Inn at Harbor Shores unveils fall art show

Published 8:11 am Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Summer Jewel," a pastel painting by Susan Henshaw (Submitted photo)

“Summer Jewel,” a pastel painting by Susan Henshaw (Submitted photo)

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. —The Gallery in The Inn at Harbor Shores is proud to host an artist reception featuring selected oils and pastels by Susan M. Henshaw and ceramic works by Lynne Tan in an exhibition titled: Fluid Movement, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. This exhibition will be on view through Jan. 2, 2016.

Both artists incorporate organic use of shapes and lines in different ways: natural rounded abstract forms based on those found in nature much like fractals are seen in the work of Lynne Tan. Flowing waves of Susan Henshaw capture the movement of water and freeze that motion and allow the viewer to examine the detail of the fluid nature of that element.

The Gallery at Harbor Shores celebrates the talents of these artists and exclusively showcases Michigan artists in the rotating exhibits located on the second floor of The Inn at Harbor Shores. The art program has two components; a permanent collection displayed in rooms and public areas and rotating exhibitions in the Gallery curated by Susan Wilczak. The Gallery at Harbor Shores is open to the public and art on display is available for purchase.


Susan M. Henshaw

As a lifetime resident of Union Pier, Michigan, much of my inspiration has been influenced by the 30 acres I grew up on. As a child, I had free reign to explore the fields, woodlands, waters and plant life that is our property. On solitary journeys, I would also venture to the Galien River and other areas that surrounded Lake Michigan.

To express my reaction to these wonders I work in several mediums including, Pastel, Oil and Drawing. “I have an extraordinarily profound world of things to paint.

Each day, the world changes. Each day, I am a different person. Each day, I am a different artist.”

‘The Waves of Lake Michigan have always drawn me to the edge of the shoreline in fascination. There, I get lost in their magnificent and gentle beauty and sometimes frightening power. The Lake is ever-changing and each wave that comes to the shore is unique. The shapes of the waves reflect the Catalyst of the winds and the myriad of the water’s colors change with the atmosphere. They can gently glide shimmering over the shoreline or forcefully churn sand and rock into chaos. At other times the surface is a smooth mirror of the sky.”

A self-taught artist, Susan has held many solo shows and is part of several permanent corporate and private collections. Over the years she has received many juried awards for her pastels, paintings and photography. Susan has also had the honor of being chosen as an Artist-in-Residence at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountains State Park, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.


Lynne Tan

Lynne grew up in Singapore and was educated at the University of Oxford, England, receiving a doctorate in experimental psychology. While teaching psychology, she discovered clay and it was love at first touch. “My life is put on hold when I play with clay. It is the one activity that engages me so totally my thoughts are simply unable to wander. I dream a shape and I have to make it. I typically throw my pieces on the potters’ wheel, and then find new ways to subtly reshape them into more fluid and organic forms — forms that can stand alone, but also fit and flow quietly with each other as part of a larger installation. For me, beauty lies in undecorated simplicity — in the final forms, as well as in the design and execution of each form.”

Lynne has exhibited her functional pottery and sculpture installations nationally in cities such as Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Baltimore; regionally at galleries and art festivals; and locally at the Chartreuse Arts Co-op on State St. In 2013, Lynne was awarded “Best of Category in Clay-Functional” at the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. Her studio is in the Box Factory for the Arts in St Joseph.


About Harbor Shores

Harbor Shores is Lake Michigan’s first beach, golf, and waterfront community, located 90 minutes east of Chicago in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Michigan. The community’s central amenity is an 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, host of the 2012, 2014, 2016, & 2018 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Harbor Shores features a full calendar of events and world-class amenities, including The Inn at Harbor Shores, a deep-water marina, a full service spa, health and fitness center and a public river walk connecting to 12 miles of recreational trails and rivers, acres of parks, green spaces and Lake Michigan. Harbor Shores will be home to nearly 500 residences, including charming cottages, signature homes, town homes and condominiums. Current real estate opportunities include golf and riverfront home sites, riverfront cottages, golf view homes and condominiums.

For more information contact The Gallery at Harbor Shores Curator, Susan Wilczak at or (269) 449-3231