September 2007.  Classic 29 Chevy, watercolor by R.A. Corey.

Featured Artist: Ron Corey

We’ve always said that the EUP has a far greater number of fine artists than anyone would have a right to expect, given its population. That is probably due, at least in part, to the natural beauty of the area, which either attracts or creates artists. What is also true is that a number of our finest artists are retired from the profession at which they earned their bread and butter. It is almost as if during the years they were, of necessity, earning a living, their minds were storing images, practicing techniques, and producing ideas which burst forth, full flower, when the opportunity arose.

Ron Corey is a case in point. He has a B.F.A. from Wayne State University, with a concentration in painting and drawing. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Education from Central Michigan University. He has lived in the Upper Peninsula for over thirty-five years, eleven of which were spent teaching. He then worked for the Michigan Department of Corrections for over twenty-five years. Now he has retired from that system and is a full-time artist.

His post retirement success was immediate. He has entered and been accepted in four juried shows. In the 2006 Northern Exposure XIII at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba he won the Featured Artist of the Year Award from Upper Peninsula Magazine and was featured in that publication’s May-June issue. One of the paintings pictured in the article (car, see below) is currently in the Alberta House Shop. The work that won the award was “Old Salt”, a watercolor and pencil piece.

His work appeared in the Our Town, 2006, in Birmingham, Michigan, sponsored by Daimler Chrysler and is in the 27th Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey (in place through October 13). And he has three paintings accepted for final jury in the Greater Michigan Art Exhibition at the Alden B. Dow Museum in Midland.

Corey’s concentration at Wayne State was in painting and drawing. At Central Michigan University, he worked in photography and pottery. Currently he works mainly in watercolor and oil, but lets his subject matter dictate the medium. His scope and mastery are well illustrated in his web site ( An easy way to access it is from the directory of local artists on our web site.

Ron’s work can be seen at the Vertin Gallery in Calumet, the Upper Peninsula Artist’s Market in Covington and at Alberta House. Ron is a SAAC member and a volunteer in Alberta House. He lives in Rudyard.

Works by Ron Corey
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Watercolor portrait by R.A. Corey.  Click for a larger version.


Classic 29 Chevy, watercolor by R.A. Corey.  Click for a larger version.

“Classic 29 Chevy”

Self Portrait With Beard, drawing by R.A. Corey.  Click for a larger version.

“Self Portrait With Beard”

Last updated: September 1, 2007

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