Tuesday, September 27, 2011
|Hidden Galleries Art Tour|
By Gary Jones
Art galleries are fixtures on the landscape in Northern Door, but not all of them are visible from well-traveled roads. Some of the most interesting are far off the beaten track.
Perhaps an artistic temperament draws painters to out-of-the-way settings, to lose themselves in the beauty of nature as they work. Flowers bloom, trees shade, and birds sing; and we visitors to these studios and galleries think, maybe if we lived in such an inspirational setting, we too might become artists!
Jim Maronek's Silver Poplar Studio located in Ellison Bay
Spokesman for the Hidden Galleries Art Tour Robert Bentley explained, "We are hard to find! Sometimes people can find us with a GPS, or a map, or by word of mouth. But we are pretty hidden.
"And that adds to the mystery," he said.
The tour includes four artists who have each been painting for a lifetime and who live far up the peninsula in the Ellison Bay area. On Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, Bentley along with Wayne Simmons, Jim Maronek, and Arnold Alaniz will open their studio/galleries to the public, offering visitors the opportunity not only to find them, but to watch them paint, admire their work, and wander around their property.
To learn more about each artist and get directions to their "hidden" gallery, click here.