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Saugatuck - Douglas

History Bookshelf

[Featuring publications on area history, both present day and in thepast. Offeredas a guide and inspiration for those who peruse used book stores.]


The history of Saugatuck and its artists has never before been collectedin an organized manner. Over the years there have been a few magazine articleson individual artists:


"John C. Johansen,Painter" by Walter Marshall Clute, TheSketch Book, Vol. V, No. 2, 1905.


"John W. Norton" TheSketch Book, September, 1905.


"Carl Mauch" The Cow Bell, July l, 1913.


"Carl Hoerman:Painter of the Desert" by Peter Merrill, Southern California Quarterly, Fall, 1991.


"Albert Henry Krehbiel, 1873-1945: EarlyAmerican Impressionist" by Rebecca F. Krehbiel, Journalof the IllinoisState Historical Society, Spring, 1984.


"Elsa Ulbricht:An Unquenchable Spirit" by Janet Treaty, Wisconsin AcademyReview, Summer, 1992.


"CoraBliss Taylor: Saugatuck's Living Treasure"by Dale Killingbeck, Holland Weekend Magazine, May26, 1984.


"Bill Olendorf: Making an Impression" by Jackie Stasi in Lake Shore Drive Magazine, Summer, 1994.


and one sketch, a brief overview of the SummerSchool of Painting at Ox-Bow:


"Summersat Ox-Bow: The Early Days of a Michigan ArtColony" by Peter Merrill, MichiganHistorical Review, Spring, 1996.


One more bookhas an art-sounding title, but it's more about poetry and history (mentionedfor the third issue in a row in this column):


Saugatuck Art Colony byGeorge Coutoumanos, published at Saugatuck about1941.

Several artists with Saugatuck associations have had shows, which wereaccompanied by worthwhile catalogs:


Elsa Ulbricht,1910-1950 (Charles Allis Art Library, Milwaukee)February 18 - March 16, 1973.


Frederick Frary Fursman: A RediscoveredImpressionist (UWM Art Museum) September 13- October 20, 1991.


John Warner Norton (Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery)November 3, 1991 - March 28, 1992)


And there has been one, full scalebook:


Krehbiel:Life and Works of an American Artist by Robert Guinan(Refinery Gateway: WashingtonD. C.) 1991.


This bookincludes 106 illustrations, mostly in full color, of Krehbielpaintings and many of these are of Saugatuck, Ox-Bow and the Saugatuck-Douglasarea. The painting pictured on the book jacket appears to be the old pumphouse, now used by the Saugatuck-Douglas HistoricalSociety as a museum. Copies of this publication will be available at the museumgift shop during the exhibition this summer.


To add to this small body of literature the Saugatuck-DouglasHistorical Society has completed their first publication Painting the Town:A History of Art in Saugatuck and Douglas which will be for sale at themuseum beginning about June 1. Written by committee co-chairman Kit Lane, with lotsof help from her committee, other Society members and most of the town, thebook was designed by Ken Cans. It is published in soft cover with a full colorcover and several pages of color illustrations.


The volume wasmade possible by contributions from area businesses and individuals, a donationfrom the Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club and a grant from the Michigan Council of the Humanities. The costis $15 per copy, add S3 if you want it mailed, and order from:Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, PO Box 617, Douglas, MI 49406.It would help if you would write the words BOOK ORDER on the envelope.