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Scott Hocking

Celestial Ship of the North (Emergency Ark), aka The Barnboat, #0271, 2016

from the site-specific sculpture and photography series Celestial Ship of the North (Emergency Ark) aka The Barnboat, 2015

courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery, Detroit


Artist's Instagram: @scotthockingdetroit

The Celestial Ship of the North (Emergency Ark) aka The Barnboat, is a site-specific installation and permanent sculpture in the farmlands of Michigan's Thumb, standing along Oak Beach Road, between Port Austin and Caseville.  Based on ideas of ancient vessels, duality, alchemical symbolism, destruction myths, and deluge stories, and shaped by the site's history and incredibly consistent winds, the Barnboat was built over the course of 3 months in 2015 and made entirely from the beams and boards of a collapsing 1890s barn that stood in its place.  Built on the Goretzki family farmland, the Ship will continue to age and decay, just as the barn it was made from did over the last century.


Clinton Snider

Deliverance, 2017, oil on canvas, 23 x 29 inches

courtesy of the artist 


Artist's Instagram: @clinton_snider


Joseph Ferraro

Jagged Ambush Bug on Coneflower, 2020, macro photography, 20 x 15 inches

courtesy of the artist


Artist's Instagram: @josephferraro 

The jagged ambush bug is a true bug photographed in a public park in Ann Arbor. As its name states, it hunts by ambushing its prey, waiting patiently in flowers and plants. It is one of my favorite insects to photograph and generally a patient model. My images highlight the subjects' natural beauty, pushing past the viewers' aversions to most insects, inspiring them to appreciate their beauty.


Barb Weisenburg

The Sunrise Hasnít Failed Us Yet, 2020, acrylic on canvas

courtesy of the artist 



Mary Bajcz

Snowdrops, 2010, machine pieced and quilted cotton, 48 x 50 inches

courtesy of the artist



Artist's Facebook: Mary Bajcz Scrap Happy

Snowdrops popping up from the frozen earth are a welcome sign of the warmer weather to come. 


Nikki Trim

On the Way to Glencoe, 2019, acrylic on canvas 24 x 36 inches

courtesy of the artist

Artist's Facebook: NikkiTrimArt

Artist's Instagram: @nikkitrimart

This was painted based on a photo taken by a dear friend while she was backpacking in the Scottish Highlands.  The mirror reflection of the sky on the pond was what originally drew me to the photo.  I loved all the yellows and greens dancing out across the distance and tried to incorporate that into the piece.


Beverly Larsen 

Toonsis, 2020, acrylic on canvas 30 x 28 inches

courtesy of the artist

Artistís Facebook: Larsenbeverly

Toonsis the cat. My strong, independent, beautiful boy. RIP


Jerome Brown

Air, because, 2017, collage 

courtesy of the artist

Artistís Facebook: stilljerome 

Artistís Instagram: brownjeromeart

"Air;" is about simultaneity, the butterfly effect, the ability to carry more than one contradictory notion in mind at the same time.


Wendy Willihnganz

Love, Dave, 2020, watercolor, 14.5 X 17.5 inches

courtesy of the artist

Iíve been driving my friend to Meadow Lodge, a long-term care facility, in Howell for about a year now. Since COVID-19 they talk through the window almost every day. This is love even if she doesnít always remember him.


Nicholas Sikma

Stretch, 2020, fabricated steel, 20 x 27 x 115 inches

courtesy of the artist


A pyro at heart, I love melting metal into a sculpture! When I work I use what is there to create volume in the negative and positive space. My work is often about the interaction of two or three objects, I like to think of the forms as people interacting with one another. What kind of connections do they make? Together what do they create?

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Outdoor art display graces downtown Highland
If you've noticed artwork around downtown Highland as you drive by, you might be wondering who the artists are and why they're being displayed.

Wonder no longer; c-ART (as in "see art") is an innovative program that, for the third time, will bring high-quality reproductions from local artists to brighten Highland outdoor venues; the exhibit will be on display through mid-December.

The event is a partnership between Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) and the Highland Downtown Development Authority; it's been popular with the public.

"Over the past three years, we have encouraged many residents and visitors to engage with art in the place they live, work, and play," explained Sioux Trujillo, HVCA executive Director. "HVCA is excited to bring this curated outdoor experience to our community when going into museums and galleries is limited. Our hope is that this will allow families to see and experience artists that they may have never seen and inspire the community to find out more about them."

Missy Dashevich, executive director of the Highland Downtown Development Authority (HDDA), added, "The Highland DDA is excited to be partnering with the HVCA to bring this exhibit once again to Highland. We advocate for our improvement in our area to encourage businesses, residents, and the public alike to want to be here."

Dashevich added, '"We strive to create a sense of place, returning Highland Station to be the center of our community and a destination within the region. Part of our vision at the Highland DDA is to be an active place that promotes health, fitness, and an appreciation of the natural environment, as well as a center for the expression and enjoyment of the arts creating a place where people want to gather." 

Submitted by Anne Seebaldt, HVCA PR writer/editor


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