About the Artists
Mary Lou Peters
From Mary Lou Peters:
When Chris Zimmel mentioned a fundraiser for the Friends of the Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park, I felt a gentle nudge to help. I spent my growing up years in East Tawas, daughter of Carlton and Florence (Greene) Merschel, graduated from TAHS in 1963, then, like so many others, went away to college and lived away from my hometown for many years.
I now live in Mackinaw City, where lighthouses abound, reminding me of my favorite lighthouse at Tawas Point, which was active when I was a child. Its beacon was a part of my childhood memories. Years later I returned to the Tawas area in the summer and visited Tawas Point State Park; imagine my surprise to find out that a group of volunteers had made it possible for me to visit the inside of the lighthouse, which I had never been able to do. I was impressed with the Light, the Keeper’s house, and the outbuildings, and the volunteer hours that had been spent to help restore them. Now during every summer trip to the area, I simply must visit my favorite lighthouse again.
I saw this fundraiser as my chance to give something back to the community where I was raised, and this special place on the sandy hook where I spent time making memories as a youngster. My work as an artist now takes me to beautiful places that I paint; where could I possibly find a more wonderful subject than right here in my own hometown? I offer my paintings of the Tawas Point Lighthouse in summer and winter as a token of my affection for this lighthouse and the magnetic pull this place has on my heart.
Mary Lou Peters
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