Letterpress AM
Jul
15
to Jul 18

Letterpress AM

  • 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI 49453 (map)
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With Steve Rainey and Anthony Mead

10am-1pm, $175 each *Lunch included if both AM and PM sessions are taken

This is a beginning letterpress workshop where you will learn to print your own unique letterpress prints. Ranging from stationary to limited edition hand printed books letterpress has a wide application. In this course you will learn basics of letterpress including type drawer layout, setting movable type, locking a type-form together, mixing ink, and printing on a relief-press. This course is intended for individuals who have little to no experience in letterpress.


Steven Rainey is the exhibitions preparator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the co-owner/operator of Dinderbeck Studios, a community printshop and learning center. Steven completed his MFA in printmaking at Kendall College of Art and Design in 2014. He exhibits his work nationally and has participated in a variety of residencies that include The Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and Cabin-Time in Green River, Utah. View more of Steven’s work at stevenrainey.net.


Anthony Mead is an artist and printmaker currently living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2019, Mead completed his MFA at Arizona State University. In 2010, he co-founded Dinderbeck, a community artist studio, in Grand Rapids, MI. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, lectured at museums and national conferences, and taught classes at Kendall College of Art and Design and Arizona State University. Mead’s work focuses on the human/ecological relationships related to fire through human origins, societal development, and fire identity as a means understand ourselves, global impact, and responsibility related to fires’ transformative properties.

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Letterpress PM
Jul
15
to Jul 18

Letterpress PM

  • 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI 49453 (map)
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With Steve Rainey and Anthony Mead

2-5pm, $175 *Lunch included if both AM and PM sessions are taken

This is a beginning letterpress workshop where you will learn to print your own unique letterpress prints. Ranging from stationary to limited edition hand printed books letterpress has a wide application. In this course you will learn basics of letterpress including type drawer layout, setting movable type, locking a type-form together, mixing ink, and printing on a relief-press. This course is intended for individuals who have little to no experience in letterpress.


Steven Rainey is the exhibitions preparator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the co-owner/operator of Dinderbeck Studios, a community printshop and learning center. Steven completed his MFA in printmaking at Kendall College of Art and Design in 2014. He exhibits his work nationally and has participated in a variety of residencies that include The Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and Cabin-Time in Green River, Utah. View more of Steven’s work at stevenrainey.net.


Anthony Mead is an artist and printmaker currently living and working in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2019, Mead completed his MFA at Arizona State University. In 2010, he co-founded Dinderbeck, a community artist studio, in Grand Rapids, MI. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, lectured at museums and national conferences, and taught classes at Kendall College of Art and Design and Arizona State University. Mead’s work focuses on the human/ecological relationships related to fire through human origins, societal development, and fire identity as a means understand ourselves, global impact, and responsibility related to fires’ transformative properties.

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Seasonal Improvisation
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Seasonal Improvisation

with Erin Chapla

(Optional 9am trip to the Holland Farmer’s Market)

$80

Who hasn’t been seduced into buying a wagonload of beautiful produce at a farmer’s market…but what to do with it all once you get it home? Following an optional visit to the Holland Farmer’s Market, we’ll examine what we’ve gathered, discussing the attributes and creative uses of our various market finds. We’ll learn some loose recipes and how to improvise within them throughout the changing seasons, and touch on how locally grown produce points us in the direction of making healthier dietary choices for ourselves and the planet, and supports our local economies.  And of course, we’ll assemble or morning’s bounty into a fresh, delicious lunch to be enjoyed overlooking the Ox-Bow lagoon.


Erin Chapla is a chef and artist, currently serving as Ox-Bow’s head chef, where she has been working for the past 13 years. Erin spent many years traveling and honed her skills cooking throughout Southeast Asia. She lives with her family on their homestead in Allegan, MI where she tends a prolific vegetable garden and cares for a multitude of chickens and a notoriously cranky rooster.

