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Artist Lou Heiser opened the exhibition VISTAS OF MICHIGAN  Sunday, October 4, 2015.  We have more paintings now on display of his oil paintings based on his home "up north".  Come visit!

Lou Heiser with Roy Saper
Artist Lou Heiser and gallery owner Roy Saper in the framing department of Saper Galleries holding the painting Daybreak Sky.


Heiser banner on Saper Galleries building
Banner wrapped around the upper level of the Saper Galleries building in downtown East Lansing, Michigan.
Lou Heiser was born in Chicago, Illinois (1938) where he attended The Chicago Art Institute, and later studied oil painting at the University of Illinois while pursuing an architectural  degree.

He has had a long career of about 30 years in Chicago as an illustrator working for advertising agencies and studios, ultimately owning a small studio.  As an illustrator, Lou worked with and became friends with many illustrators that are currently considered to be some of the best fine artists in the country.  Lou and his wife, Lynn, divide their year between Leelanau County, Michigan and Tucson, Arizona.

At this exhibition you will enjoy the artist's striking use of color to depict what he observes from the lookouts, hills, rivers, dunes, fields, roads, and farm country in the northwestern area of Michigan's lower peninsula.  You are certain to be taken by Lou Heiser's unique portrayal of some of Michigan's lesser known scenes from the eyes of a true artist who captures those moments when light and majesty highlight the Vistas of Michigan.

We hope to welcome you to see the Lou Heiser paintings here in person.

                         ~ Roy Saper
Roy
                  Saper, jennifer, Lou Heiser at the exhibition oeping
Roy Saper, framing manager Jennifer, artist Lou Heiser at the exhibition opening October 4, 2015.


"Illustration was a wonderful experience and training ground for my current landscape painting. Unencumbered by deadlines as an illustrator, oil painting offers many freedoms including a third dimension of texture and brushwork. While I enjoy painting on location for its teaching aspects, I prefer studio painting where less visual scenery forces more imagination and design."


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A sample from the exhibition of Lou Heiser paintings on display right now!
Fall
Fall Just Happens
I came around a corner and had to stop when I saw these three horses at the end of a long shadow, just catching some light on their backs.  The shadow was caused by a large pine that didnít work in an earlier study, so I replaced the pine tree with a colorful maple in a rolling foreground.
Oil painting on board, 24 x 24"
Sorry, sold for $2,900 framed

Cedars Tangled
Cedars Tangled

Oil painting on canvas, 20 x 16"
$1,600 framed

Sun Washed
Sun Washed
On a particularly bright day while hiking Sleeping Bear point near Glen Arbor (in northern Michigan), I noticed a group of young Poplars hanging on a slope that dropped off to the big lake.  I painted a yellow sky to capture the intensity of the sun.

Oil painting on canvas, 16 x 20"

$1,900 framed


Crystal Flats
Crystal Flats
While the Crystal River is one of the most crooked in northern Michigan, it widens at one point creating a flat area of reflected trees along the shoreline.  The river is more like a still pond in this section.

Oil painting on canvas, 16 x 20"

$1,600 framed

Miller Outlook
Miller Hill Lookout
The lookout, created by power lines is the small slash in the distant hill at the left of the painting. Many people drive up there for views of the sunsets, but miss the intimate Tucker Lake below with its beavers and eagles.

Oil painting on canvas, 16 x 20"
$1,900 framed

Glow of
                  Pink
Glow of Pink
Iím always attracted to farm settings on hilltops silhouetted against the sky.  This scene was at dusk, and very grey so I added a pink sun-setting sky, and tossed some color into the buildings.
 
Oil painting on canvas, 20 x 20"
Sorry, sold for $2,000 framed

Broken Path
Broken Path
The always shifting sand in the (northern Michigan) Sleeping Bear Dunes seems to alter trails and paths daily.  Beach grass and other vegetation attempt to hold their ground, but the constant winds usually prevail.
 
Oil painting on canvas, 11 x 14"
$1,000 framed

Starlit Harbor Springs
Starlit Harbor Springs
Harbor Springs is a beautiful little town in far northwest Michigan's lower peninsula. A street up the hill to the north with grand Victorian houses overlooks the town and bay, and at nightfall everything sparkles.

Oil painting on canvas, 30 x 30"
Sorry, sold for $2,400 framed

Sky
                  in the River
Sky in the River
The Kelderhouse/Brammer grist mill dating from  mid-1800s is located on the Crystal River near Glen Arbor in northern Michigan.  Painted against a western sky reflecting in the beautiful river, I never tire of painting sky and water.
 
