Visual Arts Archive

 

SEPTEMBER: "Portraiture of Landscapes" by artist Bruce Foxworthy

 

AUGUST 29SEPTEMBER 29 

Meet the artist on Friday, Sept. 7, from 7PM9PM 


Walled Lake artist G. Bruce Foxworthy describes his upcoming exhibit at Huron Valley Council for the Arts as “plein air originated paintings,” meaning his work’s concept and essence come from that field work.

 

He explained, “To me, if a painting is conceived in the field and its main essence is captured in the field, then it is a plein air regardless of what I do to round it out at home. Many famous artists, past and present, concur with that sentiment.”

Portraiture of Landscapes, plein air originated paintings by G. Bruce Foxworthy will be featured in a gallery reception on Friday, Sept. 7 at HVCA, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland. Those attending will have the opportunity to meet the artist while enjoying light refreshments. Musician Diane Calhoun will play the piano at the reception. 


The exhibit consists of 31 paintings featuring two types of his “representational oil paintings,” which are either “pure nature, evoking a mood or a feeling of a moment in time with a landscape” or “humanity in nature, using architecture added to nature designed to tell a story in the viewer’s imagination.”

 

Foxworthy elaborated, “My work as an artist is a selfish indulgence. There is a wonderment about it that I cannot resist. I’ll come in sight of a pathway of any sort. Some leading line compelling a private conversation within me that is mine alone, where I linger in the contemplation of a fleeting moment. It could be new or remembered but whatever it is, it finds me where I live. It’s like a lover once and always unforgettable to me. I try my utmost to paint it faithfully because I don’t want it to leave me. In this endeavor I find myself most alive.”

 

He added, “If my paintings create places where someone can go and spend some time again and again to just get away from it all and relax, then that’s my pleasure.”

 

Portraiture of Landscapes, plein air originated paintings by G. Bruce Foxworthy will be in the HVCA gallery from Wednesday, Aug. 29 through Saturday, Sept. 29. Gallery hours are scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

 

Written and submitted by Anne Seebaldt 




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May in the Gallery - Gary Mulnix

 
 
 
 

Botanical Sculptures and Pastels

Sculpture and Pastel by Gary Mulnix

May 225, 2018

Meet the Artist Opening Reception Friday, May 4, at 7pm9pm


My work is inspired by the natural world.  Bronze brings sculpture to life while pastels are just fun to work with.  I love making art and I love seeing people’s reaction to what I create. ~Gary Mulnix


Gary’s exhibit is made up of bronze sculptures based on botanical form and pastel drawings based on the landscape. He aims to record what he finds in nature that is visually interesting, working in a realistic style.  At the same time, he simplifies in order to get at the essence of what is seen. His work reveals the simple exquisite beauty of the natural world.

Honors and Awards:

Elected member of the Allied Artists of America based in NYC

First Place Sculpture Award, Arts in Harmony, Blaine, MN, 2017

Second Place, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI, 2014

Third Place, Silver Medal Exhibition, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, 2017

Best of Show, Riverfest, Portland, MI 2011

Events:

100 Sculptors - 100 Sculptures, Sculptors of the Midwest, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI, 2016

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Regional Juried Sculpture Exhibition, Saginaw, MI, 2016

Great Lakes Pastel Society Members Exhibit, 2015, 2017

Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibitions, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibitions, Brookgreen Gardens, SC, 2013,2015


 

Journey to Abstraction- January 2017

 
 

Journey to Abstraction

January 6- 28, 2017

Artist Bern Merlo says, “I love color – my primary tool of expression. Intense color is one attribute that all of my artwork has in common. I paint using both oil and acrylic depending on the picture I am painting. My work shows movement and energy. I use color to show balance that provides transformation and interface with the energy in my work. My pieces are created in many layers. I work so that something from each layer is allowed to show through to increase the sense of multiple dimensions and depth.”

All of the above can be found in her upcoming show, A Journey to Abstraction, at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road.

The exhibit is featured in a gallery opening, along with the chance to meet the artist while enjoying light refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6.

Merlo explains, “I am inspired by a quote by artist Perle Fine (1905-1988): ‘I like to light up canvas with color; I like to make it shout or whisper; I like to make it spin…or make forms melt softly over the whole picture.’”

The Southfield-based artist adds, “A vision or feeling may serve as my inspiration. Whether the finished piece is a highly realistic portrayal, or an abstract in nature I strive to infuse my art with a sense of the obscurity and splendor. I have been painting for 25 years and have enjoyed my journey.”

On the way to that destination, some of the more recent events she’s taken part in include:

* Reaching for the Light- Rackham, University of Michigan-River Gallery-Oct. 6-Dec. 15, 2014

* Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI-2014

* Responding to Chaos- Rackham, University of Michigan-River Gallery- March 2- May 5, 2015

* Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Fall Exhibit, The Loft Fine Art, Mount Clemens, MI (juried by Adnan Charara) Oct. 1-28, 2016

* “Detroit Biennale" MONA, Armada, MI (juried by Jerry Saltz)- October 1, 2016

Original art is important, she said, as a “conversation starter.” In addition, “art creates mood in the home, adds personal character to your home, provides a color palette, makes a room feel finished …”

Merlo concluded, “I love the expression on the faces of people who buy a piece of my work. Everyone should have art in their life.”

Gallery hours for A Journey to Abstraction are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 4-28.

For more information about the exhibit, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.

 

November 2016

 
 
Warrior HeART

The HVCA gallery is proud to celebrate our service men and women with this verterans only show. Veterans with a passion for art from around Michigan have submitted and been juried into this one of a kind show. The work spans a multitude of mediums and subjects sure to delight visitors. 

The opening reception and awards ceremony will be held November 4th from 7-9pm. Appetizers and wine will be served. Come meet the artists in person! 

The exhibit will be on display from November 2 - November 26 during regular HVCA art center hours. 
 

October 2016

 
 
 
 
VIEWPOINTS
Featuring the photography of Gwendolyn Roth

Ms. Roth's exquisite photography will be on exhibit from October 5 - 29 showcasing her talent for our art center visitors. Come meet the artist at our opening reception on October 7th from 6-9pm. Here Gwendolyn speak about her work while you enjoy appetizers and wine. Make an evening of it by enjoying dinner at one of Highland's wonderful restaurants before or after the reception! 

 

September 2016

 
 

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HORSE

The HVCA is proud to partner with the Highland Trail Riders for this annual artist competition. The show encompasses all forms of two dimensional media with a horse theme, celebrating the long horse loving heritage of our art center's home town of Highland. We invite you to come an explore the wonderful work, and meet the artists on October 2 during the Meet the Artist Open House. Awards will be presented to artists at 1pm and light refreshments will be served.  



About the Highland Trail Riders

The organization is dedicated to maintaining and preserving the equestrian trails in the Highland Recreation Area.This beautiful park is located in the White Lake and Highland Township area of Oakland County, Michigan. The park offers 12 miles of trails that meander through breathtaking woods, fields and marshes. Riders can enjoy glimpses of deer, hawk, heron and many other wildlife members as they trot along the trails by the lake or through the hardwoods. 

The Highland Trail Riders Association sponsors several annual events where groups and individuals can enjoy an afternoon in the park with their human and equine friends. You will find our event information on our events page. We also hold an annual art contest and several equine related workshops and activities which are also listed on the events page and on our calendar page. Events, activities, workshops, and workbees are posted as they are organized.

Visit The Highland Trail Riders Website

 

Exhibit YOUR work at the HVCA!

 
 
GALLERY EXHIBIT APPLICATION NOW OPEN!
 
The Huron Valley Council for the Arts is now accepting proposals for exhibitions during our 2017 gallery season. All  artists are eligible to submit. Each artist selected during the jury process will exhibit for one month in the beautiful historic Highland Station House Gallery. In addition the HVCA will provide a full complement of advertising materials including posters for public distribution as well as a "Meet the Artist" wine and appetizer reception on the first Friday of the exhibition month.While our final deadline is in September, all entrants are encouraged to apply earlier as we reserve the option of assigning months in advance of the deadline.

 



 

March 2016

 
 

NATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED ARTIST FEATURED AT HVCA RECEPTION, SILENT AUCTION MARCH 4


Whether he’s using his artistry to craft jewelry, monumental sculptures, watercolors, pastels or colorful oil paintings, nationally-acclaimed artist Heiner Hertling puts everything into it and it shows.


Hertling’s work, Brush with Nature, is featured in March at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland.

He’s known for making generous donations to organizations intent on preserving the environment such as Boy Scouts, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the Grouse Society, as well as various art groups to help them to generate income and further the arts.This event is no exception: Hertling’s gallery reception and a silent auction will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at HVCA, which will offer those attending a chance to meet the artist and bid on his work.


Though drew and painted from a young age in his native Germany, Hertling chose commercial art and advertising as a means to make a living, but also continued to create personal artwork. He completed a graphics apprenticeship in Hamburg, Germany, and was off to see the world, enjoying the United States’ open spaces and glorying in its wildlife and nature, a theme that still resounds in his artwork.After a brief sojourn in New York as a commercial artist, he moved to Detroit, where the auto industry employed the best of the best illustrators and artists. He joined a studio, working for 20 years before owning his own studio along with his wife, Diane.


Hertling always had loved fine art, and, as computers replaced brushes and paint in the commercial art field, he chose to “just paint and sculpt for pleasure,” a simple transition because he’d never really stopped creating. He gathered up first places in national art competitions and that, combined with featured artist honors and seven conservation stamp wins, convinced galleries to represent him.


The founder of Michigan Plein Air Painters, he’s happiest with the accolades of other artists; he’s a member of the Society of Animal Artists and has received invitations to the Birds in Art Exhibition in Wisconsin in addition to numerous other honors.


In addition to receiving national recognition, his talent, discipline and enthusiasm for art also has made him a household name as a teacher and mentor. Hertling hosts a television series, “Your Brush with Nature.” It’s a plein air painting show that’s given him a means to share his knowledge with viewers all over the world. He’s received an Emmy nomination for his on-air teaching as well as numerous letters, emails and phone calls from his viewers thanking him for sharing his knowledge.


He has written a plein air painting book, “Your Brush with Nature: A Painting Guide for Everyone” as well as having illustrated several wildlife books.

When not traveling and painting, he enjoys the four seasons in his home in Howell, Michigan where he built himself the studio of his dreams in 2012.

Gallery hours for Brush with Nature are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays March 2-26.  

 

February 2016

 
 

WILLIAMS’ HVCA FEBRUARY OIL PAINTING EXHIBIT PRESERVES THE PAST

 

Highland Township artist James Williams' oil paintings of landmarks will be presented inDetroit and Beyond: Landmarks Past and Present, February’s Huron Valley Council of the Arts’ exhibit. 