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Monotype and Chine Collé
Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Monotype and Chine Collé

with Ashley Pastore

Monday, July 22 (may be taken individually or paired with the Tuesday, July 23 course)

$120 per day, lunch included

Monotype and chine colle printing provide an opportunity for endless exploration. In this class we will scratch the surface of the many possibilities that come with printing with water based inks and various drawing tools. We will explore stencils and the addition of collaged elements through chine colle. Students will be asked to bring in material they would like to work with in a collaborative print. Monotype printing is a very useful printmaking skill for those who do not always have access to traditional printmaking equipment.


Ashley Pastore received her Masters of Fine Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Art at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has had a residency at Zygote Printshop and internships at Redmoon Theater, The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria and Slugfest Printshop. Her work has been shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Erie Art Museum, as well as Hedge Gallery in Cleveland and Silent Funny in Chicago. Her work is permanently displayed in Playhouse Square in Cleveland, the Downtown Hilton Hotel in Cleveland and Chicago’s Union Station. Ashley has recently moved back to Erie, PA, her hometown and site of future printmaking shop.




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Still Life in the Landscape: Working with Soft Pastel
Jul
22
to Jul 25

Still Life in the Landscape: Working with Soft Pastel

  • 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI 49453 (map)
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with Anne Corlett

10am-1pm, $175

Learn the art of using soft pastel or further expand your current pastel agility. In this class we will explore successful pastel drawing by fine-tuning our focus using still life in the landscape as a subject. Each day will begin with a series of simple charcoal drawings. Participants will move slowly into applying color, with an emphasis on using big shapes and exploring value. Workshop discussions will include attaining personal focus, creating a strong composition and capturing light and shadow. New still life subjects will be set up daily. Demonstrations and personal attention will help participants reach goals and improve their own style, rounding out the instruction.


Anne Corlett graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Fine Art. She continued her studies at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Royal Academy of Art in London, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI. After raising a family, Anne became a full-time artist, working and showing out of her studio on the Kalamazoo River in Saugatuck. She draws her inspiration from the power of Mother Nature, and most enjoys working outside, en plein air. Anne’s artwork has been included in multiple publications and is in public and private collections nationwide.

Instagram: easelondowntheroad, FaceBook: Anne Corlett Artworks, Annecorlett.net

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Monotype and Chine Collé
Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

Monotype and Chine Collé

with Ashley Pastore

Tuesday, July 23 (may be taken individually or paired with the Monday, July 22 course)

$120 per day, lunch included

Monotype and chine colle printing provide an opportunity for endless exploration. In this class we will scratch the surface of the many possibilities that come with printing with water based inks and various drawing tools. We will explore stencils and the addition of collaged elements through chine colle. Students will be asked to bring in material they would like to work with in a collaborative print. Monotype printing is a very useful printmaking skill for those who do not always have access to traditional printmaking equipment.


Ashley Pastore received her Masters of Fine Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelors of Fine Art at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has had a residency at Zygote Printshop and internships at Redmoon Theater, The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria and Slugfest Printshop. Her work has been shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Erie Art Museum, as well as Hedge Gallery in Cleveland and Silent Funny in Chicago. Her work is permanently displayed in Playhouse Square in Cleveland, the Downtown Hilton Hotel in Cleveland and Chicago’s Union Station. Ashley has recently moved back to Erie, PA, her hometown and site of future printmaking shop.

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Solar Flare
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Solar Flare

with Tegan Brace

$60 per family  

Cyanotype is a photographic process that uses sun or other forms of UV light to process a resist image. In this workshop, participants will to scour the oxbow grounds and their own belongings to create a time based print that is representative of discovery and fun in the sun at Ox-Bow. Images can be abstract or literal. Students are encouraged to engage their bodies in this most physical process. We will discuss as a team how the form will affect our final image. Work is processed on site in the meadow and hung to dry. Students may work with paper or fabric. We will create one collaborative print with our bodies.


Tegan Brace is a Chicago-based artist with a BFA from Appalachian State University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has one foot in materiality, one foot in installation, and a third foot (3 feet!) in performance. With cyanotype Tegan creates Cyanotans that consider work, relaxation, and performative process in public spaces.

