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"Paint the Waterways" art gallery

A water scene with a dark dune hiding a vibrant sunset.

"Paint the Waterways" art gallery

Experience boating through a new lens

The Great Lakes Plein Air Painters Association has put an artistic spin on today’s boating system with “Paint the Waterways.” As the 75th anniversary of Michigan's waterways program comes to a close, we invite you to enjoy a year's worth of paintings.

The group’s “open air” style of painting is an art form created by French Impressionists that encourages the practice of painting landscapes outside the four walls of a studio. The 75th celebration has given us an opportunity to look back and highlight Michigan boating through several lenses, including a paintbrush and canvas.

You can also see the exhibit in person Nov. 7-Dec. 9 at the Michigan History Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo St. in downtown Lansing.

Click on the photo to find artist information, medium and a link to purchase the art. All original artwork is for sale through the online gallery, with 25% of proceeds going to support cultural interpretation in Michigan state harbors.