 

His work will be exhibited Feb. 3-27; a gallery opening will take place on Friday, Feb. 5 from 7-9 p.m., at HVCA, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland. The event will give those those attending the opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

 

Williams, who describes himself as a landmark artist, explained what that means. “My paintings are of past and present-day landmarks related to the Detroit, Chicago and Great Lakes regions. These are oil paintings completed in an impressionist realist style," he said.

 

"Many are based on my personal reflections and my experience of growing up in Detroit," he added. "Themes include lighthouses and Great Lakes themes. Whimsical elements are added that may assist the viewer relate to the time and place of the paintings' theme.

 

“I enjoy painting the images that represent and preserve much of our past,” Williams stated. “It is an ongoing process.”

 

Oils are a terrific medium with which to illustrate his subjects, said Williams. “I enjoy the feeling of working with oil paint, its flexibility, and the texturing elements it can create.

 

“The journey I’ve taken as a painter is always changing and evolving. It has not necessarily been my intention to create exact images of these landmarks, but to capture a place and time that the viewer can relate to personally,” he added.

 

Williams' awards and honors include first place in the 2014 Allen Park Street Art Fair as well as second place in that event in 2013, first place in the St. Clair Art Association’s 2014 members’ competition, honorable mention in the Grosse Pointe Art Association’s 2013 exhibit, and second place in the 2014 Lac St. Clair Fine Art Show. 

 

His work is represented at the Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort and Lilacs and Lace, all on Mackinac Island, Detroit Tigers, Drake Hotel (Chicago – Mangels), Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Artist Market, HVCA’s The Art Shop, and other retail outlets.

 

Gallery hours for Detroit and Beyond: Landmarks Past and Present are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 

 

 

Written by Anne Seebaldt

 

January 2016

 
 

BRODY SAYS ‘AMERICAN ARTIST’ HVCA SHOW FEATURES ‘REALISTIC VIEWS’

 

“My paintings are a realistic views of places near and far. I pick a direction and seek things to paint, be it right out my door or across the country,” said acrylic painter William Brody of his upcoming show at Huron Valley Council for the Arts. “I choose things that people can relate to as well as things that will no longer be around in the years to come. All my paintings reflect America as I see it.”

 American Artist is highlighted in a gallery reception Friday, Jan. 8, from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, which will have the opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

 Brody’s inspired by “the beauty of everyday things and how it is effected by light and shadow,” adding, “I like how paint applied to a 2-D surface can almost become magical.

  “We live in a world that is constantly changing and it gets harder to relate to the things around us,” he stated. “Yet there are moments of clarity that connect us to who we are where we’ve been and where we belong. These moments are sparked for the most part by one of our senses — the smell of a turkey cooking, the sound of sea gulls calling, the touch of a snow flake on our face. For me, I find these sparks in the things I see. As I have gotten older, I find I’ve collected many images in my head that bring me joy of a life lived. As an artist, I want to share these moments with my fellow man in hopes that they will awaken a special time from their life. I might paint a scene with a porch that means something to me and find others saying that it reminds them of something in their life. If so, then I have done my job.”

 Brody has been a signature artist of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society for 18 years. He also was selected to the International Guild of Realism. In addition, he’s had paintings displayed in various juried shows across the country, among them three 2015 shows in New York City.

 When asked what people should know about his work, his reply was simple: “That life is made of moments and it is our choice to select the ones to keep. I’ve come full circle with my art to show a realistic view of the things I feel are beautiful and worth sharing.”

 Gallery hours for American Artist are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 through Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

 

Coming Soon!

 
 



Whether recreating old songs from the Mississippi Delta or performing songs in her own confessional style, 

Jo Serrapere’s music stands original while always reflecting her love of American roots music. Her eclectic 

writing and performance fuses elements of various modern and traditional folk music, old-time and electric 

blues styles, roots rock, garage surf, swing, hot jazz and alt-country. Jo’s resume includes 2 appearances on 

“A Prairie Home Companion,” Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Wheatland Music Festival 

and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Jo is a founding member of the old-

time group Uncle Earl and currently performs with the all-female trio Stella!. Jo will be performing with 

her trio (John Devine and Laura Ann Bates) at the Kettle Concert.



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HVCA Exhibitions

 
  HVCA July 2015 Exhibition
September 2- September 26, 2015
Oil on Canvas
It's All About the Horse 

Opening Reception - Complimentary Admission
Sunday, September 13, 2015
11-3PM

The Gallery is open 
Wednesday thru Friday, 
10 AM - 5 PM 
and Saturdays 
11 AM - 4 PM.

ALL ABOUT THE HORSE' EXHIBIT OPENING, TRUNK SALE ARE PART OF HIGHLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL Giddy-up! It’s All About the Horse, an exhibit featuring Huron Valley area photographers’ work, is featured in Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) gallery the month of September. A collaboration of the HVCA and the Highland Trail Riders Association, the exhibit opening takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 with a reception at the gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland. Light refreshments are provided. Awards will be distributed at 1 p.m. The gallery show is open to all mediums; however, according to Jane Brown of the Highland Trail Riders, who had organized the show from the Highland Trail Riders end for five years (Brown just turned over the reins of organization to Vickie Banyash this year), “The focal point of every art entry must be a horse or horses. I saw a lot of the artwork coming in and it’s just going to be a great show. The horse is such a beautiful animal and these artists have really captured that beauty.” Aside from the gallery opening, gallery hours for the It’s All About the Horse exhibit, which began Wednesday, Sept. 2, take place Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturdays from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 26. In addition to the art opening, the third annual Trunk and Tailgate Artists’ Sale, Seconds and Supplies that occurs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 in HVCA’s parking lot, along with the HVCA “Yart” sale. These events all are part of the annual Highland Heritage Festival, formerly known as Highland HeyDays, an old-fashioned street fair-style event that takes place Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13. For more information about the All About the Horse exhibit or the Trunk & Tailgate Artists’ Sale, Seconds and Supplies, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.
 

March 2015

 
  Views & Visions Poster

Emerging Artists
Huron Valley Schools
Celebration of the Arts
Meet our communities Emerging Artist from Huron Valley's Elementary and Secondary Schools. View the talent that is being nurtured by our schools dedicated art teachers. Enjoy an evening of fresh young art from the minds of our future masters. 
 

September 2014

 
 
Join Us Saturday, September 13 & Sunday September 14 
for family fun during the HVCA activities 
at the Highland Heritage Festival 

Saturday Activities Include (11am-5pm)
HVCA Trunk & Tailgate Art Sale 
Community Sharing Empty Bowls Painting Party
It's All About the Horse Art Compitition and Sale

Sunday Activities Include (11am- 4pm)
HVCA Trunk & Tailgate Art Sale Continues
Open House Reception with Refreshments
1pm Awards Ceremony for the It's All About the Horse Art Competition 

In addition to these activities Highland Township will be hosting additional fun events including: 
Artistsan Market
Farmers Market
Heavner's Kayak Pond
Heritage Festival Beer Tent
Live Music All Weekend
Kids Zone with Bouncy City
Civil War Reinactment Camp
And much more! 


 

August 2014

 
 


Meet Photographer Maurice Sanders

August 1, 2014

7pm-9pm

Guests will enjoy viewing Mr. Sanders's beautiful portraits from around the world during this free wine and appetizer reception. 

Hear about the artist's inspiration and the compelling stories behind the photos. 



More about the Exhibit and Sale

Novi photographer Maurice Sanders decided to focus on people in the upcoming Huron Valley Council for the Arts’ August gallery exhibit. Sanders explained, “While traveling to different countries, I have taken many images of local people. I had an idea of putting together a photography exhibit called Global Faces.”

The exhibit takes place in the HVCA art center, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland, and features a gallery opening from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug.1, with a chance to meet the artist while enjoying light refreshments.

Sanders, who is a freelance photographer, has studied both film and digital photography for many years. Several of his photographs have been published in local magazines. He also has received numerous awards from camera clubs and area galleries.He is largely self-taught, with the exception of attending workshops, online courses and networking with other photographers. He is a member of several camera clubs and president of one. Each club provides him with hands-on learning and networking opportunities. 

Sanders’ love for photography has taken him to all seven continents. He firmly believes that “a great photograph tells a story and creates a feeling within the viewer.” When asked what his favorite photograph of all his work is, he replied, “The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” His philosophy is to "make the invisible visible."

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug. 24

-Written by Anne Seebaldt 

 

July 2014

 
 

JANICE DUMAS'S 
My Michigan
through July 26, 2014

Exhibit is open during the regular HVCA gallery hours Wednesday - Friday 10am-5pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm. 

About the Exhibit

After spending a good part of the last year travelling around Michigan focusing on painting the natural beauty around us, “My Michigan” includes a combination of en plein air and studio watercolor paintings resulting from these travels. Work includes pieces completed during artist residencies in Glen Arbor and East Jordan, as well as trips to other Michigan locations including Marquette, the Porcupine Mountains, the Keewanau Peninsula, East Tawas, Mackinaw City, Cadillac, and around Milford.  

“I am inspired by the natural beauty we are blessed with in Michigan!” - Janice Dumas

More About the Artist

Janice Dumas has focused on plein air painting for the last ten years. After closing her business last year she spent much of her time exploring Michigan and the many beautiful sites it offers for painting en plein air and in studio. She was honored to be selected by the Glen Arbor Art Association for their artist in residence program for two weeks last May, and again for two weeks in August at the ISLAND House artist in residence program.

One of the founding members of the Michigan Plein Air Painters, Janice has participated in plein air paint-out events in several locations including Glen Arbor and Cadillac. Her work has been exhibited in shows sponsored by numerous organizations including Michigan Watercolor Society, Our Town, Village Fine Art Association, and First Presbyterian Church of Northville.

A lifetime resident of the Midwest, Janice graduated with a BFA from Wayne State University.

Visit her website to preview the show www.janicedumas.com 



 

June 2014

 
 

Opening Night Reception

Meet artist Andrea Worthington  

June 6, 2014 - 7pm

More about the exhibit:

JUNE CERAMICS EXHIBIT AT HVCA GALLERY FOCUSES UPON NATURE'S BEAUTY

HIGHLAND — Nature’s Delight, featuring the ceramic work of Andrea Worthington, recent Adrian College graduate and Milford resident, will feature a gallery reception for the exhibit from 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 6 at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road. 

The gallery reception includes the opportunity to meet the artistic while enjoying light refreshments.

“My exhibit will create a surreal wonderland of nature’s beauty, solidified in the permanent state of ceramics. By using brilliant colors and a wealth of detail I bring the viewers into a playful/happy mood,” explained Worthington. “As an art educator, I consider it important to create work with as much energy, spirit, and youthfulness as children have. My colorful fruit bugs, large, brightly hued flowers and intricately detailed designs on all of my pieces call forth the life and energy of small children.

