The People’s Jazz Band performing free concert
GRAND BLANC — The People’s Jazz Band, a 15-piece big band, from Flint, is playing a free concert at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, G-9020 S. Saginaw Rd., Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The concert is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Greater Flint Arts Council. It is the second annual Katherine S. Huber Memorial Concert. Mrs. Huber was a long-time Flint resident and music lover who was also organist and choir director at St. Christopher’s.
Her son, David Huber, is one of the original members of the band who will be performing on Aug. 8.
The People’s Jazz Band was formed in 1980 by local jazz musician Joe Freyre and funded by the federal government under the Comprehensive Employment Training Act. Its mission was to play free concerts in schools, parks, shopping malls and other places where the public may gather as a way of spreading the arts in the community. The band played both the Montreux Jazz Festival in Detroit and Switzerland as well as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland. The band dissolved in the early 1980s but has been resurrected several times over the past 34 years for special occasions including the Flint Jazz Festival, which the band will be playing on Aug. 10. — G.G.
Artists to paint on Mott estate grounds
FLINT — On Aug. 9 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., the public is invited to meet and watch 30 Plein Air artists from around the state as they paint on the grounds of Applewood, the beautiful estate of the Charles Stewart Mott families.
This historic site, created as a gentleman’s farm, includes a home, a gatehouse, barn and chicken coop, a creek, an orchard with 29 varieties of apples, and 18 acres of extensively landscaped lawns and gardens. Plein Air (a French expression meaning “in open air”) is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Painters will take their art supplies directly to the site of interest and paint what they see.
The artists in this event are from various mid- and southeast Michigan locations as well as from the greater Flint area. They work in a variety of media, including watercolor, oils, acrylics, pastels, pen and ink, charcoal, and colored pencil.
The artists will exhibit their completed works that evening at a “Wet Paint” reception in the neighboring Flint Institute of Arts from 5p–7p in the Art Sales & Rental Gallery. Enjoy light refreshments and meet the artists. All works will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Flint Institute of Arts. There is a $5 entry fee to the reception.
The Flint Institute of Arts and Applewood is located just two blocks off I-475 in the Flint Cultural Center between the University of Michigan-Flint and Mott Community College.
Details: Visit FlintArts.org/Founders/, or call 810-234-1695. — G.G.