Friday, December 26, 2008

updated website

Visit our updated website

new hours

Our new hours are posted on the right. We've been trying to research and find hours that are most convenient for our customers and after experimenting, we're opening earlier and closing a little early on some days. Fridays will be our longest day, 11am-7pm and Deidre, our framer, will be in on Fridays.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Kathleen Mooney's new book!

“Yellow Dog” is a new book just published by Kathleen Mooney, ISEA. Mooney is an internationally recognized artist from Lowell, Michigan See for more information about Mooney and her art.

“Yellow Dog” features 66 full color pages of Mooney’s art and photography in large format (landscape 13”x11”) presentation.

The Yellow Dog series of 15 water-media paintings was created in response to the ongoing mining controversy in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Marquette area and specifically the Yellow Dog River. For more information see Many of the original paintings for the series are on exhibit at Fire and Water Art at 219 West Main in Lowell, Michigan. One of the paintings “Yellow Dog River” recently gained Mooney Signature status in ISEA – the International Society of Experimental Artists at their 2008 exhibit in Houston TX.

The “Yellow Dog” HARDCOVER book will be on sale at Fire and Water Art!
219 West Main (P O Box 56) Lowell MI 49331 in EARLY NOVEMBER 2008. Phone 616-890-1879.

“Yellow Dog”
is also available by ordering online at (search for Yellow Dog or Kathleen Mooney) or

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lowell Chamber of Commerce

Fire and Water artist Virginia Wieringa will be showing more of her work down the street from our gallery at the Lowell Chamber of Commerce building at 113 Riverwalk Plaza (across from the showboat and behind the Flat River Grill). The show will feature 10-13 of Virginia's acrylic paintings and her dancer photos. It runs through the summer, June 15- September 5. Here's a painting that will be hanging this show: DAWN OVER 96. The title is appropriate for this venue because 96 runs right past Lowell. This painting is 30"x40".

Lowell is a great little town! Come visit us at Fire and Water ART! and stroll down to the Chamber to see more of Virginia's work.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Bob Gronevelt

These are a few examples of Bob's fine work in wood. He's the artist of the month at Fire and Water for June.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Kathleen Conover- artist of the month

Kathleen Conover is a master artist from Marquette Michigan and has been a favorite instructor for many of the Fire and Water artists. We are delighted to feature her work this month as artist of the month at Fire and Water ART! She is teaching a workshop this week at the Franciscan Process Life Center in Lowell. She has originals, giclee prints and notecards available at our gallery.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Festival of the Arts 2008

Congratulations to the Fire and Water artists who had work accepted into the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids: Gloria Allen,Bob Bauer, Mike Bryant, Karen Godfrey, Patti Sevensma, Kim Vandenberg, Virginia Wieringa, and Deidre Wingelaar.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

D R Dimes bowback Windsor side chairs

We have a set of four of these beautiful chairs.

D R Dimes lowback arm chairs

These D R Dimes lowback arm chairs are handcrafted museum copies of 18th Century antiques and have a dark green crackle finish. Beautiful! They are over a Claire Murray heirloom wool rug.


This handcrafted museum copy of an 18th Century dresser made of Tiger Maple and Cherry is one of the newest pieces at Fire and Water.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Lisa Wierenga Check out work by our new artist Lisa Wierenga (spelled differently than Virginia Wieringa).

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Kathleen Mooney books

April 2008 at Fire and Water Art!

In April 2008 Kathleen Mooney features her Hand Painted Books

at Fire and Water Art! at 219 W Main in Lowell MI.

