Coming in July: Port Austin Art Fair!

Waterfront park- BEFORE the fair!

This year Port Austin has something great in store for visitors and residents.  The first Port Austin Art fair will take place in the Veteran’s Waterfront Park, Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2 from 1oam  to 4pm. White Church Gallery will be there with Mike’s incredible art.

Michael Zaitz 2017

Stop by the booth to say hi, and be sure to visit the Gallery for more inspiring art by Michigan artists.

Art from White Church Gallery

See you there!

What 2017 has in store…

The Gallery is open- and we’ve changed things around. Besides moving the furniture, we have new artists and new art!

Still the same: awesome Michigan artists in a renovated 1880’s Methodist Church.

New: Photographer Keith Lowrie. A view of the Lake at Holly Rec. Area.

Keith Lowrie

Ceramic Artist Nancy Drescher is always cooking up new pieces.

Nancy Drescher ceramics 2017

And even Mike Zaitz, Owner and Artist, has been busy…

Michael Zaitz 2017
Michael Zaitz 2017

We’re open Fri- Sun 11-6pm, and usually later on Saturdays!

Come refresh your soul at the White Church Gallery!

Artists Reception: Art, Wine and Conversation.

The White Church Gallery’s annual Artists Reception will be Saturday June 25th from 3 – 7 pm. Gallery hours are Fri. –  Sun, 11 am  –  6pm, but we’ll be open late on Saturday. All are welcome to meet the guest artists and their work and to enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Here’s some snaps from last year’s party:

viewing the gallery
viewing the gallery (and shopping…)

 

loving the art!
Good people, great art!

This year will be even more fun! See you there!

 

Thumb Arts Guild Studio Tour!

An Annual Art Event of Michigan’s Thumb happens this weekend. All along the Thumbnail or coast of Michigan’s Huron County, you can drive from art studio to art studio as the waves crash along the sandy beaches. Click here for more info. White Church Gallery, located in Grindstone City, will be the first stop on the Tour. Be sure to have an appetite for ice cream if you visit, since famous Rybak’s Ice Cream is right across the street!

Inside the gallery
Inside the gallery

Hang on!

We’ve been open for a season, and the white rails that my Mom and Dad helped put in right before opening last year have served their purpose.

Mom and Dad making handrails
Mom and Dad making handrails

It was hard work to get everything ready to open for the Thumb Arts Guild Studio Tour. Mom and Dad Meyers pitched in and nailed wood rails to the cement forms, which were supposed to come off after the cement had set, but made useful supports for the temp rails!

Mom painting the temp rails
Mom painting the temp rails

Fast forward almost exactly one year. Mike had made many calculations and CAD drawings to figure out the exact slope and length of the iron rails he ordered. Yet he was still nervous when they came and we set them out.

Of course they fit perfectly!
Of course they fit perfectly!

The first order of business was to drill 2.5″ wide by 3.5″ deep holes in concrete. 16 of them.

Good thing I work out!
Good thing he works out!

It took a lot of sweat on that hot sunny day to drill the holes. I was official vacuumer of the holes. It was definitely teamwork.

Walk softly and carry a big gun...
Walk softly and carry a big gun…

I also got the task of putting the hydraulic cement into the holes while Mike mixed the batches one by one. It dried pretty quickly so it had to be made in small batches. That went pretty smoothly as well.

Hydraulic cement
Hydraulic cement

All in all, for a task that had been a long time coming and a bit dreaded, it went well and we are very happy with the finished product!

We did it!
We did it!
Happy Church!
Happy Church!