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Maas Family Nature Preserve

June 8, 2017

Today was my first outing of Preserved! 2017 at the Maas Family Nature Preserve near Rockford, MI.  Started two paintings in the field which I will complete in the studio.  Wild lupine were in bloom and the evening shadows were long and dramatic.

Preserved! 2017

June 5, 2017

I have been selected as one of the 2017 artists for the Preserved!

During the spring, summer, and fall, participating artists will be visiting the Land Conservancy’s protected properties to create their art outdoors. Their experiences and work will be shared on the Land Conservancy’s blog and at live demo events throughout the season.

In October and November, the art that is created through the Preserved! program will be shown in two exhibits – first at LaFontsee Gallery in Douglas, MI and then at The Harris Building, in Grand Rapids, MI.

Preserved! is an opportunity for artists, nature lovers, and the greater community to join together to experience and celebrate the land that surrounds us in West Michigan. Together, we can further preserve these special places for future generations.

Funding for this program has been generously provided by the Wege Foundation.

Become a Patron

January 18, 2017

Do you appreciate my art?
If so, I would like to introduce my new crowd sourcing project through Patreon.

Patreon is the best way for creators to earn ongoing revenue directly from their fans.

Join my creator’s community and help pay for the stuff you love. The amount can be as little as $5 per month towards my creative endeavors and get the satisfaction of being a true art patron.

In appreciation you for your support, you will receive special art rewards along the way.

Sound interesting? Follow this link to my Patreon page for more information and thank you.

Tanglefoot 25th Anniversary Studio Sale

October 20, 2016


Friday, November 18 (5 – 9 p.m.) and Sunday, November 20, (noon – 5 p.m.)
Tanglefoot Building, 314 Straight Ave SW, Grand Rapids 49504
Door K (Door M for Handicap Access)

Tanglefoot Artists’ Open Studio Event: Celebrating 25 Years of Creativity & Community features ten artists in seven distinctly different studios, three of them new this year! The public is invited to join the fun with family and friends.

This quarter century anniversary milestone is a special celebration for West Michigan and the 10 artists showcasing their talents this year: Elaine Dalcher, Nikki Wall, Michael Pfleghaar, Jeff Condon, Alynn Guerra, Jason Villareal, Carlos Aceves, Tommy Allen, Cathy Marashi, and Gretchen Deems.

Artwork Featured in Arcadia Magazine

September 11, 2016



The cover and a 12 image portfolio of paintings and digital work is featured in the fall 2016 issue of Arcadia Magazine.

New Belgium Brewing Co Detroit Cruiser Art Bike

August 14, 2016


We asked artists across the country to give us their own take on our 25th Anniversary cruiser from Detroit Bikes.

Exhibitions and News

June 8, 2015

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Saatchi Art

February 1, 2015

My artwork is now represented by Saachi Art online.

Ox-Bow’s first Community Supported Arts Program

July 20, 2014

22" x 15" color silk screen print with acrylic and spray paint, edition of 20 for Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency CSA

Ox-Bow’s CSA utilizes the familiar Community Supported Agriculture model, but instead of connecting people with local farmers, we connect you with local artists. As a part of the region’s cultural infrastructure, Ox-Bow’s CSA aims to advance the work of local artists and encourages the engagement of West Michigan residents with the artists in their community. Ox-Bow has commissioned 4 West Michigan artists to participate in this year’s CSA.

Buy your share here:

A very special thank you to Dave and Judy Geerts for their generosity in underwriting this program that increases opportunities for local artists.


Shifting Landscapes: Selected Works by Michael Pfleghaar

June 10, 2014


Kendall College of Art and Design
The Fed Galleries, Woodbridge N. Ferris Building
17 Pearl St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
June 19–July 19, 2014

Drawing parallels to regional painters from the past century, Shifting Landscapes presents the medium-bending work of Michael Pfleghaar alongside selections from KCAD’s expansive Gordon Collection. Existing somewhere between representation and abstraction and inspired by modern design, Pfleghaar’s process of deletion, isolation and exaggeration moves his work beyond traditional painting by melding paint, canvas, and utilitarian three-dimensional forms into new physical objects.

The Lake Effect: Contemporary Art at Ox-Bow

June 10, 2014

Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver Street
Saugatuck, MI 49453

June 12 – August 23
M-F, 9AM – 5PM and during Mason Street Warehouse performances
Opening Night Reception: Thursday, June 12. 6-8PM.

The exhibition was conceived as an opportunity to highlight the work of Ox Bow’s summer instructors, thus giving form to the current ideas and approaches that are pervasive throughout Ox-Bow’s campus and studios today. They will share stories of the current Ox-Bow community, e.g. trends, ideas, concepts, and projects that help the viewer understand our contemporary vision and mission.  Works in this show will include painting and drawing, glass, ceramics, metals, new media, print media, and more.

Many people think of Ox-Bow in terms of its history in the Saugatuck/Douglas area, but it is also a place where contemporary art thrives, and future cultural developments emerge. Because of Ox-Bow, artists from all over the globe have spent time in the Saugatuck/Douglas area, and think of the time that was spent in this region as a pivotal to their thinking and production.


September 8, 2013

I was selected for a five week fall residency at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency in Saugatuck, MI and awarded full scholarship and stipend by the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

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