Events at J. Petter Galleries

Events at J. Petter Galleries happen all year long.

The three best methods to find out about our many events are: Find us (jpettergalleries) and Like us on Facebook, ask to be added to our Email List or bookmark this Events Page to check back often.  Our planned events are on the calendar ahead of schedule.  But, sometimes an artist or winemaker comes to town with very little notice…and SURPRISE!  We love it when that happens and we want our patrons to love it, too!  So, to find out about all that goes on here choose one, two or all of the methods listed to find out the who, what, when and where here at J. Petter Galleries.


SEP 9, 2017 –  2ND SATURDAYS 4-6pm Taste Wines With Us Autumn Selections – Flight of Seasonal Wines At The Wine Bar

OCT 7, 2017 –  GALLERY STROLL – Art Openings John, J. Andersen, Michael Maitner, Ellen Marshall 4-6pm

OCT 14, 2017 –  2ND SATURDAYS 4-6pm Taste Wines With Us Great Reds

OCT 28, 2017 –  HALLOWINE – Pre-Douglas Parade Barn pARTy!

NOV 11, 2017 –  2ND SATURDAYS 4-6pm Bubbles! Taste With Us RSVP Please!


ART – Autumn Selections Tasting

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 All Day in the Tasting Bar

Enjoy a tasting flight of fine wines simply perfect for the upcoming fall season.  Summer is winding down and the kids are back in school.  Transition out of the sultry weather drinking habits for something warm and cozy.  Order a flight at the tasting bar for only $15 for 4 wine tastes.  No RSVP is required.

The selection includes offerings from Washington’s Columbia Valley, northern California’s coast and southern California’s Lodi region. The grapes in these blends range from Washington Cab, Syrah and Merlot, to combinations including California’s Cab, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and of course, the quintessential Fall grape, Zinfandel.  The blends exemplify the lush and intense fruit flavors that bring warmth on chilly evenings.  They are also perfect accompaniments to the seasons harvested foods and the upcoming cold weather holiday events.  Enjoy a taste of great autumn selections with us!


ART – Gallery Stroll with John J. Anderson and Michael Maitner

OCTOBER 7, 2017 4-6pm

John J. Anderson and Michael Maitner are two artists that paint with a by-gone style.  Anderson’s tonalism influences is clearly apparent in his old master style landscapes that depict sunrises and sunsets.  And, it may come as a surprise that John is still a young man (who paints like one of the old masters).  Maitner’s work is easily recognizable to those who know regionalism via the work of a more famous regionalist, Grant Wood of American Gothic.  Michael stays a truer to the style by depicting rural scenery and pastoral homesteads without the distraction of actual humans.  Join us as we discuss these very distinct styles and how they came to be represented in their artwork.

GALLERY STROLL HISTORY – This is the 40th Annual Gallery Stroll in Saugatuck-Douglas.

Gallery owner Joyce Petter of The Joyce Petter Gallery did not rest on her laurels.  The year is 1977 and Petter already has the attention of art lovers and collectors throughout the Midwest and beyond.  Joyce travels extensively to assure that our little towns have access to the best art on the planet.  This particular year she chooses Boston to seek new artist and to put her finger on the pulse of the East Coast art market.

Newbury Street is the place.  A Fall Gallery Stroll is the event.

Joyce notices the vibe and the energy.  Galleries collaborate to bring in the artist for talks and demonstrations.  Many of the Boston galleries invite musicians to entertain, and others offer food and refreshments to their guests.  The atmosphere is contagious and people flock to the event.  The art, the live music, the fabulous faire:  it’s a pARTy!

Gallery owners tell Petter that their Strolls bring art lovers from all over the world and their collaborative efforts to invite these collectors brings each of them more business than they could gain by acting independently.

Joyce’s first call upon returning to Saugatuck-Douglas is to Priscilla Cain of The Cain Gallery.  The area did not have many true fine art galleries at that time.  And Joyce wisely determines that if a Stroll is to be successful, it must be juried.  Any gallery or artist who participates must be top notch.  Some did not make the cut.  And, so it began.

The first Stroll is small: The Joyce Petter Gallery, The Cain Gallery and an artist set up in what is now Good Goods, and that is all.  Soon Sandra Randolph of Good Goods joins the ranks of Joyce and Priscilla and the Art Coast of Michigan Fall Gallery Stroll is established.

Fast forward 40 years and it is time again for the Annual Fall Gallery Stroll.  What galleries will be participating?  Joyce Petter’s 161 Blue Star Hwy, now called J. Petter Galleries, and Good Goods, of course, amongst many more galleries in our Douglas and Saugatuck Art Coast.


WINE – Second Saturdays Annual Bubbly! Tasting

NOVEMBER, 2017 4-6pm

Details coming soon…