“Life, nature, and art exist in a careful balance. Notions of what is precious and precarious often lie side by side – every now and then they converge in something memorable and celebratory as in The Saugatuck Dunes.”
—Joseph Antenucci Becherer
The Saugatuck Dunes, on the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan, are a refuge—for wildlife and for people. In the early twenty-first century, the endurance of their grassy hills, forested ridges, and the cool river that winds among them is something of a miracle. This ever-changing land- and seascape, with its white beaches and shifting patterns of light, has captured the imaginations of thousands of artists.
As Alison Swan observes in her introduction to The Saugatuck Dunes: A Freshwater Landscape, “Art requires—and induces—deliberation, patience, responsiveness, and surrender. It does not get made quickly. It is best encountered without haste. Artists know this well. Their work invites us to slow down. The same can be said of the Saugatuck Dunes, which are complex and dynamic, perhaps beyond representing. That is not to say the work included [in The Saugatuck Dunes book] simplifies anything. Surely, as artists respond to a place and then share their response, their and our experience of the place is enriched. Those of us who love this stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline, where nature and culture have mingled compatibly for a long time, are fortunate indeed that so many artists have looked to the dunes for inspiration.”
The beauty of this website would not have been possible without the tremendous generosity and support of these artists. Thank you for your willingness to share both your work and your creativity with the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance:
John M. Fleming
Mary Lou Graham
Special thanks goes to Anne Corlett for use of her pastel, featured in The Saugatuck Dunes: Artists Respond to a Freshwater Landscape, as the new Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance logo.
The Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance extends gratitude to the following list of artists for their generous contribution to The Saugatuck Dunes: Artists Respond to a Freshwater Landscape. This book presents 85 artworks by 31 contemporary artists dedicated to preserving the land that inspires them, and 10 of the late painters who walked the dunes before them. As you meander through these pages, you’ll cultivate your own connection with the sand and sky, the wind and water, and the interconnected community of living things we call the Saugatuck Dunes.
All proceeds from sales of this book will support the work of the SDCA, dedicated to protecting and preserving the character of this rare landscape.
Helen Hudson Below
John Martin Fox
Frederick F. Fursman
Ladislav R. Hanka
Debra Reid Jenkins
Albert H. Krehbiel
Teresa B. O’Brien
Joan Gallagher Richmond
Michael Ray Shaw
Brian M. Smith
Thomas Eddy Tallmadge
Cora Bliss Taylor
Bede Van Dyke
Charles Bridgeman Vickery
Anne Corlett Wiley
Saugatuck/Douglas, boasting over 25 art galleries, is currently ranked as the 5th best art destination by American Style magazine. In addition, Saugatuck is the proud home of the 100-year-old Ox-Bow School of Art, an affiliate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nestled within 115 acres of dunes and forestland, this pristine place continues to be a haven for visual artists, writers, and thinkers. To learn more about its Second Century, visit Ox-Bow at www.ox-bow.org.
To learn more about the vitality of the arts in this area:
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Ox Bow Summer School of Art
Saugatuck/Douglas Visitor Bureau
Saugatuck/Douglas Area Business Association
Blue Coast Artists