Worthington’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in ceramics, and a Michigan Teaching Certificate in Art Education (K-12). Her education truly has influenced her work.

“What inspires me is nature and being around children,” she said. “It is truly amazing what changes nature makes on its own along with what all the seasons bring and also how children are constantly growing, teaching, and inspiring us every day…. With my knowledge in art education I am constantly exposed to children’s thoughts, interests, and actions, I am better able to capture a child’s fantasy. My childhood and lifelong love for the outdoors and interacting with nature, helps my work engage both children and adults. I plan on teaching art and working with elementary age students in small classroom environments,” she said. “I love to teach all different kinds of art such as ceramics, painting, printmaking, drawing, jewelry making and some glass work. My favorite type of art to create and work with is ceramics.”

She added, “By creating installation pieces, I take ceramic work out of its traditional state as if to say: ‘I’m not a vessel, but I’m still art.’ I want to create a surreal garden space, bringing back childhood imaginations by making flowers and fruit bugs to hang on the walls, crafting boxes with intricate creatures and colors, constructing an enormous flower piece on the floor to set your mind free from the ceramic utilitarian world, and give way to the fantasy environment of nature.      

“In addition to invoking the wonder and delight a child would feel in an enormous garden, I want to preserve the temporary beauty of nature in a permanent state through ceramics By hand building, I can accurately portray detail and the intensity of life encountered in nature. Working with terra cotta allows me to utilize a colorful glazing process known as majolica, a practice only applicable to this clay. I build detail by brushing multiple layers of colored glazes on top each other, creating deeper hues and portraying the bright, vibrant, living beings in nature such as butterflies, frogs, geckos, bugs, fruit, and flowers."

Worthington, who has taken part in several exhibitions at Adrian College, has received the Michigan Ceramic Art Association (MCAA) scholarship for continuing study in ceramics, a merit award in some juried student exhibitions and several honorable mentions during college.

Despite receiving recognition for her work, she said, “My most important accomplishments were student teaching and working at an art museum teaching ceramics to 7-10 year old students. I plan on teaching every student about art and how it allows them to express themselves in all different ways. I also plan to continue making ceramics for exhibitions, to sell, and just to have for myself.”

Gallery hours for Nature’s Delight are 19 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays Wednesday, June 4-Saturday, June 28.


 

May 2014

 
 

‘VISIBLE, YET UNSEEN’ HVCA MAY GALLERY FEATURES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Late in his business career, Eric Law discovered his true passion of fine art photography.

Intensive personal study allowed him to develop skills and a personal vision for his new avocation. This in turn allowed him to understand how a photographer, his equipment and a subject come together and create compelling imagery that captures the imagination.

Huron Valley Council for the Arts’ opening of Law’s show, Visible, Yet Unseen, in takes place from 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 2 in HVCA’s gallery at 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland. The event offers those attending the opportunity to meet the artist while enjoying light refreshments.

Law explained the philosophy and essence of his work.

He wrote, “Modern abstract artist Paul Klee wrote, ‘Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.’ This is the essence of fine art photography — a visual image created by the artist as photographer…. You see only the things around you — people, places, and objects. With a compact camera, smartphone, Facebook, and Instagram, your photographs document ‘who was there and what I ate.’ You post, tag, pin and tweet in a world of personal photojournalism shared through social media.

“I see things differently — a world of shapes, patterns, colors, and textures. My photographs bring these attributes into view. When something is observed with no context, its separate existence ends and its characteristics become the focus. Now you see what is visible, yet unseen, and you are drawn into the intimate dialogue with my world. Through my work I expose you to a different kind of image. Your experience is with photography that is about something. My photographs invite you to connect with a subject you may not immediately see and challenge you to find meaning in a purely abstract expression.”

In 2010, Law won the prestigious Gold Medal award for his fine art print “Cattail” in the 97th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition at Detroit’s historic Scarab Club (est. 1907), which is the club’s highest honor. It was the first time the award was given to a photographer.

Two of his photographs are included in the recently published Volume 21 of Studio Visit magazine, a juried selection of international visual artists. Law also has exhibited in many galleries in the Detroit area, as well as nationally and internationally, and his photographs are in a number of private collections. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America and has a studio in Berkley, Michigan.

Gallery hours for Visible, Yet Unseen are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays from Thursday, May 1-Saturday, May 31.

For more information about the exhibit, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.

 

April 2014

 
 

APRIL HVCA GALLERY FEATURES THREE LOCAL FIBER ARTISTS

Fabulous Fibers: Fun and Functional, the March Huron Valley Council for the Arts exhibit, hosts a gallery opening from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 4.

The event will give those attending the opportunity to meet the three local fiber artists and enjoy light refreshments.

Local artists Mary Bacjz, Kathy Amerman and Valerie Shoen elaborated upon the exhibit’s concept in a joint statement, “Our exhibit is focused on the many interpretations of fiber art. In particular, art and wearable art that is inspired by nature. Our show will include colorful framed tapestries using non-traditional warp and a variety of fibers and embellishments. We also feature quilts and rugs, garments, accessories, as well as woven and fiber jewelry, and fiber vessels.”

During a unique event held in conjunction with the exhibit, Bacjz will give a talk “Quilt Making: From Functional to Art Form” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24. The event is free and open to the public.   

Why fiber?

Bacjz explained her thoughts. “Humans surround themselves in fiber every day,” she stated. “We wear it, sleep in it, and make our homes and workplaces more comfortable with it. Beyond the purely functional, fibers add beauty to our lives in what we wear and how we choose to decorate our surroundings.”

“I am truly inspired by nature,” added Amerman. “I love to run or walk through the woods and fields and often stop to take pictures that I will ‘turn into’ weavings.  From the smallest wildflower to the largest lake, I find a beautiful palette of colors and textures that I emulate in my work.”

Schoen said, “My main focus is the pure enjoyment of working with my hands and imagination to create something out of nothing…..I hope the quality of the work I accomplish is evident to others.”

Bacjz, a Milford resident for 40-plus years, earned a degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University. Her primary artistic passion, however, is quilting, which she started 38 years ago. Her quilts have been entered in national shows; she shares her love of quilting by teaching and public speaking. She is “constantly delighted by the endless ways fabrics can be combined into a beautiful and useful quilt — art that can keep you warm.” For her, quilting is a source of serendipity: she begins with an idea, assembles fabrics, starts cutting and sewing and watches to see if good things happen … and they almost always do. Her fiber items include smaller art quilts, reversible silk jackets, heaps of handbags, knit items and hooked rugs. She discovered the technique of “free cut piecing” about 12 years ago, describing it as “a technique that lets me ‘draw’ with my rotary cutter.” It serves as her artistic voice.

Amerman grew up in Ann Arbor and has lived in Milford nearly 28 years. She earned a B.S. in Engineering at Michigan State University and received her Masters of Engineering in Applied Mechanics at Stanford University. She worked for General Motors (primarily at the Milford Proving Grounds) for more than 33 years in the field of noise and vibration. As she retired in 2012, she now is able to pursue various interests, which include violin performance, trail running, community involvement (YMCA, library, planning commission) and (last but not least) her fiber art. She took an interest in fiber art starting in college, where she attended a community education course in weaving. Through the years, she put together a few projects here and there, but with a job, a husband, and two boys, she had little time for artistic pursuits. For the past several years, though, she’s been a member of Black Sheep Weavers Fiber Guild in Hartland, receiving considerable inspiration and knowledge from the guild’s talented members. She also is a part of the artistic co-op, the HVCA ArtShop, and has shown her work at HVCA events such as Art on the River and Arts and Greens as well as art shows in Elk Rapids and the Garden Walk in Milford.

In the 40 years she’s lived in Commerce Township, Schoen said she’s seen a lot of changes. A graduate of Walsh College with a bachelor of accountancy degree, she’s worked at various companies throughout the years. After being part of major layoffs due to the recent poor economy, she said she has relied on knitting and other craft pursuits to maintain her sanity. Schoen has been involved with HVCA for the past two-and-a-half years; she started out as a volunteer and was accepted as a member of the ArtShop artist cooperative in 2012; she specializes in knitted shrugs, using her own pattern, which she developed after seeing examples on television, because she prefers to expand her own ideas, rather than depend upon those of others.

Gallery hours for Fabulous Fibers are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays Wednesday, April 2 through Monday, April 28.

For more information about the exhibit, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.

Copy by: Anne Seebaldt

 

Emerging Masters ~ Elementary School Exhibit

 
 

HIGHLAND, Mich. — One night simply was not enough to open the Huron Valley Council for the Arts and Huron Valley Schools Elementary Art Department’s joint exhibit, Emerging Masters.

The exhibit features the work of student artists who hail from Highland, Spring Mills, Brooks, Kurtz, Country Oaks, Lakewood, Johnson, Heritage and Oxbow elementary schools in Huron Valley School District.

“Huron Valley Schools Elementary Art Department in partnership with HVCA is honored to showcase art work from students from all of our elementary schools,” said Denise Forrest, Country Oaks art teacher and coordinator on behalf of the school district. "This exhibit is the culmination of a year's worth of art education and creativity on behalf of both our art teachers and our students. There will be a wide variety of art on display, both two- and three-dimensional, from the elements and principles of art, to realism and abstraction to world cultures.”

The opening receptions take place at HVCA's gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday March 6th for students from Heritage, Spring Mills, Highland,  Johnson &  Kurtz. A second reception will be held on Friday March 7th  6-7:30 pm for students from Country Oaks, Lakewood, Oxbow, Brooks.




Teachers from each of the schools will be present:

Janet Powell/Highland and Johnson

Tyra Fortson/Heritage

Lisa Rolls/Spring Mills and Highland

Denise Forrest/Country Oaks

Sina Kaczor/Kurtz and Johnson

Katheryn Krupa/Oxbow and Brooks

Debby Warner/Lakewood and Brooks

Forrest added, “In elementary art, students are introduced to a variety of art forms and media," she said. "Students learn to look, understand, judge and create artwork to communicate meaning. Beginning in kindergarten, students learn art vocabulary and concepts that they will use throughout their school career. Creativity, problem solving and critical thinking are embedded in the teaching and making of art."

Gallery hours for Emerging Masters are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through March 29. 



 

February Exhibit

 
 
Meet the Artist Deborah Hoover
February 7, 2014
7pm-9pm

Guests will enjoy free admission, wine and appetizers during the opening . Be the first to view and shop the show! 
 

More about the show...

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP — Meet the artist behind Seeing Music, painter Deborah Hoover, at a gallery opening Friday, Feb. 7 at Huron Valley Council for the Arts art center, 205 W. Livingston Road.Those visiting also can enjoy light refreshments, including wine and appetizers.

The exhibit, which is on display at the gallery Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Monday, March 3, includes both acrylic and watercolor paintings of musicians making music, Hoover said. “Contemporary expressionism is how I would describe my style of painting,” she said. “I frequently focus on jazz musicians because the viewer can imagine what type of music is being performed by the posture of the musicians.”

