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March 16, 2014 Towne Courier article on Kathleen Chaney Fritz exhibition


The Art of Kathleen Chaney Fritz - Michigan at its Very Best! opened Sunday, May 3, 2009 at East Lansing, Michigan's Saper Galleries.  At the opening reception Kathleen personally dedicated artwork purchased that day and the delightful children's books she illustrated, Gitchi Gumme and Tears of Mother Bear.  Since that exhibition, Kathleen  has created many new oil paintings shown on this page.  Many of her limited editions are still available.  Please contact us with any questions about availability.  Thank you!

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If you have enjoyed the many splendors of Michigan: boating on the Great Lakes and bicycling Mackinac Island, climbing the sand dunes at Sleeping Bear, dipping toes in the crystalline water and fine sand beaches at Leland, touring the vineyards at Grand Traverse, fishing near sunset at Harbor Springs, enjoying the resorts at Charlevoix, watching the waves break at the Grand Haven lighthouse, and feeling the power of the thunderous Tahquamenon Falls, then you will delight in visiting this exhibition.

Kathleen, one of Michigan’s most talented artists, is particularly noted for capturing so beautifully and perfectly the essence of Michigan as we all enjoy it.  From a solitary rowboat amidst the lake grass to sailboats returning at dusk, trillium and lilies from our woods and backyards, children playing on the beach, apples picked fresh off the tree, the art of Kathleen Chaney Fritz reminds us of the days of our youth and summer vacations with our children.

Her imagery is timeless; her paintings awaken the senses and allow us to revel in the beauty that is unique to our Great Lakes State.  Enjoy Michigan at its very best through the eyes of a real treasure, Michigan painter extraordinaire, Kathleen Chaney Fritz.

A graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design, Kathleen worked for many years as a free-lance illustrator, honing her skills in drawing and her ability to quickly deliver on a variety of projects.  In 1986, following the overwhelming success of her first poster, a commemorative watercolor for the prestigious Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair, Kathleen began to focus on her career in fine arts.  

Although the scenes depicted in a Chaney Fritz painting may be familiar -- Michigan sand dunes, boats on the Great Lakes and carriages on Mackinac Island, as examples -- each painting is an original composition rather than a photographic rendering.  "They still have the brush strokes of the painter," said one art critic.

It is Kathleen's vision and her eloquent portraits of the Michigan scenes she enjoys that are so captivating by those fortunate enough to see or own them.  She displays amazing talent in capturing with paint and brush the feelings she senses and wishes to share.  The water reflections, the shadows, the brilliant sun, the textures of flower petals, amazing vistas all come to life in the paintings by Kathleen Chaney Fritz.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to enjoy a large selection of original oil paintings and limited editions at The Art of Kathleen Chaney Fritz - Michigan at its Very Best!
~ Roy Saper  

Kathleen Chaney Fritz at Saper
                                Galleries
Kathleen Chaney Fritz in front of a large display of her original oil paintings as exhibited in the west gallery at East Lansing, Michigan's Saper Galleries, October 3, 2011.
Chaney Fritz Exhibition Opening
The Kathleen Chaney Fritz opening reception with Nell Kuhnmuench, Jay Saper, Roy Saper, Nathalie, Jennifer, artist Kathleen Chaney Fritz and John Fritz, May 3, 2009.


Good news!  Now on display and available for acquisition are dozens of small, limited edition giclees by Kathleen Chaney Fritz, ranging from small desktop "mini" framed prints (5 1/2" square) at $19.95, shrink-wrapped prints at only $30, small matted prints that fit 8x10" frames for only $40, mini-prints framed for table tops at only $49, and small prints framed for wall display for only $95.  Three dozen images are available including most of those on this page -- plus many others.  Do let us know as you have questions about available images!

New Original Paintings!

Please click on images to see them in a larger size
.
If you like them here, imagine what they are like in person!

The Kite
                  Flyers
New! > The Kite Flyers
Original palette knife oil painting on canvas
35 x 42"   
18 x 24" limited edition print is $225
The original oil painting is also available!


Dune
New! > Dune
Original palette knife oil painting on canvas
30 x 40"

18 x 24" limited edition print is $225
The original oil painting is also available!



