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Two great classes to start a great year

Mary Guntzviller teaching

Mary Guntzviller, left, shows a student how to use perspective during a class at Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids.

Twisted Fish Gallery is excited to offer classes with two beloved artists in the coming weeks.

Mary Guntzviller, above, will be teaching watercolor classes on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. The classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 11, and run through March 22. Cost is $40 per class; register for as many as you want by calling (231) 264-0123. (Leave a message if we don’t pick up right away.) Here’s the supply list:


Charles Murphy, below, will be teaching acrylic classes on Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 9 and running through March 30. Each class covers a different aspect, so you can sign up for as many as you want. Call (231) 264-0123. (Feel free to leave a message and we’ll get back to you.) Each class costs $40.

Charlie looking at model

Artist Charles Murphy will teach acrylic painting classes beginning Feb. 9.

The supply list for Murphy’s classes is intriguing:

Supply list:

  • Liquid acrylic paint, bottles or tubes
  • Synthetic bristle brushes, rounds and flats
  • Water bucket
  • Color mixing palette
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle
  • H8 pencil
  • Bottle of matte or gloss acrylic medium
  • Bottle or jar of acrylic gesso
  • Stretched, primed canvas or painting panels, not to exceed 20″x24″ in size
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Waxed paper

“Special techniques will be highlighted with instructions and examples for integrating them into a painter’s personal style,” Murphy said. His teaching style is thorough, yet fun, and students speak highly of what they learn at his Twisted Fish classes.

Watch a TV 7&4 story about Murphy’s teaching style below.

Guntzviller, who has been teaching for more than two decades, brings humor and fun to the class while still sharing tons of knowledge about drawing, shading, colors, perspective and life in general. She last a series of classes at Twisted Fish in 2016.

“Mary’s detailed instructions are very helpful,” said student Dorothy McCormick, of Acme. “She does demonstrations, she shows us how to do it.”

Classes are held in Twisted Fish’s cozy Cottage Gallery. Call (231) 264-0123 to register today (leave a message if we don’t answer). Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one instruction and these classes fill up quickly. Click here for Mary Guntzviller’s supply list.

Twisted Fish's cozy Cottage Gallery is a great place to take a class.

Twisted Fish’s cozy Cottage Gallery is a great place to take a class.


  1. Jacqui Bickel says:

    Will you be offering any watercolor lessons this spring?

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