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.