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Creativity Q+A

A chronicle of creativity. Interviews with creative practitioners – writers, performing and visual artists, GAAC artist-members, and other Northern Michigan makers  – about process, technique, tools, materials and the influence of place on practice.


April 12, 2023

Creativity Q+A Video with Jessica Kovan

Benzie County artist Jessica Kovan’s mixed media work is now on display in the GAAC’s Lobby Gallery. The Birds Are Watching, Kovan said, “asks viewers to pay attention from the vantage point of local bird species.” Kovan combines the personal with the political in this series of mixed media, avian vignettes created on cardboard. She took on the subject of local birds “in hopes of establishing a sense of interconnectedness between all beings.”

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April 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Royce Deans

Royce Deans’s creative life has been a “crooked trail” of work in graphic design, and illustration — a not-so-straight path toward a process-driven practice focused on painting and printmaking. “I’ve […]

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March 31, 2023

Creativity Q+A Video with John Hartig

A conversation with John H. Hartig, Ph.D, author of the 2022 book Great Lakes Champions, the story of 14 people who loved the Great Lakes so much that they devoted their careers…

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March 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Cynthia Marks

Leelanau County, Michigan, artist Cynthia Marks, 71, has been “making art for 50+ years, a startling and comforting thought,” she said. “I am consumed by using clay to conceptualize most […]

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February 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Laura Hood

It was never a question of IF Laura Hood would play an instrument, but WHICH instrument she would end up playing. It was all in her genes, and part of […]

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January 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Mary Beth Acosta

A Feral Housewife, an exhibition of collages by Leelanau County artist Mary Beth Acosta, take up residence in the Glen Arbor Arts Center Lobby Gallery January 6 – April 21. […]

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December 8, 2022

Sky Stories with Mary Stewart Adams

As part of the GAAC’s Telling Stories exhibition [January 13 – March 23, 2023], Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal talked with Northern Michigan residents about stories told in the sky and […]

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December 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A With Mark Mehaffey

Mark Mehaffey relocated to Leelanau County five years ago. He lives in a house that bumps up against the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore — a fitting locale: A large […]

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November 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Mary Fortuna

Traverse City artist Mary Fortuna, 66, draws on a number of inner resources to fuel her creative work — chief among which might be a self-identified weirdness. Over the years […]

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October 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Scott Lankton

Blacksmith Scott Lankton [left] was “hooked on hot steel” the first time he worked with it. The Leelanau County artist, 66, went on to find a vocation in the forge, […]

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September 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Dorothy Anderson Grow

As part of the exhibition Ropes, Ribbons, Twigs, and Things in the GAAC’s Lobby Gallery, Traverse City artist Dorothy Anderson Grow talked with Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC Gallery Manager, about the […]

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August 26, 2022

Creativity Q+A Video: 99 Clay Vessels Project

Alison Kysia is the creator of the multi-media visual art and storytelling project 99 Clay Vessels.

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August 26, 2022

Creativity Q+A Video: Baskets of the Anishinaabek

In 1987, the Leelanau Historical Society began documenting, interpreting, collecting, and preserving birch bark and quillwork baskets, and black ash baskets.

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August 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Lauren Everett Finn

Painter Lauren Everett Finn, 64, isn’t shy about mixing her media. In any given composition, the Benzie County artist [pictured left] might develop an idea by collaging an element to […]

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July 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Lindy Bishop

Landscape painting is the focus of Lindy Bishop’s practice. Lindy lives in Elk Rapids, the town in which she was raised, in the midst of a region where the landscape […]

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June 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Meg Staley

There has never been a straight line through Meg Staley’s career. But every experience — from sale clerk, to department store clothing buyer, to printmaker — has factored into the […]

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