Hoover’s far from an artistic novice. Art has always been a part of my life,” she noted. “One of my earliest memories is my dad giving me a pencil and a small note pad so I would sit still in church. It worked and I filled the pages with little drawings. Looking back, it surprises me that at the age of five years old I was recognizing that some pages were (accidentally) better-designed.”

Hoover received graphic arts training at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, worked at a typesetting company and dabbled in painting. She began painting seriously after she “retired” from the typesetting company upon the birth of her first daughter.

She recalled, “My first efforts were a combination of impression and representational, what I saw was what you got, with some emotion added. As I continued to paint, I found my more successful paintings whether the subject was landscape, floral, figure or abstract were quite energetic and filled with movement. At that time, my husband and I took our seven- and five-year-old daughters to Chicago for a weekend of sightseeing. There was a jazz musician playing a sax on the corner. We donated a couple of dollars and I snapped a few photos. I used those photos as reference material that launched my theme of musical paintings.” And she was on her way.

“Reading about the Swiss artist Paul Klee, I found his statement, ‘make the invisible visible’ and recognized that statement was what I had been trying to do,” explained Hoover. “We all know what energy, light and movement look like but we can’t hold them in our hands. It is an exciting challenge to capture the essence of life in paint. Using vibrant colors that pulsate with life, designing with line and shapes to create a language is how I attempt to make energy, light and music visible. The more I focused on making the ‘invisible visible,’ the more alive my paintings became.

“My art is a map of where I have been,” she added. “I have combined design, representation, Impressionism, emotional content and making the ‘invisible visible’ to produce paintings that celebrate life.

Gallery hours for the exhibit, which runs through Saturday, March 3, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

 

January 2014

 
 
Meet the Artistsof Reckless Prophets
January 10, 2014
7pm-9pm
Guests will enjoy free admission, wine and appetizers during the opening 
Meet the Artists Reception in January. Be the first to view and shop the show! 
 

History of the Reckless Prophets

It all began over cracked eggs at a local downriver eatery when sometime in 2005 (or was it 2006?) we started our “last Tuesday of the month” breakfast gatherings.  A commitment to our various artistic practices and our fondness for each other, (as well as the to-die-for omelets at Charley’s On the River), sustained us for several years. From month to month the composition of artists around the table shifted until a core group of women began consistently to meet.

Eventually someone, most likely Patricia Izzo, recognized that we could, no we should, think about exhibiting our work as a collective. But it would take a couple of additional years before we agreed on group guidelines (Rule 1: there are no rules; Rule 2: see Rule 1), tried out several names by which to identify ourselves (finally settling on Reckless Prophets), and drew up a plan to move forward with our exhibition goals.

A chance meeting with TAG (The Artist Group) members Scharolette Chappell and Ginger Scobie set the stage for our inaugural exhibit at the Scharolette Chappell/Gateway Gallery in Oak Park in 2011.  The fabulous exhibition featured 22 dynamic artists from the metro Detroit area, a spoken word program, drumming circle, live music and more. We were hatched and on our way!

Currently, the Reckless Prophets represent 10 women artists creating art in a variety of styles, media and directions, primarily working and living in the Downriver area. And, although our favorite restaurant has closed it doors, we still meet for breakfast every month, still over cracked eggs, still committed to supporting each other as individuals and through the collective.

 

October 2013 - Melting Point

 
  A Cohesive Exhibit of Glass Works by Al Bray and Sue Murdock
Melting Point…..the temperature when glass becomes liquid… In the hands and kilns of Al Bray and Sue Murdock magic happens as glass is transformed from sheets of glass, and powdered glass to unique original art pieces. Each finished piece is a culmination of techniques that the two Kiln-Formed artists have mastered over the past 10 years. The exhibit is a culmination of the challenges and joy that the two of them have experienced, which has resulted in finding harmony in glass and friendship.

The two artists met in 2003 while enrolled in the first fusing class either of them had ever taken. Since that time they have continued their fusing studies in various locations. They particularly enjoy attending the Master Classes through Oatka School of Glass in Batavia, NY. Although they work in their individual studios, they have share a close bond that is fused together by their passion for glass. Both Sue and Al have won numerous awards, and this past winter, both won first place in two different shows, on the same weekend.

Sue Murdock, a native of Milford, started fusing glass after retiring from a career in higher education. After taking her first class in glass fusing in 2003, she found a creative passion that has led her to where she is today. Sue is fascinated with the unending ways to use and manipulate glass and her ability to push and test the limits is well suited to working with glass.

Al Bray, A Lansing native, began his exploration of kiln formed glass in 2003 while seeking a leisurely artistic outlet to counterbalance the left brain centric demands of his technology-based career. Since that time, Al has worked to refine his understanding of this artistic media and is currently focused on exploiting certain reactive properties of glass powders and sheet glass to bridge the contemporary and urban aesthetics through texture, depth, color and form.





 

September 2013

 
 
'ALL ABOUT THE HORSE' EXHIBIT OPENING
 It’s All About the Horse, an exhibit featuring Huron Valley area photographers’ work, is blazing a trail to the Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) gallery starting Sunday, Sept. 15. A collaboration of the HVCA and the Highland Trail Riders Association, the exhibit opening takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 with a reception at the gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland. Light refreshments are provided.
The gallery show is strengthened this year by opening it up to all mediums. "We have over 50 pieces on display," said Leah Ohmer, HVCA executive director. Awards will be distributed at 1 p.m. Entries were juried by Judy Munro, an award-winning artist who previously has exhibited her work at HVCA. 

Aside from the gallery opening, gallery hours for the It’s All About the Horse exhibit will continue Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturdays from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. through Sept. 28. For more information about the exhibit, call 248-889-8660.                

 

 

August 2013

 
 
 
 
 
Meet the Artist Opening Night Reception
August 2, 2013  7pm ~ 9pm
 
Candace and Joe Brancik will be on hand to talk about their inspiration for their paintings and photography. Be the first to see the show and enjoy wine and light appetizers. The exhibit will be open from August 2, 2013 through August 24, 2013 during regular HVCA hours.
 
More about the exhibit...
 
AUGUST HUSBAND-WIFE EXHIBIT FEATURES DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, MIXED MEDIA WORKS AT HVCA

 

HIGHLAND TWP. — Nature, Through Lens and Brush, which combines mixed-media paintings by Candace Brancik as well as the nature photography of Joseph Brancik, is featured in August’s gallery at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland.

 

The husband-wife exhibit opens Friday, Aug. 2, with a free gallery reception from 7-9 p.m. It is open to the public and features both painting and photography.

 

Joseph is inspired to capture what he sees with his camera; then he plays with the images digitally to present his own vision. Candace is drawn mostly to the avian aspect of nature, which she feels lends itself well to the graphic nature of her paintings. Her mixed-media style is the result of some experimentation with different media: charcoal, gesso, oil glaze, and pastel on paper.

 

Candace said, “I love so many aspects of the process of art. I’ve tried just about everything out there and I love it all!  My challenge is to narrow it down and try to focus all of my energy into one place, so that I can improve my skills in that area. Mixed media allows me to bring several of these media together in one place and still focus on one style. And because of its seemingly limitless nature, I can still satisfy my urge to experiment, while keeping my body of work somewhat cohesive.”

 

“I am a digital artist,” added Joseph. “I have been since the first Macintosh computers came out. My photography is just another extension of my vision through the digital realm, through the lens, so to speak. And nature is an endless fascination, full of gorgeous images and opportunities to express my wonder of the natural world.”

 

Joseph began drawing and painting as a child, eventually doing illustrations for several books and magazines as a young adult. He also honed his computer skills from an early age, creating multi-media games as a junior high school student and taking CAD/CAM classes at a vocational school.

He became a technical illustrator immediately after graduating from high school. Later on, he took MacIntosh classes, intent on learning as many software programs as possible. He eventually moved on to teach the classes, freelance and work for several highly-respected art studios and post facilities in the Detroit Metro area.

Joseph has contributed to several award-winning programs throughout his 20+ year career in computer graphics and animation.

During a break from working due to a disability, Joseph decided to try digital photography and digital manipulation and experimentation of his images. He loved the experience, and has since entered his first art competition, having all of his pieces accepted into the exhibition. Joseph is a member of the Village Fine Arts Association and Semafx, an animation and effects group in Southeast Michigan.

His previous exhibitions and awards include: Village Fine Arts Association Views & Visions Juried Show and multiple ITVA Golden Cassette awards for his graphics and animation.

 

Candace completed her Bachelors of Art degree in illustration at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She then worked at various art studios and agencies during her 20-plus year career as a graphic artist and art director before becoming a full-time artist.

 

She belongs to the Village Fine Arts Association, the Huron Valley Council for the Arts and other fine arts-related groups. She also has taken many classes and workshops, juried artwork and, in 2012, started doing at least one small painting just about every day.

Her work is in private collections in the United States and abroad. It also has been accepted into many metro area art exhibits, won awards, and was included in Northlight Books Publication as well as the “Connected” exhibit; the latter work will be featured in the Grand Rapids-based ArtPrize exhibit. “Connected” features artist and writer pairs who work on a single word theme.

Candace completed her Bachelors of Art degree in illustration at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She then worked at various art studios and agencies during her 20+ year career as a graphic artist and art director before becoming a full-time artist.

 

Her awards, Honors and Publications include: Being chosen for the “Connected” exhibit, Village Fine Arts Association’s 2012 Artist of the Year and second place in VFAA’s Poetry Art Night 2011. She also took “best of show” in Lawrence Street Gallery’s “The Body Eclectic” juried show (2009) as well as its 2009 invitational show. Also in 2009, her “Raven 2” piece was selected for publication in Northlight Books’ Strokes of Genius 2, The Best of Light & Shadow.

Nature, Through Lens and Brush continues through Saturday, Aug. 24. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the HVCA gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland.

 

June 2013

 
 
 
Meet the Artist Opening Night Reception
June 7, 2013 7pm~9pm
 
Be the first to shop the exhibit and enjoy wine & light appetizers. Candace Law will be on hand to speak about her work and the encaustic process. The exhibit will be open from June 7, 2013 through June 29, 2013 during regular HVCA hours.
 
Artist Statment about the show:
 
This exhibition has been in the making for some time. It started with an experiment using rusty metal, damp paper, bricks as weight and heat from the sun to make a rust print. And I was in love. Inspiration for me often comes just from working with materials and process.
 
The works shown here are a visual and intellectual exploration of pairing and juxtaposing contrasting materials. Many blend an interest in the decayed industrial age and man-made objects with the abstract, as expressed through drawing (using fluid, organic lines, often of the human figure), found objects, mixed media and encaustic—an ancient hot wax medium.

