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In August 2017 Lou Heiser delivered to us 10 new paintings, shown immediately below!  Our prior exhibit, VISTAS OF MICHIGAN, opened  Sunday, October 4, 2015.  We now have a large selection of Heiser paintings on display 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."


Heiser wall display     Heiser display
A sample from the exhibition of Lou Heiser paintings on display right now!
Boarded Up
Boarded Up <New!
Martin Basch Farm (circa 1885), in the Port Oneida District, is now owned by the National Park Service.  While painting this plein-air canvas, two sandhill cranes landed in tall grass nearby and proceeded to ignore this painter.

Oil painting on canvas, 11 x 14"
$1,200 framed

Bohemian Valley
Bohemian Valley <New!
Once a tiny village on Bohemian Road Rte.669 in Leelanau County, now only this beautiful little church remains along with a few farms.  I really liked the shadow from the steeple and decided on a dramatic cloud formation as a lofty tribute.

Oil painting on canvas, 20 x 16"
$2,000 framed

Cottonwood
                  Side Trail
Cottonwood Side Trail <New!
Cottonwood Trail off Stocking Drive ends at the top of the Sleeping Bear Dunes Climb.  This painting was selected to be in the book ďArt of the Sleeping Bear DunesĒ and was exhibited at Dennis Museum in Traverse City.

Oil painting on canvas, 24 x 30"
$3,500 framed

Misty River
Misty River <New!
On an oxbow bend in the Crystal River, I saw this early morning haze. Since I tend to paint with some thickness, I dragged the hazy area thin for a transparent effect, then proceeded to build the balance of the canvas with thickness.

Oil painting on linen, 16 x 20"
$2,000 framed



Over the Flat
                  River
Over the Flat River <New!
Fallasburg Covered Bridge built in 1871 has a one hundred foot span and is one of only four still open to traffic in Michigan. The historic village of Fallasburg is a short distance from Ada where another covered bridge is located.

Oil painting on canvas, 14 x 11"
$1,200 framed

Sand Waves
Sand Waves <New!
When the foot prints of hikers get blown away, the end result is often waves in the sand.  I particularly like to see trails that meander, disappear behind hills, and reappear.

Oil painting on canvas, 16 x 20"
$2,000 framed

Still Standing
Still Standing <New!
During this plein-air painting, I felt the urgency to paint fast before the barn gave up and fell down.  Itís sill standing one year later even though most of the support structure is gone.

Oil painting on canvas, 16 x 20"
$2,000 framed

Two Mallards
Two Mallards <New!
In the shadows on the Crystal River, I spotted a female and male mallard.  The Crystal is truly clear and one of the crookedest rivers in the State of Michigan.  Probably one of the most scenic also.

Oil painting on canvas, 14 x 11"
$1,200 framed

Sunset Storm
Sunset Storm <New!
A combination of three photos, one of the lighthouse taken from a friendís boat during a visit to South Manitou Island, a separate storm photo and one of my many sunset photos. I then completed this fairly large painting in the comfort of my studio.

Oil painting on canvas, 24 x 30"

$3,500 framed

August Sky
August Sky <New!
From this vantage point, Shalda Creek meanders through grassy meadows and ultimately spills into Lake Michigan.  The inlet has become a favorite playground for children -- and adults acting like children.

Oil painting on medium density fiberboard
20 x 20"

$2,300 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
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
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

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


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"
Sorry, sold for $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

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
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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