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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.


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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May 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Melonie Steffes

Melonie Steffes, 48, learned by doing. And by reading library books about practice and process. And by finding other makers to mentor her. Her paintings are filled with bears, insects, […]

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April 29, 2022

Creativity Q+A Video with Linda Alice Dewey and Anne-Marie Oomen

A conversation with painter Linda Dewey and poet Anne-Marie Oomen about their collaborative project On The Precipice, a small exhibition of four paintings and four companion poems…

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April 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Kaz McCue

Kaz McCue’s lives as an educator, studio artist, and regular-guy-walking-around-the-place blend seamlessly into one another. Everything is connected. Everything cross pollinates, whether it happens in the studio or the classroom. […]

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March 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson came “out of the womb searching for meaning.” The Traverse City writer has found it in a bowl of oatmeal, buckle snow boots, canoeing the Manistee River, and […]

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February 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A with Bob Downes

Bob Downes, 69, “always wanted to be a novelist.” And, that is what he became. Bob Downes is the essence of peripatetic. The author of seven books, many of which […]

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January 7, 2022

Creativity Q+A video with Rodney Martin

Woodland Studies is a series of black and white photographs by Grand Rapids photographer Rodney Martin. The region’s woodland, rivers and natural areas are well documented by all manner of […]

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January 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A video with the Big Heads Corp.: Papier Mache

As part of the GAAC’s PaperWork exhibition, we’re in conversation with two people for whom the old art of papier mache is foundational to their work – Dorienne Sherrod and Sharon Morris of the Big Heads Corp.

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January 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A video with Mary Beth Acosta: Collage

Leelanau County artist Mary Beth Acosta works in collage, under the creative nom de guerre “The Feral Housewife.”

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January 1, 2022

Creativity Q+A video with Geo Rutherford: Artist’s Books

The genre known as “artist’s books” is not easily defined. People have been making beautiful, artful books for centuries. But “artist’s books” defy convention, and occupy a niche all their own.

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December 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Shanny Brooke

Shanny Brooke, 42, is a classically-trained singer who found her way into visual art + painting after she hit a career/life roadblock. A package of student canvases and a tin […]

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November 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Nick Preneta

Nick Preneta, 37, works in wood. Green wood. Mostly with his chain saw. Notching and carving and creating marks, both intentional and serendipitous. The Leelanau County artist, trained as a […]

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October 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Shanna Robinson

Shanna Robinson, 63, moves fluidly between media. “I’m a fiber-sculptor,” she said, “but I work in whatever medium suits my idea at the time.” The Horton Bay resident, newly retired […]

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