Sculptor Tom Bowker fell in love with the Leelanau Peninsula the first time he visited in the early 70s. He knew someday this would be his home and the place that he and his wife Carole would further their artistic endeavors. That day finally arrived 13 years ago.
I remember that day in the early 70s. I had come to visit our good friends the Leinbachs who owned and operated Camp Innisfree near Pyramid Point, said Tom Bowker. I immediately called Carole and said: You wouldnt believe the beauty up here. We took baby steps towards creating a living environment here that would house not only us, but our studio and gallery.
The Bowkers will play host this Saturday, August 2 at 6 p.m. to an Unveiling Party at their By The Bight Art Gallery and Studio near Northport.
By The Bight Studio opened five years ago, though the Bowkers originally owned a gallery in Northport for eight years. They currently rent the gallery to another artist, who is taking a similar path as the Bowkers.
Both Tom and Carole are artists. They see themselves as explorers, travelers and communicators with their works. The Bowkers both work in multiple mediums. Toms primary focus, however, has been sculpting, and this weekends Unveiling Party will showcase his talent.