As an artist, I keep coming back to working with hot wax because of the endless opportunities it offers. I often take my drawings, photographs, or whatever materials are at hand and embed them in encaustic.

There is an atmospheric feel that comes from interleaving the different materials and a visual depth I find compelling. In some pieces, my work is more intuitive and free-flowing. In others, I return to a more formal organization that harkens back to my training in architectural illustration.
 
Included in the exhibition are a variety of works: from encaustic paint only, to mixed media, and into my current focus with rust. I hope you will enter into a personal dialogue with each work and catch a glimpse of the world I see.
 
 

May 2013

 
 
Meet the Artist Opening Night Reception
May 3, 2013 7pm~9pm
 
Be the first to shop the exhibit and enjoy wine & light appetizers. Jason Jones will be on hand to speak about the stunning pieces that make up his body of work. The exhibit will be open from May 3, 2013 through May 25, 2013 during regular HVCA hours.
 
More about the exhibit:
 

ONE-MAN PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW FEATURED IN HVCA MAY GALLERY

HIGHLAND TWP. — Photographer Jason R. Jones’ one-man photography show, An American Artisan, opens Friday, May 3, with an artist reception in the gallery space of Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road.

 “Vision is a gift from God,” Jones said. “Photography provides a means to celebrate this gift with the world. My work stems from a love and appreciation of the natural world as well as the history of places and thing found within this great country,” explained Jones. “My images tell a story of the land and history and in their own way help frame the ‘American story’. I believe that photography, as a medium is both archival and artistic. The resulting image is uniquely historical to the time and place of capture but also conveys an artistic vision in the way it was captured and processed.”

Jones added, “I try to keep my processing as light and as close to the original as possible retaining a natural and subtly tonal control that showcases the subject. Great care is taken to make sure color saturation is not over processed but instead enhanced through tonal adjustments such as burn and dodge and light exposure blending to create an image that is closer to what the human eye sees. I would classify my images as ‘pictorial art’ and not journalistic photography…. I aim to create an image not just take one. In doing so, I try to take my time composing the image and study my subject from several angles and may even return several times before capturing the image that will be used to produce the final pictorial piece. Through carful compositional planning, burning and dodging and light exposure blending techniques, I achieve my final results, and then, for the soul or life of the image, I give it its own unique story which is either factual or legend depending on the subject.”

His goal is to ensure that “viewers of my work will feel the raw emotion and natural beauty in each image within this collection. If I am able to bottle the emotion and awe that I felt while capturing these images and share that with others I have achieved my goal.”

 

Having taken so much trouble to create his photographs, naturally Jones wants to ensure that they are finished in a way that shows off their beauty.

All images, which are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity, “are finished on canvas wrapped around a 1 ½-inch stretcher frame complete with a wire hanger and bumpers on the back side for mounting…. I am a fan of bonded canvas images. The image is first printed on Kodak Endura professional paper in either fine art Metallic or Lustre and then bonded to the canvas like a traditional photographic print. An actual photographic print is created and its emulsion is stripped and then bonded to canvas and wrapped around the wood frame. In my opinion this process retains higher quality, detail and tonal range then printing directly to the canvas itself.”

Admission to An American Artistan is free and open to the public through May 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. First Friday Gallery Exhibits are sponsored by Genysis Credit Union.

For more information, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.

 

April 2013

 
 
 
Meet the Artist Opening Night Reception
April 5, 2013 7pm~9pm
 
Be the first to shop the exhibit and enjoy wine & light appetizers.
The exhibit will be open from June 7, 2013 through June 29, 2013 during regular HVCA hours.
 
 
More about the exhibit...
 

MIXED MEDIA ARTIST IS FEATURED AT HVCA GALLERY IN APRIL

 

HIGHLAND — Traverse City artist Stephen D. Palmer’s art is all about a constant evolution.

 

After years of working in fused glass, Palmer was drawn to create wired wall sculptures.

 

Frequently, the pieces take the form of a fish. “Each is named and has unique form, features and character,” Palmer explained.

 

His wire wall sculptures will grace the walls in Huron Valley Council for the Arts’ April gallery show, Found Fish: Eclectic Pieces by Stephen Palmer

 

The event opens with a gallery reception, including light refreshments and the chance to meet the artist from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 5.


“The pieces selected for this show include large and small fish,” Palmer said. “Many of them created from an initial structure of an antique crutch and filled with found objects. Other fish are made from ping-pong paddles, and boxes. My artwork is playful; appealing to young and old. Each piece has unique features that create its character. Individually they stand out; collectively they create a whole ‘school.’”

 

Raised by a poet and a painter in Berkeley, CA, he said, “It was in my blood to become an artist. One of my earliest memories is my mom painting by the ocean, using our car as an easel.

 

“We moved across the country as my dad, a librarian, went from one college to another. Illinois, Ohio and finally Michigan became my home. Along the way, I earned my B.A., M.A. and Ed.D. as well as my wife, Raenette (another artist).”

 

It was a winding road Palmer, a former teacher, principal and assistant superintendent of instruction, took to his current form of art.

 

“Pottery, batik, photography and glass all engaged me, but most of my adult life I’ve worked in glass. It brought me to nearly 20 galleries and to participate in many fairs and contests. Then two years ago, I branched off into mixed media sculpture.

 

He’s come a long way since his first fish, which incorporated a saw blade mouth and screwdrivers as fins, won $1,000 and third place in the 2011 Michigan Fine Arts Competition.

 

“Since then, my fish have won second place at Crooked Tree Arts Center and two honorable mentions,” Palmer said. “They have continued to evolve and to make their way into many homes and galleries.”

 

“(As mentioned), my fish begin with vintage crutches, paddles or boxes and are filled with found objects,” he added. “Then they are wired and named. These sculptures have opened more doors for me by winning several awards and being shown in galleries outside of Michigan. I have recently retired from my job as an assistant superintendent of curriculum to concentrate full-time on my art. Glass will always have a place in my heart and in my studio, but with four one-man sculpture shows lined up in 2013, I will be overseeing a different kind of school.”

 

Found Fish: Eclectic Pieces by Stephen Palmer open to the public through Saturday, April 27. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

 

For more information, call 248-889-8660.

 

—Written by Anne Seebaldt

 

March 2013

 
 

HVCA MARCH GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS ‘EMERGING MASTERS’

 

 
One night simply was not enough to open the Huron Valley Council for the Arts and Huron Valley Schools Elementary Art Department’s joint exhibit, Emerging Masters.

 

 
The exhibit features the work of student artists who hail from Highland, Spring Mills, Brooks, Kurtz, Country Oaks, Lakewood, Johnson, Heritage and Oxbow elementary schools in Huron Valley School District.

 

 
“Huron Valley Schools Elementary Art Department in partnership with HVCA is honored to showcase art work from students from all of our elementary schools,” said Denise Forrest, Country Oaks art teacher and coordinator on behalf of the school district. "This exhibit is the culmination of a year's worth of art education and creativity on behalf of both our art teachers and our students. There will be a wide variety of art on display, both two- and three-dimensional, from the elements and principles of art, to realism and abstraction to world cultures.”

 

 
The dual opening receptions take place at HVCA's gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1.

 

 

 
On Feb. 28, students of the following teachers/schools are featured:
  • Janet Powell/Highland and Johnson
  • Tyra Fortson/Heritage
  • Lisa Rolls/Spring Mills and Highland

The March 1 reception highlights students of the following teachers/schools:

  • Denise Forrest/Country Oaks
  • Sina Kaczor/Kurtz and Johnson
  • Katheryn Krupa/Oxbow and Brooks
  • Debby Warner/Lakewood and Brooks

 

Forrest added, “In elementary art, students are introduced to a variety of art forms and media," she said. "Students learn to look, understand, judge and create artwork to communicate meaning. Beginning in kindergarten, students learn art vocabulary and concepts that they will use throughout their school career. Creativity, problem solving and critical thinking are embedded in the teaching and making of art."

 

 
Gallery hours for Emerging Masters are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through March 29.

 

 
For more information about the exhibit, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.

 

 
Written by: Anne Seebaldt
 

February 2013

 
  Present Exposure Poster
Meet the Artist Gallery Opening
Featuring Amy Lockard
February 1, 2013 ~ 7:00pm
 
 
More About the Exhibit...
 
PHOTOJOURNALIST’S UPPER PENINSULA PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURED IN HVCA’S FEBRUARY EXHIBIT

 

HIGHLAND — Photographer Amy Lockard brings a wealth of experience — including hard news, features, weddings, fine art and outdoor nature photography — to the fore in Present Exposure, her Huron Valley Council for the Arts’ February gallery show.

 

“This exhibit is of photos from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” Lockard explained. “My photos focus on water and light as major themes, featuring many photos of waterfalls, Lake Superior, and sunrises and sunsets. Through these photos I am emphasizing the importance of ‘being present in the moment’ in order to fully absorb the beauty and healing powers of nature and moments like these.”

 

The show opens from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, with a gallery reception, featuring a chance to meet the Clinton Township artist and light refreshments.


Lockard added, “Photography as always been both a form or artistic expression and a personal therapy for me, the photos in this exhibit exemplify my journey through the lens back to myself.”

 

She started studying photography in high school with art teacher Susan Sonders and won a Gold Key, two Silver Keys and portfolio acceptance to compete nationally in New York at the Scholastic Art and Writing awards.

 

“At Oakland University, I studied journalism, with the hope that my photography background would be an asset for news reporting,” Lockhard said. “I had a black and white photograph featured in the Oakland University Student photography show in 2002. After a photojournalism internship with the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, photojournalism became my career focus.

 

She began her photojournalism career as the staff photographer for the Spinal Column Newsweekly in 2003 (the same year she graduated from OU). “I have spent the last decade photographing local news events, and sports in west Oakland County,” she said.

 

Lockard also has served as staff photographer for The Paper in Birmingham and Bloomfield and Lakefront Magazine.

 

“I began to focus more on my fine art photography after participating in a landscape photography workshop to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula under the direction of photographer Monte Nagler in fall 2011,” she added. “This workshop reawakened my passion for outdoor landscape photography and led to the creation of this show.” It also led her to participate in the Livonia Fine Arts Commission’s annual exhibit as well as the Milford Village Fine Arts Association Views and Visions Show featured at HVCA in November 2012.

 

Exhibit hours for Present Exposure are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

 

For more information, call 248-889-8660.

 

—Written by Anne Seebaldt

 

December 2013

 
 
Hundreds of great gifts at GREAT prices!!

Enjoy hundreds of original hand crafted gifts created by artists throughout Michigan during this month long holiday market. Fine crafted pottery, glass, wooden creations, jewelry, purses, sculpture, paintings, photography and so much more! There is something for everyone, especially those hard to shop for people on your list. Make it a point to shop for all your favorite people at the Festival of Trees Holiday Market. We even have hot coffee, coacoa and goodies for you to enjoy during your visit!

