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6FT APART ART Series- Pop-up #2 rescheduled for Sunday, 8/9/20

The Glen Arbor Arts Center is moving art outdoor as part of its 6ft Apart Art series of creative, pop-up events. The first event is the Clothesline Exhibit, July 24 – August 27. Open to the public, the challenge is to create an unframed painting, drawing, photograph or collage on a single sheet of paper that creatively interprets northern Michigan’s landscape and woodlands. Each work will be pinned to a clothesline in front of the GAAC building at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

To read more about participating in the Clothesline Exhibit, go here >>.

Inspiration for this exhibition came from the GAAC’s new Outdoor Gallery. In May, the GAAC installed on two exterior walls five, 5ft X 5ft panels with reproductions of paintings by Empire artist Mark Mehaffey. Mehaffey’s work interprets and celebrates the northern Michigan landscape and woodlands and will be exhibited until April 2021.

“During this unusual time, when we’ve had to temporarily close the building to the public, this outdoor exhibition is an unexpected joy and uplifting gift,” said GAAC Executive Director Sarah Kime. “We can bring so much creativity outside. And, make local art accessible to anyone, every day, just by walking by the building.”

The 6ft Apart Art series was developed in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Practices such as social distancing will be built into 6ft Apart Art events, and offer a safe alternative to traditional indoor art activities, gallery exhibitions, and performance. The series will take place at the GAAC and turn the front- and backyards, and parking areas into arts venues.

In addition to the Outdoor Gallery and the Clothesline Exhibit, this year’s 6ft Apart Art series of exhibitions includes:

Pop-Up Exhibitions + Demos

The GAAC parking lot becomes an artists’ workspace and fair on July 25 and August 8. Each of the pop-up shows will feature three visual artists working in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, mixed media, metal, and clay. In addition to showing their work, the exhibitors will set up fresh-air workspaces and demonstrate. Hours: 11 am – 3 pm. Rain dates: July 26 and August 9. Talk. Buy. Free!

#1 Pop-Up + Demo [July 25] Kim Bazemore, metalsmith. Contemporary jewelry; Lindy Bishop, painter. Painting big – on a 6ft long canvas; Angela Saxon, painter/printmaker. Monotype printmaking with wooden spoon and pin press.

#2 Pop-Up + Demo [August 8] (Rescheduled due to wind, for Sunday, August 9, 11 am-3 pm)
Margo Burian, painter. Acrylic painting; John Huston, potter. John will be conducting a live raku firing; Joan Richmond, painter. Collage.

Mini Masterpieces Art Walk [July 24]

Fifty 3” x 3” canvases were distributed to Leelanau County families to craft a personal, creative expression. These tiny works will be hung on trees along the GAAC’s gravel walkway from Lake Street and in the GAAC grove behind the building. This self-guided experience begins July 24 and runs through the summer.

Members Create Exhibition [July 24]

In July, the GAAC begins a process of slowly re-opening its doors to the public. To mark the occasion, the GAAC opens the 2020 Members Create exhibition on July 24. Featuring the work of 25 local, regional and outstate artists, this show is an annual showcase of work by current GAAC members. The Members Create show is in the gallery through August 27. Hours are Monday – Friday 11 am – 2 pm; and Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 2 pm during the exhibition.

Words For Water Poetry Throw-Down [July 31]

Words for Water is a collaborative project between the GAAC and FLOW [For Love Of Water], a Traverse City advocacy and policy group focused on water protection. Participating poets and writer will read a short, original poem that answers this question: Who Owns The Water? Open to all readers and writers. More information about participating in Words for Water can be found here. July 31, 7 – 8:30 pm.

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.

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