This Month's Artist Exhibition


June 2016

Meet the Artist Reception
June 3, 2016~ 7-9pm

Guests will enjoy wine and appetizers while being the first to view the gallery exhibit and sale. Jay and Larry will be in the gallery to speak about her work and answer guest questions. Join us for this lovely evening of art and merriment! FREE to the public. 


Memories in Time: The People and Place of Haven Hill/Watercolors, Oil, Pencil Sketches, Photographs is both an art exhibit and a slice of history.

Edsel and Eleanor Ford started to collect farmland for a family farm estate which straddled Highland and White Lake townships in 1923, and the family resided there until Edsel died in 1943. It was his favorite place, “his nerve retreat,” and he enjoyed life there with wife and children, Henry II, Benson, Josephine and William Clay.

The exhibit, open through June 27 during regular gallery hours, includes 26 framed works, including nine paintings and supporting pencil sketches by painter Lawrence Falardeau and 10 to 12 photographs by photographer Jay Fitzgerald; they’re paying tribute to those who lived here, starting with the Native Americans through the Ford family years to those who share, visit and support this site.

It’s featured in a gallery opening from 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 3, which offers an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments,

Falardeau is an award-winning painter whose work is featured in many private and public collections. He’s inspired by “land, life and spirit,” he said. He added, “My painting and sketching is always a search for and expression of the soul and spirit of the subject. Watercolor, in particular, allows for the intentional and the unintentional to blend and bring life to subject and work.”

His “professional background includes a broad range of both private and public sector experience in the areas of fine art, environmental design, landscape architecture and planning.”

Fitzgerald, a native of Los Angeles, has had photos selected for the National Park Service Calendar Sidebar. 

He’s a long-time nature and outdoors lover, which started early in life as he took many trips into California’s San Bernadino, San Gabriel and Sierra mountains.

His father, who was once a Yosemite National Park host, instilled in him appreciation of photography, wildlife and the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and photography, that’s continued throughout his career as an automotive supplier in many parts of the country.

Now he lives near Haven Hill in White Lake Michigan with his wife Eva and son Jack.

Hours for Memories in Time: The People and Place of Haven Hill/Watercolors, Oil, Pencil Sketches, Photographsare from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through June 27.

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Highland, MI 48357


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