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September 18 through 21, 2024

in Grand Haven, Michigan

ISEA has a wonderful, fun-filled symposium planned for art inspiration, friendship, and educational enjoyment.
Hope you can join us!


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To enjoy the early bird registration discount for ISEA members who register by May 31st, 2024

MORNING coffee and Registration
8:00 to 9:00 AM Wednesday THROUGH FRIDAY

9:30 AM TO 3:30 PM

Pencil to Brush: Knitting Together Line, Color and Form with Kimberly Kelly Santini
Wednesday & Thursday, September 18 and 19
Cost $300

In this engaging and fast-paced workshop, Kimberly Kelly Santini will share some of her favorite mixed media painting-based techniques with plenty of hands-on painting, reflection and group conversation. Attendees will learn about associative thinking and how to plug in to their personal inclinations. Learn how to incorporate dry media with acrylic paints and mediums, working in layers and embracing intuitive response.


Materials List     Course Description and Bio  

Linocut with Color with Lee Ann Frame
Wednesday & Thursday, September 18 and 19

Cost: $300

Join Lee Ann Frame in her linocut printmaking class, which welcomes all levels of experience, from beginner to those developing their skill sets. Working with your own individual ideas, Lee Ann will demonstrate and help with reference examples from her work, other artists and the attendees’ as the class progresses.  


Materials List        Course Description and  Bio  

From Leaves to Paper Making with Sandra Hansen
Wednesday & Thursday, September 18 and 19
Cost $300

Enter the wonderful world of paper making with Sandra Hansen.  In this two-day, hands-on workshop, learn several different ways to make paper with prepared and unprepared plant leaves. 


Materials List     Course Description and Bio  



Making Marks as Underpaintings with Negative Painting with Laura Whitesides Host
Friday, September 20, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost $150

What can be more exciting than making marks!  Learn to engage your intuitive creativity with marks that will make your art distinctly and uniquely yours. Laura Whitesides Host will offer many mediums and tools to make marks for underpaintings.


Materials List      Course Description and Bio     

Half Day Workshops 
Friday and Saturday

One Sand, One World with Yang Li
Friday, September 20, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cost $115 

Coming to us all the way f
om China, Yang Li will deliver a presentation on the unique techniques used in traditional Chinese rock color painting. Rock color pigments are particles (rocks that have been ground to a powder) of different thicknesses that cannot be blended, and the desired hue is obtained through the superposition of pigments.


Materials Provided         Course Description and Bio   

Make your own Spinner Ring with Julie Sanford - (Area studio visit with hands on demo)
3 – hour workshop
Saturday, September 21,  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Cost $115

Make your own fun, kinetic spinner ring in this 3-hour class. Join jewelry artist Julie Sanford in her beautiful working studio as she demonstrates and guides you through the process to make your own spinner ring.


    Course Description and Bio   

Demos and Discussion

Golden Paints Demonstration with Valerie Allen
Create Exciting Tactile Textures and Surfaces with Acrylics
Wednesday, September 18, 3:45 - 5:15pm
No Charge but must register

 Always a highly anticipated demonstration, Certified Golden Working Artist Valerie Allen will focus on the potential of adding a variety of surfaces to your creative process. Learn the different characteristics of painting on super smooth surfaces, underpainting with a luxurious texture, or gritty, toothy rough and ready grounds,
plus many more exciting options.


   Demo Description and Bio   

Art Practice: Challenges and Solutions
Presentation and Discussion with Anna Greidanus
Thursday, September 19, 3:45 - 4:45pm
Cost: $20

Anna Greidanus will lead an engaging discussion about things close to all artists, the challenges and solutions we face and resolutions we create.  At the heart of studio art practice is the creative process and the energy that
moves artists to engage making work.


