The Inn at Harbor Shores Hosts 9th Local Artist Exhibition & Reception

“Sky Pads–Water Lily Interpretations by Alli Farkas” will be featured at The Inn at Harbor Shores from September 23rd through January 16th, 2017. The Inn at Harbor Shores will host a reception for the artist on Thursday, October 13th from 5pm to 7:30pm.

The event, serving wine and snacks is free and open to the public.

Artist Statement

“My paintings are the result of thin layers glazed over one another; the underlying composition must be strong and the paint must be applied with a purposeful technique. Whether a portrait, landscape or renderings of rural buildings, I construct the image through layers, attempting always to create a sense of depth through transparency, color and light.”

“Sky Pads” began as a simple act of photographic recording without any particular
purpose in mind. I live on property bordering a small, shallow body of water known as the Mill Pond in Dowagiac, Michigan. Because the Mill Pond is so shallow, it is populated (some would say overrun) by a variety of water plants including water lilies.

Over the years I have photographed the water lilies several times, thinking perhaps I could revive the subject matter of a series of paintings I did some 25 years ago. There was the magic—the lily pads looked like they were suspended in clouds instead of floating on water.

I looked at this photo collection and knew I did not want to interpret this ethereal subject in a realistic manner. I began with extremely delicate renderings of pads, sky and water, which continued through the first four paintings. Sensing a need to search further, I let both the colors and the shapes take on a more defined character. Paradoxically, becoming more abstract in execution. I always allow a series to take me wherever it wants to go. At this writing, there are ten paintings completed. There will undoubtedly be more. Monet painted approximately 250 versions.


Alli, currently residing in Dowagiac, MI, served on the board of directors of Artist Co-op 7, a group of independent artists who joined together to facilitate solo and group exhibits in restaurants and public buildings in the greater Los Angeles area. She was a founding member of this group in 1989. In 1993 she became a member of LAart, an artists’ alliance with five galleries in the Los Angeles area, and in 1994 she joined the Topanga Canyon Gallery artists’ cooperative. In 2015 she co-founded a new artists’ organization; Cass Area Artists in southwestern Michigan. Alli work has been accepted in national and international juried competitions and received awards, most recently first place in the watercolor division of River Art, sponsored by Sunbury Press and West Shore Gallery in 2011. In 1994 and 1995 she received favorable mention in the Los Angeles Times. She is currently a member of the Institute of Equine Artists.

Published books featuring her paintings are “Woodlands and Waterways” in 1994 and “River Art” in 2011. Alli’s paintings are in private and corporate collections across the country.
About The Gallery

The Gallery at Harbor Shores celebrates the talents of exclusively Michigan artists in rotating exhibits located on the second floor of The Inn at Harbor Shores. The art program has two components: a permanent collection displayed in rooms and public areas and rotating exhibitions in The Gallery curated by Susan Wilczak. The Gallery at Harbor Shores is open to the public and art on display is available for purchase.

About Harbor Shores

Harbor Shores is Lake Michigan’s first beach, golf, and waterfront community, located just 90 minutes east of Chicago in Benton Harbor / St. Joseph, Michigan. The community’s central amenity is an 18-hole, public Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, host of the 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Harbor Shores features a full calendar of events and world-class amenities, including The Inn at Harbor Shores, a deep-water marina, a full service spa, health and fitness center and a public river walk connecting to 12 miles of recreational trails and rivers, acres of parks, green spaces and Lake Michigan beaches. Harbor Shores will be home to nearly 500 residences, including charming cottages, signature homes, town homes and condominiums. Current real estate opportunities include golf and riverfront home sites, riverfront cottages, golf view homes and condominiums on the top two levels of The Inn at Harbor Shores.