At least 5 of Mooney's hand illustrated original books will be on display. Mooney's books are original paintings and collage work -- many of the books use her own hand carved stamps of ancient signs and symbols. Archaeology, Ireland and universal myths inspire her images. A DVD movie of her book Universal Artifacts will be running in a continuous loop. Universal Artifacts is back from its 2007 exhibit at the ISEA International Society of International Artists show in Santa Cruz CA. Mooney is known for her ancient and pre-historic inspired abstract and 3D works. More information is available on her website

A reception will be held Sunday April 6th 2-4 - Kathleen Mooney will do demonstrations of her painting process using her own hand carved stamps of ancient signs and symbols. Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss the inspiration for her books.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

self portrait Janet Krueger

Here's Janet in her La Petite Galleria, aka the powder room at Fire and Water- we don't waste any space! Her self-portrait shows her running and there's a Shakespeare quote in there that I'll have to make note of next time I'm there! She has lovely petite landscapes in there as well.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

self portrait Patti Sevensma

self-portrait Kathleen Mooney

This post and many following are self portraits of Fire and Water women artists presented in honor of women's history month. On Sunday March 16 from 2-4 in the afternoon, we will be having a reception and having readings about the inspirations of women who have shaped us as artists.

self-portrait Virginia Wieringa

self-portrait Karen Godfrey

self-portrait Jan Y Johnson

self-portrait Holli Dey

self-portrait Bonnie Osborne

self-portrait Deidre Wingelaar

self-portraits Jan Upp

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

David Davis

The artists of Fire and Water ART! mourn the loss of our friend David Davis who died last night at the age of 64. His faith in God sustained him through many losses and health challenges. He was a fun filled and knowledgeable teacher of art and a wonderful artist. He was a fixture in Lowell and has influenced and encouraged many budding artists. I will always remember his reference to the color 'chocolate green' and the way he encouraged and teased people to relax into the process of art. He was a very caring person and he will be missed by his many friends and admirers.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Self Portrait

This is an autobiographical collage (and closeups)
by Fire and Water artist
Virginia Wieringa titled

'Vee Gates' (or wie gehts in
German it means What's happening!)


Below is an article from the March 7 Grand Rapids Press about the Women's History Celebration at the gallery.

visionary women

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lowell Regional Winner!!

Best of Show – Fire and Water Artist Bonnie Osborne (Lowell, MI) won best of show with, “Tree Gestures” (Pastel)
Other Fire and Water artists represented are
Deidre Wingelaar, Karen Godfrey, Holli Dey, Kim VandenBerg and Virginia Wieringa.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

March is Women's History month

March is Women's History Month
and we are celebrating BIG at Fire and
Water Art:
"Visionary Women" – This exhibit honors the importance of female
artists in today's society. Women intuitively know how to inspire,
motivate, and pave the way to a better world.
To acknowledge the role that female artists play in today's society,
the artists of Fire and Water Art will be exhibiting their own self-
portraits during the month of March, 2008.
Female artists open the eyes, ears, and minds of society and use art as a therapeutic tool.

The reception will be Sunday, March 16th from 2 to 4pm:
The artists of Fire and Water Art are celebrating the role of female artists to spark engagement with the community and say,
"Stop, you can't walk past this. This is your life!"
Women know how to invite the viewer to be a part of something
greater than themselves and to explore other possibilities. Meet
and greet our very own visionaries from Michigan.
Hear readings about the artists that inspire us.
Participate in making "Women Power" greeting cards.

Tues day, March 25 - "Honoring the Goddess Within"
A Workshop at Fire and Water Gallery - 219 W. Main, Lowell - 6 - 9 pm $45
Pre-registration required - 616-364-7645.
Learn about how pre-historic cultures honored the Goddess and about your own goddess archetypes. Then make clay amulets and beads to honor your Inner Goddess.
Facilitators: Karen Godfrey and Linda Griggs.

Girls' Night Out February 21 5-9 – a fun event!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Deidre Wingelaar- artist of the month

Deidre Wingelaar is the artist of the month for January at Fire and Water ART. This image is called WATER'S EDGE. This image is on page 88 of the Grand Rapids Magazine for January.

There will be a reception at the gallery on Friday, January 18 from 6-8 pm.

Deidre works in water media and does some of her work on paper that she prepares by freezing paint into frost crystals on the paper. This piece was done partly with the help of rubbing alcohol.

She will also have a solo show of her work at Park Church in Grand Rapids from March 5- April 15.


FABRIC OF TIME by Deidre Wingelaar