Arts Council opens pop-up gallery at Chalet Shoppes in Grand Blanc



Grand Blanc Arts Council President Shirley Eason and Treasurer Angela Hamilton welcomed guests to the council’s pop-up gallery re-opening Sunday at the Grand Chalet Shoppes in downtown Grand Blanc. The gallery will continue at that location until December. Photo by Lania Rocha

Grand Blanc Arts Council President Shirley Eason and Treasurer Angela Hamilton welcomed guests to the council’s pop-up gallery re-opening Sunday at the Grand Chalet Shoppes in downtown Grand Blanc. The gallery will continue at that location until December. Photo by Lania Rocha

GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Arts Council celebrated the grand re-opening of their pop-up shop at the Grand Chalet Shoppes on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The re-opening was made possible through a $3,500 Share Art Genesee Community Arts grant funded through the voter-approved Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment millage.

The gallery, located at 131 E. Grand Blanc Road, provides a setting for the 35 member artists to offer classes and display and sell their creations.

The pop-up gallery will continue through November, but the Grand Blanc Arts Council is hoping to find a permanent home that won’t break the non-profit organization’s bank.

In addition to the pop-up gallery, the council also provides rotating exhibits at The Grafted Root Eatery.

In the 23 years since formally organizing, the group has endeavored to bring a variety of cultural events to the community, according to President Shirley Eason. The council has sponsored performances by the Flint Symphony Orchestra, provided scholarships, hosted art fairs and more.

“There is so much talent in this area,” Eason said.

Coming up, the Grand Blanc Arts Council will participate in a “gallery swap” art show and sale with the Clio Center for the Arts and Swartz Creek Area Art Guild.

The Swartz Creek Area Art Gallery will display work from the Fenton Art Guild from Nov. 2 to 13, the Grand Blanc Art Guild from Nov. 16 to Dec. 4, and the Clio Center for the Arts from Dec. 7 to 18.

The Clio Center will display work from the Grand Blanc Art Guild from Nov. 2 to 13, the Fenton Art Guild from Nov. 16 to Dec. 4, and the Swartz Creek Area Art Guild from Dec. 7 to 18.

Council members also have several art classes coming up, including headdress collage with Susan Hagen, how to photograph and publish your art, and portrait drawing with Angela Hamilton.

For more details, visit the Grand Blanc Arts Council on Facebook, Pinterest and Geneseefun.com, or go to www.grandblancart.org/.

The council also offers painting parties at your location. They provide the paints, easels, canvases and you get a group of friends together. All proceeds from painting parties support the Council.