I sat on the beach by myself one sunny July afternoon and did this watercolor sketch after a wonderful lunch in the lighthouse while everyone else took a snooze or walk. A special treat was two of the Tall Ships sailing through the Straits to Chicago while I sat there painting. It was a step back in time, a great memory.
Look west from the Mackinaw Bridge and about 7 miles away, you will see St. Helena Island right in the Straits. A light was built in 1873 with a 3 1/2 Fresnel Lens to warn ships coming from the west of the dangerous unseen shoals and island. The red brick two-story keeper’s quarters is attached by a covered walkway to the light which is 71’ tall. The light was automated in 1922 and the Coast Guard maintained the tower. The house was vandalized and almost destroyed by fire. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association bought the light and has beautifully rebuilt it with a great deal of volunteer help and money. The island is accessible only by boat and the westward lighthouse cruises include the light. You may visit the light for lunch or stay in the lighthouse as a volunteer. Go to www.gllka.com for more information. For prints and cards visit: www.michiganlighthouseart.com
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Michigan Artist, Anita Saviko, Her goal is to research the histories and paint all Michigan lighthouses/range lights past and present, a total of spprox. 150 lights.