Arch Rock, Mackinac
                  Island
New! > Arch Rock
Mackinac Island, Michigan
  Original palette knife oil painting on canvas
24 x 30"   
$4,500 framed

Pictured Rocks
New! > Pictured Rocks
Lake Superior Shoreline, Upper Michigan
  Original palette knife oil painting on canvas
40 x 36"   
Sorry, sold for $8,000 framed

Silent Night
New! > Silent Night
  Original palette knife oil painting on canvas
18 x 24"
  $2,800 framed
Snow on the
                  Pumpkin
New! > Snow on the Pumpkin
  Original palette knife oil painting on canvas
18 x 24"
  $2,800 framed

Abstract
  
Sailing
  Original oil painting on canvas, 36 x 36"
Gallery wrapped canvas edges

Sorry, sold for $1,800
Carmen
New! > Carmen
  Original oil painting on canvas, 36 x 36"
Gallery wrapped canvas edges
Reduced to $1,800
Sienna and
                    Blue
New! > Sienna and Blue
  Original oil painting on canvas, 48 x 36"
Gallery wrapped canvas edges
$1,600

Crossing
                  the Straits
Crossing the Straits
An amazing original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 60" plus frame
Sorry, sold for $12,000 framed. 
Quite an impressive painting!

Now available as a limited edition print on canvas or paper:

30 x 60" $750 on canvas (Also available enhanced by the artist)
20 x 40" $395 on canvas (Also available enhanced by the artist)
15 x 30" $225 on paper
10 x 20" $95 on paper

The Way to
                    the Bay
 
The Way to the Bay
  Original oil painting on canvas
36 x 36"
Gallery wrapped canvas edges
Sorry, sold for $1,800

Also available as a giclee print on paper
$140 for 16 x 16"
$395 for 32 x 32"
Walloon Lake
Walloon Lake
Original oil painting on canvas, 9 x 12"

Sorry, sold for $950 framed

Walloon Lake framed
A Great Sailing Day
A Great Sailing Day
Original oil painting on canvas, 11 x 14"

$1,500
framed
Great Sailing Day framed

Reenactment Day
Reenactment Day
Original oil painting on canvas, 36 x 27"

$9,000
framed

Now also available as a limited edition print on paper:

18 x 24" $225 on paper
12 x 16"   $95 on paper

Reenactment Day framed

Skimming the Coast
Skimming the Coast
Original oil painting on canvas, 11 x 14"

$1,800
framed


Skimming the Coast framed
Squash Blossoms gramed
Squash Blossoms
Original oil painting on canvas, 8 x 8"
$450 framed

Charlevoix Shoreline
Charlevoix Shoreline
Original oil painting on canvas, 8 x 10"
$950 framed

Tulips and Tafetta
Tulips and Tafetta
Original oil painting on canvas,
14 x 14"
$1,200
Hollyhocks
Hollyhocks
Original oil painting on canvas, 12 x 9"
$850 framed

South
                    Haven Lighthouse
  
South Haven Lighthouse
(South Haven, Michigan)
Original oil painting on canvas
, 11 x 14"
Sorry, sold for $1,500 framed

Amethyst Sky
Amethyst Sky
Original oil painting on canvas, 5 x 7"
Sorry, sold for $350 framed
An Evenng in Late October
An Evening in October
Original oil painting on canvas
, 9 x 12"
$2,000 framed

After the Squall
  After the Squall
Original oil painting on canvas, 12 x 16"
$1,800 framed
Chateau Chantal South View
Chateau Chantal (south view)
Grand Traverse Peninsula
Original oil painting on canvas, 36 x 48"
The original has sold for $8,500 framed
 
Also available as a limited edition and poster
$750 as a giclee on canvas 36 x 48" (also available enhanced by the artist)
$295 for the 18 x 24" size

Chateau
                    Chantal north view
Chateau Chantal (north view)
Grand Traverse Peninsula
Original oil painting on canvas
, 36 x 48"
The original has sold for $8,500 framed

Now available as a limited edition and poster
$750 as a giclee on canvas 36 x 48" (also available enhanced by the artist)
$295 for the 18 x 24" size
Golden Raindrops Crabtree
Golden Raindrops (crab tree)
Original oil painting on canvas,
11 x 14"
$1,800 framed


