A new exhibit will open at the Shiawassee Arts Center in Owosso on August 14 and run through September 29. Artists William Blanchard of Lansing, Rebecca Case of Okemos, Barbara Holmer of Flushing and Sue Monroe of Ovid will display and have their work for sale. The opening reception is Friday, August 17, 6-8pm. The exhibit is sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. William Knecht.
Blanchard holds degrees in English from MSU and in Cinema from the University of Southern California. He has taught photography and motion picture production at LCC for over thirty years. Before teaching he was the cinematographer on the Walt Disney film Mountain Born, filmed near Telluride, Colorado. After retirement he returned to his early interest in painting. Blanchard does not know what influences him to select certain subjects, stating "Most . . . images hold personal importance to me. They depict people I have known, places where events took place . . . I notice intriguing subjects every day, more than I could ever actually paint."
Case moved from Colorado to Michigan several years ago and has found an abundance of wildlife subjects to paint and photograph. Her media is watercolor, egg tempera and photography. Egg tempera is the second oldest painting medium after encaustic. It was used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks and perfected by the icon painters in the middle ages. She exclaims, "How exciting it is to make one's own paints and gesso boards as the masters did years ago. I like working on the "porcelain-like" finish with several layers of pure pigment mixed with egg yolk. The brilliance of the colors when working in egg tempera is truly exciting!"
Holmer works in many different mediums. Her diverse styles of work include natural science illustration, abstract landscape paintings and art quilts are all influenced by her reverence for and concern about nature. She earned her BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and she has been teaching botanical art and hand quilting classes at the Shiawassee Arts Center, the Flint Institute of Arts and Creative 360 in Midland. She encourages students to appreciate the slower forms of art and to take the time to observe the wonders of nature by drawing from life.
Monroe has had a lifetime interest in the arts and has been a professional artist for nearly 50 years. She uses a variety of mediums including pen & ink, charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and oil with multiple subject choices, however, portraits are her first love. Her work hangs in many public buildings and private collections.
The Shiawassee Arts Center is located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5pm. The Arts Center features the artwork of local and statewide artists in eight galleries including the Frieseke Gallery and a specialty Gift Shop. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge. The Shiawassee Arts Council, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012, is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts. For more information call the Arts Center at 989.723.8354 or visit www.shiawasseearts.org.