Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Saugatuck Art Colony – Inside a Summer School of Painting in Michigan, 1949

Saugatuck is a small lakeside town in Michigan with a population of around 925. Originally a lumber town and port, it became a noted art colony and tourist destination in the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century.

According to Messy Nessy Chic, Saugatuck has been linked with painters and sculptors since 1910, when the Art Institute of Chicago opened an artists’ camp there. More recently, the former artists’ colony of Saugatuck has become a premier Michigan resort destination, compared to as the “Cape Cod of the West”.

Loomis Dean’s photostory follows a summer school of painting that probably no longer is exists, but for a brief moment in 1949, it looked like an artist’s paradise…

(Photos by Loomis Dean/LIFE archives, via Messy Nessy Chic)

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