Support the arts while supporting land protection!

All good things must eventually end, and so it goes for the Art Walk. Please join us for the 10th and Final Art Walk, back where it all began at the popular Wau-Ke-Na, William Erby Smith Preserve. As always, members of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan will set up their easels around the preserve and capture its beauty in paint and pastel.

There will also be
• A plein air art show and sale, making this a great opportunity to buy some original artwork that features this gorgeous corner of the world.
• a plein air painting demonstration by PAAWM artist Jerry Kollig at 1:30 pm

Jerry Kollig’s plein air oil painting “Pond at Wau-Ke-Na South” is the featured painting for August in the current “Painted Sanctuaries” Calendar.

• raffle for an original oil painting by PAAWM’s Richard Jordan
• guided nature hikes
• family-friendly activities.

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a summer day in west Michigan outdoors!

And, if you would like to make a day of it, consider volunteering for the “Take a Monarch to Lunch” Workday, running from 9 am to noon at Wau-Ke-Na.The group will be planting a nectar-rich wayside garden in support of migrating monarch butterflies. Follow this link for all the workday details:

The end of Art Walk and the Painted Sanctuary calendar does NOT spell the end of SWMLC/PAAWM collaborations! Stay tuned for future events involving these two organizations that are both deeply rooted to honoring the natural areas in southwest Michigan.

Saturday, August 26, 12 – 3 pm.

WHERE: Wau-Ke-Na, William Erby Smith Preserve (South Tract), Ganges Twp., Allegan Co.

From US-196/Hwy. 31, take the Glenn exit (exit 30) onto Blue Star Memorial Hwy (aka County Road A2).  Go southwest about half a mile to where 70th St. (aka Adams Rd.) merges with Blue Star Hwy.  Make a hard right turn (north) onto 70th St. and go about half a mile.  The gravel entrance to the preserve will be on the west side of the road.

From Kalamazoo, take M-43 west to South Haven. Turn north (right) onto Blue Star Highway and travel about 12 miles, continuing north through the village of Glenn. The road will fork just beyond Glenn; go straight onto 70th St. (aka Adams Rd./Lakeshore Dr.). Look for Wau-Ke-Na signs on the left (multiple signs and drives). The gravel entrance to the preserve will be on the west side of the road.