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1953 After the Home Town Art Exhibit's successful run upstairs at the Saugatuck Village Hall, local artist Nat Steinberg proposes in a letter to the Commercial Record that local artists continue to work together.  An organizing meeting, briefly interrupted by a raccoon on the stairs, is held September 4, 1953 upstairs at the Village Hall and Jean Goldsmith, local potter, painter, and former school art teacher, is elected the first president.
1954

Winter of 1953-1954.  Jean Goldsmith teaches painting and ceramics to several ladies in her home.

December 16, 1954 - The first regular monthly business meeting of the Saugatuck Douglas Art Club was held.

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June 15, 1955 - A 10' x 40' canvas panorama, showing the Saugatuck area as it was in the 1830s, was painted by members of the Saugatuck Douglas Art Club as their contribution to the Village's 125th anniversary.

October 11, 1955 - Club is addressed by Helen Corlett, who spoke about how to paint.  May Francis Heath, taking minutes, wrote "Surely our Art Club is something to enjoy and of which to be proud and we see for it a future growth."

1956 Sept. 11, 1956 - Winnie Brady elected president.
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1958 Sept. 9, 1958 - Ruth Turner elected president.
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1961 January 10, 1961 - Jean Goldsmith again president.
1962 Sept. 11, 1962 - Dorothy Helmuth elected president.
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1964 Sept. 14, 1964 - Jean Goldsmith and Pansy Emmert elected joint presidents.
1965 The annual calendar (for 1966) is first published as a fundraiser.  The effort is led by a committee consisting of Claire Allen, Janet Van Oss, Peggy Boyce.  Over the next forty-seven years over seven hundred unique drawings of local scenes by local artists will be published.
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1988 The Art Club, through the efforts of Helen Van Mell, erects a memorial in honor of Saugatuck resident and puppeteer Burr Tillstrom in Saugatuck's Village Square Park.
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2008 Cathie Moore and Jane Van Dis, art fair chairs for many years, organize their final season of the Waterfront Invitational Art Fair and Village Square Art and Fine Crafts Fair.
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2011 The work of the Saugatuck Douglas Art Club is commemorated in an exhibit at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts from June to August, 2011.  Called "In Perspective: The Legacy of the Saugatuck Douglas Art Club" it shows artwork by founders and important members, the careers and contributions of scholarship students, and a glimpse of work by current members.  Two gallery talks accompany the exhibit -- by Jane Van Dis on the early history of the Club and by Peggy Boyce on the history of the calendars.
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2013 The City of Saugatuck issues a mayor's proclamation honoring the Saugatuck Douglas Art Club on its 60th anniversary.

 

   
     

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