Regular Holiday Market hours are 
Monday and Tuesday 10am-2pm
Wednesday - Friday 10am-5pm 
 & Saturdays from 11am-4pm

Open through December 21, 2013
 

January 2013

 
 
January 4, 2013 ~ 7pm 
Meet the Artist Reception  
 
EXHIBIT EXPLORES NOSTALGIA, EMOTION BETWEEN HORSES, RIDERS

 

Equine Instincts, which explores the nostalgia and emotion between horses and their riders, opens with a meet the artist reception where guests will be able to mingle with the artist and enjoy wine and appetizers from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Huron Valley Council for the Arts gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland Township.

 

"Equine Instincts will explore the intimate relationship between horse and rider," said featured artist Tammy Tappan, who has been a graphic designer and commercial artist. "I am fascinated by the power and beauty of a horse....The subtle language used by a rider to communicate with this wonderful animal can be expressed in so many ways that as an artist, I will never tire of the possibilities.

 

"Despite its size, the horse repeatedly proves its willingness to comply with a rider's expectations. Whether it is the art of dressage -- where a rider communicates thru subtle body language or the traditional working horse of the cowboys from days past, the undeniable trust between horse and rider is something to behold.  Horse and rider have a connection that is beautiful both from afar and up close."

 

Her work includes pencil sketches, acrylic paintings and "the occasional three-dimensional display," said Tappan. The pieces in this exhibition will range from pencil sketches to acrylic paintings and the occasional three dimensional displays.  "Each has been selected because of its ability to convey the nostalgia, beauty and emotion between horse and rider.

 

"Art has always been at the core of anything I have done," she added. "As a graphic designer and commercial artist ... I have had the opportunity to explore my creative side for a large customer base. I specialized in carved signage and traditional sign making for 25 years. This was a great career and has provided a solid foundation for my next endeavor."

 

Today, she focuses upon upon artwork she really enjoys creating. "As an illustration major from Kendall College of Design and a long time horse enthusiast, I have been exploring a variety of artistic styles which allow me to express my love of both art and horses. From photo realistic graphite images to a more impressionistic use of acrylics, the visual possibilities are unlimited."

 

Exhibit hours for Equine Instincts are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

 

November 2012

 
  Views & Visions Call Poster

Views & Visions 2012
Opening Night Celebration and Awards Ceremony
November 2, 2012
6:30-9:00pm
unable to join us for the opening? Visit us during our regular hours until November 21, 2012.
 
About the Show...

The Village Fine Arts Association (VFAA), in partnership with the Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA), presents the 17th annual “Views and Visions” art show and sale.  The exhibit presents 93 pieces of fine artwork including 19 pieces by artists under 18 years of age.  The opening night event, “Art and All That Jazz” takes place at 6:30pm Friday, Nov. 2nd at the HVCA Gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland just west of Milford Road.  This evening of celebration and award presentation also includes delicious gourmet finger foods, and select refreshments as well as live, jazzy entertainment by popular local musicians Gary Weisenburg & Co.  Admission to this fundraiser event, payable at the door, is $10 for adults / $5 for youth (children under four are admitted at no charge.)  The exhibit will then remain open to the public free of charge until Nov. 21st.   Hours for the HVCA Gallery are Wednesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 11am-4pm.  Stop in and do some holiday shopping.  Proceeds from this event and sale benefit the VFAA and HVCA in their mission to nurture and showcase the arts for the benefit of the community. 

 
 
 
 

October 2012

 
  Judy Munro Painting
The Michigan 4
A collection of works by Judy Munro
Opening Arist Reception
October 5, 2012
7-9pm
Unable to join us for the opening? Visit the show during our regular hours through October 27, 2012.
 
 
About the show...
The Michigan 4 is a compilation showcasing Michigan’s magnificent seasons, as felt, seen and interpreted by the artist. Working alla prima, Munro’s impressionistic interpretations and bold energetic brushstrokes infuse her landscapes with vivacity that is restorative. Not merely mapping the terrain, she suggests a feeling of open space and atmosphere, which almost induces an intake of fresh air. Even winter’s bracing chill brings clarity. Roads are often included, which suggests a journey from somewhere, and tree-lined avenues offer a further destination into woods or fields. Invitations to come away in place or time, her landscapes embody cherished recollections of childhood road trips with the family heading “up north.”
 
 
 
 

September 2012

 
  Horse Poster

 
"Its All About the Horse"
Photo Competition
Opening Celebration
September 9, 2012
11am-4pm
During the Highland Hey Days Festival
 
Excerpt from Oakland Press Article by Sharon Greene...
Snap away! Techniques, lighting, exposure, composition and focus all help to make a perfect picture. And the Highland Trail Riders are looking for artists to submit their best equine photos to their fourth annual photo contest, "It’s All About the Horse!" The Huron Valley Council for the Arts in Highland has partnered with the trail riders for this event. With a spotlight on horses, the group welcomes beginners to amateurs of all ages. "Gallery space is limited," warns Jane Brown, a board member of the Highland Trail Riders and organizer of the event. "Space could be filled before the deadline, so we advise early entry. It’s important that everyone follow the rules."

The Huron Valley Council for the Arts provides the gallery space to exhibit the entries and will host an opening celebration on September 9, 2012 from 11-4pm. Hosting the event during the Highland Hey Days seems to be a natural fit as it draws visitors attending the festival into the gallery to view the photos. "Highland Hey Days is an exciting family event that features Horsin’ Around in Highland and Pet-A-Palooza," explained Director of the Arts Council Leah Ohmer. "It brings back a street fair, square dance, vendors and fun-filled events for two days. And, the energy flows over into the historic Highland Station House where visitors can view the equine photos in the gallery." Ohmer believes the contest provides opportunities for budding photographers to build their skills and put them on display.
 
 
 
 

August 2012

 
  All Summer Long Poster
 
About The Artist Barbara Weisenburg

 

To me creativity is reaction. It can be my personal reaction to a moment of beauty, to expressing joy or pain, or to sharing a story from my life. The inspiration is the INHALE, that gasp of “Ah-hah” breath in a new discovery and my creation is the EXHALE, the outpouring of soul that results in new work.

 

I have been operating my studio, Blackberry Mountain, since the 70’s in various locations. I had a studio in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula for many years which inspired my love for landscapes and painting “plein air.” Blackberry Mountain is now located on the third floor of our home, which is indeed on a Milford Mountain, next to the site where the Native Americans had their summer gardens many years ago. I started my painting journey with acrylics, changed to watercolor when my children were young, and recently have been working with acrylics and oil again. I attended Michigan State University as an art major. I do enjoy diversity as an artist and like to experiment with different media to keep myself excited and fresh. I also enjoyed teaching art to all ages and feel that teaching was an inspiration to my art work as well. I enjoy collaborating with artists of different disciplines and I work best if I have a deadline to meet. Art is hard work and I work hard at it. I try to travel to different locations periodically for artistic inspiration (most recently  a 2 month trek to 6 countries in Europe, traded houses for a 2 month sojourn in Queensland Australia, Port Clyde Maine, Mackinac Island, Egypt to name a few). I also try to schedule specific shows every several years to force myself to complete a body of work. The body of work that I am currently working on is “All Summer Long,” inspired by my love of the Great Lakes and the many sunrises and sunsets that I have viewed. The “Blind Side’ is a study of opposites actually painted on blinds with a contrasting canvas underneath-ie. Peace and War, Feast and Famine etc.

 

Where am I going with all this? Looking back on my path, the key elements of keeping going were generating new interest and excitement and then setting a deadline that forced me to produce. To quote or misquote some of my young students, “My work might never grace the world stage but the art I’ve traveled sure has been good to me.”

 

July 2013

 
 
 
 
 
Meet the Artist Opening Night Reception
July 12, 2013  7pm ~ 9pm
 
David Haupt will be on hand to talk about his travels and inspiration for his magnificent photos. Be the first to see the show and enjoy wine and light appetizers. The exhibit will be open from July 5, 2013 through July 27, 2013 during regular HVCA hours.
 
 
More about the show:
 

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY FEATURED IN HVCA'S JULY GALLERY EXHIBIT

 HIGHLAND — Deserts and Beaches, July’s Huron Valley Council for the Arts exhibit, demonstrates landscape photographer David M. Haupt’s passion for sharing scenic views, especially those of the American West.

The event opens with a complimentary gallery reception including light refreshments from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, at HVCA, 205 W. Livingston.

 

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist in person and tour the gallery, which includes photographic prints printed and displayed on canvas as well as traditionally-mounted prints.

Haupt, a resident of Sterling Heights, explains the concept and history behind his work. “I like my music loud and my colors bold!” he exclaimed.

His interest in photography originally stemmed from his desire to share his love of the American west with others. As a child, Haupt would travel to Colorado and the Rocky Mountains each year, which is how his passion for landscape photography began. Nothing pleased him more than realizing that his photographs evoked the same emotions that he experienced while taking them from those back home.

 

While he took some time off from landscape photography to pursue other interests —including training dogs for competitive obedience — a few years ago, while on a photo safari in Yellowstone National Park, his passion for photography reignited. Though he was freezing cold at the time, Haupt decided to develop and advance that interest.

 

Over the next few years, he attended numerous photography classes and workshops nationwide as well as to read all he could about the subject, particularly in the area of landscape photography.

 

Also during this time, he and wife Carla traveled to national parks throughout the United States, allowing him to honing both his skills and create a personal photography style. As his skill level continues to increase, so does his interest on other photographic opportunities.

 

Deserts and Beaches can be seen by change Mondays and Tuesdays and during regular gallery hours Wednesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the HVCA  gallery, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland. The exhibit concludes July 29.

 

For more information, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.

 

This event has been brought to you in part by Genysis Credit Union and the Oakland Press, HVCA pARTner sponsors helping us to accomplish our mission of supporting and growing the arts in our region.

 

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July 2012

 
  July Exhibit Poster

CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBIT FEATURES ‘THOUGHTS AND COLORS OF NATURE’ AT HVCA

 

Thoughts and Colors of Nature, a group exhibit by members of the Michigan Association of Calligraphers, opens with a gallery reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland.

 

The exhibit features pieces that focus upon the changing seasons and “present calligraphic and artistic interpretations in celebration of Nature's amazing variety of colors through textures and words that describe them,” according to Scott Wettlaufer, the association’s exhibits chairman.

 

Organized in four seasonal groups, our members' art reflects not only the colors, but also the thoughts and words that accompany the visual look of each season,” he wrote. It consists mostly of two-dimensional framed art, but also includes some three-dimensional art.

  

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May 2012

 
 

Gerry and Joe Pas, brothers with a shared love of art, are featured at an opening night reception, Dr. Jacko & Mr. Pas, from 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 4 in the gallery at Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston Road.

