Well-known area artist David Grath was chosen as the LCCC’s first Artist-in-Residence. One of Leelanau County’s most highly respected artists, Grath has created rich landscapes of the area’s land and shorelines for more than fifty years. He has taught art at universities and conducted workshops throughout the state, and has work in many private and public collections, as well as images on several book and record album covers.
Grath says that in his oil paintings he seeks to show the mystery inherent in the interplay of the light, the shadow, and the depth of his vision. Likening the light in our area to that of southern France or Italy, Grath states, “Because the peninsula runs north-south, the light and the way it reflects and refracts off the trees and the water and the land is unique.”
The new Artist-in-Residence was introduced to the public at a reception and art show for the Tuesday painting group known as the Leelanau Artists at the Old Art Building. At that time it was announced that he would conduct four workshops designed to give attendees the opportunity to work and paint with the artist. These workshops were held June 22, July 9, July 20, and August 16.
A lecture was held August 4, amid a large selection of Grath’s artwork which had been set up for the annual David Grath Fine Art Exhibit. At this time the artist focused on the special qualities of painting in Leelanau County, including his own personal history of painting.