Sharon Tarr, a stunning shoreline painting from Mackinac island, oil

In last week’s newsletter we detailed an exciting event on historic Mackinac Island with important Midwest painter Sharon Griffes Tarr that needs some clarification.

The history of Michigan’s Mackinac Island dates to the American Revolutionary War as a strategic position for the Great Lakes fur trade. As time went on, it became a destination for tourists and a summer colony. Today the island remains relatively the same — a go-to destination for those looking to unwind, enjoy brilliant historic architecture, and take in the beautiful scenery.

Sharon Tarr, plein air pathway sketch, watercolor

*Correction* The Island Bookstore will host a public book-signing with artist Sharon Griffes Tarr on June 17, whose paintings were featured in a fantastic cookbook to be published the same week.  The 225-page book features hundreds of recipes and personal notes compiled over several decades from residents at Donnybrook Cottage; about four years ago, Tarr was asked to participate in the book’s illustration. Having traveled to the island for years, Tarr had amassed a brilliant collection of plein air sketches executed around the island—which is still 80 percent state park.

Original paintings by Tarr will also be on view during a reception at Donnybrook Cottage on June 27th.  This reception is by invitation and offered only to Island residents and guests of the authors and artist.

Sharon Griffes Tarr is a Master Member of the Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association, an associate member of American Women Artists and member of Plein Air Artists of West Michigan. Learn more about Sharon by visiting her webpage.  See her introduction in the book here.


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