Art Association hosts oils and watercolor artists

gallery shows-2013 image b. cochranFrom staff reports

The Glen Arbor Art Association exhibits paintings by Barbara Doepke Cochran, Aug. 9-11 at the Art Association, 6031 S. Lake St. Cochran spends her time painting in the Chicago area, Boca Grand, Florida and nearby Maple City. After graduating from Principia College with an art major, she continued her art education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She pursued a career in graphic design for news shows, specials and was awarded a Chicago Emmy for an animated film. In recent years she has returned to painting oils and watercolors. The exhibit opens with an Aug. 9 reception from 6-9 p.m. Subsequent hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Oral Carper and Harriett Mittelberger, both watercolor artists, will hold exhibits, Aug. 16-18 at the Art Association. Carper is a retired Air Force colonel with 33 years of service. He has been painting for a decade and is vice president for the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society. Through his paintings he hopes to add more color to the lives of those who view his work and inspire them to see the beauty in the world. He has a seasonal home near Interlochen. Mittelberger, who lives near Empire, grew up in northern Michigan where her relatives still live on the farms that inspire her. She loves nature and using watercolor with its unique capabilities of being translucent or opaque. It is her medium of choice for capturing northern Michigan’s lakes, fields, farms and vistas. Friday’s opening reception runs from 6-9 p.m; the exbibit runs Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Art Association will exhibit paintings and drawings by Chicago artist Alex Helfers, Aug. 23-25. Helfers has been drawing and painting since he could first hold a pencil. He received formal training in illustration and graphic design at Washington University in St. Louis before embarking on a career in the advertising industry, having created campaigns for a variety of Fortune 500 clients and the NFL Super Bowl. After a post-college painting hiatus, Helfers picked up his brushes with a renewed focus on oil painting. His painting “D.H. Day Barn” won the 2013 Manitou Music Festival poster competition. Friday is the opening reception from 6-9 p.m.; subsequent hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Helfers’s website is

For more information about these exhibits, call (231) 334-6112.