Flat River Gallery and Framing

An artist cooperative gallery in downtown Lowell featuring fine art and gifts for you and your home.


As our gallery shifts and shuffles with these ever changing times, we remain committed to providing our loyal customers with beautiful artwork created by local artists.

We will be offering curbside pick-up art orders with shipping options. Selected items will be showcased on Facebook with prices and contact information. If you would like to purchase any of the items listed, please contact us via FB Messenger or through email: flatrivergallery@gmail.com.  

To see available art, go to our Facebook page: flatrivergalleryandframing.  

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Friday:11:00AM to 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Sunday and Monday: CLOSED

219 West Main Street

Lowell, Michigan


(616) 987-6737

We are planning to reopen safely on Friday, June 12.

Please stay tuned for details. 


We are currently offering curbside pick-up until then, see details by scrolling down.  


Thank you for your support.   


March until August 28, 2020

Charles LaRue

Charles is a Michigan native, who grew up in South Haven and moved to Grand Rapids to attend the Kendall College of Art and Design, where he graduated with an Illustration major. Much of the inspiration for his art is drawn from areas around the Great Lakes State. 


He had done freelance illustration and design work, and other commercial artwork, before turning to fine arts painting. This transition was triggered by becoming more keenly aware of the aesthetic components of painting: light and shadow patterns, juxtaposed shapes, chromatic contrast, and, most of all, color.


Charles maintains a large studio in a SW side Grand Rapids warehouse. His work is in private, public, and corporate collections. He does contract art teaching as well as gives private lessons, and is a tutor and mentor. 


He is deeply interested in visual perception and this informs his own painting methodology. He works on both panel and canvas, using alkyd fast-drying oils and flat brushes. 


Over time his architectonic and geometrized technique has softened into a more organic look, but Charles still employs the mental approach of assembling his pictures from discrete, colored units of pigment, in a craftsman- like way. 


Charles does between 6 and 10 art shows a year as well as competitions and Open Studio events by appointment. He has also twice been an art show judge, is a committee member of the South Haven Center for the Arts and has been an active Board and regular member of several art organizations. 

Scroll down for information on our collage workshop - date to be announced

Let's Get to Work and Play Collage Class with

Patti Sevensma

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED  -   10 am - 4 pm


Enjoy the creative process designing collages, using found objects, images, photographs, papers, paints, glues, etc. 

Skill Level - Moderate - some previous art classes helpful.

Medium - Collage with found objects, images, photographs, papers, paints, glues, pencils, acrylic, watercolor, etc. 

Patti is a member of the National Collage Society and President of the International Society of Experimental Artists and a member of Flat River Gallery & Framing.  

Please contact the gallery at 616-987-6737 to register and obtain the 'supply list.'


Cost: $95

Flat River Gallery & Framing         219 West Main, Lowell MI 49331          (616) 987-6737 

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