Glen Arbor Arts Center unveils 2021 Manitou Music poster

From staff reports

South Haven, Mich., artist Susan L. Anderson’s Glen Lake Splendor is the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s (GAAC) iconic 2021 Manitou Music poster image.

Anderson was on her annual visit to Glen Arbor when she stopped the car to shoot Glen Lake’s photograph. “The variating depths in vivid turquoise of the shimmering water and the way the sun illuminated the tall pines surrounding in sunlight” mesmerized her, she said. In Glen Lake Splendor she attempted to capture the beauty of that afternoon. 

The Manitou Music concert series, one of the GAAC’s summer highlights, is paused for 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Having grown up under a naval commander father, Anderson saw much of the United States as her family moved to the various military bases around the country. Her early years were laced with family trips and picnics in national parks. Anderson’s appreciation for art found in nature was fostered by parents who exemplified the love of nature and beauty. Watercolor and colored pencil have been her most practiced mediums but she is currently working in oil painting.

Anderson’s painting, selected by the GAAC’s Manitou Music Poster Committee, was one of 27 artists’ entries. The poster competition is open to all GAAC members. Applications for the 2022 poster competition can be found online here beginning in May. Deadline for submissions is mid-September.

Copies of the 2021 poster will be available in the spring, both online here and the GAAC office, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.