Autumn Air
Autumn Air
Original oil painting on canvas, 24 x 30"
$4,900 framed


Old Mission Peninsula
Old Mission Peninsula
Original oil painting on canvas
, 18 x 24"
Sorry, sold for $3,800 framed


Night Descends
Night Descends
Original oil painting on canvas
, 17 1/2 x 23 1/2"
$4,200 framed
Plentiful Harvest
Plentiful Harvest
Original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 40"
$9,500 framed (39 x 49")

Bay Harbor
#3 at Bay Harbor
A beautiful overlook of the 3rd hole Links Course at the Arthur Hills designed Bay Harbor Golf Club, Bay Harbor, Michigan.
Original oil painting on canvas,
20 x 16"
$2,000 framed

Days End
Day's End
Original oil painting on canvas,
16 x 12"
$2,800 framed
Gull's
                    Eye View
Gull's Eye View
Original oil painting on canvas
, 20 x 24"
$4,800 framed


A Grand Morning
A Grand Morning
Approaching the Grand Hotel
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Original oil painting on canvas
32 x 46"
Gallery wrapped canvas edges
Sorry, sold for $4,750

Quilt Scraps
Quilt Scraps
Original oil painting on canvas
30 x 24"
Gallery wrapped canvas edges
Sorry, sold for $800

Morning
                  Light
  First Morning Light
Original oil painting on canvas, 11 x 14"

Sorry, sold for $1,500 framed


Big Red
 
Big Red
(Macatawa, Michigan)
Original oil painting on canvas,
11 x 14"
Sorry, sold for $1,500 framed

Garden
                  Tapestry
   Garden Tapestry
Original oil painting on canvas
, 11 x 14"
Sorry, sold for $1,600 framed
St. Joseph
                    Lighthouse
North Pier Lights
(St. Joseph, Michigan)
Original oil painting on canvas, 11 x 14"

Sorry, sold for $1,500 framed


The images shown below are available as limited editions reproduced from the original oil paintings that, in most cases, have been sold.  The process used to create these prints involves scanning (and digitizing) the original paintings and having them output on a very high resolution device that prints them on canvas or paper with such good quality it is very difficult to discern a difference between the original painting and the reproduction.  These prints are often called "giclées".

 The limited editions on canvas are also available enhanced where the artist personally hand paints a significant portion of the giclées on canvas, effectively recreating them as "originals", giving those a unique touch that differentiates each in the edition.  Please contact us for prices.

New! >>   The artist just created a series of Michigan scene mini-prints (5 1/2" square) just $18.95 framed to set on your desk, table, night stand or bookshelves.  They also make the perfect gift.  Chaney Fritz also just created a series of Michigan Mini Posters, framed 12 1/2" square for $39.95.  Availability is limited and changes daily so check to see if your favorite image (below) is available as a "mini" by contacting us now!

La Grande
                  Tortue
La Grande Tortue
16 x 20"
$170 on canvas
(
Also available enhanced by the artist)

  12.5 x 15.75" $95 on paper

Restoring
                  Waters
Restoring Waters
28 x 38"
$495 on canvas

(Also available enhanced by the artist)

14
x 16"  $95 on paper
18 x 24" $225 on paper

Impressions of Sleeping Bear
Impressions of Sleeping Bear
18 x 24"
$295 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 
$225 on paper

36 x 48"
$750 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)

Mackinac
                  From Above
Mackinac From Above
Approximately 18 x 30"
$400 on canvas

(Also available enhanced by the artist)
$270 on paper

30 x 50"
$750 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
Grand Haven
Grand Haven
18 x 24"
$285 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
$225 on paper

30 x 40"
$595 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)

Brand New Day
Brand New Day
18 x 24"
$285 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 $225 on paper
Mackinac
                  Passage
Mackinac Passage
Approximately 18 x 23"
$225 on paper
(Also available enhanced by the artist)

Approximately 24 x 30"
$375 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
Golden
                  Afternoon
Golden Afternoon
(Harbor Springs, Michigan)
16 x 16"
$170 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 $140 on paper

23 x 23"
$225 on paper


35 1/2 x 36"
$549 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)