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Coast to Coast: Cooking Fresh Seafood
Jul
29
6:00 PM18:00

Coast to Coast: Cooking Fresh Seafood

with Sue Chaitin

$100

The coast of Maine boasts some of the best seafood in the country. Michigan also provides the most amazing freshwater fish from our lakes and streams. Maine native Sue Chaitin and now Saugatuck/Douglas local and owner of the Mermaid Bar and grill will demonstrate several seafood and fish dishes from Maine to Michigan. In this demonstration-style class you can expect to learn and be entertained as Sue cooks up a storm. Each dish will be presented in front of you with generous sample portions and a perfectly paired beer or wine. There will be plenty of time for Q+A and participation if you choose. An example of the following dishes will be prepared: Lobster Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce, Mussels Provencal, Citrus Ceviche with Baby Scallops, Cedar Planked Salmon.


Sue Chaitin grew up in the State of Maine and moved to Michigan over 30 years ago. She developed a love for the culinary arts and began a career as a personal chef in 2001. Over the years she honed her skills and also began a cooking school and her own consulting business called “Sue Chef”. A cookbook, television show and spice line followed. Now Sue and her husband Eric Chaitin are the owners of several successful restaurants starting with the Ottawa Beach Inn in Holland, Matchbox Dinner and Drinks in Grand Rapids and the Mermaid Bar and Grill right here in Saugatuck.


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Still-Life Scavenger Hunt
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Still-Life Scavenger Hunt

with Kim Meyers Baas

$60 per family, Suggested kids ages 6-12

Full participation experience for family members to explore the world of Ox-Bow together with curiosity as your guide. Explore, discover, and collect natural and found objects found within Ox-Bow’s great outdoors in a scavenger hunt. Collaboratively, the artists will juxtapose items from the hunt into still-lives and create 2D artwork. We will explore fundamental still-life principles such as proportion, positive/negative space, shape, and form. Encouragement to experiment with a variety of media and color while exploring beginning ideas of realism, abstraction, and imagination.


Kim Meyers Baas was born and raised in West Michigan where she spent her summers outdoors curious about the environment. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in Art Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an arts educator, she 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. She has always been passionate about giving all children the opportunity to explore the significance of being shaped by our natural environment.

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Finding the Soul in Watercolor: The Watercolor Portrait
Aug
5
to Aug 8

Finding the Soul in Watercolor: The Watercolor Portrait

  • 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI 49453 (map)
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with Jill Lareaux

10am-1pm, $175

With the goal of expressing the essence of the human face, we will experiment with creative brush techniques, laying and overlapping beautiful washes, and use of non-traditional surfaces. Beginners and experienced painters alike are welcome to learn this open-minded approach to portrait painting.


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.

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Master the Mash: Beer Brewing the All-Grain Way
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Master the Mash: Beer Brewing the All-Grain Way

with Mikey Henderberg

$100, Lunch included, 21+

In this one-day workshop you’ll learn what you need to brew better, cheaper beer at home in your own kitchen. We will brew an all-grain batch from start to finish. We’ll also discuss ingredients, designing recipes, fermenting, bottling, and even taste some homebrew.


Mikey Henderberg received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. He first learned the fermentation process in his college botany class and has been brewing beer, mead, fruit wines and brandies ever since. Mikey focuses on traditional and unusual beers and fresh, in-season fruit meads. He is a practicing artist and worked at Ox-Bow for 20 years. Mikey now operates a small organic farm called Hinterland Farm and Kitchen and started Mikey's Hot Sauce business in West Michigan.




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Ox-Bow Walkabout
Aug
10
to Aug 16

Ox-Bow Walkabout

with David Baker

$100, lunch included

Come on a guided sketching tour of the historic Ox-Bow campus. In the morning students will tour the grounds and sketch in their desired location. As an alternative, students may compose and shoot photos. In the afternoon, we will work in the meadow and make a finished color drawing of your favorite sketch. All supplies will be provided.


