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.