Art gallery opens in downtown Swartz Creek





Visitors browse the art displayed inside the new Art Gallery during its opening Dec. 4. The gallery features art work by members of the Swartz Creek Area Art Guild.

Visitors browse the art displayed inside the new Art Gallery during its opening Dec. 4. The gallery features art work by members of the Swartz Creek Area Art Guild.

SWARTZ CREEK
— With the vision of having a place to display local artists’ talents, the Swartz Creek Area Art Guild officially opened its Art Gallery, 8048 Miller Rd., Dec. 4.

The gallery, which is adjacent to Howe Art Supplies, showcases art from members of the Guild, in addition to being a spot for budding artists to learn more. The completed teaching space already is being utilized by instructors and students with classes in a variety of media. Classes currently offered are sandpaper/pastel, acrylic, beginning and intermediate pencil, charcoal techniques and jewelry-making. “There are 10-12 students now from over. The majority comes from Swartz Creek,” said Sharlene Howe, owner of Howe Art Supplies and Guild member/instructor. “We’ve had some interest from people to teach metalsmithing and wood.”

Artists currently on display inside the gallery are Gary Martin of Robert Gary Studio (jewelry, stained glass and photography); Jane Kravetz (watercolor); Angela Harrington (mosaic); Judith Krause (sculpture); Penny Messer (photography); Cathy Weaver (pastels); Michelle Nowak (photography); Nancy Olds (acrylic); Larry Szczepanik (pencil); Alicia Marsland (watercolor); Chuck Jackson (wood turning); Erma Huffman (acrylic and etching); Peggy Koryciak (acrylic); David Gardner (pencil, oil and wood burning); Greg Maul (mixed media); Karan Pinkston (watercolor and acrylic); Tonya Henderson (abstract and repurposed materials); Howe (pencil and acrylic); Peggy Stull (watercolor); Bob Florine (wood); Peggy Mattson (watercolor and pencil); Janice Buchanan (abstract and pencil); Leon Baker (photography); Dana Seeley (charcoal and pencil); and William Yancey (jewelry).

Photo by Natalie Blythe

Photo by Natalie Blythe

In addition to the gallery’s opening, the Guild will host an art auction 1-5 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Swartz Creek Area Senior Center, 8095 Civic Dr. Artists, both well-known and budding, have donated items for the auction which will be used to help develop the gallery’s teaching studios. Denny Pinkston, president of the Art Guild, is one of many artists who have donated pieces.

“We have lots of original and limited edition art,” Howe said.

As a special promotion, the Guild is holding a drawing for three door prizes of donated artwork by members. The drawing runs until the end of December and individuals can stop by the gallery to enter their names. The entry box for the drawings will be moved to the art auction location on Dec. 12, and will return to the gallery after.

For more information on the gallery, contact Denny Pinkston at 810-635-2717 or e-mail supervet@comcast.net.


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