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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.


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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September 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Lynne Rae Perkins

As part of the GAAC’s Everyday Objects exhibition, we spoke with Leelanau County author + illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins. Lynne, 66, is the author of 14 books for children, including […]

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September 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A video with Michelle Stitzlein: The Art of Repurposing

Ohio artist Michelle Stitzlein is a creative force whose sculptures elevate familiar objects to a new level of art.

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September 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A Video with Steve Palmer: Maker of Fish

As part of the GAAC’s exhibition Everyday Objects, we’re in conversation with Leelanau County artist Steve Palmer – maker of mixed media fish from found and antique objects.

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August 4, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Susan Thompson

Benzie County artist Susan Thompson believes “Art is a gift that is meant to be received and that touches others. Art is an essential and primary means for mutual understanding, […]

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July 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Susan Tusa

Photographer Susan Tusa learned her craft in the days before digital, and plied it in the field of print journalism. She was a staff photographer with The Detroit News; and […]

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June 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Michelle Tock York

Michelle Tock York, 60, is a sculptor working in clay, and with a wide range of intriguing found objects — from organic finds [e.g. driftwood gleaned from the beach] to […]

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May 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Nancy McRay

Nancy McRay, 65, is “a fiber artist … mostly a weaver” of tapestries who pushes the medium out of its historic, domestic context, and into the Capital “A” Art world.

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April 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Terry Wooten

Terry Wooten, 72, is an oral poet, a bard in the truest sense. This Antrim County artist has authored more than 500 published poems, and memorized 567 poems.

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March 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Angela Saxon

Angela Saxon, 59, is a self-described “mark maker.” That’s her calling and the basis of her creative practice, which is about seeing more, getting beyond the surface of things, and depicting layers of time in her paintings, prints and drawings.

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February 10, 2021

Creativity Q+A Video with Joan Richmond

Traverse City artist Joan Richmond responded to the COVID shutdown in her Northern Michigan town by going to work in her studio. She created 60 collages, a selection of these abstract, color-and-line composition are exhibited at the Glen Arbor Arts Center.

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February 1, 2021

Creativity Q+A with Jesse Hickman

Jesse Hickman, 65, moved to Northern Michigan from Chicago, Illinois more than 25 years ago, wife and two small children in tow. The creative opportunities that Chicago offered this visual artist were weighed against the challenges of raising children in a city.

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