Morning
                  Whisper
Morning Whisper
Approximately 18 x 30"
$375 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
$225 on paper

30 x 50"
$650 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)

Three Tall
                  Tales
Three Tall Tales
16 1/2 x 22"
$195 on paper
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 
26 3/4 x 36"
$450 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
Poppies
Poppies
Approximately 18 x 25"
$295 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
$225 on paper

26 1/2 x 38"
$450 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)

Emerging
                  Lilies
Emerging Lilies
24 x 19"
$295 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 $225 on paper

36 x 48"
$450 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
Spring Medley
Spring Medley
14 1/2 x 18 3/4"
$150 on paper


Grand
Grand
Approximately 18 x 15"
$200 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 $150 on paper

Approximately 30 x 25"
$375 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
$225 on paper

Evening in
                  Fishtown
Evening in Fish town
18 1/2 x 25"
$250 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 $150 on paper


Market Street
Market Street
Approximately 13 x 22"
$150 on paper

Approximately 17 x 28"
$250 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)

Your
                  Carriage Waits
Your Carriage Waits
12 x 16"
$175 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 $125 on paper


Cottage Garden
Cottage Garden
8 x 10"
$75 on paper
Mission
                  Point Gazebo
Mission Point Gazebo
8 x 10"
$75 on paper


West Bluff
West Bluff
8 x 10"
$75 on paper


Morning on Main
Morning on Main
8 x 10"
$75 on paper


Touch of Autumn
Touch of Autumn
(Glen Arbor, Michigan)
Approximately 14 x 17"
$170 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)
 $140 on paper

32 1/2 x 38 1/2"
$549 on canvas
(Also available enhanced by the artist)

First Cast
First Cast
8 3/4 x 10 1/2"
$75 on paper

One Last Cast
One Last Cast
8 3/4 x 10 1/2"
$75 on paper

Tears of Mother Bear
Tears of Mother Bear
Hardcover book, 28 pages, ages 12 and older
$17.95 signed by Kathleen Chaney Fritz, illustrator
No longer available through Saper Galleries


Walk the shores of Lake Michigan with grandpa and his grandchildren on their rock hunting expedition, in search of the great Petoskey stone.  Grandpa reveals the untold story of the Tears of Mother Bear.

"While browsing through childrens' picture books when visiting the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, MI, the title and illustrations of Tears of Mother Bear immediately caught my attention. As I began to read the book I was mesmerized. Anyone who has ever spent time with family during the summer at the beach - looking for special rocks and stones on the shore - will love this book! Remember finding those stones that were great for "skipping" and those that were "keepers"? I couldn't wait to get back home to search the net for the Petoskey Stones this book introduced to me. What a wonderful tale!"   ~ A reviewer

"My 7 year old loved this story so much that she wants to canoe to the 2 islands mentioned. She looks forward to running down the sand dune and taking a personal look. When a book can inspire a child to want to see for herself, this is grand writing."      ~ Another reviewer



Prints are available of the fantastic illustrations Kathleen Chaney Fritz painted for this book.
Gitchi Gumee
Gitchi Gumee
Hardcover book, 32 pages, ages 5 to 8
$18.95 signed by Kathleen Chaney Fritz, illustrator
No longer available through Saper Galleries

Winner of the Midwest Booksellers Children’s Picture Book of the Year Honor Book.

Kathleen's incredible illustrations immediately capture your eye and draw you into this amazing story that reads as a 400 year old legend.  When you are done sharing this story with your children or grandchildren, their favorite new words to say will be....GITCHI GUMEE !!   Prints are available of her fantastic illustrations.

Gorgeous illustrations . . . truly a book for everyone who loves the water and Great Lakes. --Detroit Free Press

Here is a children's text enhanced by illustrations that manages to be both whimsical and awesome. -- Lake Superior Magazine

The gorgeous paintings...evoke the...feeling of the story. This is truly a book for everyone who loves water. -- Detroit Free Press, May 26, 2006

While reading the book and admiring the pages, one can't help but get swept up into the story. --Bay Area Times Magazine

A 2006 Midwest Booksellers Association Children's Honor Book of the Year, Gitchi Gumee is a story of patience and respect. It is a story of a master teaching and guiding his pupil. It is a story of the 'big water' that touched Native Americans, Longfellow, and anyone who has come in contact with the magnificence of never-ending bodies of water, be it lakes, seas or oceans. Open up an elegant and powerfully written story that has been brought to life with beautiful and vibrant illustrations.


