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.
The public is welcome to attend the opening reception to enjoy good food and drinks with the artists on Sunday, March 19, 2-4pm. SAC members will receive 10% off all purchases during the reception. The exhibit, which runs through April 23, is generously sponsored by Getzen & Connell, CPAs PC, Meijer, Inc. and Barbara Stewart .
Tock York, of Goodrich, says her sculptures usually consist of clay and found object assemblages based on the collections of cast off treasures and her sketchbook narratives. She states, “I like to connect with others through my art, granting each piece a voice to tell it own story. Many of my pieces whisper a modern take on the classic “Grmm’s Fairy Tale”. There is a moral hidden somewhere in the story of each sculpture, and who knows-it could be as simple as taking the time to discover your own splendor”. Michelle is a retired Artist/Educator from Bloomfield Hills Schools.
Guy Ademec, also of Goodrich, exhibiting his Ceremonial Vessels, has explored the concept of ceremonial vessels for the last twenty years. He explains, “I view these objects as containers to be placed on an altar. The wide rims, with intricate texture and symbols, or the bottle and bowl forms, create a precious surround for an interior meant to hold timeless imaginary offerings”. “They could also be used to send things into the afterlife. Their function becomes a catalyst between the tangible and ethereal, a balance between manmade and natural”. Guy is a ceramics instructor and Firemaster at the Flint Institute of Arts.
Holly artist, Jeff Hageman, is also a ceramics instructor at the FIA and specializes in teapots and sculptures constructed from thrown pots. His 7th grade teacher, Michelle Tock York introduced him to what would become his lifes passion: ceramics. He earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute where he explored the manipulation of clay with materials such as glass, wood, and metal. He states, “In my pursuit to understand the clay material, my focus is the process with which I create the piece. My work at SAC demonstrates technique and the interesting, non-conventional relationship between the varieties of materials created by said technique.”
Joel Ellis of Haslett, will be exhibiting some his favorite paintings that indicate a kind of joie de vivre, joy of life. Joel explains, “the adventure of being in life inspires me: beautiful scenes, interactions with people, even dreams echoing a day’s experience. My only true expression of these imprints is through making art and wondering – what is going to happen next”. Ellis trained in a comprehensive program of art and design at Western Michigan University and taught many years for Michigan schools culminating his career as an educator at the daVinci Institute for high school students in Jackson, Michigan.
Flushing Artist, Barbara Holmer explains the Botanical Art Collective, as a blend of science and art that combines accurate drawing and painting with sensitivity to the beautiful and fascinating features of plants. She explains, “The centuries-old tradition of Botanical Illustration is what first inspired us to develop the skills to create detailed plant portraits drawn from observation”. This is the first time the group has exhibited together.
The Shiawassee Arts Center, located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso, is open Monday through Friday, 12-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm. 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. SAC, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2017, 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 www.shiawasseearts.org.