Blue Coast Annual Studio Tour this weekend; Bayberry Cottage and merchant fest in downtown South Haven; a lavish auction at Albert's this weekend and the perfect opportunity for Sunday dinner at Angela’s Pantry in Miller Beach.
Blue Coast (Performing) Artists’ Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday: Starting at 10 a.m. artists will be out making pottery, blowing glass, painting and giving demos for folks cruising the Blue Star Highway between South Haven and Saugatuck. There are eight stops along the way and you can complete the entire tour in a day --- or two. Stops include:
1) Lattner Studio (319 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven) The studio of Suzi Lattner Zwissler features her original paintings and drawings in a variety of media. The gardens and woodland that surround her home inspire Suzi. She will be on hand demonstrating pastel drawing techniques.
2) Blue Star Pottery (337 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven) The studio of Mark Williams features handmade stoneware. Bowls, pitchers, casseroles, teapots and platters are embossed with Mark’s elegant textured designs, which he creates by uniquely combining the pottery techniques of textured slab and throwing on the pottery wheel. Come see his newly built salt kiln. Mark will open a new kiln load of his work daily on tour weekend.
3) Town Hall Studio (327 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven) The repurposed circa 1892 Casco Town Hall is the jewelry studio of Christine Russell Bruno. Nationally and internationally collected, Christine's metal work is best described as Rustic Modern. Her graphic sterling silver jewelry is often textured with leaf skeletons, and may feature semi-precious stones, photography, resin, glass or rocks found along the shores of Lake Michigan.
4) Khnemu Studio LLC (6322 113th Ave., Fennville) Enjoy the fall harvest at this 1890's farm estate, complete with a restored barn which houses a unique contemporary fine art and craft gallery featuring over 20 Michigan Artists and the working studio of ceramic artist Dawn Soltysiak. Dawn will have wheel throwing, Raku pottery firing and also a "make & take" art opportunity for kids of all ages. Come and see the newly built down-draft car kiln in an old silo. Farm fresh pumpkins and popcorn are also available.
5) Lake Effect Pottery (2139 66th St., Fennville) Surrounded by vegetable and herb gardens, with her horses and chickens nearby, an antique turkey barn is the workplace for potter Lee Mckee. Lee makes oil lamps, French butter keepers and other affordable functional pottery. Lee will demonstrate pottery making techniques during Fall Tour.
6) Brazilian Shack (122nd, Fennville) Jewelry artist, Michele Clark gathers the naturally dropped feathers from peacocks and other birds at her colonial coffee plantation Fazenda Neuchatel in Brazil. She combines them with native seeds, semi-precious stones and petrified wood that originate in her native country. Michele also specializes in uniquely restored furniture and decorations. Located on the grounds of R&R Orchards, we also offer fresh locally grown produce and food products from our farm here and in Brazil… enjoy a coffee with us.
7) Volmod Studio ( 66th St., Fennville) Artist Jeff Blandford continues to expand his ceramics and glassblowing studios which produce his design based works. Strong color and stream-lined forms are showcased with his mid-century modern aesthetic.
8) The Front Door Studio (6934 120th Ave, Glenn) Be enchanted by the idyllic setting of a fully restored, century old farmhouse where you'll find the mixed media paintings of internationally collected artist Anke Richert-Korioth.Working from her summer studio,the memories from her travels as well as local scenes come to life in her work. Anke will demonstrate how she creates her unique and colorful paintings, combining acrylic paint with photography, plaster, paper and foil.)
Albert's 9th Annual MS Auction this Sunday: The preview starts at noon and the serious stuff follows at 1 pm at Indiana Visitors Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond (off I-80/94 on Kennedy Ave. South). Hundreds of items are being auctioned and there’s always great food and drinks with 100% of proceeds going to the National MS Society.
While in South Haven Follow the Crowd to Bayberry Cottage: If you take the Blue Coast tour in reverse you may find yourself at the annual Sweets and Cider event in Downtown South Haven. Merchants including our friends at Bayberry Cottage are hosting food, drinks and live music from 4-6 on Saturday October 6th.
Miller Business Association Benefit at Angela’s Pantry this Sunday: Famed Executive Chef Angela McCrovitz is cooking up a party which starts on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. You can purchase tickets at Angela’s Pantry, 6132 Miller Ave., Ayers Realtors at 646 S. Lake St., Lake St. Gallery, 613 S. Lake St. and Pettit Accounting & Management Services, 650 S. Lake St. There is a cash bar and the dinner ends at 7 p.m.