 

The show, which runs through May 25, incorporates both Gerry’s photography, described as “painting with light” and Joe’s mixed media works, which feature inks, acrylics and oils. Their works display images that they find beautiful and inspiring.

 

Gerry explained, “Photography is my way of appreciating a beautiful moment—offering that moment, that image, as a gift to the viewer.”

 

Joe added, “Every piece of art seeks to depict not objective reality, but the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse in the artist, beauty that attracts the senses and is contemplated on by the intellect. An emotional bond with the viewer is the ultimate goal.”     

 

Gerry’s photography studies include the Cleveland Institute of Art as well as tutelage by well-known Michigan and Ohio photographers. He’s won several awards and his work is found in private and public galleries. 

 

Joe takes his art very seriously; he’s had a passion for art since he was nine years old, going on earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design from Wayne State University; he also attended the Center for Creative Studies. Art went from being a hobby to a lifelong commitment. Intrigued with form and color, his work is designed to “convey life through the multi-colored screen of his imagination.” Most of his career, Joe served as an SVP creative supervisor for a major advertising agency. He won numerous international awards for his work, including the John Caples International Award three consecutive years (2000, 2001 and 2002).

 

According to Lori Pas, Gerry’s wife, “Gerry and his younger brother Joe, were born four apart yet always were close in many ways including their respect for the arts. Their dad was a violinist and their uncle was a fine art painter. Gerry spent most of his career in television advertising and Joe was art director for another advertising agency. After both retired from their respective careers, Gerry delved fully into his passion for fine-art photography and Joe into his mixed media paintings. This show will be the first joint presentation of their latest works on paper and canvas.

 

“‘Jocko’” was a nickname that Gerry was always called by his ‘little bro,’” she added. “Dr. Jocko and Mr. Pas is a reference to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Gerry and Joe tease one another by spouting a line from it:  ‘There’s a fine line between a good man and a bad.’ Each thinks the other is bad.  We will let their patrons decide!

 

Gallery hours for the exhibit, which opens May 4, take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through May 25.

  

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April 2012

 
  April Gallery Poster
APRIL HVCA GALLERY EXHIBIT FEATURES LOCAL FIBER ARTISTS
 

Plymouth fiber artists Lynn Krawcyzk and Jacqueline Lams bring a variety of unique fiber art to center stage in Huron Valley Council for the Arts’ gallery this April.

 

An opening reception for Ragged Layers: Mixed Media Fiber Art takes place from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 6 at the gallery, located in HVCA’s building at 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland.

 

The exhibit focuses upon the versatility of fabric and pushes fiber art to its limits while incorporating numerous fiber techniques.

 

Lams has been an artist for almost 20 years, focusing on the areas of mixed media fiber art and graphic art. According to press information provided, she brings depth to her work by crafting “layer after layer of imagery and color that converges on itself into stunning composition.”

 

She accomplishes this by combining the experience she gained from her studio art and graphic design studies at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University with “the raw materials of her experience as a professional graphic designer and as a mother, wife, and homemaker…. Her non-traditional cloth and mixed media creations incorporate hand-dyed, commercial, and vintage fabrics. To these she applies surface design techniques such as drawing & painting, hand & machine stitching, Thermofax screen printing, metal embossing, and whatever else sparks her imagination.”

 

 Krawcyzk combines fabric scraps from prior projects and changes them up by adding “found objects” and performing “surface design.” She crafts unwanted bits into new, exciting works of art.

 

She’s worked in fiber/mixed media for 12 years, beginning with Victorian-style patchwork and embroidery, but her work’s evolved to include found object colleges” and “miniature stitched quiltlets.”

 

Krawcyzk blogs regularly and she teaches fiber art classes about collage and the Thermofax® screen printing process. Her other credits include magazine articles and contributions to gallery-style books as well as creating projects for technique books, Quilting Arts TV (Series 800), a regular quilting column and an Interweave Press DVD workshop demonstrating “surface design techniques” as well as how to create an “abstract art quilt.”

                                                                                                             

“The appeal of fabric as a medium is endless,” Krawcyzk explained. “It can be manipulated in so many ways and the end result has a quality that draws people closer in a way special to this form of art. It’s this fascination that brings me back to it time and again.”

 

Gallery hours for the free exhibit take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Saturday, April 28.

  

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March 2012

 
  Emerging Masters Exhibit 2012
HVCA Gallery Features Emerging Masters

 

Huron Valley Council for the Arts and Huron Valley Schools Elementary Art Department are partnering to showcase Emerging Masters, an exhibit of student artwork from Highland, Spring Mills, Brooks, Kurtz, Country Oaks, Lakewood, Johnson, Heritage and Oxbow elementary schools.

 

Huron Valley Schools Elementary Art Department in partnership with HVCA is honored to showcase art work from students from all of our ten elementary schools,” said Denise Forrest, Country Oaks art teacher and coordinator on behalf of the school district.

 

“This exhibit is the culmination of a year's worth of art education and creativity on behalf of both our art teachers and our students,” added Forrest. “There will be a wide variety of art on display both two and three dimensional, from the elements and principals of art, to realism and abstraction to world cultures.”

 

The exhibit starts with two opening receptions at HVCA, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland on Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each evening.

 

 
 
 
 
 
March 8’s reception features the students of the following teachers/schools:
  • Denise Forrest/Country Oaks
  • Sina Kaczor/Kurtz
  • Katheryn Krupa/Oxbow and Brooks
  • Debby Warner/Lakewood and Brooks

 

The March 9 reception features students of these teachers/schools:

  • Lisa Rolls/Spring Mills and Highland Elementary
  • Tyra Fortson/Heritage
  • Janet Powell/Highland and Johnson
  • Colleen Turner/Johnson

Gallery hours for the exhibit, which opens March 1, take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through March 26.

 

For more information about the exhibit, call HVCA at 248-889-8660.

 

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February 2012

 
  February's Gallery Poster
Art & Soul: Featuring the work of Wendy Willihnganz
 
Artist. Teacher. Member of The Art Shop. Van Go Tour co-coordinator. Committee Member. Former executive director.

 

These are only some of the roles that Wendy Willihnganz, whose art will be featuring in Huron Valley Council for the Arts’ February exhibit, Art and Soul, has played in that organization.

 

An opening gallery reception, which includes light refreshments, is scheduled to welcome the Highland Township artist’s pen and ink as well as colorful watercolor works to HVCA’s gallery from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.  

 

 Willihnganz started early as an artist; her mother gave her a pencil and drawing lessons at age eight.  “…From then on, I tried most mediums from oil, acrylics, pottery etc until I found my love for watercolors and pen and ink.

 

“I am inspired by color and design (I love bright colors),” she added. “Most of my artwork in this show is somewhat conventional, although I love the happy surprises that come when I am painting. It has been said that my artwork is whimsical. Hopefully, the viewer will see in these pictures something happy and inspiring.”

 

Willihnganz applies an artist’s eye to her work at all times, even when it’s supposedly completed. “I don't believe that a picture is ever finished,” she explained. “Most of my artwork has been taken down from the wall and been changed or added too at one time or another.”

 

Her studio was one of those featured in the Finding Mona: An Artist Studio and Gallery Tour in October 2011.

Always striving to make her artwork better has reaped rewards for Willihnganz. “I have won several ribbons over the last few years from third place to my honored blues,” she said.

 

Not only does she constantly try to improve her own work, she teaches others how to express themselves artistically, teaching both of her preferred mediums — watercolors and pen and ink.

 

“I love teaching and seeing my students grow with each brushstroke,” Willihnganz  added. “I have taught in the Hartland and Huron Valley educational programs, for Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Main Street Art, Acorn Farms, Highland-White Lake Business Association Women's Enrichment Day and many workshops at different conventions. I also teach at my studio in my home during the week.

 

In addition to her art-related work and schooling, she earned a business degree and previously served as a secretary for General Motors. She has put that business acumen to work in the art world.  “I was the executive director of the Huron Valley Council for the Arts for three years (2005-2008) and I am a member of the Village Fine Arts Association and several other art groups,” she explained. “My husband Mike (author of The China Sand Wedge) and I ran the Van Go Tours for the HVCA for at least four years. Mike and I share six children and seven grandchildren. We are blessed!”

 

Willihnganz also is active in the community as a member of the Huron Valley Optimists Club.

Her show runs from Friday, Feb. 3 through Monday, Feb. 27. Gallery hours are by appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

 

January 2012

 
  January Exhibit Poster
Join us on January 6, 2012 from 7pm-9pm for the opening night reception of our January exhibit and sale "Fiber, Nuts and More." This exhibit features the extrodinary work of three Michigan fiber artists: Loretta Oliver, Marilyn Prucka and Sue Walton.
 
This collaboration began when three fiber artists inherited three boxes of black walnuts, left to them by another artist who moved out of state. Loretta, Marilyn and Sue took on the challenge to explore the range of color and possibilities using the black walnuts. In addition to color each artist developed a body of work that expresses a concept related to walnuts.
 
Loretta sees color and concept integrated into a series of organic shaped vessels referred to as "Nut Cases." The vessels are seamless and created with felted wool fibers, a variety of mixed media materials and walnut dyes, the color alterd with metals and other natural elements.
 
Marilyn connects with nature especially the flow of a river and the ever changing environment. She uses layers of fabrics, adds and subtracts color from walnuts and other natural dyestuffs, such as indigo. She cuts, stitches and produces organic works of art on cloth.
 
Sue uses natural dye colors on yarns. With computer aided design skills, these yarns are manipulated and arranged into complex weave structures. The yarns are then hand woven on a loom to create fabrics that are suitable for fiber art, wearable art and home fashions.
 
The exhibit and sale runs through January 28th and is open to the public daily.
 
 

VFFA and SHAC Artist Member show

 

Above: Russov, Oil, by Candace Brancik;   Surf, Collage, by Linda Onderko;   New Smyrna Beach Sunset, Acrylic, by Paul Tibedeau 


LOCAL ARTS ORGANIZATIONS COLLABORATE TO PRESENT VFAA SHOW AND SALE AT HVCA

The current exhibition at Huron Valley Council for the Arts presents a unique opportunity for VFAA (Village Fine Arts Association) and SHAC (Suzanne Haskew Arts Center) artists to show off their recent work, which is a splendid mix of mediums, genres and subjects in realistic as well as abstract styles.

The VFAA Show and Sale will feature an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 13, at HVCA, 205 W. Livingston Road in Highland, which will allow those attending the chance to meet the artists while enjoying light refreshments.

The majority of the pieces will be for sale and in addition, The Art Shop will be open during the show hours.

Showcasing the work of local area artists was the inspiration behind this collaboration between the Huron Valley Council for the Arts and The Village Fine Arts Association resulting in the VFAA Member Show and Sale,” explained Mary Neff, HVCA gallery chairperson.

