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!


The special Children’s Day during the 2018 Holiday at the Center was held December 2 with art activities, refreshments, live music by Campbell Macklin, book signing by Mary Morgan, gingerbread house display and a visit by Santa.


Instructor: Linda Ruehle, SAC Arts Education Director
When:  Sunday, February 3, 2019, 1-2:30pm
Fee: Member-$30 /  Non-Member-$35
Pre Registration & payment required: Call 989-723-8354

Learn to throw pottery on the wheel and create two functional soup bowls while having fun with friends or family! Bowls will be kiln-fired and glazing will take place Sunday, February 17, 1-2pm. If you have ever wanted to try pottery on the wheel, but didn’t have time for an extended class, this is for you!

Includes clay, glazes and firing. Dress for mess and bring an old towel.



Instructor: Denise Willing-Booher, NWS & MWCS
When:  Three-day Workshop, January 24-26, 2019, Thursday – Saturday, 9:30am – 2:00pm (1/2 hour BYO lunch)
Fee: Member-$130 /  Non-Member-$140
Required supplies: Denise can provide supplies for sale or participants may bring supplies from home:
3 tubes Primary colors red, blue, yellow all warm or cool
3 brushes Size 1.5in Flat Wash, Round Brushes Size 8 & 12 Round (could use just 2 brushes)
W/C paper
kneaded eraser
Also from home:
Butter tub/cottage cheese tub for water
Paper towel
Note book or sketch pad
Tissue paper or tracing paper
Pre Registration & payment required: Call 989-723-8354

Watercolor has a mind of its own! Learn to master the medium and work with it joyfully. Students will be introduced to all the tools, set up, what to paint, drawing before painting, basic techniques (wet in wet, wet on dry) and will complete a painting.

All levels welcome — beginner or advanced artist.



Instructor: Philip Ruehle, MFA, Artist/Instructor
When:  Six Week Class, Tuesdays, January 8 – February 12, 2019, 1:00 – 3:30pm
Fee: Member-$95 /  Non-Member-$105
Required supplies: Graphite Pencils – 4H, 2H, B, 2B, 3B, Drawing pad (11×14) or (16 x 20), Pink Pear eraser, kneaded eraser.
Pre Registration & payment required: Call 989-723-8354

Students will be working from still life in order to develop the fundamental skills of drawing. This process will include learning how to gesture, sight angles and build up a tonal structure, which will all contribute in producing a convincing illusion of three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. Students will receive both general and individual instruction.



What is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday (November 27) follows Black Friday and small business Saturday. Giving Tuesday is a global movement held annually the Tuesday after Thanksgiving with the focus being on giving back to the non-profit organizations that enrich the lives in community.  Again this year, SAC along with several local non-profit organizations are working together to celebrate #GivingTuesday as a community under the collaborative hashtag of #raiseUPshiawassee.

Donate to the Shiawassee Arts Center SMARTS (Senior Mobile Art) program and help us reach our goal of $3,000 to fund scholarships for 20 desiring seniors for one year ($5 per class for 30 classes).  The Cook Family Foundation has generously agreed to match $500 of our online donations that day.  So come on everyone-show us your SMARTS!

Many thanks to the following individuals and the Cook Family Foundation for their generous support to SAC’s Giving Tuesday Campaign! They helped us exceed our goal of $3,000 to provide twenty Shiawassee County seniors, who are financially unable, the opportunity to participate in our SMARTS classes throughout the upcoming year.

Debra Auble Lorraine Austin Irene Bookman
Piper Brewer Brian Bruff William Briggeman
Yvette Collard Jeanne Curtis David DeVoe
Jacob & Veronica Drenovsky Alan & Jean Friend Torey Fry
Darleen Gibbs Susan Giberson Linda S. Harris
Linda Hill Suzanne M. Hunt Dee Thompson Koski
Lee & Nancy Kronenberg Jann Johnson Lardie Karen Marumoto
Cynthia Mayhew Janie McCartney Ruth McCarty
Dr. James McEwan Betty McGinnis Connie Jo Miller
Jane Miller Lyda Miller Sandra Mulkey
Sheila Ralph Stephen Rau Paul & Nancy Rocycki
Linda Ruehle Mike Salava Marcia & Marvin Schultz
Clark Shanahan John & Jeannette Smith Catherine Steinbrenner
Connie & Jerry Voight Bob Wilcox (2) Anonymous Donors



SAC: Class Schedule

Mondays 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

RSVP to (989) 723-8354

October 1 – Autumn monotype – with Jan Johnson of Perry.  Jann is currently exhibiting her clay sculptures, paintings and a Monotype at the Shiawassee Arts Center. Water soluble blockprinting inks will be used with an acrylic printing plate and mono indicates one print will be pulled from the printing plate. Think small pumpkins, gourds, and fall flowers as subject matter. Come early and view the exhibit in the gallery! Dress for mess!

October 15Blue Bird of Happiness – Painting in Acrylic with Artist/Instructor Rich Tesner of Flushing. Rich is also a featured artist in the current exhibit at the Shiawassee Arts Center. Learn a few new acrylic painting techniques while celebrating the Blue Bird! Come early to view the exhibit in the gallery!

October 29Open Studio – Open studio time to finish a previous project or experiment with watercolor or acrylic on your own. There will be a studio instructor available, but not necessarily the instructor from your project day. When registering, mention what project you plan to work on. Angela Hamilton, Artist/Instructor


Owosso Senior Center: Class Schedule

Tuesdays 10 am- 11:30 am

RSVP to (989) 723-8875

October 9Chickadee with a Pumpkin Watercolor Painting – One of our favorites to paint is the black capped Chickadee, a small non-migratory songbird. Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor

October 23Pears in Acrylic – A single still life can dazzle and delight! Cézanne and Monet both painted pears in Paris! More lessons in color mixing! Karreen Bird, Artist/Instructor


Morrice Senior Center: Class Schedule

Wednesdays 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

RSVP to (517) 625-4270

October 3Glazing Clay Leaf Dish – Put the finishing touch on the clay leaf bowls created at the September Class. Leaves will be fired a second time and ready for pick up at the next October Morrice class. Linda Ruehle, Artist/Instructor.

October 17Let’s Celebrate Fall! – Create a Fall Ribbon Wreath for your door. It starts with a simple idea! Linda Van Cise, Artist/Instructor.

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