Opening Reception Sunday, July 1, 2018 – 2 to 4 pm

The Shiawassee Arts Center is set to open a new exhibit featuring the works of Alex Klinkoski of Owosso and artists representing the Mid Michigan Art Guild and the Shiawassee Artists’ Guild. The exhibit, which opens June 26 and will run through August 5, is generously sponsored by David Harrelson.  The public is welcome to attend the opening reception to enjoy good food and drinks with the artists on Sunday, July 1 from 2-4pm.  Members will be able to receive 20% off one featured artist item during the opening reception only.

Art has always been a part of Owosso artist Alex Klinkoski’s life.  He studied both Commercial and Fine Art in college.  He made a career of Commercial art producing signs for businesses throughout Michigan since opening The Sign Gallery, in 1979.  His work in print media (lithograph, etching, screen and relief prints) is what will be on display at SAC.  This is Alex’s first art exhibit.

The Shiawassee Artists’ Guild shares a close association with SAC, where a themed exhibit of the group is featured every year highlighting each member’s area of artistic expertise.  This year’s theme is “Anything Goes”.   The guild is a group of mid-Michigan artists working in varied art media: painting in oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels, drawing, pen & ink, printmaking, pottery and ceramic sculpture, jewelry making & collage – the list goes on and on.

Fifty artist members of the Mid-Michigan Art Guild will have work on display during this exhibit.  The Mid Michigan Art Guild was founded June 13, 1951, to promote art instruction, provide exhibitions, and create social events for its members. It continues to provide information about the creation, display, and sale of fine art and photography, and encourages artists in all of Michigan in the expression, appreciation, and enjoyment of art.


Shiawassee Arts Center is just one of 6 Michigan locations that were selected to host the Water/Ways exhibit from the Smithsonian’s Think Water project. Water/Ways will be making its rounds around the state of Michigan from June 2018 through April 2019, stopping at each site for a six-week period. It will be featured at SAC from February 23 – April 7, 2019.

Water/Ways and its companion exhibition, H2O Today, are core components of the Smithsonian’s Think Water project. Think Water offers an opportunity to explore water from both scientific and cultural perspectives through a variety of programmatic opportunities. This unique project combines the two Smithsonian exhibitions with educational activities and digital story-collection initiatives with the deep programmatic expertise of state humanities councils. The project offers the Smithsonian’s state partners an opportunity to feature not just a traveling exhibition, but also a wide array of programs to maximize interest in water. Check out more photos from the Sanibel, Florida exhibition here.

Water/Ways is funded by Michigan Humanities Council and The National Endowment for the Humanities and sponsored by WATTS.


SMARTS (Shiawassee Mobile ARTS for Seniors) provides hands-on experiences in artistic creation to dozens of Shiawassee County seniors each month allowing them to express themselves, include them in the community and improve their quality of life. Click the link to check out our upcoming SMARTS classes near you!


Instructor: Barbara Holmer
Age Level: Adult
Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Course
When: Thursdays, September 13-27, 1pm – 4pm
Cost: $65 SAC Member/$70 Non-member
Celebrate Autumn while learning about colored pencil drawing techniques. Seasonal subjects will be the focus (think squashes and gourds) as students develop drawings from observation with an emphasis on form and color patterns.




Supplies needed:

mechanical pencil

kneaded eraser

Colored pencils: Good brands are Faber-Castell Polychromos or Prismacolor Premier or Derwent Colorsoft -NOT water-soluble pencils – NOT Prismacolor Verithin (Barb will also have some pencils for people to try during class.)

Pencil sharpener: a good hand held one is Staedtler 2 hole Tub

Sketch or drawing pad or journal example: Strathmore 400 series drawing pad, Strathmore colored pencil pad, or

Strathmore 400 series Bristol Board, Vellum surface

Questions? Please contact instructor at 810-659-0860 or


Buy your ticket for a chance to win a two-night stay at the beautiful Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island plus $500 spending money! TripAdvisor recently named Mackinac Island the top travel destination in the U.S. for 2018, beating out destinations like Yellowstone Park. Staying on the Island tends to be more expensive than some other destinations on the list, but you could have your trip completely free!

The prize includes one room for two persons between September 16 and October 26, 2018 or May 10 and June 26, 2019; dinner on your arrival day, breakfast and dinner on the second day, and breakfast on your departure day; all tax, gratuities, and baggage handling charges as they pertain to the room and meals noted.

Tickets can be obtained for $10 from any SAC board member or at the Shiawassee Art Center, 206 Curwood Castle Drive, 12-5pm MondayFriday and 12-4pm weekends up until the drawing.

Join us on Sunday, September 9, 5pm at SAC’s Annual Harvest Dinner when the lucky ticket will be drawn.  For more raffle details call (989)723-8354.


Instructor: Linda Beeman
When: TBD
Age Level: Adult
Fee: Member-$ 310/  Non-Member-$330

This is an intensive 3-day workshop that covers various aspects of the traditional and rare Japanese printmaking process – Mokuhanga.  The process is versatile and differs from western (oil-based ink) woodblock in that it is water-based and non-toxic, using watercolor pigment, wood block, Japanese carving tools, rice paste and Japanese paper to create beautiful refined prints.  It is done entirely by hand without a printing press.  Each participant will learn how to design, carve and print an edition of multicolored woodblock prints.  They will learn the kento registration system.  At the end of the workshop, a print exchange will occur offering each student the opportunity to go home with a print from each of their classmates. Printmaking experience is not required!

Material Fee: $50 due to the artist on day 1 of the workshop – The $50 materials fee covers two 8 x 10 woodblocks, Japanese paper and use of instructor’s tools, pigment, miscellaneous supplies.  Additional supplies will be available for purchase.



Mondays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

RSVP to (989) 723-8354

July 2 – No Class

July 9 – Lazy Daisy Days of Summer – Create a clay Daisy for your outdoor garden or an indoor planter

July 16 – Vintage Book Painting – Bring beauty to a worn book page by painting a delicate bird or flower, over- laying the words of world history. Watermedia

July 23 – Open Painting Studio – Need to bring back an unfinished painting from a previous class or practice painting something new with watercolor or acrylic paint, with gentle guidance if needed.

July 30 – Glazing Daisies Created on July 9. Daisies will be fired and available to pick up the next week. This is also a good time to glaze previous clay pieces if you missed a glazing session.

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Tuesdays 10 am- 11:30 am

RSVP to (989) 723-8875

July 3 – Beaded Flag Pin – A fourth of July inspired piece of jewelry, created with small beads. Make one for yourself and one to share with an assisted living resident

July 10 – Rock On! – More rock painting…Owosso Rocks! We have Lake Superior stones, but you are welcome to bring your own!

July 17 – Nautical Macramé Mason Jar – It can be made to hang or be displayed on a table with sea shells or other found beach treasures

July 24 – Notes of Nature – Join us to for painting wood birdhouses to the tune of our great outdoors!

July 31 – Paper Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs. It can be on a greeting card or a piece of mat board for display. Back by popular demand! Bring yours back to finish or start a new design.

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Instructor: Philip Ruehle
When: Wednesdays, June 27 – August 8, 1 PM – 3:30 PM (6 Weeks)
Age Level: Adult
Fee: Member-$ 95/  Non-Member-$105
Pre Registration & payment required: Call 989-723-8354

Receive one-on-one instruction while exploring the painting genre of your choice (still life, landscape, portraiture, non-objective abstract, etc). This is a great opportunity to experiment with something new or to improve upon something with which you currently find challenging. Students need to bring their own supplies. Mineral spirits provided.


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Owosso, MI 48867

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Sat & Sun | 12-4 pm

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