Preparing for the opening of SAC’s 26th Annual Holiday at the Center

Our elves, Karen Stadler, Betty McGinnis and Michael Kovich, have been working night and day in preparation for the opening of SAC’s 26th Annual Holiday at the Center on Sunday, November 16, 2-4pm. Now with over 80 Michigan artists participating it is going to be a terrific show! Many thanks to Memorial Healthcare for sponsoring and to Sunburst Gardens for providing the outdoor decorating!

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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

Halloween Party!

Fiendishly fabulous food from Lula’s Louisiana Cookhouse!
Devilish drinks & potions • Spellbinding entertainment

Come as you are OR in costume!
Oct 18th 7-10pm
RSVP to 989-723-8354 by Oct 13th or pay at the door

Colored Pencil Workshop

Come have fun and create a colored pencil masterpiece with Artist/Instructor, BARB HOLMER, at the Arts Center Friday, September 26, 10am-4pm. Bring your lunch and weather permitting eat on our beautiful Cottonwood Terrace! Let the river inspire your creativity! Call 723.8354 FMI . . .

Artwalk Events

Join us for an evening of live music with Owosso Pianist & Artist, Richard Lahmann

Artwalk – Downtown Owosso:  September 12, 2014

Home Tour – Owosso historic homes:  September 20, 2014

Tour Our Town a Great Success!

Ross Hill visited the Arts Center last Saturday with his 1888 Hi-Wheeler. Ross, who lives in Lansing, is a member of the national bicycle organization, The Wheelmen. He entertained both young and old alike.


Elevator Update

Our new Elevator Addition was completed today and is ready for use!

A special dedication was held at the Arts Center, Friday, September 5 to thank those who made this possible – especially the late Bill & Grace Burk and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.

2014 High School Art Student Scholarships

The Shiawassee Arts Council awarded $2,000 in scholarships to 23 students from eight area high schools at the 42nd Annual SAC Scholarship Competition and Exhibition held last Saturday at the Shiawassee Arts Center. A total of 78 students from Owosso, Corunna, Chesaning, Durand, Morrice, New Lothrop, Perry and Spring Vale Academy schools participated in the show. 

The $500 SAC Award was presented by SAC President Betty McGinnis to Andrea Knight, an Owosso senior. Her teacher is Marti Liddle-Lameti. 

Three Liz McEwan Scholarship Awards totaling $500 were presented. Chaise Henige, a New Lothrop senior received the $300 Award. Megan Jecks, Owosso senior and Kaylee-Jo Keesler, Morrice Freshman each received $100 Awards. 

A $300 Arlie & Rosemary Edwards Award was presented to Alex Stechschulte, an Owosso senior. 

The $100 Jerry Power Award was received by Lauren McDonagh, a Chesaning senior. 

A $100 Award given by Bob Wilcox in honor of Karen Friday was given to Morrice senior, Brittany Wilson. 

Two $50 SAC Director’s Awards were presented to seniors Sydney Beach of Corunna and Ariana A. Heringhausen of Owosso. 

Two $50 Barbara Baumgartner Cox Awards for Outstanding Work in Clay were presented to sophomore Sky Poage of Owosso and senior Ashley Stanley of Perry. 

Two $50 Bethany Lardie Awards were given to Perry senior, Alyssa Jelinek and Owosso Freshman, Madeline Pappas. 

Two $50 Shiawassee Artists’ Guild Awards were presented to Megan Baumgartner, Perry senior and to Alexandra Greenfelder, Chesaning senior. 

Four $25 Friend of the Arts Awards were given to seniors Sarah Ackerman of Chesaning, Jacob Baker of Owosso and Logan Thayer of Perry and freshman, Angel Rodriguez of Spring Vale Academy. 

Honorable mentions were presented to Perry juniors, Katelyn Nye and Juliann M. Snyder, Chesaning senior, Hannah Thiel-Moore and Owosso junior Kay Wilson. 

For 42 years the Shiawassee Arts Council has offered scholarships to talented young art students. Since the establishment of SAC in 1972, $70,000 in scholarships and awards have been granted to provide students in grades 9-12 with recognition and financial assistance in their artistic growth. The show sponsors were Louise Hemond-Wilson, Dr. & Mrs. Roger Knecht, Betty & Jack McGinnis and Owosso Medical Group. Chairperson was SAC Art Education Director, Linda Ruehle and Co-chairman was SAC Board Member, Brian Bruff. 

The judge for this year’s competition was Susan Fernholz, a professional artist from St. Johns. She judged the work on originality, creativity, technical skill and presentation. She stated, “It was a difficult show to jury and I would have loved to give all the students an award. Art does not just take talent, but lots of work. I encourage the students to keep up the struggle.”