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June 12-17, 2017

 

Juried Class Award Winners

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Following the completion of the Second Annual Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival in June 2017, this exhibition will serve as a capstone for the works created by artists accepted into the juried class. Enjoy the variety of media and works depicting the Great Lakes Bay Region as experienced only En Plein Air.
 
Juried Class Winners:

Best in Show: Cornelis van Spronsen, Covered Bridge, Canton, MI

1st Place: Priscilla Olson, Morning Light, Midland, MI

2nd Place: Sharon Will, Morning in the Alley, Washington Township, MI

3rd Place: Robert Fionda, Behind the Museum, Armada, MI

Honorable Mention: Alan Maciag, Home for Hens, Midland, MI

Honorable Mention: Janet Kohler, Illuminated Discovery, Whitmore Lake, MI

Honorable Mention: Robert Perrish, Tiny's Farm, Livonia, MI

 

Open Class Award Winners

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Following the completion of the Second Annual Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival in June 2017, this exhibition will serve as a capstone for the works created by artists accepted into the open class. Enjoy the variety of media and works depicting the Great Lakes Bay Region as experienced only En Plein Air.
 
Open Class Winners:

1st Place: Brian Goff, Chimera, Bridgeport, MI

2nd Place: Jaye Yoon, A Composition of Color, Okemos, MI

3rd Place: Cynthia Yates, Draw Bridge, Birmingham, MI

Saginaw Area Watermedia Artist Award: Janice Dumas, Private Perch, Milford, MI

Honorable Mention: Sue Modrak, A View in Muth, Mt. Morris, MI

Honorable Mention: Jeff Pashak, Heavy Metal Railroad Bridge, Bay City, MI

Honorable Mention: Rosemary Hayes, Thursday Morning After the Storm on Junction Road in Frankenmuth, Birch Run, MI

 

Student Class Award Winners

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Following the completion of the Second Annual Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival in June 2017, this exhibition will serve as a capstone for the works created by artists accepted into the open class. Enjoy the variety of media and works depicting the Great Lakes Bay Region as experienced only En Plein Air.

 

Student Class Winners:

1st Place: Sydney Moyer, The Moody Worm, Owendale, MI

2nd Place: Luke Lipinski, The Castle Museum, Saginaw, MI

 

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June 13-18, 2016

 

Juried Class Award Winners

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Following the completion of the Second Annual Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival in June 2016, this exhibition will serve as a capstone for the works created by artists accepted into the juried class. Enjoy the variety of media and works depicting the Great Lakes Bay Region as experienced only En Plein Air.
 
Juried Class Winners:

Best in Show: Robert Fionda, Kawkawlin Granery, Armada, MI

1st Place: Sharon Will, Neon Signs, Washington Township

2nd Place: David Belling, Mirror Image, Coral Gables, FL

3rd Place: Michael McCleer, Bay City, City Hall, Detroit, MI

Honorable Mention: Tom Tomasek, Falls at Roethke Park, Ovid, MI

Honorable Mention: Cornelis van Spronsen, The Pines, Canton, MI

Honorable Mention: Jill Stefani Wagner, South of Frankenmuth, Saline, MI

 

Open Class Award Winners

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Following the completion of the Second Annual Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival in June 2016, this exhibition will serve as a capstone for the works created by artists accepted into the open class. Enjoy the variety of media and works depicting the Great Lakes Bay Region as experienced only En Plein Air.
 
Open Class Winners:

1st Place: Rosemary Hayes, Willow in the Rain on Dorwood Road, Birch Run, MI

2nd Place: Victoria Scelfo, Wetlands, Saginaw Zoo, Caro, MI

3rd Place: Julia Rohde, Court Street Bridge from Ojibway, Saginaw, MI

Saginaw Area Watermedia Artist Award: Alice Wilsey, Purple Bush, Saginaw, MI

Honorable Mention: Vicki Berry, View of Saint John's, Midland, MI

Honorable Mention: Walda Juhl, Bay City, South End, Munger, MI

Honorable Mention: Karen Constan, Promise/Fulfilled, Saginaw, MI

 

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1951.5.2 CorotThe Big Tree, Oil on canvas, 1863

The Big Tree, painted by the infamous Camille Corot (1796-1875), is a work that belongs stylistically to the Barbizon School of Landscape Painting. The Barbizon School had its beginnings in, and derives its name from, the village of Barbizon, which is located near France’s Fontainebleau Forest south of Paris. The area’s natural environment served as inspiration for the Barbizon painters who recognized landscape as an independent and worthy subject in high art. Of the painters inspired by forest near Barbizon, Camille Corot would later become the most influential. Sometimes revered as the father of Barbizon Landscape painting, he and fellow Barbizon School artists were some of the very first to paint “en plein air” – a French term meaning “outdoors” or “in the open air.” This was made possible by the invention of putting paint into tubes, which were easily portable and thus freed painters from the confines of the studio. This would prove to be extremely important for painters of later generations, especially the Impressionists. In fact, it can be said that the expressive, yet muted landscapes of the Barbizon School were effectively precursors to the even more expressive and colorful works by the Impressionists.

Although visibly more reserved than the Impressionist works that would follow them, Barbizon Landscape Paintings, especially those by Corot, began to slowly move away from Realism – an artistic style then in vogue. Indeed, Corot’s works represent the landscapes to which he bore witness, yet in painting them he had no intention of recording nature. Instead, he painted the world as he experienced it – a revolutionary idea that would later be picked up and expanded upon by the Impressionists. In this way, Corot’s approach to “realism” was in direct opposition to that which was seen in earlier styles of French painting.

