Unless otherwise stated, all lecture series below are free and open to the public, and will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. Most lectures last an hour, and you are welcome to stay for socializing and light refreshments for half an hour following the presentation.
Lectures 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 MapMon, Sep 16, 2019, 7pm - Robert Perrish
Robert Perrish is an award-winning designer, sculptor and painter whose love of nature is evident in everything he creates. This was first expressed through wildlife painting and sculpture, and has since evolved into painting landscapes, portraits and still life.
Robert worked in the commercial art field in illustration and design for 30 years. A life long resident of Michigan, he has lived with his family in Livonia for the past 34 years. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad, capturing as much as he can on canvas along the way.
Plein air painting has become a regular habit and has helped his studio work as well. He is one of the co-founders of Michigan Plein Air Painters and paints with them on a regular basis, as well as traveling out of state for other painting opportunities.
Awards include Michigan Wildlife Artist of the Year, Ducks Unlimited Artist of the year, as well as DU Carver of the Year 3 times, 16 Best-of-Shows in national and world carving competitions. His artwork and sculptures have appeared on National magazines, calendars, books, limited edition prints and various art galleries.
Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 7pm - Durwood Coffey
Durwood Coffey’s distinguished 30-plus year career as an illustrator included such clients as the Big Three automakers, Anheuser-Busch, Detroit Edison, Marvel Comics and Sesame Street. However, it’s the work created outside of the job for weekend art fairs and now in retirement that most excites the Westland, Michigan artist.
His brilliantly colored pieces reflect a unique creative process that starts with a sketch and ends with a vibrant painting of his favorite subjects: fish, frogs, insects, wolves, snow leopards and all manner of wildlife.
Durwood is a member of the “SAA” Society of Animal Artists, a who’s who list of the best wildlife artists in the world. His images are sold on a global scale. He recently created paintings for “Running for Home,” a book about the wolves coming back to Yellowstone Park and the impact on the environment.
Mon, Nov 18, 2019, 7pm - Sophie Grillet
Sophie Grillet studied at the Central St Martins School of Art in London and graduated from the University of Brighton. While in the UK, she was a cartoonist for books, magazines and national newspapers, such as The Guardian, The Observer and the London Evening Standard.
Sophie currently lives and works in Ann Arbor, MI. Her media preferences are: painting in oils and accrylics; sculpture in stone, metal and clay; drawing in pastels; and photography. Much of Sophie's work is abstract, but it is always about something, often with interesting titles. She enjoys experimenting with all kinds of media from aluminum to yarn.
Being insatiably curious, Sophie attempts to integrate her interests in art, social justice, science, and math. Her work reflects on the tragedy of our love of natural beauty and our haste to destroy it.
She is the organizer for Westside Art Hop, a twice-yearly local art walk in Ann Arbor, MI, and the Zone5 Art Show & Sale in Plymouth, MI.