2010 Artist-in-Residence-Charles R. Murphy

charles murphy Charles Murphy grew up in southern Minnesota and remembers always wanting to be a painter.  His grandfather, who was fluent with a pencil, served as his earliest inspiration.

Graduating from Minnesota State University with his BFA in Studio Art, he set off for Cape Cod to immerse himself in a community of artisits.  After his first taste of apinting and exhibiting on the East Coast, he settled in the Grand Traverse Bay area of northern Michigan where he again found himself in a large community of artists.  For several years, Murphy exhibited in art fairs around the state, garnering award and a large audience of collectors.  With additional assistance from galleries and dealers who represented him, his work found its way into many large corporate collections such as Kraft, General Motors, Prudential, Mead Corporation, International Harvestor, Us Gypsum and Joh Hancock.

While his career as a painter took form he supplemented his income through another of his interests, woodworking.  Murphy spent a number of years designing furniture and cabinet making for shops in the Grand Traverse region.  Seeking greater fulfillment from his painting, he set the woodworking aside and began teaching painting classes and workships at regional art centers.  Expanding on this experience he has undertaken more travel for his own painting as well as the opportunity to teach in a variety of environments.  These pursuits have taken him around the US , France, Spain, Italy, Nova Scotia, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

A couple of excursions into illustration have resulted in two books. The first book, the award-winning “Reach for the Moon” was a collaboration with a young learning disabled writer.  The second bood, a children’s book titled “Smokey the Raccoon”, published by PF Publishing.  In 2002 Charles was flatter to have his work selected for publication in Artists’ Magazine’s 2002 limited edition calendar.  The calendar features 13 artists juried from a field of 13,000.

Charles Murphy curently teaches painting programs at the Grand Traverse Art Center in Traverse City, Michigan.  His works are in the 143rd Annual International Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.

June 11-13, 2010-Reception and Exhibit

Meet the artists and view a mixed media presentation of a lifetime collection of original artwork in oils and watercolor.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 11 from 5 to 8 pm.  The exhibit continues Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 to 4 pm.

June 24 & August 9-Intensive All Day Workshops

This workshop is designed to engage the student watercolorist in a wide variety of watercolor applications.  Woven into these exercises will be sound principles of “picture making” including formats, value pattern schemes and organized color palette use.  Class size limited, registration required.  10 am – 4 pm. $25

July 12-Lecture and Demonstration

Charles will give a presentation on the history and development of the watercolor medium.  The paint and its behavioral properties will be clearly laid out.  Paired with this discussion will be active demonstrations to illustrate the examples.  1 – 4 pm.  $10

2009 Artist-in-Residence-Melanie Parke


Melanie Parke has a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, with a National Leadership Award. She is the recipient of several professional residencies, including Yosemite and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Parks. Her paintings are exhibited nationally.



2008 Artist-in-Residence-Bob Purvis

A native of Traverse City, Michigan, Bob Purvis graduated from Traverse City High School in 1965 and from Northwestern Michigan College in 1968. He worked in his family’s steel fabrication business until 1976 when, after the business was sold, he struck off on his own. After several years of repair work, he was asked to be more creative at the behest of clients interested in more unconventional work. From that experience to present, he has tried to use his creativity to the fullest extend possible.

In 1982, Bob and his wife Suzanne moved to Suttons Bay. In the ensuing years his career has evolved to include architectural ironwork, furniture design, and sculpture. It has also increasingly included interaction with art departments and their students in public and private schools throughout the Grand Traverse Region. Current sculptural work can be seen at the entrance to Center Point and the wall sconces inside the State Theatre in Traverse City.

Reception and Exhibit – June 6, 7, 8

Meet Bob Purvis, view a selection of original sculpture and furniture with a presentation of a collection of his artwork. Refreshments served Friday, June 6 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Exhibit continues
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Sculpture Workshops – June 21 & 28, July 12 & 19
The workshops will be an experience in designing and making three-dimensional objects. The June workshops will include conceiving the pieces and making the maquette (model) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm each Saturday.

The July workshops will be held at the Purvis studio at 3447 Peshawbestown Road, to execute the designs into a 3-D piece from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Class size is limited to ten people. You must register for this workshop. Materials fee only.

Video: Bob Purvis Working

2007 Artist-in-Residence-Fred Petroskey

A native of Leelanau County, Michigan, Frederick T. Petroskey was born near the small village of Lake Leelanau. Fred graduated from Western Michigan University in 1962, having majored in Art and Political Science and began the Art Program at Delton-Kellogg Schools near Kalamazoo, MI before moving to Boston, MA in 1967.

During the next seventeen years Fred taught at the DeCordova Museum of Art, judged art shows and lectured. In 1984, Fred returned to Leelanau County, taught at Northwestern Michigan College and restored a 19th century farmhouse which became his studio and where he continues to receive portrait commissions from around the country.

An opening reception was held Friday, June 1, 2007, giving the opportunity to meet Fred Petroskey and to view a selection of his paintings and a slide presentation of his drawings and paintings.

During the summer three workshops were held to include personal instruction on students’ ongoing work. Participants were asked to bring current projects and painting materials. the workshops and their subjects were:

Thursday, June 21 – Fundamentals of Design: Line, shape, color, texture, form
Monday, July 2 – Composition: Placement, size, and color application
Thursday, July 19 – Beginning a Portrait: Demonstration on the process of creating a pastel portrait
Lecture, Discussion, and Slide Presentation – Wednesday, August 8.

During this presentation, Fred Petroskey created an oil painting as he discussed technique, materials, and composition.

View a gallery of Fred’s art

2006 Artist-in-Residence-David Grath

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.