2014-2015 Programs

Unless otherwise stated, all programs below are free and open to the public, and will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.

Programs are held at the AAWA location at 4844 Jackson Road, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI.  (Located in the Jackson Square Plaza, parking in front of the building.)  Landmark: There is a cell phone tower on the north-west side of Jackson Road, next door to Jackson Square Plaza  See Map and Get Directions

Following is a brief listing of scheduled speakers. Please refer to our blog, Facebook page, bi-monthly newsletters and emailed announcements for more detailed information.

AAWA Holiday Party, Potluck, and Gift Exchange
Sun, Dec 14, 2014, 1-3pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
AAWA members gather for our annual "White Elephant" gift exchange. There will be prizes for those most humorous presents! Please bring a dish to pass. AAWA will provide tableware and beverages.
Nora Venturelli (Artist & Teacher)
Mon, Jan 19, 2015, 7:00pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Nora Venturelli is an adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University where she teaches drawing and painting. She is an award winning artist whose subjects include figure drawing, figure painting, landscape painting, and other subjects. She is active in showing her work on a regular basis, and is represented by WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor. 

David Zinn (Illustration, Design, & Street Art)
Mon, Feb 16, 2015, 7:00pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
David Zinn has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor since 1987, serving all manner of commercial clients from small shops to major municipalities while simultaneously sneaking “pointless” art into the world at large. His professional commissions have included theatrical posters, business logos, educational cartoons, landfill murals, environmental superheroes, corporate allegories and hand-painted dump trucks.

David’s temporary street art is composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects, and is always improvised on location. Most of these drawings have appeared on sidewalks in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan, but some have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan and construction debris in the Sonoran Desert.  He is the author of "Lost and Unfounded" Street Art by David Zinn.

Barbara Bushey (Fiber Artist & Art History Professor at Hillsdale College)
Mon, Mar 16, 2015, 7:00pm (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Since March is Women's History Month, and Barbara Bushey is an Art History Professor, she will talk to us about women in art from a historical perspective. Barbara will provide some examples of notable women artists, their lives and struggles to gain recognition in the art world.

Amy Yamasaki (Sculpture Artist)
Mon, Apr 20, 2015, 7:00pm (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Amy Yamasaki is a sculptor who works and lives in Ann Arbor. She is continually inspired by the many ways nature assembles and disassembles itself.  The underlying geometric structures found everywhere in nature have been a constant source of fascination and inspiration for her work. She finds that the forces of nature, expressed in the changing seasons, inform the paths and expression of all living things. Amy balances her studio practice with a business career. She has shown locally and her art work can be found in private collections around the US. 

Amy has been working with recycled wood for the past several years. She says, "Local trees contribute to our community by providing shade, fruit, oxygen and habitat. They are silent sentinels. They stand tall and brave against the ever-changing elements of our 4 seasons and bear witness to the choices we make every day.  Once fallen, the wood left behind is an artifact of a long life, well lived."

Local Field Trip: University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
Fri, May 15, 2015, 1:30pm - 3:30pm (UMMA)
For the second year in a row, we would like to invite you to come take a 'behind the scenes' tour of the University of Michigan Museum of Art led by a UMMA trained Docent. AAWA members will be offered a chance to use the private study rooms, see artwork pulled from the collection, and get an opportunity to learn and view objects up close and personal. This will surely be an exciting and special experience at UMMA. 

Registration is required at least one month in advance of this event for providing an accurate headcount to UMMA for scheduling guides and study room accommodations. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

AAWA Annual Business Meeting & Potluck
Sun, May 17, 2015, 1-3pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
AAWA members gather for our annual closing meeting. Bring a dish to pass, dessert, or a beverage to share. AAWA will provide tableware and beverages.