Saugatuck - Douglas
[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 Hoerman:Painter of the Desert" by Peter Merrill,
"Albert Henry Krehbiel, 1873-1945: EarlyAmerican Impressionist" by Rebecca F. Krehbiel, Journalof the
"Elsa Ulbricht:An Unquenchable Spirit" by Janet Treaty,
"Summersat Ox-Bow: The Early Days of a
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,
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:
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
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
The volume wasmade possible by contributions from area businesses and individuals, a donationfrom the Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club and a grant from the