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Enjoy the art at the Gallery

The Gallery at Harbor Shores features a rotation of select Michigan Artists. Located on the mezzanine level of the resort, as well as select public spaces throughout The Inn. The Gallery is a thoughtful curation dedicated not only to supporting local artist but to enhancing your overall experience at The Inn.

Art has been a large focus at The Inn from the very beginning. In addition to ditching the standard hotel prints and supporting the regional art community, we have also incorporated some of the local history of this area.

Featured Artist 

Robin Maxon Watercolors 

About the Artist 

Robin is a graphic designer by trade and an artist at heart. Born in Greenville, Michigan, her family fostered her interest in art at a very young age. Eventually she studied art at Central Michigan University, then received her Commercial Art & Design degree from Indiana Vocational Technical College, South Bend, Indiana. Robin worked as an art director for an ad agency, then as a newspaper staff artist before starting my own graphic design business in 1987.

Although Robin has dabbled with several different media, watercolor took center stage after attending a series of workshops with established watercolorists Joseph Fettingus and Terry Armstrong. They demonstrated the joy and challenge of controlling (or not) the watercolor medium to get different results, using various techniques of applying paint, and adding other mediums for special effects.

When Robin paints she attempts to capture the light and color of something common, natural or unexpected. Robin appreciates the beauty of a simple moment or expression, and the play of light on the subject. Her graphic design background has influenced her painting style to have an illustrative component with more emphasis on realism, although she sometimes incorporate some abstract elements to keep it fun. Robin photographs subjects that have particular interest to her and enjoys the process of creating a composition, sometimes using several images for one painting.  Ultimately, she hopes the viewer will enjoy my attempt at capturing the emotion and expression of a subject, and that it might remind them to observe these simple moments in their own lives.

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