In The Big Tree, Corot employs a muted color palette consisting of browns as well as various shades of blues and greens. As its title suggests, the canvas is dominated by a large tree that dwarfs all other elements in the painting. In the background, a distant village is juxtaposed in front of foothills that are located even further away. Through the inclusion of such a low horizon line, the sky, although veiled by the tree on the painting’s right side, encompasses about three-quarters of the picture plane. The large billowing cloud in the background (left) mimics the form of the large tree in the foreground, effectively uniting the two areas of space. However, Corot masterfully keeps the viewer’s eye contained, through the tree’s large over-reaching branch, in the lower left-hand corner of the painting, where a small creek flows into the middle ground. Indeed, due to Corot’s loose and expressive brushwork, forms appear to be blurred.  A technique such as this allows for the depiction of movement, as can be seen, or perhaps more appropriately, experienced, in the wind blowing through the branches of The Big Tree.

November 11, 2014 - January 28, 2015

1998.8.10aArt of War: Call to Action in Support of the Geat War 

Twenty four promotional posters from World War I, from the Museum's Permanent Collection of Art. The posters include Red Cross promotions, recruitment for men, Liberty Loans, YMCA promotions, civic organizations, and general promotion including victory gardens and war bonds.

 

 October 17, 2014 - January 3, 2015

photoforwebMichigan Ceramics 2014: Biennial Exhibition & Competition

Michigan Ceramic Art Association's Michigan Ceramics 2014 is one of the few US exhibitions of its caliber operated entirely by artists. The biennial exhibition and competition, organized and sponsored by the MCAA, showcases the excellence of ceramic art in its diversity across Michigan and in neighboring states. The 2014 exhibition features ceramic art from 24 artists.

About the Juror: Andrea Gill is a Professor of Ceramic Art at Alfred University's School of Art and Design in Upstate New York. Gill’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute as well as many private collections. She is a Fellow of the American Crafts Council, and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Artists: Brian Caponi, Julie Devers, Thomas and Sarah Gelsanliter, Steve Hansen, Ed Harkness, Brian Kakas, Kim Wansoo, Chrys Lewis, Mark Muhich, Sarah Olmstead, Carrie Anne Parks, Tom Phardel, Robert Piepenburg, Marcia Polenburg, Hayden Richer, LeAnne Schnepp, Greg Stahly, Susanne Stephenson, Ann Tubbs, Leah Waldo, Blake Williams, Marie Woo, and Paul Young

The exhibition will move to the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City from January 25 to May 17, 2015.

 

September 15, 2014 - January 3, 2015

FaerberSAMSaginaw en Plein Air

En plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air" used to describe painting outdoors, which involves all of the senses. Artists create a painting expressing the mood of a scene which includes not only the sights, but also the sounds, temperature, atmosphere and changing light. The Museum provided canvasses and paper to local artists to create their own plein air pieces depicting the Great Lakes Bay Region. View their work showcasing the beauty of this region.

Artists: Deanna Bergman, Judy Carr, Jane Faerber, Linda Grindahl, Luther Hale, Karen Janczewski, Jim Kelly, L.R. Marr, Diana Rohde, Julia Rohde, D. Joanne Rummel, Cinda Schantz, Jan Wegner, Alice Wilsey

 

 

 

 

 

 July 16 - September 6, 2014

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Twenty-one talented artists from across the state of Michigan showcased their work in the 2014 Art Quilt Exhibition. This juried exhibition included 45 handcrafted art quilts, each an original design.  Multiple techniques and mediums combined to create these pieces of art including applique, beading, dying, and fusing. Themes and subjects varied, ranging from religious to humorous, from bittersweet to inspiring.

 

 

May 2 - June 28, 2014

scottpostcardFeatures over 100 works in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, wood, glass, steel, aluminum, found objects and Michigan alabaster. Influenced by true experiences in the artist’s life, the work is installed in the exhibition as a collection of stories that range from the spiritual – revealing images of angels, crosses and the cosmos – to the secular – depicting responses to contemporary events, pop culture and political affairs. Lurain’s work and his chosen titles draw upon his background as a musician and writer. Both are often play on words, titles of rock and roll songs or television programs, or simply left untitled for the viewer to decide what he was thinking.

Lurain painted a curious American landscape by alternating everyday images into imaginative new shapes, such as a cherub, a popular social network and a consumer product. In a number of paintings, hidden faces and flags become more visible after spending time in front of the work. In others, the images seem to unveil secrets, loneliness, evasions, corruption, satire and joy – sometimes all at once. In the end, Scott Lurain’s True Stories tells the story about the artist behind the work.

Here Comes the Sun (August), 2001, mixed media, 61 3/8" x 89 1/2"

 

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Juried Class Artists 2016

  • Joyce Bailey
  • Vicki Berry
  • Karen Constan
  • Emmanuel Gatewood
  • Sherry Gerrity
  • Ellyn Grohman
  • Jessica Harvey
  • Rosemary Hayes
  • Walda Juhl
  • James Kelly
  • Gail McConnell
  • Jody McDonald Rider
  • Stacie Rose
  • Terry Parsley
  • Serena Pittman
  • Diana Rohde
  • Julia Rohhde
  • Vicki Scelfo
  • Karla Scelfo
  • Karla Stahlecker
  • Jan Wegner
  • Alice Wilsey
  • Patricia Yockey
  • Joanne Rummel