David Baker is a visual artist who specializes in poetic landscape painting, much of it done en plein air. His studio pieces are often reinterpretations of paintings done outdoors. His principle media are watercolor, oil, and charcoal. David is a lifelong artist/teacher. He recently retired as art professor Emeritus from Southwestern Michigan College. He earned his MFA degree from Indiana State University. Over the years he has mounted more than four dozen solo exhibits. David has taught at Ox-Bow since 2000 and is represented by Aveline Gallery in Benton Harbor and Rising Phoenix Gallery in Michigan City.

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Glass Beadmaking
Aug
12
to Aug 13

Glass Beadmaking

with Jessica Bohus

$190 per 2-day workshop, lunch included. May be taken individually or alongside the August 14 + 15 workshop.

Using a Hot Head torch, learn the basics of making, shaping, and decorating unique flame worked glass beads. Explore in-depth techniques through demonstration, hands-on classroom time, and personalized instruction. Beginning students will learn how to make many shapes of beads, as well as pull stringers and decorative cane. Advanced students can focus on decorative surface techniques, sculptural beads or individual projects.


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 Lubeznik Center for the Arts, IN; The Holland Area Arts Council, MI; The Indianapolis Art Center, IN; Beacon Street Gallery in Chicago; Torpedo Factory, MD; Kalamazoo Institute of Art, MI; and Good Goods, MI. You can learn more about Jessica at blueroanstudio.com.

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Glass Beadmaking
Aug
14
to Aug 15

Glass Beadmaking

with Jessica Bohus

$190 per 2-day workshop, lunch included. May be taken individually or alongside the August 12 + 13 workshop.

Using a Hot Head torch, learn the basics of making, shaping, and decorating unique flame worked glass beads. Explore in-depth techniques through demonstration, hands-on classroom time, and personalized instruction. Beginning students will learn how to make many shapes of beads, as well as pull stringers and decorative cane. Advanced students can focus on decorative surface techniques, sculptural beads or individual projects.


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 Lubeznik Center for the Arts, IN; The Holland Area Arts Council, MI; The Indianapolis Art Center, IN; Beacon Street Gallery in Chicago; Torpedo Factory, MD; Kalamazoo Institute of Art, MI; and Good Goods, MI. You can learn more about Jessica at blueroanstudio.com.

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Landscape Painting
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Landscape Painting

with James Brandess

Saturdays: July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3

$60 each (can be taken individually or in multiples}

In these multi-level oil painting workshops, participants will paint outdoors in the historic Ox-Bow landscape. Students will study the relationships in size, shape, color, and value of elements in this natural environment. Instruction will focus on recognizing and then painting what we actually see. Through this process of learning to see, we will create paintings that have veracity and strength. The workshop will include discussion on the tools and materials needed to set-up and paint in any landscape you choose. Participants may sign up for one or all four of these three-hour morning painting workshops on the meadow alongside the lagoon. A supply list will be provided.


James Brandess is 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 for adults and children.

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Color // Play
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Color // Play

with Ryan Shrum

$120, lunch included

This introductory level fabric dyeing workshop will explore experimental techniques for adding (and removing) color and pattern to plain white cloth. Students are encouraged to play with found objects, simple sewing tricks and mark making methods to produce functional textile objects. We will cover traditional techniques as well as learn about safety, color theory, and discuss the history of textiles. This class will supply the artist with skills to dye and create functional objects in any space with an emphasis on the "at home" maker. Students must have a collaborative spirit and must be eager to play and get a bit messy.


Ryan Shrum is a Chicago-based maker whose work focuses primarily on the interactions between objects and their existence within the domestic space. He earned his BFA in Fiber from The Kansas City Art Institute in 2014. Shrum served as the Works on Paper Studio Manager at Ox-Bow from 2015-2017 and now works as a display artist at Anthropologie in Chicago. Recent projects include designing and creating a ceiling based installation at the Ace Hotel in Chicago's West Loop and building a vinyl "listening space" for The Smart Museum at the University of Chicago for the exhibition "The Time is Now!". His biggest source of inspiration comes from his home in which he carefully arranges a collection of unique artifacts to create an ever-changing, balanced and harmonious setting to live and dream.

