Monday, September 10, 2007

"Sturgeon Point Lighthouse"

"Sturgeon Point Lighthouse"

24" by 30"

oil on canvas

I painted this Michigan Lighthouse for the owner of a wonderful hotel in Petoskey Michigan. The hotel is called, Apple Tree Inn. It's a cozy Victorian style inn. The rooms are large and each has its own balcony overlooking a beautiful view of Petoskey. My husband and I stay here when we get the chance to visit the area.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse is located on the east coast of Michigan in Harrisville, about halfway between the northern point of Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay Island. It is standing on the shore end of a somewhat narrow, long strip of land that stretches out in shallow water into Lake Huron. It is open to the public, as a museum, 7 days a week from Memorial Day to the middle of September. However you can visit and take pictures of the grounds all year.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Art Exhibition-Painted Classically

EXHIBITION: Painted Classically: a Two-Person Exhibition by Nicki Thompson and Patrice Erickson
DATES OF EXHIBITION: Monday, September 17 through Thursday, November 1, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 21 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
GALLERY: Waterford Cultural Council’s de la Ferriere Gallery, 2303 Crescent Lake Road, Waterford, MI

Oakland County Artists Collaborate on an Exhibition Celebrating Representational Art
The Waterford Cultural Council’s de la Ferriere Gallery will host “Painted Classically: a Two-Person Exhibition by Nicki Thompson and Patrice Erickson”, from Monday, September 17 through Thursday, November 1, 2007 with an opening reception on Friday, September 21 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. This exhibition showcases fine art oil paintings in the style of classical realism with a variety of subjects including portraiture, figurative works, and landscapes.
A mutual admiration and respect for the art and methods of the Old Masters brought portrait artists Patrice Erickson of Rochester Hills and Nicki Thompson of Waterford together. They met last February at an open studio portrait drawing session where they showed each other their portfolios. It wasn’t long after that when they agreed to set aside time in between portrait commissions to collaborate on an exhibition that celebrates representational art. The paintings featured in the show were all made using classical academic techniques and include figurative work and landscapes in addition to portraiture. “Working in this manner gives the paintings depth and richness of color and luminosity,” Erickson explains, “and when made correctly will survive for centuries.” “It’s exciting to me that realism seems to be making a come back,” adds Thompson, “As an artist and a teacher I am committed to sharing and continuing the classical tradition of this academic style of painting.” Both artists welcome portrait commissions and have online portfolios at and
For more information please call Patrice Erickson at 248-375-9575, Nicki Thompson at 248-681-4697, or the Waterford Cultural Council at 248-618-7529. The de la Ferriere Gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and is located at 2303 Crescent Lake Road, Waterford, Michigan, off of M-59 approximately one mile east of Oakland County International Airport.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2007 , from 6:00pm - 8:30pm