Art on the Meadow Faculty

Let’s Paint Like Impressionists and If They Could Only Speak –   Ox-Bow Architecture in Watercolor

David Baker earned his BS from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Indiana State University.  Much of his current work is plein-air painting in oil and watercolor.

David is Painting Professor Emeritus at Southwestern Michigan College. Additionally, he designs art workshops for a variety of media.  He has mounted solo exhibitions at Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Niles, MI; Colfax Cultural Center, South Bend, IN; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI; Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI; Goshen College, Goshen, IN; and Vesuvius Gallery, Glenn, MI, among others.


Clay for Kids

Jeff Blandford has been a potter for 14 years and considers his first pottery lessons to be in the Ox-Bow ceramics studio. Receiving his BFA in Ceramics from Michigan State University, Jeff owns a gallery in downtown Saugatuck where he sells his ceramics and blown glass work. His studios are located on his organic farm about 15 minutes south of Ox-Bow where he has 5 barns devoted to creating artwork.


Glass Beadmaking and Creative Wire Techniques

Jessica Bohus has her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has taught at Fiasco glass, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow, and Water Street Glassworks. She has exhibited at The Indianapolis Art Center, IN; Beacon Street Gallery in Chicago; Vesuvius Gallery, MI; Torpedo Factory, MD; Kalamazoo Institute of Art, MI; Lighthouse Glass, LA; Mindscape, IL; and Good Goods, MI. You can learn more about Jessica at


Landscape Painting

James Brandess is both a figurative and a landscape painter.  He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He maintains his studio in Saugatuck, MI, where he also conducts painting workshops.


Introduction to Performance Art for Kids

Lucia Earle is a South African artist who trained at the Johannesburg Art Foundation in 1997 and 1998. She studied Drama at the University of Cape Town and worked backstage in theaters for years. In her 3rd year of History of Art through the University of South Africa, she discovered a fascination for African masks and their cosmology. She has been a working, traveling artist ever since.  Lucia Earle has taught art and run many workshops for children around the world with special interest in Gestalt Art Therapy. She facilitates their discovery of art through many mediums, including painting, murals, nature journaling, silk screen printing and dance.  She held a solo exhibition at Amazwi Gallery for Contemporary African Art in Saugatuck on arrival to the USA in August 2014.  Her art making process involves photography, found objects, painting mostly with oil on canvas and you can see how her travels have guided her passions. She is currently living and working in Fennville, SW Michigan.


We be Pirates ARRRRR

Jon Hook is a wood fired ceramic artist living on 11 acres of land. Jon and his family, outdoor adventurers, strive to live in harmony with the environment. 


Introduction to Performance Art for Kids

Catlin Lancaster is a performance artist with a longtime connection to the ideas of Paul Shepard, an environmentalist, author, and biologist, and to those of Joseph Campbell, a comparative mythologist.  She has played traditional music on the violin for 25 years and has studied various forms of traditional dance.  She worked for ten years as a professional street performer in NYC syncopating improvisational dance with Vaudevillean theatrics, balloon sculpture, and music.  She enjoys writing and creating art such as masks, costumes, jewelry and bags from re-purposed materials.  For her performances and classes Catlin draws from the concepts of deep ecology, which explore the connections between the developmental psychology of nomadic, prehistoric humans, and our modern minds and lives.  This class is an offering coming from her love for the arts, for indigenous ways, and for ecology.  As a mom she is passionate about giving children as well as adults the opportunity to explore the significance of being shaped by our ancient history.  Catlin is a happy transplant to rural Michigan, living with her family in an intentional community near Saugatuck.


Finding the Soul in Watercolor: The Watercolor Portrait

Jill Lareaux has broad experience with the figure as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.  Her emphasis is on the succinct but expressive quality of the medium with the figure as the vehicle for her message.


Patterns in Nature: Scavenger Hunt

Kim Meyers Baas holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Loyola University Chicago, a teaching certificate and MA in art education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kim is an arts educator who has worked in public and private settings in Chicago, Michigan and on the Mexican/Texas border cultivating youth, community workers and young artists since 1992. Currently, she teaches art & design at East Kentwood High School in Michigan.


Let the Wild Rumpus Start: Illustration for Children’s Books

Christina Mrozik has spent the majority of her life observing the natural world and the types of relationships that form within it. Having grown up on the Grand River in Michigan, she was inspired by it's habitats at an early age. Blending the external world with her own understanding of the human condition has led to her distinct style, in which flora and fauna stand in, representing the simultaneous and often opposing matters of the human heart. She often draws with ink and marker on paper, adding bursts of color with watercolor and high pigmented acrylics. She enjoys working with arts education nonprofit groups, road trip sing-a-longs and other peoples favorite books. She is currently based in Portland, Oregon. 


Sandstone Carving

Marcia Perry is an environmental tree sculptor dedicated to expressing and promoting the virtues of cooperating with nature. She enjoys sharing the wonders of the creative process with artists of all ages. Her Saugatuck studio (Marcia Perry Sculpture Studio) is open to the public and showcases her artistic processes and the work of like-minded creators.


Indigenous Fiber and Embracing Alchemy

Andrea Peterson has her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  She co-operates Hook Pottery Paper: a paper, print, and pottery studio and gallery in northwest Indiana, with her husband Jon Hook. She teaches nationally and does instructional residencies and workshops from her studio. Andrea lectures and exhibits internationally.


Still Life in Oil Pastel AND Abstraction in Gouache

Michael Pfleghaar received his MFA in visual arts from The College of Art and Design Lesley University in 2011. Modernist design objects, architecture inspire Pfleghaar’s colorful abstract paintings and constructions.  Pfleghaar was awarded the 2013 Joan Mitchell Foundation Ox-Bow School of Art Fall Residency in Saugatuck, MI and in 2012 was included in the exhibition ReMix: Revisiting Appropriation, curated by Jonathan Katz, San Francisco, CA. Additionally his artwork has been featured in Studio Visit and American Craft Magazines.


Poetry Is Everywhere at Ox-Bow

Jack Ridl's latest book, Practicing to Walk Like a Heron, was named one of the two best collections of 2014 by Foreword Reviews/The American Library Association. Jack's previous two collections also received national awards. He was recently named the second Honorary Chancellor of the Poetry Society of Michigan. The Literacy Society of West Michigan honored him for his lifetime of work. The Carnegie Foundation named him Michigan Professor of the Year. More than 85 of his former students are now published authors.



Meridith RIdl is an artist and an art teacher with a BA from the College of Wooster and MFA from the University of Michigan. She is represented by Lafontsee Galleries has exhibited her work at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the University of Toledo, the Butler Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Queretaro, Mexico. 


Create a Character, Write a Story, Build a Set

Ellen sprouls is an independent arts and science educator, and is the Coordinator of the Early Childhood STEM Program for the Lower Shore Child Care Resource Center at Salisbury University.  Previously, Ellen was the Executive Director at the Delmarva Discovery and the Curator of Education in Galleries and Collections at Grand Valley State University.  She has exhibited work at the International Center at the Smithsonian Institution, the Kresge Museum of Art at Michigan State University, and the Michigan Women’s History Museum.  She has enjoyed exploring art with children for many years at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Impression 5 Science Center, the Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.


Still Life and the Unexplainable

Dawn Stafford is a full time artist who lives and paints in West Michigan. In 2005 she opened the Peachbelt Studio, her private painting studio and seasonal gallery ( located in an iconic little red one-room schoolhouse (ca 1867) in Fennville, MI. Her compositions are an extension of her connection with rural environments and her personal family history.  Originally from New York, she received her BFA from Swain School of Design in Massachusetts before moving to Michigan in 1992.