In an exhibit that opened September 23, 16 original paintings are on display at Seasonal Grille, 150 W. State Street in Hastings – and they will be coming to Three Rivers in mid-October.
The paintings are the work of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan (PAAWM) and were done on lands protected by the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC). Seven of the paintings are of properties in Barry County.
Almost all of the paintings are available for sale. A few were sold at the August 27 Art Walk at Wau-Ke-Na, where the Painted Sanctuary 2012 calendar made its debut and where 30 plein air artists painted the landscape. (The calendar pages are reproductions of the 16 pieces of original art and are available for sale by calling the SWMLC office at 269-324-1600.)
The 16 paintings will remain at Seasonal Grille until October 10. The next stop for the calendar art will be Three Rivers, where the paintings will hang at World Fare and Love Your Mother from October 12 through October 29. After that, the art will return to Kalamazoo for the November 4 art hop and then SWMLC’s annual meeting/art event on November 9.
For more information on the Seasonal Grille, visit www.seasonalgrille.com or call (269) 948-9222. For World Fare, visit www.worldfare.org or call (269) 273-1253. For Love Your Mother, www.loveyourmotherstore.com or call (269) 278-1236.
For information on PAAWM, visit www.paawm.org. For information on SWMLC and the 2012 calendars available for sale, visit www.SWMLC.org or call (269) 324-1600. SWMLC thanks Miller-Davis Company for their calendar support.
SWMLC is partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on the Barry State Game Area conservation project and with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on watershed management planning projects for the Rocky River, Paw Paw River, Black River, Gull Lake watershed and Augusta Creek. SWMLC is working on waterfowl conservation, endangered species habitat acquisition and stewardship projects in collaboration with other land conservancies and nonprofit conservation partners through funding from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. SWMLC is also working on watershed planning and management with the Two Rivers Coalition (Van Buren Conservation District) and Friends of the St. Joseph River. In addition, SWMLC works with county and municipal governments to protect natural areas and open space along Lake Michigan as well as land that provides significant public benefit.
To learn more about the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, call (269) 324-1600 or visit their web site at www.SWMLC.org.