Keeping the Gallery Doors Open

It’s volunteers who make our gallery a possibility.  Without these people we could not keep our doors open for you to enjoy the wonderful artwork that is showing in our gallery each month.

Welcome to our docent page; meet and learn some interesting tid-bits about our volunteers.

Steve Allen is a native of the Ypsilanti / Ann Arbor Area, married and has two children.   He is retired from his 30 year business, Allen Painting & Wallpapering.   Steve began putting a brush to canvas about six ago and found a new joy in life.   His painting reflects the places, people and important things of his everyday life.  Visit Steve’s Website.
Tom Boulan is a graduate of Oakland University with a degree in Human Resources Development.  He studied fine arts at Easter Michigan University in abstract painting.  His focus is now on digital collage.  Tom is also a fiction writer and his short stories have appeared in both print and online journals.  You can see many of Tom’s images on Flickr.
Laurie Clark is an innovative Ann Arbor artist who works in a variety of media.  She specializes in creating work of beauty out of ordinary things.  Laurie is a member of the Ann Arbor Women Artists.  To see her work go to Laurie’s Art Website.
Donna Elmore drives from Dearborn, MI up to four times a month to gallery sit here at Riverside Arts Center. She has two sons and four grandchildren. Donna also loves music and plays the piano, organ, dulcimer and the small steel drum.
Lois Dowling retired from San Diego State University in 1996 when she moved to Ann Arbor with her husband, Jim.  Lois is the author of numerous articles and two books in the field of children’s literature.   For the last ten years she has been performing here in the theatre with PTD Productions.
Carrie Gardner designs and creates fused glass jewelry. She participates in craft and art fairs around the state. Her jewelry creations can always be found in the Riverside Arts Center gallery gift shop.
Dennis Gordon received his BFA in Printing and Drawing at Tulane University.  His early work focused on etchings and woodcuts.  These days he’s been exploring pastels and watercolor.  His goal with artwork is to do more than capture an image, but also capture a mood.  Visit Dennis’ Webpage at ImageKind.
Bill Knudstrup has a BFA from the University of Michigan.  He is one of our long time docents who has been active with the gallery since it’s opening.  He has also served as an interim gallery coordinator between directors.  Bill is known for his large colorful paintings that create lots of visual stimulation.  You can see Bill’s work on his Website.
Joan Miller received her BFA from Eastern Michigan University .  As an artist her main media are charcoal and collage and her primary subject is the human figure.  Joan also works at Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels as a financial assistant and all around “go to” person.   In addition, she volunteers at the Washtenaw County Jail in art therapy for the women in G-block. She is presently building a website for her artwork and we’ll see that posted here very soon.
Michele Montour received her BFA from Eastern Michigan University in Fiber Art. She has received awards for her work and has been published. Michele does fiber demos and teaches other artists her fiber techniques. You can learn more about Michele on her Artist Website.
Marilyn Prucka received an MFA in Textiles from Eastern Michigan University.   Her fiberwork and prints are abstract expressions of the landscape around her riverside studio in Monroe, Michigan.   She gives artist talks, teaches fiber and printmaking workshops and has been a guest lecturer at various universities.   Learn more about Marilyn and see her artwork on her personal Artist Website.
Tara Truax received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at EMU and works as a Social Worker for Washtenaw County.  Besides her time here in our gallery, she also volunteers for the Ypsilanti Area Jaycees.   And for her art, Tara loves to create collages and collect curiosities and this interest shows in her digital photography, which often depicts forgotten or ignored objects.   See some of Tara’s work on her Web Page at Flickr.
Corinne Vivian came here from Leonia, New Jersey to attend and graduate from Eastern Michigan University.   She stayed, made a home and raised her children here.  Corinne is also a mixed media artist, painting in evocative layers.   One of her desires for her artwork is that it celebrates the dignity of the individual and the strength of spirit.   You can stay updated with her art happenings on Corinne’s Website Blog.
Ken Warner is retired from his 44 years as a State of Michigan employee.   He has helped keep the doors of the gallery open to the public almost since the day the gallery doors opened.   Ken loves photography, charcoal, pastels and drawing pens.  He especially enjoys the life drawing sessions on Saturdays at Eastern Michigan University.
Carolyn Weins is a pastel landscape artist.  She received a BA in Fine Art from Eastern Michigan University.   Carolyn exhibits her work with various art groups and participates in several annual art fairs.  You can learn more about her and her artwork on her personal Artist Website.
Angela Wilson presently works at the University of Michigan.  After serving in the US Army, she studied at EMU and received a Bachelors in Art.   Angela has worked as a professional illustrator and her work has been exhibited and included in clipart collections, publications & storybook illustrations.   See Angela’s work on her Website.

Dee Overly became the Gallery Director in January 2010.  She has been an active docent since the gallery opened.  Dee studied art at the Toledo Art Museum via the University of Toledo but got her degree in Architecture Design.   She served in the US Army & National Guard and has two children.

As a Colored Pencil artist, Dee’s artwork has been published and won awards.   Besides doing art, working with and helping artists is a passion for Dee.   You can learn more about Dee on her websites:  Dee’s Art and Art Web Presence.   ——————————-

As you can see, right now we have 16 active docents.  They dedicate anywhere from 3 to 15 hours a month to work in the gallery and open the doors to the public.  We could easily use 50.  If you are a lover of the arts and are interested in joining this group, please use our Contact page and send us a note.

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Gallery Hours
Thursday - Saturday
3:00 - 8:00 pm
1:30 - 4:00pm
Closed for all Holidays

Our doors are kept open by volunteers. So any Holiday where they would want to be with family, the gallery will be closed.