Welcome to J. Petter Galleries
Taste art. Taste wine.
Welcome to the Historic River Guild Gallery Center and home of J. Petter Galleries. The Galleries are the combined Petter Art Gallery and Petter Wine Gallery. We are an unusual find for art enthusiasts, collectors and designers, plus a beautiful destination for wine lovers.
Petter Art Gallery and Petter Wine Gallery
Petter Art Gallery is a in a unique 12,000 square foot fine art gallery building that first housed area artists in the 1930s. It was reintroduced as the Joyce Petter Gallery in 1993. The Petter Art Gallery now features an eclectic collection of fine paintings, sculpture, glass, and more. The galleries are also home to Petter Wine Gallery where you’ll find boutique wines and artful foods at both the wine/small plates bar and wine shop. The Wine Bar/Shop is also known for its private collection of unique cheeses and hand poured chocolates. And yes, you may walk the galleries with a glass of drink from our wine bar in your hand.
About Petter Art Gallery
If you’ve had the pleasure of taking in the timeless beauty of a Carl Hoerman painting, you know that he captured the essence of the Saugatuck/Douglas shores like no other. His incredible spirit still lingers in our gallery. The building is still referred to as the Carl Hoerman building or River Guild Gallery Center on Blue Star Highway in Douglas, Michigan.
In 1993, Joyce Petter of Joyce Petter Gallery, purchased the Carl Hoerman building, which had undergone many lives since its glorious stint with Carl. Joyce started her first gallery in the area in 1970 and was already an icon in the gallery world when she decided to revive the River Guild Gallery Center at 161 Blue Star Hwy. While renovating to create gallery spaces, she made an amazing discovery. Hidden in one of the walls was a secret treasure, a carved wooden door. It was the very door that had once graced the entrance to the River Guild Gallery. In the center of the door, as if still guarding this place of creativity, was a figure of a craftsman. He had chisel and hammer in hand. This Sculptor is now proudly restored and is the symbol of the J. Petter Galleries.
Today J. Petter Galleries is home to over 60 award winning artists. Some master artists have been with the gallery since the early 90’s. Many new artists have been selected to add excitement and diversity. The enormous gallery space allows each artist to have multiple pieces displayed. This is so that our collectors can fully experience their body of work. Every inch of the gallery and outdoor garden is filled with something amazing. Meet these incredible talents at our artist demonstrations and receptions.
TIP – Your can read about the history of this gallery building and many other historically important spaces in Saugatuck and Douglas by downloading the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society app on your smart phone. Just search in your app store. The app can take you on some wonderful walking tours! See sdhistoricalsociety.org for more information.
About Petter Wine Gallery
Petter Wine Gallery is a wine bar and retail wine and food shop. The Wine Gallery is committed to promoting the artistry of winemaking. Our vintners are true craftsman. We seek out and offer boutique wineries from around the globe. We focus on finding wines that are not a production, but are made with the touch of the human hand and heart. You will notice the difference! We celebrate and share the story of each vineyard’s unique terroir along with the people that grow the grapes and create the wine.
At our Tasting Bar you may purchase small tasting pours to create your own flight, a full glass and small plates. Check our events page to find out about our Live Music, Wine Schools, and Winemaker visits. Shop in our retail wine and gourmet foods shop. You can select a mix and match case of wine with the help of skilled gallery staff. Discover old world wines, new world wines, organic, sustainably farmed, low sulphite, and high quality local Michigan wines. We are not a warehouse. Each wine is tasted and hand selected by our team so you can depend on us to help you select the perfect wine for your meal or event. We offer the perfect compliments to your wine selections: private labeled and local cheeses, chocolates, pates, tapenades, pestos, preserves, baguettes, and more. Whether you are planning a party, looking for a hostess gift or birthday present, or just want to spoil yourself and your family, we are here to help. Plus buy gift certificates and our specialty – custom gourmet gift baskets!
Local Wines, New World Wines, Old World Wines
Did you know there are now 126 vintners sculpting grapes into wine right here in Michigan? Petter Wine Gallery can introduce you collectively to many of these fine Pure Michigan vintners. We invite you to compare the fruits of their labor side by side with global appellations. Sip a fine dry Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc in a flight with the same varietal from a similar terroir in Alsace, France. You might even be tempted to see what Michigan is doing with Vitis Vinifera and cold climate hybrid varietals. It’s all here. Compare our grapes with those from California to New York, Europe, and South America. Give it a chance and you will see that Michigan shines!