New Exhibit

The Shiawassee Arts Center in Owosso is set to open March 14 with a unique exhibit featuring the work of 14 artists! Friends and fellow artists, Michelle Tock-York, Guy Adamec and Jeff Hageman are exhibiting in the River Gallery with a show entitled Full Circle. Haslett artist, Joel Ellis is displaying in the Hebert and Docent Galleries. A Botanical Art Collective, on display in the Moore Gallery will feature the work of ten mid-Michigan artists — Barbara Holmer, Barb Bollin, Judy Berlucchi, Kristine Huckabay, Melissa Kosiba, Kathy Mykolajenko, Toni Oakley, Suzanne Rosser, Camilla Skodinski and Nicki Topping.

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New Hours

SAC is closed to the public through February 6 BUT OPEN FOR ALL CLASSES

SAC will be open 7 days a week starting February 6.

12 Noon to 5 PM Monday-Friday and 12 Noon to 4 PM Saturday & Sunday.


What’s Happening

“Made in Owosso” – a once in a lifetime, 12-week historic exhibition opens on Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, September 18, 2016. In order to realize the full scope and potential of an exhibition like “Made in Owosso,” the Shiawassee Arts Center and the Owosso Historical Commission have reached out to 10 organizations and nonprofits in Owosso, the first time in recent history that this number has partnered to share concepts, ideas and resources. Every weekend during the exhibition, “Made in Owosso” will feature one of the organizations with special events – in Curwood Castle Park and at their locations. The organizations are:

DeVries Nature Conservancy
Shiawassee County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Shiawassee District Library – Owosso
Friends of the Shiawassee River
Shiawassee Historical Society
Owosso Community Players
Steam Railroading Institute
Owosso Main Street
Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Cook Family Foundation Awards SAC $5,000 Grant

The Cook Family Foundation announced that eight Shiawassee-based nonprofit organizations have achieved Partner status in its NonProfit Capacity Building program including the Shiawassee Arts Center. In recognition of this accomplishment, each community group was awarded $5,000! Pictured are SAC President Betty McGinnis, Cook Family Foundation Executive Director Tom Cook, and SAC Executive Director Piper Brewer.


A $2,500 grant has been awarded to the Shiawassee Arts Council

Shiawassee Community Foundation Grant 2015

A $2,500 grant has been awarded to the Shiawassee Arts Council from the Gerald Gilbert Memorial Endowment Fund administered by the Shiawassee Community Foundation and funded by Charles Lyons. This grant will provide arts instruction to individuals with developmental disabilities at the Shiawassee Arts Council in partnership with The Arc Shiawassee. (pictured left to right: Piper Brewer, Executive Director- Shiawassee Arts Council, Linda Ruehle, Arts Education Director-Shiawassee Arts Council, Carol Soule, Executive Director-Shiawassee Community Foundation and Don Levi, Chairman/President-Shiawassee Community Foundation)

Mr. Gilbert was an inspiration to students for 25 years as a vocal music instructor at Owosso High School. He was regarded by his colleagues in the Michigan School Vocal Association (MSVA) for his ability to develop and inspire members of Owosso High School’s renowned A Cappella Choir to consistently win highly prized state honors.

Most of all, Gilbert is remembered by Owosso High School alumni for his passion for music and his example of striving for excellence. Born in Traverse City, Michigan, Gilbert graduated from Central Michigan University with a BA degree and from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago with a Master’s degree. He was the director of the Michigan Honors Choir and voted Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year by the MSVA in 1970. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific in World War II. He retired from Owosso High School in 1978 and passed away at the age of 63 in 1988.


Book Reading, Signing & Exhibit Sunday, November 22, 2-3pm

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The public is invited to a free Book Reading, Exhibit & Booksigning “Unauthorized Audubon” at the Shiawassee Arts Center November 22, 2-3pm. Anita Skeen, an accomplished poet and MSU Professor in the Residential College, and Laura B. DeLind, printmaker and retired senior emeritus of the MSU Department of Anthropology, have collaborated on the book with a collection of 22 prints and 22 poems. The Sunday event will include a reading and general discussion of what it means, in their experience as artists, to collaborate on such a project. The book will be available for purchase as well as framed and unframed linocuts by DeLind who will also have on display and for sale original copies of prints that are published in the book.

Its creators never set out to produce a book at all when they began exchanging prints and poems, but something happened along the way. As they began to appreciate at a deeper level the skill involved in each other’s work, they began to find meaning in small things—a pattern, a memory, a carefully chosen word. This book is all about response-ability as experienced by the two artists and the visitors to an exhibit of their work at the Michigan State University Museum. This concept and activity animates the twenty-two bird-like spirits found herein, reminding us that there are other such spirits hovering expectantly just beyond the pages, simply waiting for the imagining. The two friends state, “We as artists have found that despite our differences, poetry and print-making share much in common and bringing these two creative forms together has expanded our ability to appreciate them both”.


Early Frieseke Painting Acquired

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Early Frieseke Painting Acquired

In 1897 a 23-year-old aspiring artist from Owosso, Michigan named Frederick Carl Frieseke sailed from New York to France. With him was his friend and fellow artist, Will Howe Foote and his father Elijah Hedding Foote. Will and Frederick had been students together at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Art Students League in New York. Elijah Foote, one of the founders and president of the Imperial Furniture Company in Grand Rapids and vice president and general manager of the Grand Rapids Chair Company, was an early patron of the young Frieseke. As appreciation for his support, Frieseke painted a watercolor portrait of Foote, probably done in Holland in the summer of 1898, and signed it “To my friend Mr. E.H. Foote, F.C. Frieseke, Paris 1898”. The painting remained in the Foote family for 117 years until it was recently acquired for SAC’s permanent collection with the generous support of the SAC Board of Directors and SAC co-founder, Ann Moore.


Holiday Show

There will be something for everyone during SAC’s 27th Annual Holiday at the Center! Michigan artists will be displaying and selling their original artwork, unique gift items and holiday decorations. Visitors are sure to find gifts at affordable prices for everyone on their gift lists. The show is generously sponsored by Memorial Healthcare.
November 15 – December 31, 2015

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Fun at Owosso Bike Fest

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What a fun Owosso Bike Fest on August 9th at SAC! Michigan DNR/CIS Trail Board Member, Terry McCleod is shown with SAC President, Betty McGinnis just before she started her ride on the new Clinton-Ionia-Shiawasssee Fred Meijer Trail. Families also rode on the 8-mile trail from Owosso to Corunna and back along the Shiawassee River.