April 30 – June 23
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 5, 2-4pm
The Shiawassee Arts Center is featuring a new exhibit of the work by Marti Liddle-Lameti of Owosso, Lisabeth Curnow of Holt, Melinda Pope of Okemos and 13 member artists of the Shiawassee Artists’ Guild. The exhibit, which runs through June 23, is generously sponsored by Ann Moore, co-founder of the Shiawassee Arts Council. The public is welcome to attend the opening reception with the artists to enjoy good food, drinks and live music by Pat Carmody, on Sunday, May 5, 2-4pm. Members will receive 20% off one featured artist item during the opening reception only.
Also on hand will be local author, barber and philosopher Karl Manke who will be selling his ninth novel, Re-Wired, a realistic story of two close friends who join the Army, experience the Vietnam War and return to readjust to civilian life. Karl will be signing books from 2-4pm. Re-Wired and Karl’s eight previous books are available in SAC’s gift shop.
Liddle-Lameti taught Art and Fashion Design for Owosso Public Schools for many years, as well as for Kendall College of Art and Design as an adjunct professor. Her studio recently moved to Midland County, where she continues to create using a variety of fibrous media. Marti is inspired by the magic and beauty of nature, as she alters, and enhances human structures. Using various materials and combining them with wool, silk and other fibers, she “paints” with the fibers to create color, line, texture and movement found in her surroundings. Her exhibit is titled “Conceptual Fibers” and features nearly 60 pieces of her two and three dimensional wearable creations.
Curnow from Holt has been fascinated with two things for as long as she can remember. The first is light. It is the magic that she strives to capture whether painting wide open spaces, an intimate moment in time, or antique milk glass, it is light that she is always chasing and protecting – especially when painting in watercolor. Protecting the light takes careful planning and often a little faith. The second is psychology. Art is emotion; it is a vulnerable interaction between yourself and the viewer. Lisabeth’s artwork reflects her sensitivity to everything around her. She wants us to see that there is beauty in familiarity, there is comfort in sentimental things, and it’s the light that brings it all to life.
After spending many years in the art community of Mid-Michigan Art Guild Melinda Pope began combining photos and paint in her artwork. She considers herself a self-taught painter, although she has studied with nationally-known painter, Robert Burridge. I love texture. I love the roughness and creases in old, worn objects. Melinda loves experimenting with her photos. Through her art she combines original photos and other media to give the viewer a closer look at things we normally pass by. Most of all any piece of artwork she exhibits must be interesting to her.
The Shiawassee Artists’ Guild shares a close association with SAC, with a themed exhibit of the featured every year at the Arts Center highlighting each member’s area of artistic expertise. Displaying in this year’s “Journey” exhibit are Debbie Auble, Bonnie Brown, Dan Chrenka, Marie Gougeon, Jann Johnson Lardie, Linda Justice, Susan McGuire, Regina Moskal, Susan Newcom, Jennifer Ross, Linda Ruehle, Linda Van Cise and Barb Walworth. These mid-Michigan artists work in varied art media including painting in oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels, drawing, pen & ink, printmaking, pottery and ceramic sculpture, jewelry making & collage and much more.
The Shiawassee Arts Center, located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso, is open Monday through Friday, 12-5pm, weekends, 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 47th anniversary in 2019, 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.