By: Christie Lypka
I had the most wonderful experience yesterday. I took one of the classes the RAC offers to our community. It was an Intro to Writing class taught by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds who is the author of many books including The Far-Flung Adventures of Homer the Hummer and Rascal Makes Mischief.
I have been writing stories since I was young but Ms. Reynolds down to earth demeanor and easy-going style made me question why I haven’t been writing daily. She gives great advice and instruction in a positive way.
I was so excited by the class I came home and looked up Writing Retreats. I also started working on a story I had put away several years ago. I guess you could say the class inspired me to get back to something I’ve always loved – writing.
Inspiration – isn’t that something we are all seeking in some form or another? The RAC is offering ten classes beginning in September including drawing, acrylic painting, fused glass, photography and creative writing just to name a few. The full list and schedule will be on our website in the next week. There are many new things happening at the RAC. You don’t need to be an artist to take a class here. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” We invite you to come by the RAC and be inspired. See you soon!
Ann Arbor Women Artists “Summer Juried Show”
Reception: July 12, 4-6pm
Awards given at 5pm
Thirty artists are part of this juried exhibit. An all media show, both 2D and 3D.
This exhibit also has People’s Choice Awards. Visitors can vote through out the entire exhibit.
Saturday Art Talks by Exhibiting Artists:
July 19th starting at 3:30pm: Judith Bemis, Fred Beutler and Tina Hotchkiss
Saturday, June 28, 3:30 pm
A set and costume designer by training, K.A. Letts brings an unusual skill set to her paintings and drawings.
The artist has absorbed the influence of early 20th century European masters and has combined them with techniques and imagery from aboriginal art, outsider and street art to create a unique visual language.
Her erudite yet accessible figurative works are tightly crafted, carefully drawn, deeply felt.
K.A. Letts is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.) and Yale Drama School (M.F.A.) She currently divides her time between Chicago and her farm in rural Michigan.
She is an Inter/National Alumna Artist at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has shown her work recently at Hatch Art (Hatchback 8) in Hamtramck, at 555 Galleries in Detroit and at Non-Fiction Gallery (Re:Tale) in Savannah GA.
The landscape of Barbara’s childhood was the ethnically diverse area of southwest Detroit. The people of her neighborhood came from countries considered irrelevant to mainstream America: Ukraine, Malta, Cuba, Mexico and many others. These countries were rich in culture, and the streets around her home reflected these cultures. The sights, the sounds, the smells, and the stories of her childhood became the well she drew her art from.
In her neighborhood she learned at a very young age that everything can be reused. Every object has more than one life, more than one story to tell. Her sculpture begins when she discovers an object with a story to tell. It can be a castoff kitchen spoon or a washed up piece of driftwood, something that would be viewed as debris with no intrinsic value left. She then sculpts pieces that will capture the essence of that story.
Her work is a dialogue between her and the viewer. The hope is that you will work together to create a shared story.
Join us Saturday and meet these two aware winning artists and learn more about them and their work.
Saturday June 21, Starting at 3:30 pm
In the Gallery
Every Nation is a product of the past. Our culture,our ideas, our behavior are all shaped by what went before. The Renaissance emphasis on individual achievements and responsibilities led to the reformation which led to the Enlightenment which led to the Industrial Revolution which led to today’s world.
Individually wee too are the product of what has gone before. Choices made by previous generations as well as our own experiences and choices add to what we are.
The decisions we make as a society, as family units, and as individuals will in turn affect future generations as well as future society.
I view my work as parables on society and individuals. Through layering of torn paper and washes of color I mimic the layers of experience both micro and macro.
Because the computer has become increasingly important, I incorporate the binary code in some of the patterning I create. Many of the pieces are in the form of a jump drive to show the transfer of knowledge and experience from the past to the future.
The present is impermanent.
Amanda N. Rogers is a multimedia sculptor with a passion for transforming spaces and utilizing found objects for their history. With a BFA in Sustainable Design and Textiles from Finlandia University, Rogers is constantly learning new techniques and crafts to utilize in her sculptures and site specific installations. Currently residing in Detroit, Michigan, Rogers finds inspiration from the city with its rich history and undefined future.
Rogers’ history with Design makes her passionate to utilize art-centric design to help Detroit grow into a dynamic bed of creativity and innovation.
As a member of the Women’s Caucus for Art, National WCA Board Director, and Michigan WCA Board member, Rogers is passionate about supporting women in the arts. To find out more about Women’s Caucus for the Art visit www.nationalwca.org or the Women’s Caucus for Art Facebook page.
I enjoy working with a wide variety of media; my specialty is watercolor which I’ve taught for over twenty years. Over the years I’ve alternated between working as a commercial artist, fine artist, and arts instructor – often balancing all of these at once.
Stories and themes drive my work: what do I need to communicate about ‘big questions’,those I love, why, and the way I see the world. Painting subjects range from the illusion of time, communications, chalices, and flowers from her garden. The ‘fish’ series is about personal and group movement. Symbolism, strong color, and a sense of magic and mystery figure largely in her work. Where do the landscapes take you? What stories do the subjects suggest?
I currently teach at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) as Adjunct Instructor in the Community Enrichment (new title) Program. Courses included various levels of watercolor, illustration, and collage. I also teach Beginning Acrylic Painting, Children’s Drama Camps, and Flower Painting for Ann Arbor Rec & Ed, give private lessons, and give art parties and workshops.
Join us Saturday in the gallery and meet these women who are passionate about the arts!