The Blue Water Art Association fosters creative expression and exploration for artists; offers opportunities for sharing, learning and advancing artistic skills; and provides a nurturing environment of support to individual artists. Memberships are $40 a year, which includes the following: membership to the Port Huron Council of aging, workshops presented by skilled artists, demonstrations by members, opportunities to work with live models, still-life sessions, a monthly business meeting, "gentle" art critiques from peers, and occasional field trips. Please note: You are welcome to attend meetings before committing to joining.
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The Blue Water Art Association participated in the Art on the River Festival, featuring BWAA artisan Mike Henry and other BWAA artists. The weekend was perfect and many came to enjoy the event!
“Art is very important to me because I believe, as Walt Disney said, a drawing on a napkin or a scrap piece of paper is the beginning of all things we see, touch, and live within our daily lives. This quote made me a believer in the power of the arts. This is why art is important to me and our world.”-Larry Adams
Larry Adams was raised in Troy, Michigan with a father who wanted to become one of the ‘Mad Men’ of advertising in the 50’s and 60’s. While his father never was able to achieve his dream, he filled his home with books and drawings that inspired a young Larry to create art very early on. These books provided answers to questions and taught him skills that helped him improve on his art. In sixth grade Larry worked on a project that introduced him to a true passion. “…a friend of mine and I, worked on a project that involved architectural drawings. That project excited me in all aspects of architecture. Creating, on paper, ideas that I had in my head opened a world of dreams I could live in. From that I did many architectural drawings, including prospective views, of my designs.”
Larry began his formal art training during his youth at art the Cranbrook School of Art in Bloomfield Hills where he took classes for a couple of years. After being sent to Vietnam, it took several years to get back to his passion. He took classes at Macomb Community School for Art and later attended Central Michigan University for engineering. “About 10 years before I retired, I decided I really enjoyed kitchen and bath design and took a course and graduated from Baker College with a degree in that field. The rest of my training throughout my career was hands-on. Art was involved. I worked for the automotive companies throughout the years and did a lot of technical illustration, owner’s manuals tech manuals, and assembly line full color illustrations. Because of my younger years of building models of my designs I was able to start a program that built full-size models of the sheet-metal of new car designs for engineering studies to help them see how the vehicle would be assembled. This job turned out to be the most fun I ever had at work and saw the word “work” dropped from my vocabulary and “fun” became where I went every day.” After retiring, Larry moved to the Village of Lexington into a modest home with a basement that afforded him a space to create a studio where he could make his art.
Larry has been inspired to create art of all types, but watercolor was the medium that he always gravitated to. “I have no real favorite medium, although watercolor is a cleaner media to work in. Because of my background in mechanical drawing, I tend to find buildings give me a subject matter that I particularly enjoy.” Larry likes designing and building the drawings that he has put on paper. Going from paper to the finish piece is why he got so involved with remodeling kitchen and baths from the beginning. When asked about how long it takes for Larry to finish a painting, “Learning when to stop on a drawing or painting is probably the hardest part of being creative. I tend to enjoy putting down on paper an impressionistic interpretation of what I see. Unlike a technical drawing, I only spend a few hours or less to paint a piece of art.” While Larry does not have a particular painting of his that is his favorite, he does tend to appreciate the paintings that remind him of a particular moment in his life.
A member of the Blue Water Art Association for about six or seven years, Larry became a member to surround himself with people that have the same interest in art.