Focusing on the local charm of southwest Michigan, artist Annie Hickman has created a colorful and whimsical collection of 65 acrylic paintings depicting her favorite spots in Three Oaks, Michigan, and nearby towns.
The works will be at the Vickers Theater, 6 N. Elm Street in Three Oaks, Michigan. Opened on June 30, the show will remain open during theater hours until the end of August. Each painting will sell for $50 with proceeds going directly to the Vickers Theater.
Hickman spent several days camping out sketching the buildings and the park with the cannon and gazebo. She has developed her own techniques which combine the use of black permanent markers and acrylic paint on inexpensive stretched canvas, making the works unique yet affordable.
“Living near Three Oaks has given me the opportunity to focus my art on the community I see every day,” said Annie Hickman of Harbert, Michigan. “I’m so inspired by buildings and parks that I enjoyed many childhood memories here: shopping for school clothes, going to the beach, bakeries and the park.”
Hickman’s art has evolved from performance art with her handmade wickerwork costumes to these acrylic paintings that depict her personality and love for these buildings. “Some of them seem lost in time, but I see the poetry and elegance in their sheer grandeur,” she added.
The Vickers Theater has a history of exhibits featuring art of community interest.