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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.


December 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Judith Shepelak

Judith Shepelak’s road toward a full-time studio practice came after she’d worked as a paralegal, then a graphic designer, then a landscape designer. In between she raised her children. For […]

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November 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Carrie Betlyn-Eder

Artist Carrie Betlyn-Eder, 68, first visited Leelanau County in 1968, as a child with her siblings and parents. She watched the moon walk from a house in Leland, and got […]

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October 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Margo Burian

Leelanau County artist Margo Burian, 61, has carved a niche for herself in the cultural landscape. Her atmospheric paintings of the the locality’s land, sky, water, and historic farmsteads are […]

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September 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Alice Moss

The outdoors comes indoors to the Lobby Gallery at the Glen Arbor Arts Center. By The Side Of The Road is a series of abstract, mixed media landscapes out of […]

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August 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Matt Schlomer

 Matt Schlomer, 51, is finishing his 11th year of teaching at Interlochen Academy of Art. He is a conductor, and he is a teacher of saxophone — and, he is […]

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July 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Nancy Crisp

Nancy Crisp, 81, taught visual art to all ages, and abilities, in public school and private institutions, from the 1960s until 2003. Her own visual art education began in junior […]

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June 1, 2023

Creativity Q+A with Larry Fox

“I’ve always built things. I’ve been a maker since I was a little kid,” said Leelanau County artist Larry Fox, 69. And the things he has built — sculptural constructions […]

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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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