Discussion Description and Bio   

Intriguing Gallery Walk with
Art Historian, Nancy Clouse, MA
Friday, September 20, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Not to be missed is this intriguing and engaging Gallery Walk & Talk led by Nancy Clouse.
Nancy will discuss the art and encourage those artists present to share their thoughts and observations
regarding works within the INNOVATIONS 2024 exhibition.
This is a wonderful way to spend time with an art historian and get up close and personal
with the exhibition and artists!


Muskegon Museum of Art Excursion
Saturday, September 21
Depart from Julie sanford's parking lot at 1:00 pm

Take a very special field trip to the amazing Muskegon Museum of Art on Saturday.  
The museum is renowned for its fine permanent collection of American and European paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings. Transportation will be through carpooling; sign up at Registration.
A separate stop will be for lunch at an area restaurant.



let's CELEBRATE together!

Opening Reception and Awards Presentation
Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us for a very exciting opening night reception and presentation of Awards and new Signature, Nautilus Fellow, and Master Fellow levels to artists. This is a wonderful time to view INNOVATIONS 2024 and mingle with fellow ISEA members and guests, community artists, art collectors and the public.
Light jazz piano music and a lovely assortment of hors d’oeuvres will complete this special evening.  


Images from the opening reception in Cape Cod, 2023 by April Rimpo

Celebration Buffet Dinner 
with entertainment by the fabulous Anne Rivers Band
Friday, September 20, 2024, 5:30 – 9:00 pm 

COST:  $65 per person

It’s time to Celebrate!  Our final evening together will be one of celebration and entertainment, with a delicious meal and the music of the fabulous Anne Rivers Band. What a spectacular way to celebrate a wonderful week of art making and camaraderie with all our artist friends and guests. 

The Anne Rivers Band is strongly influenced by 1960's and 1970's down to earth rock and roll and folk rock.
They play covers from bands like Creedance Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Fleetwood Mac
and Melissa Ethridge - just to name a few. They have several original songs they look forward to sharing as well!

Join us for a night of fun with, Anne Rivers on lead vocals and rhythm, Phil Petersen on harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and lap steel guitar and Jack Potter on electric guitar and bass.

things to do in the Grand haven area

Must Experience Grand Haven Walk


Walk the beautiful boardwalk from downtown Grand Haven to the historic Lighthouse, established in 1839. The boardwalk is 2 1/2 miles and runs along the harbor which is lined with shops, restaurants, marinas, and charter fishing boats. While it’s a great place for a brisk walk, there are plenty of grassy knolls and benches for idlers who prefer people and boat watching.

Lose the shoes,
forego the salt and skip the sharks


You are never more than a few minutes away from miles of accessible soft sand shoreline and rolling dunes in the
Grand Haven Area. The water is always fresh and free of aquatic man-eaters. Lake Michigan temperatures are warm in September for swimming. The beaches are perfect for blanket picnics and evening sunset watching. Lake Michigan sunsets are as breathtaking if not better than in Key West! 

Shopping for uniques gifts, mementos, and
even treats for Fido!

An assortment of shops, boutiques, markets, speciality shops make up the walkable downtown of Grand Haven. Window shop and search out that unique piece of jewelry, one-of-a kind sweater, memorable memento or special antique. A popular spot is the Michigan Rag Co. where you’ll find Marüshka designs in wearable art using the craft of Hand Screen Printing.  Enjoy the small town feel of each establishment and don’t forget to engage store owners and staff - they’re friendly and well-versed and ready to help.  


The Grand Haven Area has a rich history to discover, tracing back to the 1820’s. Stop by the Tri-Cities Historical Museum and learn about the early years of Ottawa County. Visit the Depot Museum and learn how Grand Haven came to be Coast Guard City, USA.

Check out the Midwest Miniatures Museum, two blocks from the Central Park Place symposium location. It’s a beautifully restored mansion filled with fine-quality works of world renowned miniaturists. 



                                                                Foggy Morning by Patti Sevensma, Photographer 





Sunrise by Patti Sevensma, Photographer                                                                       

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