Oil painting on canvas, 20 x 16"
$1,900 framed

Neither Day or Night
Neither Day or Night
The sun just dropped below the tree line, spilling through onto the field. This was the setting for this farm on South Lake Leelanau (Michigan).  Since the farmhouse was abandoned, I decided to paint it with a ghost-like appearance. 

Oil painting on canvas, 24 x 18"

Sorry, sold for $1,900 framed

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Two Fields
While roaming Leelanau County, I photographed and sketched two horses in an open field.  Later, I happened upon these two fields and decided to paint the horses in the lower field.  Trees were just starting to turn.
 
Oil painting on canvas, 20 x 20"
$2,000 framed
Carsten
                  Burfiend Field
Carsten Burfiend Field
Plein-air painting of this historic farm of the first settlers of Port Oneida. In 1862 a dock was built off this farm land, and the community was named Port Oneida after the first steamship to arrive, the SS Oneida.

Oil painting on canvas, 12 x 9"
$950 framed

Seasonal
                    Road
Seasonal Road
Leelanau County, Michigan has miles of seasonal roads which means they are not plowed during the winter which averages 110 inches of snow.  This road is in the park system near the town of Empire.

Oil painting on canvas, 12 x 9"
Sorry, sold for $950
Clouds Born of the Sky
Clouds Born of the Sky
Clouds are my favorite subject, and I had to paint this view of Harbor Springs (Michigan) main street with the iconic church steeple at the end of the street. Itís a storybook setting and the clouds seem to grow from nowhere. 

Oil painting on canvas, 20 x 20"

$2,000 framed


Hint of
                  Fall Climb
Hint of Fall Climb
  With South Manitou Island in the background, this dunescape was the location for our dear friend's daughter's September wedding last year.

Oil painting on canvas, 12 x 9"
Sorry, sold for $950 framed

Buffalo
                  Clouds
Buffalo Clouds
The wonderful watercolorist, Buffalo Kaplinski sent this cloud picture to me that was taken at his Colorado ranch.  I couldn't resist adding to it a dunescape at Sleeping Bear Point trail.

Oil painting on canvas, 20 x 16"
Sorry, sold for $1,700 framed


Acadia
French for Heaven on Earth.   North Bar Lake as it empties into Lake Michigan.  View is from Stocking Drive, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park.

Oil painting on canvas, 18 x 24"
$1,900 framed

Wet Alligator
Wet Alligator
Alligator Hill is part of a narrow strip of land separating Sleeping Bear Bay of Lake Michigan from Glen Lake. This is the location for the town of Glen Arbor.

Oil painting on canvas, 16 x 20"
Sorry, sold for $1,700 framed

Angle of Repose
Angle of Repose
The approximate 45 degree angle when sand begins to slide forever changing the dunescape, burying and unburying trees and dune grass.  Some trees that are exposed years later appear as petrified wood.

Oil painting on canvas, 8 x 10"
$850 framed

Shalda Creek
Shalda Creek
Named for a family still living nearby, the creek meanders from Little Traverse Lake to where it empties into Good Harbor Bay of Lake Michigan.

Oil painting on canvas, 12 x 9"
Sorry, sold for $950 framed

Dune Climb
Dune Climb
Above the popular dune climb near Stocking Drive is this view of Little and Big Glen Lake, considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Oil painting on canvas, 20 x 16"
Sorry, sold for $1,700 framed
Barelimbed Birch
Barelimbed Birch
 
The beautiful crystal river as it snakes from Little Fisher Lake to Lake Michigan.

Oil painting on canvas, 24 x 18"
Sorry, sold for $1,900 framed
Poplars
                  Hanging On
Poplars Hanging On
 
Near Glen Haven along Sleeping Bear Point trail, many trees, mostly poplars, never reach maturity because of winds and constantly shifting sands.

Oil painting on canvas, 18 x 24"
Sorry, sold for $1,900 framed
Daybreak Sky
Daybreak Sky
Sleeping Bear trail view towards South Manitou Island.  The dunescape is like being on another planet, and changes dramatically in just months.

Oil painting on canvas, 16 x 20"
Sorry, sold for $1,700 framed

Martin
                  Basch Farm
Martin Basch Farm
Plein-air painting of this historic farm located in Port Oneida Rural historic district of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park.

Oil painting on canvas, 9 x 12"
Sorry, sold for $950 framed
Walls of Blossoms
Walls of Blossoms
Somewhere in the middle of Leelanau County above Suttons Bay at the end of an unused gravel road.  The land was probably added to adjoining orchard because the home was actually abandoned.

Oil painting on canvas, 18 x 24"
Sorry, sold for $1,900 framed

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