Lighthouse art and artists are earning a role in preserving Michigan's seafaring history and future. Across the Great Lakes and the world, lighthouses have long stood as sentinels to the past, present and future. Their role in navigation can be said to have transcended that of the soul of ships to the human spirit itself. We all need a guiding light through the storms and fog of modern life.
Lighthouses are fertile ground for capturing the imagination of our youth. Their symbolism can inspire and provoke young minds to greater heights than sitting zombie-like in front of a TV, texting on a phone or playing video games. Lighthouses stand as symbols of courageous men, their undaunted work ethic, and the rugged individualism that helped found Michigan and our nation. It is only with this kind of free spirit that modern man, woman and children can rise above complacency and usher in a future greater than our present and past. Our modern softness of heart is certainly a blessing, but should not be accompanied by a softness of mind, body and spirit.
Artists have long played a major role in preserving the past and looking outward to building the future. Through their stories, photographs and paintings, one can be transported in time. One can be inspired by the past to dream of the future. Lighthouse art like the lighthouses of Michigan and the World, are stalwart beacons to be, do and have a brighter tomorrow.
Rather than go into a long description and listing of our great state's artists, I will refer you to this website: michiganlighthouseguide where many artists have already been compiled and listed through the wonderful work of Marge Ellenberger of Onaway, Michigan.
I hope you take the time to peruse this website.
Painting of Crisp Point light by Richard Rensberry
I am a strong advocate of helping those in our Michigan community, and supporting our artists is no exception. I will buy a potter's pot made down the road before I'd even walk through the door of a Walmart or any other corporate box store. Shopping local and spending my money on products made with homespun pride and care is vastly more important than the price. And even the the greater cost can be minimal or often as not, nonexistent.
Painting of Holland Light by Richard Rensberry
Lighthouse Series of books available from my Online Bookstore
Lighthouse art available at Fine Art America