New Exhibit at the Shiawassee Arts Center Opens October 7th


The Shiawassee Arts Center invites the public to an exciting exhibit showcasing the works of four talented female artists, Susan Fernholz of St. Johns, Sylvia Hirschegger of North Carolina (formerly of St. Johns), Jann Johnson Lardie of Perry and Mary Wonser of Oregon (formerly of Owosso). The exhibit opens Tuesday, October 7 and runs through November 8. The public is invited to the opening reception, Sunday, October 12, 2-4pm to meet the artists, see their artwork and enjoy good food and music. During the reception SAC is offering 20% off one purchase of any of the featured show work. The show is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, The Schluckebier-Hood Investment Group and Young Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC.

Learning all she can about art has always been on Susan Fernholz’s agenda. She still has a homemade pallet she created at sixteen when she started painting acrylics. Upon retirement from nursing, Susan returned to CMU for a BA in Art and she now loves teaching classes and workshops in her gallery studio. “I enjoy bringing up on a canvas the reality of the world around me. It is a method to express my feelings whether it is outside with nature and all its glory, setting up still-lifes or working from photos and figures,” she explains.

Sylvia Hirschegger has been inspired, challenged and moved by fine art throughout her life. Since retirement she has devoted time to expressing and exploring her own creativity. She enjoys learning from other artists, exploring new mediums and taking classes. She states, “My acrylic and oil paintings are developing a bolder use of color and texture although my work has been described as peaceful, uplifting, introspective and inviting a deeper connection with nature.”

Jann Johnson Lardie spent a childhood immersed in art, but she only returned to art upon her retirement currently exploring ceramic sculpture, pottery, pastel, monotype prints, mixed media and jewelry. She also has illustrated two children’s books by author, Teresa Lee. She explains, “I still feel compelled to express what I see and feel through art. I am just beginning to scratch the surface — so many ideas, so many mediums and so much to express. I am enjoying the freedom to explore.”

Born and raised in Owosso, Mary Lynne Wonser graduated from Valparaiso University and moved to Colorado where weaving became a focus of her life. Through classes and workshops she discoved the Southwest style of weaving which continues to be the basis of her colorful designs. She has four looms working in her Bend, Oregon studio and she is active with the Central Oregon Spinners & Weavers Guild. “To me,” Mary shares, “texture in a weaving gives it a third dimension. It may be a feather that flutters when you pass by . . . it gives life to the weaving,”

The Shiawassee Arts Center is located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5pm. The Arts Center features the artwork of local and statewide artists in eight galleries including the Frieseke Gallery and a specialty Gift Shop. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. The Shiawassee Arts Council, celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2014, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts. For more information call the Arts Center at 989.723.8354 or visit

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