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Kimchi Clinic
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

Kimchi Clinic

with Eric May

$100

Eric’s Kimchi Clinic is a three hour workshop exploring the intense, spicy joys of the cornerstone of Korean cuisine, kimchi. Kimchi and Korean food, in general, are hot these days, but can be a bit hard to approach. Like other fermented foods, kimchi takes some time and patience to prepare, but through the magic of lacto-fermenting (right on your countertop) you will be enjoying the fruits of your labor in less than a week. And it’s safe and easy to pull off with little more than a clean glass jar and things you already have in your kitchen! We will be preparing a big batch of kimchi as a class and each participant will take home a quart to ferment at home. With the class’ help, Eric will demonstrate the preparation of two straightforward dishes with already-fermented kimchi. The evening will culminate with a Korean feast featuring the dishes everyone helped prepare!


Eric May is a Chicago-based dad, chef, recovering artist, and director of Roots & Culture, a nonprofit visual arts center in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood (est. 2006.) He was chef at the Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck Michigan for 15 years. Eric ran an experimental pop-up supper club, the Piranha Club, collaborating with chefs from the food and art worlds alike, but now mostly caters for cool clients under his Easy Eats brand.





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Ox-Bow as Muse: Architecture in the Landscape
Jul
8
to Jul 11

Ox-Bow as Muse: Architecture in the Landscape

with Dawn Stafford

10am-1pm, $175

This oil painting workshop will explore the possibilities of compositions inspired by the Ox-Bow’s historic campus. Students will consider the balance between the natural and man-made environment. Windows and doorways will become a natural framework for subtle narrative, similar to how the trees along the Ox-Bow lagoon create a window into the landscape. The workshop will focus on how a subject can change in value, color, and character as we shift our perspective among these and how they may support one another.

A short slide show will be included. A pre-selected palette of pure-pigment oil paints is included in the price of the class. Drawing and painting skills not required, but always extremely useful.


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




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The Art of Nature
Jul
8
to Jul 11

The Art of Nature

with Robin Reva

$150, Ages 7-11

Students will embark on a series of expeditions, navigating their way through Ox-Bow’s landscape, where they will observe and gather natural habitat specimens to study through drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Nature will be our inspiration for artmaking in this adventurous class.


Robin Reva graduated from Western Michigan University and attended Eastern Michigan University, New School, Arrowmount School of Craft, and Grand Valley State University. Her works are seen in U.S. corporations and homes, most notably the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel with 63 original beach scenes and abstracts. Robin was a national speaker for the art and picture framing industry, and a public and private school art teacher. She is currently an art instructor in Fennville, with a studio in South Haven.. 

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Reimagine, Remake, Second State
Jun
24
to Jun 27

Reimagine, Remake, Second State

with David Baker

2-5pm, $175 *Lunch included if taken with New Best Friends: Water and Mixed Medias

Did your piece turn out SO well… but something still seems bothersome? Use your own art work as a springboard to create a second state that has more clarity, more power and, in short, comes closer to the mark. This workshop will provide a model for analyzing our own art. This will lead to creative work that has greater effectiveness and depth of personal expression. Students will be asked to bring artwork that they would like to continue working on to gain feedback from the group.

David Baker is a visual artist who specializes in poetic landscape painting, much of it done en plein air. His studio pieces are often reinterpretations of paintings done outdoors. His principle media are watercolor, oil, and charcoal. David is a lifelong artist/teacher. He recently retired as art professor Emeritus from Southwestern Michigan College. He earned his MFA degree from Indiana State University. Over the years he has mounted more than four dozen solo exhibits. David has taught at Ox-Bow since 2000 and is represented by Aveline Gallery in Benton Harbor and Rising Phoenix Gallery in Michigan City.


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New Best Friends: Water and Mixed Medias
Jun
24
to Jun 27

New Best Friends: Water and Mixed Medias

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with David Baker

10am-1pm, $175 *Lunch included if taken with Reimagine, Remake, Second State

Transparent watercolor, gouache, water soluble colored pencil; you have already met one or more of these. Let’s introduce them to one another! These materials have many outstanding characteristics, but each has some limitations. We’ll explore ways to expand your technical and expressive range by layering and combining them. These hybrid techniques can be adapted for either sketching en plein air or for creating finished studio pieces.

