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

Ohio artist Michelle Stitzlein, 53, is a creative force whose sculptures elevate familiar objects to a new level of art. As part of the GAAC’s exhibition Everyday Objects, we talk with Michelle about using scavenged and collected objects – garden hoses, bottle caps, and piano keys – to name just a few of the multitude of 3D things that come together in compositions of great beauty and thought. [NOTE: At the end of this recorded conversation, it was incorrectly stated the Everyday Objects exhibition runs through August 19. The correct end date for the exhibition is October 28.]

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, 65, maker of mixed media fish from found and antique objects. A former public school educator of 32 years, his fish offer very teachable moments about the connection between his use of things that might otherwise be discarded and the pollution of our waterways. . https://www.running-dog-studio.com/

Listen to Your Favorite Manitou Music!

Manitou Music Fundraiser Compilation

$ 20.00

A compilation of eclectic and inspired music from the Manitou Music 2013-2018 concert seasons. Tracks contributed by eight different artists whose music spans Americana, alt-rock, folk, Irish, jazz, and more. The compilation was produced and recorded by Jack Conners, former Manitou Music director.

By purchasing the physical CD version, you directly support music programming at the Glen Arbor Arts Center.



01  Chrysalis, Jeremy Kittel Trio

02  Alpena, Jeremy Kittel Trio

03  Wild, May Erlewine

04  Closer to Me, May Erlewine

05  The Road That Lies Ahead, Detour

06  A Better Place, Detour

07  Bonnie House of Airlie, FullSet

08  The Glen Road to Carrick, FullSet

09  October, The Crane Wives

10  The Moon Will Sing, The Crane Wives

11  Jerusalem Ridge, Moxie Strings

12  Two Pears Dancing, Moxie Strings

13  Too Beautiful, Trina Hamlin

14  Come On, Trina Hamlin

15  The Bergen, Tannahill Weavers

16  The Geese in the Bog / Jig of Slurs, Tannahill Weavers

17  Home in the World, Jeremy Kittel Trio

Video Lecture: ‘Everyday Objects: Common Things, Uncommon Art’

The world is swimming in material goods – the stuff of landfills as well as the stuff of a rich body of work by visual artists. “Everyday Objects: Common Things, Uncommon Art” is a survey of work created during the 20th and 21st centuries from plumbing fixtures, shoes, and tires – among other things. This slide presentation is part of the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s exhibition Everyday Objects.

Common objects are well represented in the art historical movements of Dada, Surrealism, Pop and Modern Art; as well as the contemporary fashion world. However, the disarming nature of these familiar things often leads the viewer into more complex ideas, or asks the viewer to reconsider what qualifies as the subject of art and the materials used to make it.

This presentation is led and narrated by GAAC Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal. Sarah has a BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University, and has maintained an active studio practice in fiber art since 1999.

“Everyday Objects: Common Things, Uncommon Art” is viewable online beginning September 15. Cost: $10 GAAC members, $15 nonmembers. Everyday Objects, the exhibition, is on view in the GAAC Gallery and online through October 28.

Access information will be provided in an order confirmation email after purchasing. The lecture may be viewed at any time.

Pictured: Lobster Telephone, Salvador Dali, 1938

Video Lecture: The History of Flower Painting in 28 1/2 Minutes

“I love the scent of jasmine, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. They remind me of gardens and visits to the ocean I would make as a boy.” – Narisco Rodriguez.

Hank Feeley examines the fascinating history of flower painting from the ancient Egyptians to today’s masters like the radicals Gert and Uwe Tobias, with stops along the way to discuss Hans Memling, Zen Buddhism, Jan van Huysum, Monet, Manet, Picasso, Fairfield Porter, Andy Warhol, Luther Burbank, and the meaning of it all.

Feeley, a Glen Arbor resident, is an author, painter, and sculptor whose second book Painting the Joy of Sleeping Bear County was published in 2016. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Harvard Business School. He has been a Visiting Artist at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an Artist-in-Residence at Ox-Bow School of Art, and has taught at Roosevelt University and the Dennos Museum. His work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally. He is represented in Chicago by Aron Packer Projects and, in New York, by First Street Gallery.

Access information will be provided in an order confirmation email after registration. The lecture may be viewed at any time.

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