Art Uprooted

Get out and explore with us as we uncover our local roots in the form of art-making! We’ll visit art galleries, meet professional artists in downtown Saugatuck, and find inspiration creating original art pieces. We’ll work with local artists Rae Lang (owner of Woosah and Outside Coffee Company), Brian Alexander, and Bryanna Manning. Tuesday – Thursday takes place at the SCA, Friday at the Outdoor Discovery Center.

June 27-30 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


June 27-30 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

SCA Tuesday – Thursday, ODC Friday

About The Program

Get out and explore this week of camp as we take the SCA on the town, and uncover our local roots in the form of art-making! Explore art galleries and meet professional artists in downtown Saugatuck and find inspiration for your own abstract creation back in the studio. Experience being a plein-air painter as we paint the lakeshore with Holland artist, Bryanna Manning. Create prints with artist and owner of Woosah and Outside Coffee Company, Rae Lang. Explore the outdoors and make sound sculptures inspired by, powered by, and made from nature with artist Brian Alexander at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland! All week we’ll snack on local goodies and Saugatuck favorites, while celebrating what makes our local community unique!

*Tuesday-Thursday drop-off and pick-up is at the SCA, and Friday drop-off and pick-up will be at the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland.


Bryanna Manning

Bryanna Manning is a fine artist based in West Michigan. She creates original oil and acrylic paintings and prints inspired by Lake Michigan’s shore and surf. Bryanna has her bachelor’s degree in studio art and communication from Hope College and her master’s degree in communication from Western Michigan University. She lives and works in Holland, MI with her husband, Jake, and their five children.

Artist's links

Photo credit Brian Kelly

Rae Lang

Rae Lang (she/they) is the Founder and Artist behind Woosah Outfitters based in Grand Rapids, MI with storefronts in Grand Rapids and Douglas, MI. 

“Woosah is a slang word that brings a sense of inner peace, calmness and stillness when said out loud. Take a deep breath in, and exhale; that’s Woosah.” For Lang there are two things that bring them Woosah: spending days in the studio carving and printing woodblocks, and being emerged in the stillness and beauty of nature. “I believe that each person has a hobby, an interest or a passion that brings a sense of inner peace and stillness. A natural, subconsious feeling of enlightenment. Maybe its snowboarding, road trips, surfing, drawing, hiking, or dancing in the comfort of your home. Whatever it may be, I encourage each person to find their Woosah and to spread it as much and as often as possible. Help me spread the Woosah!” – Rae Lang

Artist's links

Brian Alexander

Brian Alexander is a transdisciplinary Artist whose works are specifically focused on the unseen, unheard, and under served life forms among us. His practice involves the development of one off tools, processes, and programs in order to realize the space beyond our collective limitations in perceptual bandwidth. Believing the adage “a fish cannot tell you about water”, Alexander’s works point towards the gaps between human intent and understanding by bridging the Earth’s deeper signatures and reconnecting us all in a grounded and immersive experience.

His 34 year professional career spans public and commercial Art endeavors including sculpture, installations, sound and performance, as well as product and technical process development. He currently holds 28 patents with permanent works in MOMA NY, Cooper Hewitt, and Smithsonian.

In 2011 He established Trace Bloom as a blanket field of exploration and artistic research for all forms of media in an immersive, and fully inclusive approach. Distilled as definition, Trace Bloom is; to loosely outline perceived phenomena, to develop the tools and conditions for emergent expression, and to allow that expression to grow unencumbered to a point of perceived resolution or shared understanding.

Artist's links

In Partnership with the Outdoor Discovery Center

The Outdoor Discovery Center is advancing outdoor education and conservation in West Michigan. Their inquiry-based style of programming allows students to learn about and experience nature and culture in a hands-on manner with offerings for all ages and audiences.

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