The original oil paintings shown below have all been sold and now are displayed in homes and offices around Michigan.  Although the originals are no longer available, in most cases limited edition prints on canvas of these images may be acquired.  Please inquire about price and size options for any that may be of interest to you!  Thank you!



Arrangement on Damask
Arrangement on Damask
Original oil painting on canvas, 24 x 48"
Sorry, sold for $8,000 framed

Catching
                  Crawfish
Catching Crawfish
Original oil painting on canvas, 36
x 24"
Sorry, sold for $7,500 framed
Casting for
                  Rainbows
Casting for Rainbows
Original oil painting on canvas, 9 x 12"
Sorry, sold for $950 framed

Birches on Lake Charlevoix
Birches on Lake Charlevoix
Original oil painting on canvas, 14 x 20"
Sorry, sold for $2,200 framed
Grand
                    Haven
Grand Haven
(Michigan)
Original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sorry, sold for $8,500 framed
(Available as a limited edition giclee)

Sodas,
                  Snacks, and More
Sodas, Snacks and More
Original oil painting on canvas, 
17 1/2 x 23 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $4,800 framed
(Available as a limited edition giclee)

Morning
                  Whisper
 Morning Whisper
Original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 50"
Sorry, sold for $9,000 framed
(Available as a limited edition giclee)

Three Tall Tales
Three Tall Tales
Original oil painting on canvas, 40 1/2 x 50 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $8,500 framed
(Available as a limited edition giclee)

Golden Afternoon
Golden Afternoon (Harbor Springs)
Original oil painting on canvas, 47 1/2 x 47 1/2"
Sorry, sold
(Available as a limited edition giclee)
Mackinac Passage
Mackinac Passage
Original oil painting on canvas, 18 x 20 1/2"
Sorry, sold
(Available as a limited edition giclee)

Beach Gear
Beach Gear
Original oil painting on canvas, 18 x 20 1/2"
Sorry, sold

View from Fort
                  (Mackinac Island)
View from Fort (Mackinac Island)
Original oil painting on canvas, 30 x 50"
Sorry, sold for $12,500 framed

Poppies
Poppies
Original oil painting on canvas, 28 x 40"
Sorry, sold for $8,000 (exquisitely) framed
(Available as a limited edition giclee)

Emerging
                  Lillies
Emerging Lilies
Original oil painting on canvas, 38 x 30"
Sorry, sold for $8,500 framed
(Available as a limited edition giclee)

Impressions of Sleeping Bear
Impressions of Sleeping Bear
(Inspired from the dunes of northwestern Michigan)
Original oil painting on linen, 36 x 48"
Sorry, sold for $9,800 framed
(Available as a limited edition giclee)

Ebb and
                  Flow
Ebb and Flow
(Otter Cliffs, Bar Harbor, Maine)
Original oil painting on canvas, 24 x 36"
  Sorry, sold for $8,500 framed
Stille
                  Nacht
Stille Nacht
Original oil painting on canvas
, 9 x 12"
Sorry, sold for $2,000 framed

Soft Spring
                  Light
Soft Spring Light
Original oil painting on canvas,
16 x 20"
Sorry, sold for $2,000 framed
Chris Craft on
                  Mac
Chris Craft on Mac
Original oil painting on canvas,
12 x 16"
Sorry, sold for $2,800 framed
Little
                    Stone Church
Little Stone Church
Original oil painting on canvas, 11 x 14"
Sorry, sold for $1,800 framed

Iroquois
View from the Carriage House
 at Iroquois Hotel

Original oil painting on canvas
, 10 1/2 x 13 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $1,800 framed

Island Blue Porch
Island Blue Porch
Original oil painting on canvas, 18 x 14"
Sorry, sold for $2,800 framed

Camden Cottage
Camden Cottage
Original oil painting on canvas, 18 x 24"
  Sorry, sold for $3,800 framed
Poppy Field
Poppy Field
Original oil painting on canvas
, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2"
Sorry, sold for $1,400 framed

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