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.
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
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Mon, Sept 18, 2017, 7 pm – Morgan Barrie
Morgan Barrie is an artist and photographer who brings new, experimental techniques to her art. Her most recent project is PLASTICENE which places plastic at the center of her work. Plastic objects have centuries-long lifespans, meaning they will outlive us and become our most visible artifacts. Like all things that survive long enough to memorialize an era, their meanings will shift over time. Plastic bags will begin to replace clouds, which will retreat higher into the atmosphere and toward the poles as the planet warms.
Morgan Barrie is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She studied at Columbia College Chicago, where she received her BA, and Eastern Michigan University, where she received an MFA in Photography in April 2013. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has earned multiple awards including a recent museum acquisition.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 7 pm – Diane Marie Kramer
Diane Kramer considers herself an intuition based artist. She is instinctive, capturing “ the essence of things.” She will present and discuss a sampling of her mixed media paintings and sculptures, and a small amount of photographs and photo montage. Diane earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees at California State University. She has an extensive teaching career, has exhibited nationally, and has received several awards and honors.
“All of my work is conceived from within. Just as nature shapes through time its landscapes, I too have been shaped by my past experiences. I try to discern “the essence of things”. Intuition and dream states are channels through which I arrive at the form and content of my work. I am able to focus beyond the immediate visual reality and allow myself to enter a dream state. I am then able to cultivate my images, feelings and forms which connect me to the unconscious world where my images are developed. My work conveys the passage of time and inner worlds reflecting who I am as an artist and individual”. dmk
Mon, Nov 20, 2017, 7 pm – Donna Hiner
Donna Hiner lives in Mt Pleasant and has earned undergraduate degrees in Biology, History and Sculpture/Computer Graphics; and holds two Master degrees in History/Art History and Sculpture/Installation.
She thinks “Art can be an effective tool in Activism,” as well as a positive outlet towards healing emotional/psychological traumas. Donna’s past works have explored introspection, self-actualization,societal issues, feminism, and authenticity in an inauthentic environment. She’s participated in numerous National/International Art Competitions, created Performance Art, held Solo exhibitions, delved into Spiritual Art, and developed a Healing Masks Art Program for County Jail Inmates, which led to a mentoring position for U of M’s Prison Creative Arts Program (PCAP, 2003-2012).
Donna will discuss her work including her most recently created “Contained Adjustments: The Cicadian Years” art installation from her prior work with County Jail Inmates. It garnered Top 10 Juried, and Top 5 People’s Choice Awards in the ArtWalk Central Competition.
Mon, Jan 15, 2018, 7 pm – Heather Martin
Heather Martin holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Heather has extensive experience in the coordination and management of innovative, creative arts programming. She has facilitated hundreds of arts workshops for youth and adults within and impacted by the criminal justice system. Additionally, she is the lead trainer on best-practices for creative arts interventions, collaborative projects and workshops. Heather founded Youth Arts Alliance! (YAA!) in January of 2013 to establish permanent opportunities for creative expression in the Michigan juvenile justice system and invest in the talents and expertise of local artists and practitioners.
Heather will present her ideas on the subject of inter-sectional needs of youth in the juvenile justice system and how artistic experiences offer a vehicle for healing, broader perspectives and connectedness. She will demonstrate the marked impact of YAA! programming on youth who participate, as well as cultural shifts within the facilities where YAA! operates and surrounding communities. Her presentation will include portions of the documentary short, Determined 2 Make It, featuring youths’ experiences in Youth Arts Alliance.
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, 7 pm – Debra Jean Golden
Debra Jean Golden, M.F.A., identifies as an artist at large and describes her life work as “art and the meaning of life.”She is an instructor at Washtenaw Community College in the Community Enrichment program teaching primarily watercolor and acrylic painting classes. Debra Jean is also on staff at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor using her skills in education and the arts to infuse deeper levels of meaning to curriculum. Her work can be found in many public and private collections in five countries including the University of Michigan and the Ypsilanti District Libraries She also works as a scenic artist for local theater groups.
Debra will speak on her influences, the large role teaching plays in her art and life, and what it’s like to juggle many art roles. She works in themes and and will show some of her watercolors, acrylics, book illustrations, murals, and even some theater posters and set paintings.
Mon, Mar 19, 2018, 7 pm – Joseph Gyurcsak
Joseph Gyurcsak is the Resident Artist / Brand Manager for Blick / Utrecht Art Supplies. He is author of painting articles, instructor, juror and art materials expert. Joseph also travels extensively conducting lectures, painting demonstrations and workshops at major art institutions throughout the United States.
He paints a broad range of subject matter including interiors, still life, figure and landscape painting. He has a keen sense for capturing the essence of his subject matter with a bold and candid approach. He exhibits in galleries across the country his award winning paintings continue to pique the interest of collectors nationwide.
“My paintings express a sense of light, atmosphere and mood; they transcend the techniques that were employed to create them and breathe the very light and atmosphere they were painted in. I like to capture the fleeting moments of life; the sublime manifestations of light and color, their aesthetic influences on the subject.”
He will provide a lecture on impressionism. He will reveal the artists, subjects and methods that brought impressionism to the world.
Mon, Apr 16, 2018, 7 pm – Linda Allen
Linda Allen lives in Grosse Pointe and has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, with a Fine Arts background, Wayne State University, Detroit, and is a member of the Detroit Society of Woman Painters and Sculptors. She has exhibited her work in numerous shows, many in the Detroit area.
She has extensive experience teaching workshops in watercolor and drawing. She has been an interior designer, and Fine Art Coordinator for the Michigan State Fair. Linda is an artist who appreciates movement and action in her life and it is reflected in her drawings, painting and assemblages. Emotions are significant to her and she strives to find happiness in her life and in her art. Sharing that joy gives her the greatest satisfaction when people connect with her art.
Linda will talk about what motivates her to work in so many mediums, and why she works in series. Her current series is in acrylics and is called Cityscape.