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Birdlandia Interviews: Katharine Crawford Robey

During the New Views: Birdlandia exhibition [May 15 – July 16], we’ll explore the subject of birds from different angles.

Author Katherine Crawford Robey feathers her nest with a new book about birds, Birds that Fill the Sky: The True Adventures of John James Audubon and His Dog. Birds are a recurring subject for this Empire author. Robey explains how a dog becomes a reliable narrator, and how birds fly in and out of her many adult and juvenile works during a video conversation with GAAC Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal.

Robey spent a number of years researching the life and art of artist John James Audubon. The story takes place in Florida and the Florida Keys, where Audubon created some of his most iconic bird portraits. This author interview is offered as part of the GAAC’s exhibition New Views: Birdlandia [May 15 – July 16].

Katharine Robey is the author of three children’s books, and has contributed to two literary field guides. Her writing is also contained in multiple collections of short stories and anthologies. She is a 2019 Michigan Notable Books nominee. Robey was named a Master Birder by the Atlanta Audubon Society in 2002. She resides for part of the year in Georgia. Read more about Katharine here: https://www.katharinecrawfordrobey.com/


Birdlandia Interviews: Wings of Wonder

During the New Views: Birdlandia exhibition [May 15 – July 16], we’ll explore the subject of birds from different angles.

Wings of Wonder founder Rebecca Lessard talks about the Leelanau County raptor rehabilitation sanctuary and education center she created in the 1990s with GAAC Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal.

To read more about Wings of Wonder go to http://www.wingsofwonder.org

2020 Manitou Music Poster Winner

Illinois painter Sally Wille’s Full Color Beach Day is the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s iconic 2020 Manitou Music Poster image.

“I have painted this scene on the beach at Glen Haven many times,” Wille said. Working through direct observation, and with an array of photographs that capture the receding and encroaching Lake Michigan water levels on the beach, Wille has created an abstracted impression of the beach. Full Color Beach Day was executed in gouache and cold wax.

“I apply cold wax after the painting is finished,” she said. “It acts as a protective seal on top of the painting and I don’t have to frame the watercolor under glass. I like the added texture cold wax gives and adds another dimension to the painting.”

The Manitou Music concerts are one of the GAAC’s summer highlights. Manitou Music offers a series of live musical performances between July and August.

“The landscape all over Leelanau County provides inspiration,” Wille said.” This painting is a journey of color and abstract representation that hopefully excites the viewer.”

For more than two decades, Wille and her family have divided their year between a home in Glencoe, Illinois, and Glen Arbor. She earned a BFA from the University of Arizona, and worked as a graphic designer and art director for Northern Trust Bank and Beltone Electronics before raising her family.

Wille’s painting was selected by the GAAC’s Manitou Music Poster Committee from a field of 25 entries. The poster competition is open to all GAAC members. Applications for the 2021 poster competition are online at GlenArborArt.org/FOR ARTISTS, and will be available for review in early May 2020. Deadline for submissions is September 17. Copies of the 2020 poster are available now. The poster price is $18.

After School Art Student Selected as Contest Winner

Peace Hawley Joppich’s watercolor painting of a Great Lakes Piping Plover was selected as the winner of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s 2018 kids’ artwork contest. Peace, 9, lives in Maple City and is one of the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s After School Art kids – along with her brother, Odin, 7. They both attend Leland Public School. Peace’s composition will be the artwork used on the Park’s 2019 Annual Park Entrance Pass.

SBDNL Ranger Paul Purifoy announced the winner at a ceremony on December 15 at SBD Headquarters in Empire, Michigan. This is the third year for the contest. Kids 12 years or younger submitted drawings and painting from August through October. This year, a total of 77 entries were received from young artists living in many different states, including Michigan, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The contest is part of the Park’s effort to spotlight the “Every Kid in a Park” program. Peace will receive a selection of gifts from the park’s bookstore High fives, Peace!

Every year, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sells over 11,000 Annual Park Entrance Passes. The pass provides free entry for 12 months for the pass holder and occupants in a single, private non-commercial vehicle. If entry is by foot, bicycle, or organized group not part of a commercial tour, the pass admits the pass holder and three adults (16 years of age or older). Children under 16 are admitted free.

A New Name For GAAA


This is good: The Glen Arbor Art Association has a new name: the Glen Arbor Arts Center [GAAC].

When did this happen?: In January. Right now. But, it’s been in the works. Let’s backtrack.

As plans were being made for the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s transition into its newly expanded facility at 6031 S. Lake St., the time seemed right to embrace a new name that better reflected the Art Association’s evolution into the GAAC’s: who are its members today, what has its work become, what is it offering to the community and what’s its mission?

Let’s get into the wayback machine: When it was established in the late 1980s, the Art Association was a collective of studio artists living and working in Glen Arbor. It was created by this small group of practitioners to support one another’s studio work. The founders’ mission was to “further the arts in the Glen Lake area.” Several decades on, that philosophic foundation has made it possible to build an organization that focuses on enriching community life — not only through the visual arts, but through all the arts including theater, literature and music, said Peg McCarty, GAAC director.

“With the creation of a new building, we’ve been given the perfect opportunity to re-consider the name of the organization and to think through if it still reflects the full scope of the programs and activities that take place here,” McCarty said. “The GAAC has grown into an organization that takes a broad, comprehensive approach to contributing to the community’s cultural and creative life.”

What does this mean? The GAAC doubled its space. Add it all together and it equals more events, classes, concerts, lectures, and exhibits [there’s a new gallery!] year ’round. A place for studio practitioners to build skills, a place for the person who wants to get reacquainted with their creative self, and all things in between.

And what about that logo?A group of GAAC volunteers teamed up with the graphic artists at Saxon Design to create a fresh, visual symbol that clearly and quickly communicates the lively, expanded nature of the GAAC’s mission.

Glen Arbor Arts Center to Glen Arbor Arts Center: Bottom line, the name change builds on the founders’ vision, and expresses an expanded mission that includes all the arts, reaching deeply into the community. Come see what’s new. Come explore. Come experience. Come discover your Inner Maker. Be inspired, and learn how creativity transforms — buildings, people, communities. Let’s do this.

The GAAC is open during the week from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and on Sundays from noon – 4 p.m. beginning January 14, 2018.

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