Pairing Art with Farming


Every year, Bill and I get a brochure in the mail for Blue Coast Artists, a group of artists in Southwest Michigan who invite visitors for a behind-the-scenes look in their studios and galleries during the summer and fall.

We often take a drive to their studios and stop at some of the wineries–such as Fenn Valley and McIntosh Apple Orchards & Wine Cellar–along the way.

This year, I was pleased to see they’ve expanded their brochure to include the farmers of Lakeshore Harvest Country, a collection of family farms spread over a 12 mile area along Lake Michigan in the southwest corner of Michigan.

The brochure also includes a beautiful map showing the locations of all the Blue Coast Artists and Lakeshore Harvest Country farms.

You’ll know who to visit when by referencing the descriptions of the galleries, studios, and farms, the hours they’re open, and contact information.

Sounds like the perfect outing to me: You can’t get a more down-to-earth experience than visiting artists of both the studio and the earth.

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