David Baker is a visual artist who specializes in poetic landscape painting, much of it done en plein air. His studio pieces are often reinterpretations of paintings done outdoors. His principle media are watercolor, oil, and charcoal. David is a lifelong artist/teacher. He recently retired as art professor Emeritus from Southwestern Michigan College. He earned his MFA degree from Indiana State University. Over the years he has mounted more than four dozen solo exhibits. David has taught at Ox-Bow since 2000 and is represented by Aveline Gallery in Benton Harbor and Rising Phoenix Gallery in Michigan City.



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Personal Mythologies Writing Workshop
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Personal Mythologies Writing Workshop

with Jack Ridl

$100, Lunch included

In this writing workshop we will have fun, have a good time, make your day meaningful. We will work/play with your personal experiences and explore many ways to merge them with a range of connections to the historical, off-beat to surprising juxtapositions, information from other sources, to the mundane in ways anything but mundane, settings, the past, the future, to personal mythology, to what on the surface appears unrelated, to whatever!


Jack Ridl's latest collection is Saint Peter and the Goldfinch. His last three books received national poetry book of the year awards, and his collection Against Elegies was selected by then Poet Laureate of the U.S. Billy Collins for the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Award. Winner of the Gary Gildner Prize for Poetry, Jack was honored by the Literacy Society of West Michigan for his "lifetime of work for poetry literacy," and the Poetry Society of Michigan named him "Honorary Chancellor," only the second poet so honored. Jack and his wife Julie founded the Visiting Writers Series at Hope College. More than ninety of his former students are now published authors, several having won national first book awards. Naomi Shihab Nye has written that Jack "is a superstar in the realm of compassionate, transporting, life-changing poetry." and National Book Award recipient Terrance Hayes wrote, "Ridl never fails to illuminate."

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Roll Your Own
Jun
18
10:00 AM10:00

Roll Your Own

with Erin Chapla

$80

Take your dish-to-pass game to the next level in this hands-on workshop, where we’ll learn techniques for hand-rolled appetizers including dolmas, spring rolls, and sushi.  We’ll meet our edible wrappers: grape leaves, rice paper, and nori; discuss and prepare fillings both traditional and improvisational, and talk about how to incorporate our creations into broader menus which reflect their respective cultural traditions. We’ll also sample a few tasty sauces to pair with them. Then we’ll get down to business and practice, practice—the goal is to give you the confidence to make these impressive morsels your next dinner party go-to. And we eat our mistakes!


Erin Chapla is a chef and artist, currently serving as Ox-Bow’s head chef, where she has been working for the past 13 years. Erin spent many years traveling and honed her skills cooking throughout Southeast Asia. She lives with her family on their homestead in Allegan, MI where she tends a prolific vegetable garden and cares for a multitude of chickens and a notoriously cranky rooster.


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Weaving: Baskets and Foot Stools
Jun
17
to Jun 20

Weaving: Baskets and Foot Stools

with Jill Woods

10am-1pm, $175

Learn the art of basket making and weaving by making a footstool and basket to take home. On day one and two, students will concentrate on splint stool weaving. Students will complete one small foot stool in rattan reed splint to take home. Day three and four will be spent weaving a rectangular basket of rattan reed. Students will have a choice of making a market basket with a wooden handle or a tote with strap handles. There will be many color choices to allow students to create a basket uniquely their own. All supplies will be provided.


Jill Woods has been teaching basket making and chair seating for over 30 years. She is an accomplished basket maker and has been an active member of the Michigan Basketmakers Association for much of that time. Jill has written several basket patterns her making expanded into learning seat weaving techniques including splint, cane, rush, and hand twisted cattail. She started a wicker repair business in the late 1980s. Jill retired from Herman Miller in 2016 after 26 years as a pattern maker and re-opened a shop doing wicker repair and creating baskets for sale, among other things. She is a founding member and current president of the SeatWeavers’ Guild, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of seat weaving techniques. A supply list will be provided.

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