Art is a big part of the culture in Saugatuck – after all Saugatuck is known as the “Art Coast of Michigan” – and there are many art galleries located within steps of Twin Oaks Inn. Here are just a few of the many art galleries to explore.
On Butler Street in the old post office building is my favorite art gallery, James Brandess Studios and Gallery. James Brandess’ work often includes landscapes and images of the Saugatuck shoreline and Lake Michigan, but on my recent visit he had just completed a painting of flowers that almost popped off the canvas. If you can’t take a painting with you, he sells cards with prints of his paintings. Sometimes you may see him in the dunes of Saugatuck’s Oval Beach painting the many moods of Lake Michigan.
Right next door to James Brandess is my favorite ceramics shop, Jeff Blandford Gallery. I have several pieces of Jeff Blandford’s ceramics, as do Sherry and Lisa, and my brother acquired several pieces when he visited last December. His work is graceful, timeless but stylish, matching any décor in your home.
Another favorite gallery is Amazwi Contemporary Art on Culver Street with contemporary African paintings, sculpture, jewelry and unique crafts. I have a graceful giraffe carving from here. Jeff Blandford has collaborated with one of the painter’s whose work is displayed here.
GoodGoods, located on Mason Street, features fine art, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, ceramics, glass, jewelry and wearables. Lisa’s mother gave her a flying pig handmade out of metal for a recent birthday. You’ll see it hanging on the screened-in porch of the inn.
Cindy’s, also on Mason Street, is a bright, friendly shop with art by Cindy, handmade jewelry, home décor and other accessories.
The galleries above are my favorites but there are so many other fine art galleries located in and around Saugatuck that you will want to visit. Be sure to tell Sherry and Lisa which are your favorites.