Saugatuck Douglas Fall Gallery Stroll
Since 1977, Saugatuck free two-day celebration has drawn visitors to the Art Coast in the height of autumn. This year it’s on October 8th and 9th, 12pm-5pm, and the 45th anniversary of the Fall Gallery Stroll is a rare chance to wander in and out of the area’s unique galleries, which expand their hours and provide live demos. It’s become a great local tradition to wander in and out of the town’s dynamic galleries and studios, chat with artists, and partake in the refreshments and live music. Here, a roster of the dozen-plus participating galleries, each one showcasing a different genre of the art world.
Good Goods – This beloved fine-design and American Craft gallery is one of the original gallery stroll participants.
Jeff Blandford Gallery – A Michigan native who works out of his family’s 5-acre farm, Blandford specializes in wheel-Thrown Ceramics but is also skilled at glassblowing.
J. Petter Wine Gallery – Curated collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and glassworks—plus boutique wines, artisan cheeses, and hand-poured chocolates in a wine bar.
Marcia Perry Sculpture Studio – Wooden sculpture inspired by nature. “I try to speak for the trees,” says Perry, a graduate of the University of Michigan. “They all invite the hand to touch.”
Saugatuck Center For The Arts – For 20 years, the SCA has been Saugatuck’s hub for music, theater, education, film, and virtually any media of art you can imagine. (And some you can’t.)
Button Gallery – Michael Burmeister’s eclectic salon spans roughly 2,500 square feet of exhibition space in a historic 1906 space including an English sculpture garden. Regional and national artists in multiple media.
Mixed Media – Wide array of traditional and contemporary art specializing in up-and-coming art stars—right in the heart of Douglas’s art district.
Leben Art – Billing itself as “art for a healthy planet,” John Leben’s environmental-themed “alternative nature reality” digital images lean on computer imaging and painting.
Krista Reuter Studio – Reuter’s hand-cut and hand-torn layered paper creations are striking three-dimensional explorations of light and shadow.
Water Street Gallery – The variety of styles, from glass to painting to bronze, have been impeccably curated by the owners in two large gallery spaces and sculpture gardens.
Mr. Miller’s Art Emporium – Features more than 40 American painters, potters, jewelers, sculptors, lithographers, woodworkers and other crafters with prices ranging from $3 to $3,000.
Cynthia McKean – Colorful welded steel sculptures, both abstract and representational, large and small, in a studio and sculpture garden.
Armstrong DeGraaf Fine Art – Has a legitimate claim as Michigan’s oldest art gallery. Regardless, has a wide roster that represents more than 50 artists, nearly half of them international.
Capizzo Studio – This new gallery, opened by Michelle Pizzo and Nick Cappelletti in 2021, presents “the work of fine artists as well as outsiders working with oils, acrylics, ceramics and wood.”