Flat River Gallery and Framing
An artist cooperative gallery in downtown Lowell featuring fine art and gifts for you and your home.
Tuesday - Friday:11:00AM to 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sunday and Monday: CLOSED
219 West Main Street
COVID 19 Response
Out of respect for the health and safety our customers and staff, we are temporarily closing our gallery until further notice.
Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates on reopening.
Scroll down for information on our new guest artist, Charles LaRue, a special event celebrating the art and life of Loretta Sailors in July, and a collage class with Patti Sevensma to be rescheduled in the future.
March and April
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.
Artist Party - Open to Public
Due to the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order the Artist Party has been cancelled.
Scroll down for information on our reception celebrating Loretta Sailors' life
Scroll down for information on our collage workshop - date to be announced
Let's Get to Work and Play Collage Class with
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.'