Odds + Ends
Legacy of a 76 year-old gallery continues…..
Tad De Graaf will take ownership of Armstrong De Graaf International Fine Art at the end of 2022. Jane and Dave Armstrong, current owners, are extremely pleased to make this announcement. The name and location of the gallery will remain the same. Believed to be the oldest continuing art gallery in Michigan, it has a very rich history. Tad De Graaf’s father started the Tadlow Gallery in 1956 in Whitehall, Michigan, while a professor at Muskegon College. A few years later he was offered the Directorship of the Forsythe Gallery in Ann Arbor started in 1946. Rather than accept the offer, he made a counter offer, which was to buy the Forsythe Gallery and merge the two gallery operations. That was done in 1972. Jane and Dave Armstrong, long time customers of the gallery, decided to purchase the gallery in Saugatuck, Michigan in 2008. So in 76 years of operation, this gallery venture has had only three owners and now Tad De Graaf has the honor and privilege to take over the gallery as the fourth owner of this special gallery. He was born and raised in the “gallery world” and is currently working in the gallery-- continuing the legacy started by his father. Jesse Forsythe and Dan De Graaf had compatible visions for the gallery. Each had a profound interest in good contemporary art. The Forsythe’s were avid travelers and pursued international art at every opportunity. Building on those traditions, Armstrong De Graaf International is a collectors gallery in the best of contemporary and international art. With unique partners, the gallery has assisted in the liquidations of art estates, participating in international placement and auctions. Our art services include installations, restoration, shipping and more. We are so pleased to have been in our current location in Saugatuck for 30 years.
Who doesn’t like collecting shells? Artist Annie Olson has created a whole new you way for you to indulge in your hobby. She blends unique polymer colors together to form lifelike shells of many shapes and sizes. Available for purchase at EssenceoftheSpiral.com
THE HOLLAND SYMPHONY IS LOOKING FOR MUSICAL COLLABORATORS
The HSO is launching “Music Unites Us” a collaboration between HSO and the Holland community, spotlighting the diverse musical cultures in our area. HSO seeks local music groups to continue this musical celebration of Holland's music. HSO has a composer standing by to translate your culture’s music into orchestral music featuring your group as our guest artist. We are interested in every kind of instrument / vocal ensemble. Performances begin at our 2023 Free Community Concert and there is no cost to participating musical groups.
Questions to HSOmusicunitesus@gmail.com
CEREAL COLLECTION FOR CHARITY
The Saugatuck Women's Club and Christian Neighbors are collecting cereal donations for those in need.
"33 boxes of cereal were purchased on behalf of Dorothy and Glenn MacDonald, whose cabin I sold and closed within a week of listing. “Thank you for all your help! It was a great job you did and almost too quick.” I’m donating $100 worth of cereal for every property sold. Please pass on my name and info so we can continue to do good in our community. - Merijean B. Webb"