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The Cover Story
Summer is a special season in the Harbor Springs area filled with glorious color. Artist Kathleen Hrabak’s cover image for this year’s Visitors Guide captures a typical gorgeous summer day in this painting “Summer on Little Traverse Bay.”
Kathleen started her education as a fine art major in college but graduated with a degree in horticulture.
She has worked in horticulture and art but her longest experience has been in the arts. She was co-owner of Boyer Glassworks Studio and Gallery in Harbor Springs from 1984-2013. Since 1992, Kathleen has concentrated on painting as her primary focus. Oil is her favorite medium, although she often uses watercolor and has experimented recently in mixed media and sculpture.
Kathleen grew up in Toledo, Ohio and spent a good deal of time at The Toledo Museum of Art. She has been heavily influenced by their collection of Renaissance and Impressionistic art which is reflected in her paintings and art glass designs. “I love the texture of oil paint and I use it heavily when I can,” she said. “The natural world in Northern Michigan and my own garden are often the subjects of my paintings. I paint what I know; family, dogs, still life, water, snow, trees and flowers.”
Kathleen Hrabak’s work can be found at Boyer Glassworks, Harbor Springs, and online, khrabakart.com
Welcome to Harbor Springs, a community that has been welcoming visitors since the late 1880s. Visitors and summer residents return to Harbor Springs year after year, generation after generation, because this is a special place filled with natural beauty and a “this feels like home” setting.
Little Traverse Bay with a deep natural harbor that once allowed large steamships to bring passengers to Harbor Springs now is a glorious water playground—sail and motor boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, and more. Downtown Harbor Springs hugs the waterfront and our shops and restaurants are just seconds away from a picnic table overlooking the harbor.
We have a vibrant restaurant scene in Harbor Springs with a variety of settings and cuisine. Harbor Springs is a destination for foodies with wonderful breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, including outside dining. Dinner and a movie? Yes! The new Lyric Theatre on Main Street along with one of our restaurants make for night out on the town with a movie and dinner.
Harbor Springs is a year ‘round destination. Spring is the season for finding morels and a glorious display of trillium in the woods. Summer--well, no place does it better! Sunsets at 10 p.m., beach days, hiking, biking, golfing, dining, shopping, boating, and just plain fun. Harbor Springs is the place where summer memories are created and where families have come for generations to “summer.”
Fall brings some of the most spectacular foliage imaginable. And winter? Crisp, white snow just perfect for snow sports at our ski resorts and snow play in the woods on snowmobiles, snow shoes, and cross country skis.
Harbor Springs is indeed special….we are glad you are here!
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