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2019 Harbor Springs Visitors Guide Cover

The Cover Story

The cover image for this year’s Visitors Guide is by local artist Susan Glass. “Harbor Springs Farmers Market,” watercolor, Copyright 2020 by Susan Glass, is in the collection of Pat Wood.
Susan is a Northern Michigan plein-air painter and teacher who paints at the Farmers Market in Harbor Springs and at other locations in town and Up North. Originally from the Detroit area, Glass returned to study at Wayne State University for an M.A. in painting, after earning a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.

She established a studio practice in the artists’ loft space, the Brooklyn Building, to be part of the lively urban art scene in downtown Detroit and there produced a body of work in oil on glass, using recycled windows. With their readymade grid and interesting aura, old windows became a means to put the viewer in the immediate scene.

Watercolor has been her primary medium since moving full-time to Northern Michigan. Originally inspired by Expressionist works of Emil Nolde and early landscapes of Georgia O’Keefe, she continues to explore watercolor and the many ways it can be descriptive, direct, and surprising. As a teacher, Glass learns from her students and continues to find new ways to see. As Adjunct Professor in the Art Department of North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, she has taught drawing and composition and life Drawing and also teaches private watercolor and plein air classes.

Her work is at Crooked Tree Art Center, Primitive Images in Good Hart, on Facebook at Susan Glass Northern Michigan Art and at susanglassnomiart.com.

Harbor Springs!

Welcome back! And not just to Harbor Springs but to a somewhat “normal” setting after a pandemic year. The arrival of spring this year and our woods filled with glorious trillium was a reminder that yet again, another season blooms Up North. The Harbor Springs area embraced COVID 19 safety this past year and with some travelers nervous about flying, we saw many first time visitors who drove Up North and already we have been hearing that those first timers loved what they saw and will return.

And what isn’t there to love! Warm and long summer days, blue water, green hills and trails. Fabulous fall foliage, crisp and snowy ski days, woods filled with morels in the spring. Bike trails, golf courses, sail boats, a passenger ferry, the Tunnel of Trees, fishing, swimming, kayaking, and brilliant sunsets. Walk on the city dock, listen to music in Marina Park, wander through the farmers market, watch children learn to sail on the harbor. Grab a sandwich and sit on the waterfront or at the beach. Shop, dine, play!
Harbor Springs is special. From the days when steamships brought passengers into the deep, natural harbor, this is the place to be in the summer. Up North hospitality combined with stunning physical beauty has brought summer residents and visitors for generations and that will happen again this year. And next year and the year after that.

This is a four season get away with something to do in every season. Summers are bustling, fall is spectacular, winter is a Currier and Ives setting, and spring is stunning with wild flowers and morels. Whatever the season that brings you here, welcome!

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Harbor Springs Visitors Guide
2021-2022 Edition
The Harbor Springs Visitors Guide is a publication of the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
and Visitor Center
368 E. Main Street, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
www.harborspringschamber.com
231-526-7999
and is prepared by Concierge Publications
PO Box 624, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
231-526-9422
Publisher Kathryn Breighner
Design & Layout Cyndy Shaw
To receive a free copy of the Visitors Guide, email: info@harborspringschamber.com
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