Mary Sundstrom is a West Michigan artist who is greatly influenced by the natural beauty of her location. She especially enjoys painting the creatures and plant life living among the bayous that surround the Grand River. Her playful artwork represents what she sees and imagines as other worldly-worldly creatures. Currently Mary is researching two West Michigan artists of the past. She is studying Lewis Cross and Annabel Livermore learning about the work by adding elements of their paintings into her own work to form an amalgamation of West Michigan painters from the past and present. Mary has been a fixture at the Holland Area Arts Council for over ten years. She works as Program Exhibits Director. The Holland Area Arts Council has over 25 exhibitons and special art contests per year. email





1989 Bachelors of Fine Art, Art History, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

I attended a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain and studied at The Prado Museum of Art.


1990-92 graduate level art classes, Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI


2008 I was in attendance at The Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators National Conference New York, NY attending workshops with famous illustrators Betsy Lewin and David Diaz.



Holland Area Arts Council 2008 - Current

Program Director, Exhibits Co-Director, Social Media Marketing and Retail Store Manager

I am in charge of developing, managing and marketing educational art programs and events for adults and children including classes, workshops, outreach events and school break camps. I also develop and execute art exhibits in conjunction with other employees, volunteers and interns utilizing the exhibits to underscore my programming. I create a temporary holiday retail space, featuring artwork of local artists and artisans in the Main Street Gallery of the Arts Council.

Holland Area Arts Council Instructor

2005-2015 develop and instruct adult water media, oil and acrylic painting, printmaking, sculpting and children’s classes and workshops.


Website sales, commission work and illustration

From my website and EBay and Etsy I have sold hundreds of original watercolor illustrations, prints and cards inspired by my old 1954 Airstream Camper. In 2008 I was featured in Airstream Life Magazine, a national publication. My art will be published in a book this fall available at Amazon. I also appeared on the front page of the Grand Haven Tribune and Take Five Grand Rapids a TV show on WZZM channel 13.

Grand Haven Senior Center


Art Instructor- I taught The Art Attack Class to senior citizens. This instruction was simplified, aiding in ease and enjoyment for the elderly.

The Loutit Library and Spring Lake Library, Grand Haven

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Art Instructor, watercolor and acrylic and collage workshops

I have designed and taught painting workshops for adults and teens in collaboration with the local libraries. These Saturday classes were very successful. This format enabled parents to have an activity to participate in with their teen.

Grand Haven Area Schools


I developed and implemented summer art camps for children and preteens. These were week long classes for kids interested in advancing in art. I also developed art classes in the winter for preschoolers and their caregivers.


2009-2012 Vice President of the Holland Friends of Art

2007 President of Lakeland Artists- facilitated the 2007 fall art exhibition


Recent exhibitions and presentations:

Upcoming Exhbition 2020: Tales Told Around the Fire: Myths of the Midwest

2020 Outside at Avenue of the Arts Grand Rapids, MI

2018 Muskegon Community College Overbrook Arts Show (added to the collections)

2018 Lakeshore Visual Arts Collective Exhbitions

2018 Lowell Arts Center- Artemis...I curated and participated

2014 Winterfest, Grand Haven (award), Muskegon Regional, Grand Rapids Festival Art Exhibition, Lakeland Artists (award)

2013 Oddbodies-curated and participated in this unusual doll exhibition, Muskegon Regional

2012 South Shore Mural commission and completion of a full size mural

2012 Muskegon Museum of Art Juried Exhibition

2011 HFA Tulip Time exhibit

2011 Winterfest, Grand Haven

2010 Juror for Art Along the Riverfront, Grand Haven

2010 Art Walk Grand Haven, Loutit Library atrium installation.

2010 Muskegon Regional purchase award

2010 International Society of Experimental Artists Annual Exhibition

2010 West Mi Regional Photographic show

2010 Don’t Just Sit There Do Something Sculptural show

2009 Michigan Watercolor Society inclusion in the Traveling Exhibit

2009 Along with the Holland Area Arts Council I created, managed and participated in a new juried show at the newly refurbished Loutit Library. The end result of this exhibit being the development of a new gallery and acquisition of art by the library.

2009 Holland Friends of Art juried exhibit

2008 Muskegon Regional, Juried Art Exhibit

2008 Dreese Gallery, Lush, a two person show

2008 Winter Fest Photo Contest Grand Haven, MI award

2008 Winter Fest Juried Art Exhibit, Grand Haven, MI

2008, 2009, 2010 Gallery Uptown Grand Haven, MI, invitational artist

2007 Grand Haven Area Arts Council, guest artist

2007 Illuminating our Water Lands a three person exhibition

2007 Lake Land Artists Fall Exhibition award

2007 Grand Rapids Festival Art Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

2007 Illustrators Exhibit SCBWI Winter conference in New York purchase award.

2007 Winter Fest Juried Art Exhibit, Grand Haven, Mi award

2007 Lake Land Artists Spring Exhibition award

2006 Michigan Children’s Book Illustrators Portfolio Contest state finalist

2006 Michigan Watercolor Society Annual Juried Art Exhibition

2006 Women in the Arts purchase award

2006 Lakeland Spring Art Exhibition award

2006 Winter Fest Photo Contest award 

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