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.  Most programs last an hour, and you are welcome to stay for socializing and light refreshments for half an hour following the presentation.

Still Life by Julie Renfro

Julie Renfro

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

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.

Mon, Sept 19, 2016, 7:00pm Julie Renfro and Mike Sivak    

Julie Renfro’s collage and assemblage pieces are influenced by her mother (a quilter) and her father (an architect), and incorporate photography, digital collage, acrylic paint, found objects, craft/hobby supplies, and sewing/quilting materials. Her current series of “still life” and abstract paintings incorporate digital collages of layered flowers, ornamental designs and scanned textural elements that are printed, collaged on panels, and painted back into with vibrant colors and metallic golds. Julie finds inspiration in quilts, patterns, nature, and in the meditative beauty and awe of obsessive/excessive ornament and fine detail.

Viaticum by Mike Sivak

Mike Sivak

Mike Sivak.  Throughout his life Mike has pursued art making and processes, and he continues to explore different techniques and mediums. His body of artwork includes painting, collage, mixed media assemblage, and sculpture. Currently he creates playful Family Portraits, mixed media works that include actual Sivak family photographs with animal photographs, acrylic paint, and ink.

Mon, October 17, 2016, 7:00pm – Ludmila Ketslakh

Ludmila Ketslakh became a photographer in 2001, after many years in mechanical engineering, which she studied in her native Belarus at the Polytechnic Institute. She’s completing a degree in Photography Technology at WCC. She has taken several workshops in Santa Fe, Maine, and at TWP workshops in Italy. She has shown her work in both group and solo exhibits.

In December 2015, Black & White magazine published her photo essay on life in the Chernobyl area thirty years after the 1986 nuclear meltdown. This last May she was an artist

Uncertainty of Being by Ludmila Ketslakh

Ludmila Ketslakh

in residence at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströng, Iceland. Her classical black and white photographs document the human condition in the most disparate countries, and the uniqueness of our cultures and experiences. Luda explores the insidious forces that threaten to dull and tame human variety. She brings us close to other human beings, while at the same time giving us space to reflect upon their condition and their specificity.

Mon, November 21, 2016 – Carolyn Reed Barritt

Carolyn Reed Barritt makes artwork that examines habitation as it relates to domesticity and control. She uses a combination of primitive and precise marks and shapes to paint created spaces and landscapes which depict momentary scenes and stories. Her sculptures reflect her interest in the consequences of our attempts as humans to dominate nature and each other, and depict the evolution of a space as it ages and evolves.

Carolyn shows her artwork extensively and is represented by BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was one of the first artists in residence with the University of Michigan

Carolyn Reed

Carolyn Reed

Musical Society. Her artwork is in both public and private collections and has been licensed for use in film and video.

Sun, Dec 13, 2015, 1-3pm – AAWA Holiday Party, Potluck, and Gift Exchange 

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.

Mon, January 16, 2017 – Maker Works

Maker Works was launched five years ago as a maker space for entrepreneurs, artists, engineers, and hobbyists. They provide access to thousands of dollars worth of tools, space for projects big and small, formal instruction and support for learning, and a vibrant community of like-minded people. Makers can cut metal and wood with two and three dimensional tools; they can also use software programs to create embroidery, engrave an array of materials from wood to metal, and make 3D objects with the MakerBo, a 3D printer that lays down molten plastic to build up finished products layer after layer. People can purchase day passes, ten visit packets to be used over a year, or monthly subscriptions.

Textile Work by Cathy Jacobs

Cathy Jacobs

Mon, February 20, 2017 – Cathy Jacobs

Cathy Jacobs is from Ferndale, Michigan. She studied art at Wayne State University in the mid-nineties and received an MFA from EMU in 2015. Cathy calls herself a weaver and a painter. She has been painting since her early childhood, but it was not until 2014 that she learned to weave. Her non-objective dimensional-plaid weavings, which capture the essence of color and atmosphere, have quickly found audience at the national level. Her representational paintings take inspiration from her personal experience and emotional state.

Cathy will talk about how her personal experiences are reflected in her artwork, and how after nearly thirty years of painting she has gradually shifted into weaving large installations.  She started exhibiting nationally, at SOFA Chicago in 2015 and at the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City in 2016. Ms. Jacobs’s weavings are now represented by State of the Arts Fine Art Gallery in Sarasota, Florida, as well. She works at Ypsi Alloy Studios in Ypsilanti.

Mon, March 20, 2017 – Catie Newell

Catie Newell

Catie Newell

Catie Newell is the founding principal of the art and architecture practice *Alibi Studio and the Director of the Master of Science in Architectural Design and Research program with concentrations in Material Systems and Digital Technologies at the University of Michigan.

Newell is also an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Design. She has a Masters of Architecture from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Tech. Newell is a licensed architect.

Using site-specific installations and photography as the main mediums of her practice, Newell re-presents existing spaces through an obscuring of the relevant embedded materials. She deploies material manipulation, illumination and darkness, and implications of occupation to intervene in a space where something unanticipated has already happened. The materials and their tectonic are chosen for their relevance to the site and the history they infuse.

Mon, April 17, 2017 – Sally Bjork

Sally Bjork is a photographer working in archival and cultural heritage imaging at the U-M

Iran 2015 by Sally Bjork

Sally Bjork

Department of History of Art, as well as a contributing photographer and writer to the Ann Arbor Observer, where she has created the photo feature “I Spy” since 1999.  Interested in how images shape our understanding of the world, Bjork will present photos taken during a 2015 tour in Iran.  Incorporating people, urban and rural landscapes, cultural heritage, and decorative arts from major regions and cities, this talk offers a broadened perspective from what is commonly shown of Iran in mainstream media. An accompanying exhibit, This, too, is Iran, made possible by monies of the Freer Fund and various U-M departments, will also be on display. She was awarded Honorable Mention in the categories Travel/Tourism and Historical Architecture for series of photos submitted to the International Photo Awards of 2015.

May 20, 2017 – UMMA/Kelsey Museum

We will visit UMMA, the University of Michigan Art Museum. The tour will focus on contemporary art and photography.