Updated: Jan 27

The South Haven Center for the Arts invites you to help us with our winter mitten project and is excited to share your artwork with the community!

Choose any medium for your mittens, and we ask that the mittens be easy to hang for display in our windows.

We will begin hanging the display during the first week of February, so please do your best to deliver your mittens by February 2, 2021.

There are several options for you to deliver your mittens to the art center:

  • Drop your mittens at Crescent Moon, 317 Broadway, during open hours: Monday 11–5, Thursday 11–8, Friday and Saturday 11–6, Sunday 12–5

  • Drop your mittens anytime into the mail slot at Rock 'n' Road Cycle, 315 Broadway

  • Mail your mittens to the art center at 600 Phoenix St., South Haven, MI 49090

  • Contact us at info@southhavenarts.org if you have any questions or need to coordinate another drop off

If you choose to drop your mittens at Rock 'n' Road or Crescent Moon, please put them into an envelope or Ziploc bag and mark them for the South Haven Center for the Arts. We look forward to seeing your artwork!

From left: Sun and Wave Mittens by Kristin Schultz; A Plethora of Mittens by Joan Bonnette; Zentangle Mitten by Ann Habicht

Thanks to Kristin, Joan, and Ann for their contributions to this winter art project!

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Maris Soule Artist, Author, Teacher

Artist's Website: marissoule.com, Facebook, Pinterest


Maris Soule earned a Bachelor's in Art from UC Davis, and a secondary level teaching degree from UC Berkeley. She taught middle school and high school art for eight years, but now spends most of her time writing novels. Art has become a means of relaxation for Maris, and she’s taken several classes at the South Haven Center for the Arts. She also loves attending SHCA exhibitions to see the work of other artists. Although she started out working in oil, over the years, due to limited space, she has switched to acrylics and watercolors.


I generally work from a photo, but the end result may or may not resemble the photo. I like to experiment with different techniques and surfaces. Space has changed my practice over the years. Whereas I started with oils on large canvases, as my living space has shrunk, so have my paintings. Nature and animals dominate my work, and, of course, paintings of shorelines and sunsets.


For me, it’s a paintbrush, but I’m not picky. Give me pigment, a brush, and a blank surface, and I’m happy.

Paintings by Maris Soule

Maris Soule is a South Haven Center for the Arts artist member. As a benefit of this membership level, we are proud to be featuring artist members on our blog. If you are an artist member and would like to be featured, email us at info@southhavenarts.org. Interesting in becoming an artist member? See more information here: southhavenarts.org/artist-membership.

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South Haven multimedia artist Joan Bonnette joins the 2020 Mistletoe Market Virtual Artist & Artisan Gallery in a flutter of memorial wings.

As does a caterpillar morph into a butterfly, so does found metal in Joan’s hands. Joan works in many mediums, including sculptural butterflies made from rusted metal she finds on South Haven beaches, such as pieces detached from old oil drums that have found their way into Lake Michigan and back.

Designed to hang on a wall, each of these three-dimensional butterflies has a spirit of its own; each representing survivors—those who are still with us, and those who have passed. “We may feel battered and sad and fragile, but we survive and better times are ahead.” In this strange world we now live in, Joan wisely notes that “it [Covid-19] came not to stay, but to pass.”

The butterfly—or Endura—is a theme that began in 1995 and continues to weave its way through Joan’s art.

While at Western Michigan University, where Joan studied printmaking, painting, and other media to earn her MFA, her mother survived a bout of cancer, which led her to conceive the first of thirty “Endura World Spirals.” "My mother was a survivor—she endured and lived to be eighty-seven."

These collaborative butterfly installations have graced the floors of churches, schools, libraries, galleries, and other spaces in Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and many other locations throughout the country. The spirals consist of six-by-six inch butterflies made of every conceivable material that she arranges into intricate works that fill rooms with color, texture, and hope. Some of the spirals contain as many as 500 butterflies made by people from ages two to ninety-six. Through the years she has had contributions from not only the US, but Japan, Australia, and several other countries around the world.

The pieces pictured above are just four of many Endura Joan has to offer for purchase.

Contact Joan directly at joanebon1@gmail.com to purchase an Endura as a gift to memorialize someone in your life. Joan also invites you to her spacious studio to choose one of her unique artworks. Social distancing and masks will be appreciated!

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

The South Haven Center for the Arts thanks Joan for her contribution to the 2020 Mistletoe Market Virtual Artist & Artisan Gallery, and for helping the art center continue to further its mission of enriching our community through the arts.

The 2020 Mistletoe Market Artist & Artisan Gallery was made possible by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, and sponsored by South Haven’s Hardt Insurance and the Edward Jones Office of Paul Hix.

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