Bob Purvis, 2008 Artist in Residence

Metal Table by Bob PurvisA reception and exhibit for the Leelanau Community Cultural Center’s 2008 Artist in Residence, Bob Purvis, is planned for June 6, 7, and 8 at the Old Art Building in Leland. The opening reception takes place from 5-8 PM on Friday and will feature a selection of original sculpture and furniture and a digital presentation of a collection of his artwork. Refreshments will be served on Friday, and the exhibit continues Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 12 to 4 pm.

During his residence time, Bob will offer a series of four workshops in designing and making three dimensional objects. Workshops on June 21 and 28 will include conceiving the pieces and making the maquette (model) from 10 am to 1 pm each Saturday at a Fishtown studio in Leland. The July 12 and 19 workshops will be held at the Purvis studio in Suttons Bay to execute the designs into a 3D piece from 10 am to 5 pm each day. Class size is limited, so you must register (Materials fee $25). Get all the details at

About Bob

Metal sculptor Bob PurvisA native of Traverse City, Michigan, Robert Purvis graduated from TC Central in 1965 and Northwestern Michigan College in 1968. He worked in his family’s steel fabrication business until 1976 when, after the business was sold, he struck off on his own. After a couple of years of repair work, he was asked to be more creative at the behest of clients interested in unconventional work. From that experience to present, he has tried to use his creativity to the fullest extent possible. In 1982, he and his wife, Suzanne moved to Suttons Bay. In the ensuing years his career has evolved to include architectural ironwork, furniture design and sculpture. It has also increasingly included interaction with art departments and their students in public and private schools throughout the Grand Traverse Region. Current sculptural work can be seen at the entrance to Center Point and the wall sconces inside the State Theater in Traverse City.

He’s also a really great guy who you should meet if you ever get a chance. Maybe Friday… 😉



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  1. Arabella Tattershall
    Arabella Tattershall says:

    Can you please get this message to Bob. Hello Bob, Arabella here. A blast from your past. My greatest memory of your work is the hamburger! Beautifully executed with a toothpick holding the entire piece together in the middle…I am a full time metal artist, 13 years and still pounding. Please visit my website if you have a minute. Love reading your blog and knowing your still producing amazing sculpture and furniture! Hello to Suzanne… Best, Arabella

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