Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Award winning artists

This painting by Virginia Wieringa won a first prize (cash award) yesterday in the People's Choice awards at Bishop Hills Retirement Community. Our Rivertown Artist Guild has a show there every fall and the staff and residents vote on their favorites. She says "I won 3rd last year and 2nd the year before that! I saved this particular painting for that show because I knew it was a crowd pleaser. I like it too." It lived at Fire and Water for a few months and was considered for purchase by a few folks. Next stop for the West Virginia Roadside Poppies is the lobby of St Mary's Health Care in January. See more of Virginia's work at

Those folks at Bishop Hills have pretty good taste! Steve Huyser-Honig, our newest Fire and Water artist captured 3rd prize with one of his exquisite photos of the Grand Haven Michigan lighthouse. Check out more of Steve's work at the Fire and Water ART Showroom and also on line at (see the previous post for more about Steve).

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Fire and Water Art! welcomes photographer Steven Huyser-Honig. Steve is captivated by the beauty of the Great Lakes region. Beaches and dunes, lighthouses and breakwaters, farms and orchards, forests and streams, small towns and big cities, the gentle touch of nature and heavy hand of industry—all provide an endless source of inspiration for him.

Though his subjects are as diverse as the region we live in, his approach to each is constant. He’s drawn to bold colors, simple lines, and formal compositions. People often remark that at first they thought his photographs were paintings.

Steve’s hope is to share with you a sense of wonder and whimsy at the beauty of our world…and his dedication to preserving this beauty for future generations. Ten percent of every purchase is contributed to an organization working to preserve the lighthouses, land, and water resources of the Great Lakes region.

Steve prints his photographs with pigment inks on natural cotton rag papers—materials and methods that are more environmentally friendly than traditional photographic processes. And unlike traditional color photographic prints, with a lifespan measured in decades at best, this combination of materials will last, with care, for generations.

If you would like to see more of Steve’s work, visit his website:

He also writes two blogs that touch on Great Lakes issues. If you are interested in Great Lakes Environmental news, check out . If you share his fascination with lighthouses, you might want to check out .