TRAVERSE CITY — Margie Guyot paints every day — rain, shine or blizzard.
So when a March storm dumped 16 inches of snow on Eastport and cut power to her studio, Guyot bundled up and painted anyway, incorporating what she saw on both sides of the window..
The result is the canvas "Tulips and Blizzard," part of a new show at the Jordan River Art Center that celebrates flowers.
"Florescence" opens Sunday, April 1, with a reception for artists and patrons. It features the work of nearly 60 artists in paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fibers, prints, photographs and drawings.
Some of the works will be for sale, along with one of Guyot's images on tote bags.
"Margie was one of our favorites," said Babs Young, who co-curated the show with Kathleen Glynn. "I love her work and have for a long time. Her color palette and take on all of her still-life paintings have a special quality."
Among the show's more unusual works are contemporary sculptures by Elk Rapids artists Jim and Gera Witte. Gera Witte's giant flowers made from ceiling fan parts are outside the gallery, while Jim Witte's even bigger flowers created from white work glove "petals" illuminated with compact-fluorescent-light bulb "centers" will set the tone for the show inside.
"I think they're going to be at the top of the steps and they're going to be the first thing you see when you come in," Young said.
Other notable works include porcelain vases by ceramic artist Rosita Gendernalik, of Indian River and Southfield, and reverse glass paintings in window frames by Amy Perrier, of Bellaire.
For Guyot, who specializes in oil landscapes and still lifes, painting flowers is a special challenge.
"I think I like painting them because of the colors. If you want to paint screaming reds and purples you can do that," said the retired Ford plant worker, who learned to paint by saving up her salary and personal time to take workshops with some of the country's top painters. "But they're always a lot harder than you think. If you want to drive yourself crazy, paint a white rose. I tell people that learning how to paint flowers is learning how to control your panic."
The show runs through May 4 at the center in East Jordan, 301 Main St. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.jordanriverarts.com.