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Ox-Bow as Muse: Architecture in the Landscape


  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI 49453 (map)

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




Earlier Event: July 8
The Art of Nature
Later Event: July 12
Kimchi Clinic