids gallery is unique, and each offers fine art, along with affordable artist-made items. Four $100 gift certificates will be drawn from those visiting all four galleries during the day. Festivities include guest artists and demonstrations. Refreshments are served all day.
The Blue Heron Gallery, located east of Route 31 on Ames Street, showcases hundreds of Michigan artists with the largest collection of paintings in the area. Gallery owner Dan Reszka demonstrates with watercolors throughout the day. Other artists demonstrating include local artist Bill Sabo, mosaics; Farmington Hills artist Shadia Zayed, oils; East Jordan artist Jan Luptowski, weatercolors. There will be a special drawing for Dan Reszka’s artwork.
Mullaly’s 128 Studio & Gallery represents excellence in fine art and craft, is located downtown on River Street. Mullaly’s offers the finest selection of high quality art glass in Northern Michigan, and has been recognized as the finest jewelry gallery in the area. Chicago native and artist, Lenox Wallace, demonstrates in the studio all day using watercolors on canvas.
South of town along Route 31 are StoneHedge Gallery & Studio and the Twisted Fish Gallery & Sculpture Garden.
StoneHedge Gallery & Studio, the newest gallery in town, offers a wide selection of new and slightly used art which is constantly changing. The Gallery also features the Potters Shed behind the Gallery, where potter Matt Gonea demonstrates raku and creates pumpkins throughout the day. Fiber artist Kathy Brady is also on hand making papers and using these materials and other found objects to create artistic images.
The Twisted Fish Gallery features many large paintings and an outdoor sculpture garden. The Gallery holds an hourly gift certificate drawing throughout the day. A special exhibit titled “Into the Moment” features the work of Antonio Macioce is on display in the Cottage Gallery. In addition, Dick Davis, blacksmith, wood and leather artist; Charles Murphy, oil and watercolor artist; and Bob Batchik, wood sculptor are demonstrating from 10am-4pm. Painters Denise Goldschmidt and Gail Hayton are demonstrating from noon-2pm. Murphy and Goldschmidt have both published books and are available to talk about them.
Photograph by Tom Vranich.
Elk Rapids, on East Grand Traverse Bay and Elk Lake, is about 15 miles northeast of Traverse City on US-31.