The Shiawassee Arts Center is excited for the opening of its first exhibit of 2021 featuring the work of artists Deb Cholewicki of Lansing, Barbara Hranilovich of Lansing, Randal Crawford of Saginaw and Angela Hamilton of Grand Blanc. The exhibit, which opens February 2 and will run through March 14, is generously sponsored by American Speedy Printing and Getzen & Connell, CPAs. The public is welcome to attend the ‘Meet the Artist’ event on Sunday, February 7 from 1-3pm.
Cholewicki, a fiber artist, creates free-form sculptural weavings from natural fibers, plant materials and yarns bringing her tremendous joy. She loves the process of creating and seeing how each piece evolves and tells a story. Deb has taught sculptural weaving for more than 20 years including several years at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. For more than 10 years she managed Grove Gallery & Studios in East Lansing where she also taught classes and had her work studio.
Hranilovich has been an artist since she could walk enough to draw on the walls. She made it formal with a BFA in oil painting and went on to experience a career puzzled with illustration, teaching and fine art. As a commercial illustrator she has created works for children’s books and toys, advertising, editorial, and commercial interiors (like Biggby wall art). As a fine artist she explores a variety of media – acrylics, oils, ceramics, encaustic – each of which brings something intriguing and unique to her creative table.
Crawford, a 26 year Professor of Art at Delta College, holds an MFA in fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1987) and a BFA in fibers from Philadelphia College of Art (1984). He also attended the Graduate Studies Program at Banff Center School in Alberta, Canada (1985). Randal has had numerous one-person shows throughout the nation. His original and innovative art is a part of private, corporate, and institutional permanent collections.
Hamilton, an award-winning artist, is a graduate from Michigan State University with Bachelor Degrees in General Business and Advertising. She was not happy with her assigned career direction and was compelled to work in art. In 2011 she continued her art studies at the Flint Institute of Arts. Angela is currently working in acrylics, but also exploring other techniques and mediums like daily painting, still-life painting, pastels and graphites
The Shiawassee Arts Center, located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso, is open Monday through Friday 10-5pm, 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 49th anniversary in 2021, 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.