Loftis family art showcased

The Fire Barn Gallery is featuring "Artistic DNA: The Tradition of Art in a Family, The First of a Series: The Loftis Family."
Tribune Staff
Dec 4, 2012


The show presents artwork made over several generations of the Loftis family. The family's affinity to art represented in this show spans five generations and almost 100 years, from Beatrice Riordan in the 1920s to the present day.

"I just got very interested in why creativity runs so strong in some families," said Chris Protas, the gallery's director. “It’s a big question — Where does one's creativity come from?”

Participants include Beatrice Riordan, Steve Loftis, Carole Loftis, Carmella Loftis, John Loftis, Chris Harjer, Connie Loftis, Debbie Otte, Dianne Engen, Jonah Harjer, Holle Janzen, Tyler Loftis, Allegra Loftis, Lindsey Norton, Steve Norton and Willa Norton.

The show opens Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery, 18 N. Fifth St., with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres and a gallery talk at 7 p.m.

An after-party event will be hosted by The Grand in downtown Grand Haven, featuring music by Sound Is Red and Scott Pellegrom, at 9 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.




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hmm, sponsor of the show is harborrestaurants dot com, all of which are owned by Steve Loftis. Is the Fire Barn Gallery owned by him also? Because I don't see show worthy art in that collage. Just like the fish & dogs he came up with to make our community look artsy fartsy. It's more fodder for a very large bonfire on Harbor Island.


Gee and I thought I was the only one 'round here who has found the ubiquitous Mr. Loftis and his constant need for attention in this town nauseating and self-serving.


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Surprise surprise "The Fire Barn Gallery, a collaboration between Grand Haven ArtWalk {ie Steve L} and the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority, is located at 18 N. Fifth St. For more information $$$$$$$$$$$ go steve go


Yes, successful entrepreneurs suck, creative people suck, they should just all follow your lead and lock themselves up in their basements and interact with the world through their computer screens. So much less threatening and risky. Remove all street art. Then this will be a much nicer town to live in. Because with all this art and its popular businesses, this town really sucks.


This is news!?!?!
the whole artwalk/art gallery culture that is trying to be shoved down the city's throat,is not working.The only people who seem to care are the elite few who can afford to promote it for their own interests.Not too different than any other city agenda...


It appears that the public has knowledge of dealings with Mr. Loftis and the City of Grand Haven. I believe the public is tired of private citizens making money of the tax payers back. Yes he rents property from the City of Grand Haven which houses some restaurants. The high prices that are being charged are like being in Chicago. The problem though is shotty management, mediocre food, and poor service. Maybe the art thing will be better than his business ventures.

Barb McNab

I love the interesting and various offerings that folks like Steve bring to our town. The events bring people out for the fun and makes our sense of community and belonging stronger. It's fun for most of us. If you don't like it, then please stay home and don't spoil it for the rest of us!!


WOW!! Most of the comments on this article have confirmed my suspicions; are you folks capable of finding good in anything?!! Your attitudes suck!! I mean really!! Wow, same people everyday with nothing but negative to say; put a bullet through your head if its so bad and put the rest of us out of your misery! PLEASE!!!


@Barbed, you mean like leaving the Cross on Dewey Hill? @TB63, it appears you are new to this town and have not experienced the joys of 1 million tour-rats dancing across our yards(some even sober), streets, and beaches every summer while anticipating the epic conclusion on a Saturday early in August, where the equivalent of 1,300 sorties over Baghdad scream down upon our community and roof tops within an hour. This shock n' awe event sends every pet imaginable scurrying for cover whereby, flipping over food & water bowls, over shooting liter boxes, and some taking off for Holland not to be seen until the following Wednesday, can occur. Did I mention the eyelid tearing tolerance needed to survive our downtown being torn up for an entire year while putting in the flaming meteor of problems into our sidewalks that the citizens with an education North of 3rd grade could anticipate coming, but not our DDA. You mean those attidudes that...howd' you put it, suCK! Clearly, these post are blowing off steam to an event we know is going to continue. Your suggestion of a bullet in the head for people just wanting their town back for a few short months before the cultural circus repeats itself, is a typical comment coming from one of the little Focker's family member, like you.

Back to the Wall

Originality fail.

When does "art" stop being art and become a bastardized copy?

gh momma

Bravo to the Loftis Family! You have brought much good to our beautiful city... keep up the good work!

The above 'spouts' of ignorance and jealousy are laughable!


Thaaat's correct...and right above this post it says, gh momma.


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