Winter Film Series

It’s time to Cure Those Winter Blahs. The Shiawassee Arts Center’s annual Film Series kicks-off on Sunday, February 11, 4:30 pm with the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated 2017 film “Loving Vincent”. Called “hypnotic and beguiling” by The New York Times, “Loving Vincent” is the world’s first feature-length, oil-painted animation film featuring 120 of Vincent van Gogh’s greatest paintings. The plot, drawn from the 800 letters written by the artist himself, leads the viewer to the significant people and events in the time prior to his unexpected death. Every painting in the 95-minute, PG-13 rated film has been lovingly re-created to come to life by 125 artists just as Van Gogh himself painted.

The Sunday showing of the film immediately follows the 2-4pm opening public reception of SAC’s first exhibition of 2018 featuring artists Tom Tomasek of Ovid, James Fagan of Okemos and members of the Michigan League of Handweavers. Refreshments are included in the $5/person suggested donation offering. The film will be shown again Monday, February 12, 1 pm (with complimentary popcorn) for a suggested donation of $3/person.

The Film Series continues every Monday, February 19 (Impressionists & Monet) and 26 (Degas) and March 5 (Van Gogh), at noon at the Arts Center. Visit or call 989.723.8354 for more information


Upcoming Exhibition

SAC’s first exhibit of 2018 opens February 6 and runs thru March 11. James Fagan of Okemos, the Michigan League of Handweavers and Tom Tomasek of Ovid are the featured artists. Linda Ruehle is happy to announce that Tom has agreed to do a workshop at SAC on March 10. The exhibit opening reception is Sunday, February 11, 2-4pm. Sponsors are Joy Welty, Todd & Shelly Sydow and Alan & Julie Sorenson.

New Hours

SAC is now open 7 days a week .

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

Made in Owosso

“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

Made In Owosso

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

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.

Early Frieseke Painting Acquired

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.

Fun at Owosso Bike Fest


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.

Owosso Bike Fest

Owosso Bike Fest

August 9, 8am-4pm

Join us for the 2015 Owosso Bike Fest in memory of Alice Morris on Sunday, August 9th, featuring two recreational bike routes of 8 and 22 miles, a continental breakfast, “Owosso Bike Fest” water bottle and event medallion. T-shirts, with support from Lance’s Bakery and designed by award-winning high school student Delaney Asbridge, are available.

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