Most of the pieces are for sale with sales benefitting both the HVCA and VFAA artists. Susan Gollon, VFAA Executive Director, expressed her enthusiasm for the event. “The VFAA is pleased to partner with the HVCA with this opportunity for VFAAmember artists to display their creative works for public viewing,” Gollon said. “We are grateful and we look forward to more collaborations in the future.”

Gallery hours for the VFAA Show and Sale, which runs from July 11 through Aug. 24, are Wednesdays through Fridays from 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. through 1 p.m.

 

Invisible Momma

through February 24


Motherhood is perverse. There are institutions in place that try to place motherhood into something tangible, something measurable, something feeble. I make images that reflect how western society perceives mothers with their children and how I feel towards others seeking to psychologically harm and classify me when I'm with my daughter. Women and children need to learn early how to protect themselves. We need to learn early how to tune into the survival instinct. I am an animal. I want her to know she is an animal, in the best most protective sense of the word. She is strong, she is beautiful, she is dangerous. The work is a series of photographs each depicting a feeling you may get when you are a mother. I have chosen these pieces because I think they best exemplify my experience as a mother. I am hoping that by showing my feelings about the matter the photographs will strike a chord with other mothers and begin a much needed conversation about women supporting other women. About our western society as a whole supporting mothers.


Select honors and awards


American Dream, 2017

K Space Contemporary

Corpus Christi, TX


Artist Residency in Motherhood-Lenka Clayton Project

Artist-in-Residence

Detroit, MI

04/2017-04/2018


Masters of Fine Art, Sculpture

Cranbrook Academy of Art, May 2017

 

The Burren College of Art

Artist-in-Residence

Ballyvaughan, Ireland

Completion May, 2012


 

Invisible Momma

 
 

Meet the artist Friday, Feb. 16, 7pm-9pm

Regular gallery hours:Tues.10am-3pm; Wed-Fri, 10am -5pm; Sat. 11am-4pm.

Motherhood is perverse. There are institutions in place that try to place motherhood into something tangible, something measurable, something feeble. I make images that reflect how western society perceives mothers with their children and how I feel towards others seeking to psychologically harm and classify me when I'm with my daughter. Women and children need to learn early how to protect themselves. We need to learn early how to tune into the survival instinct. I am an animal. I want her to know she is an animal, in the best most protective sense of the word. She is strong, she is beautiful, she is dangerous. The work is a series of photographs each depicting a feeling you may get when you are a mother. I have chosen these pieces because I think they best exemplify my experience as a mother. I am hoping that by showing my feelings about the matter the photographs will strike a chord with other mothers and begin a much needed conversation about women supporting other women. About our western society as a whole supporting mothers.

 

April in the Gallery

 

National Parks Art + Beyond:  Journey of an Artist In Residence

Photography by Marilyn Feather

April 428, 2018

Meet the Artist Opening Reception Friday, April 6, at 7pm9pm

My photographic passion is all about the landscape. I enjoy being outdoors embracing nature and photographing the land. Becoming part of nature is a personal goal with human meaning and emotions of awe, joy and serenity. Seeing a beautiful landscape inspires me to be creative. Ultimately, my goal is to help preserve our lands for future generations to enjoy and explore. 


Marilyn has always had a passion for photography (with dreams of traveling) since her grade school years. Fast forward to ten plus years ago, when she immersed herself in photography and attended classes at her local community college, learning the technical and darkroom aspects of photography.


She quickly found her niche in Landscape Photography and was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (where she realized her dream of becoming an Artist-in-Residence); Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (where she had a bear visit her lodge at 3 a.m.); Artist-Wilderness-Connection (where she took a four-hour/one-way trail horse ride to the top of Bruce Mountain); and a Visiting Guest Artist at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve presenting a program and field workshop surrounded by the Dunes.


Nineteenth-century photographers and painters inspired Congress to pass legislation protecting and preserving America's lands for the enjoyment of all. Their work helped to establish many of our National Parks. Through the eyes of these visionary artists, profound impact was made in the way visitors view, use and enjoy these natural resources. Marilyn continues the work of those Artists by interpreting these iconic landscapes within our National Parks with contemporary techniques using the land’s scenic and natural elements for inspiration.  She translates the National Parks purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, in her images to bring visitors new insights, enjoyment and understanding.


As an Artist-in-Residence, her ongoing campaign of combining Art, and the enjoyment of the great outdoors, creates a sense of mission and purpose for her “Find your Park through Art” platform, which encourages artists and citizens of all ages to find their parks through Art!  Being outdoors and embracing nature enhances the meaning of life because we become a part of something bigger than ourselves.

This Gallery Exhibit showcases her National Parks Art + Beyond:  Journey of an Artist In Residence to foster a real love and respect for our National Parks.

Artist Residencies 


Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (September 2017), Visiting Artist presenting Field Workshop; 

Artist Wilderness Connection, Kalispell, Montana (September 2016), Artist Talk and Field Workshop (May 2017); 

Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, Lovell, Wyoming (October 2015), participated in 'Find Your Park through Art' leading a sunrise and afternoon hike for the general public to photograph in Bighorn Canyon. 

Agate Fossil Bed National Monument, Harrison, Nebraska (August 2014), presented slide program 'Photographing the Landscape' and photography walk in the Monument. 

Education & Training 

Photography Certification, Oakland Community College (3 classes needed for certificate) 

Studied with Monte Nagler, a nationally accomplished photographer, writer, and lecturer 

Oakland University, Paralegal Certificate (5/15) 


Oakland Community College, Associates Degree 1983 

Oakland University, B.A. Business Administration (Junior Standing) 

Creative Works/Awards/Published Works/Exhibits 

Our National Parks Exhibit, Crooked Tree Art Center (Summer 2017); 

Photography '17 Exhibit, Lawrence Street Gallery (April 2017); 

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, AIR Gallery, Lightning; 

Bighorn Canyon AIR Gallery, 
Devils Canyon Overlook; and 

State of Wyoming Museum, Ewing-Snell Historical Ranch; 

Motor City Camera Club, photography competitions: advanced winner of various digital awards in Nature, Color General, Creative Color and Monochrome; 

Greater Detroit Camera Club Council, photography competitions: winner of various digital awards in Nature, Color General, Creative Color and Monochrome; 

Road Trip to Scholarship, Michigan Paralegal, Issue 1, 2014 Edition (with State Capitol building image). I am a recipient of the State Bar of Michigan?s Paralegal Scholarship for 2013-2014. 

Honorable Mention Recipient, Artists at Work, Chrysler Corporation 2007-2008 Juried Work Exhibition for Chrysler Employees (four images chosen from 1,869 entries) (juried art show sponsored by the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center). Images exhibited through Chrysler Corporation's traveling exhibit for a year. 

Photography Associations 

Member and Coordinator for Michigan & Wisconsin of National Photography Enthusiasts Group (NPEG) for the past 4 years, their motto is Teach, Learn, Share and Socialize. Coordinated and lead spring and fall photography trips in Michigan (2014 & 2015). 

Founding Member of FotoJunkies Photography Group with a goal to bring photographers together to share their passion for photography and travel. I have coordinated lead this group on photography trips to Hocking Hills and Mansfield Historical Prison, both in Ohio. 

Member and former officer of Motor City Camera Club (affiliated with Greater Detroit Camera Council) I have enjoyed opportunities to learn new tools and corroborate with fellow photographers in the World of Photography. I have lead camera club members on photography trips to Michigan's Western, Eastern and Northern Lighthouses, Pictured Rocks and Porcupine Mountains. 

 




 
 

Kathy Kosins

 
 

Kathy Kosins / Biography

ASCAP award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of Jazz and Soul.

Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, she began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was (now president of Blue Note Records) in the early eighties, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was.

In the early "90s, Kosins, a ferocious writer and arranger, fell in love with the freedom of the jazz art form and her writing naturally evolved into a more traditional approach. Stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras followed and led to a 1996 release of "All In A Dreams Work" (SchoolKids Records), an impressive debut featuring a first rate collection of nine originals and a cover of the Miles Davis composition "Four." Reported by over 250 Jazz stations, she reached the top 20 in the Gavin Report.

Her 2002 release of "Mood Swings" (Chiaroscuro Records) continued to bring her recognition and success at the national level. On her 2006 release of "Vintage," (Mahogany Jazz), she rediscovered little known songbook gems which she placed alongside a few widely known, yet unexpected tunes from outside the jazz tradition, which brought her glowing reviews from journalists.

In 2012, she released “To The Ladies Of Cool”, a dedication to the West Coast Cool school of artists like June Christy, Chris Connor, Julie London, and Anita O’Day. Kathy’s arrangements of those classic pieces stay true to the tradition of lyricism and understatement, yet sound so fresh and innovative that it is sometimes hard to believe those songs have been recorded some 50 plus years ago.

“The Space Between” from 2013 finds her in the studio with some of LA’s best musicians like Tamir Hendelman (piano), Robert Hurst (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Larry Koonse on guitar on several obscure tracks that had been recorded by Shirley Horn or Nat King Cole. Her Jazz repertoire is always enhanced by her soulful vocal performance and it is no wonder, that she decided to include a Chill Mix of one of the tunes from the album (“Night Bird”) which puts her in another direction leading to her most recent album which is slated for a spring, 2016 release.

With the working title “Uncovered Soul”, Kathy has recorded this ultra soulful set with Grammy Award-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter) and a stellar cast of musicians: Greg Moore (guitar), Mitch Foreman (piano,keys), Kevin Axt (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Munyungo (percussion). On the album, she explores rarely heard Soul and R&B tunes by famous songwriters like Curtis Mayfield, Eugene McDaniels, or Aaron Neville and also more contemporary tunesmiths like Amos Lee. It’s a well- balanced set catering to both Jazz fans and Soul aficionados alike and destined to become a future classic as it creates a sultry mood and features her most intense and intimate singing yet.

A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts (Jazz Composer of the Year), Kosins has received grants from Michigan’s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at colleges and universities across the USA.

When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the "50s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances. She also is known to paint as a multi media artist from the stage during various performances.

Kosins has recorded with many well known jazz and R&B artists to include Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Peter Bernstein, Larry Koonse, Tamir Hendelman, Robert Hurst, Jeremy Pelt, Jon Ellis, Howard Levy, Don Was, Martin Wind, Ben Wolfe, Michael Henderson and more.

She has shared the stage and performed with numerous names in the jazz and R&B world. A few notables are: Cyrus Chestnut, Terell Stafford, Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, Larry Goldings, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Bernard Purdie, Greg Hutchinson, Eric Harland, Red Holloway, Grant Green Jr., Reuben Rogers, Reuben Wilson, Aaron Goldberg, Tamir Hendelman, Jesse Davis, Eric Marienthal, Matt Wilson, Mitch Ryder, Was/Not Was and Michael Henderson.

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