Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2016 Juried Exhibit

Now through November 29, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Ann Arbor Women Artists (AAWA) is a non-profit organization of approximately 330 women and men with connections to Ann Arbor, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the body of work produced by the membership.

MiASLA 31st Annual Design Awards: Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Now through October 27, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Each year the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MiASLA) honors the best in landscape architecture in the state of Michigan. MiASLA is excited to showcase entries to their 31st annual design awards program in this exhibit at the Mallets Creek Branch.

The exhibit will feature photo and text panels of projects from around the state, including built projects and planning and research documents. Projects will be judged by the Iowa Chapter of ASLA and winning projects will be awarded at the MiASLA Annual Meeting at Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids on September 29, 2016.

Landscape architects analyze, plan, design, and manage built and natural environments. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and other projects that help define communities, and provide beautiful, functional, and sustainable spaces, many examples of which will be on display in this exhibit.

Stripes, Spheres, Skies & Splashes of Color

Now through September 15, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This exhibit consists of twenty-two artworks by thirty individual and collaborating artists. It features a variety of media such as inks and acrylic. In addition, several unusual techniques are employed, including a painting and mixed media technique with artist tissue paper, watercolor, oil pastels and collage. The summer theme and collection of images making up “Stripes, Spheres, Skies & Splashes of Color” was inspired by the shapes and colors of nature in the summer months. A lot of these images started with basic shapes and were enhanced by the feelings of summer time.

These original pieces of artwork were created by men and women living well with memory loss who participate in the University of Michigan Silver Club programs: Coffee House, Elderberry Club & the Silver Club Day Enrichment Program. The mission of the Silver Club programs is to build a community where people with memory loss make friends, share joys and fears, be creative and have fun through meaningful adult-focused engaging activities.

Field of Vision: Works on Paper by Leslie Sobel

Now through October 13, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Leslie Sobel's work focuses on the environment and the ways people change, understand and interact with it. Her exhibit of paintings, encaustic and mixed media on paper, include about twenty large works of abstracted nature and wilderness scenes.

Nature, particularly wilderness speaks to Leslie. Spending a lot time outdoors often means spending time staring at the sky, day dreaming or watching a storm come barreling down or a beautiful evening. Unsurprisingly those skies become a big part of her paintings. Even when working representationally she aims to work atmospherically and gesturally, filling her field of vision with color and shape.

These pieces are mostly sky and ground, seen from the ground or from above, abstracted, intensely colored – dreamscapes. The pieces in this exhibition are all works on paper, using encaustic and other media. She likes working on paper for its intimacy and immediacy - qualities that mesh well with the emotions that this subject matter often evokes for her.

Leslie received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art in 1983. She worked in computer graphics for many years and did Master’s degree work in Interdisciplinary Technology at Eastern Michigan University. She did a month long wilderness based residency sponsored by Colorado Art Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in SW Colorado in 2013. She is an avid hiker whose connection with the outdoors is crucial to her work.

Kerrytown Bookfest Book Cover Contest

Now through October 13, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The annual Kerrytown BookFest exhibit this year celebrates the 9th annual Book Cover Design contest for high school students.

The contest, open to all Michigan High School students, asks the students to reimagine and design a cover for a chosen book and give a visual interpretation to the written word. This year’s book is Of Scars and Stardust, a young adult novel by Andrea Hannah.

This year’s judges were Andrea Hannah; young adult author, David James; Nicola’s Bookstore manager Linda Caine, and children’s book expert Jackie LaRose. The judges evaluated work submitted from schools in Ann Arbor, Flint, Kensington Woods, and Hillsdale.

The contest finalists are:
Julianne Cooney, 9th Grade, Community High School
Logan Gorman, 9th Grade, Community High School
Alexis Higgins, 11th Grade, Hillsdale High School
Peyton Johnston, 10th Grade, Kensington Woods
Shaye Rumsberger, 11th Grade, Kensington Woods

The finalists were chosen on the basis of originality, execution, and understanding and application of the subject matter. Members of this year’s judging panel will announce the first, second and third place winners at the AADL Reception on Friday, September 9 at 7:00 pm.

This year’s exhibit will also include a brief history of the contest, with cover designs of past finalists and winners and comments from the respective judges on those designs.

Creating with Clay: Clay-Art-Friends

Now through October 13, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Featured artists in the “Creating With Clay” exhibit include Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Jessica Krivan, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Oni Werth and Lineke Zuiderweg. Most of the artists in the show have been throwing and manipulating clay for many years.

Nancy Bulkley and Jessica Krivan display the more traditional ceramic objects, like colorful vases, bowls and plates that have been thrown on the potters wheel. Jeanine Center, Caron Valentine-March, Oni Werth and Lineke Zuiderweg employ handbuilding techniques and use slabs of clay to shape their ceramic compositions.

Once one begins to create with clay, whether on the potter's wheel or building by hand, it almost becomes an addiction. One can make decorative or functional ceramics, play with underglaze colors or draw on the pieces themselves. After the glazed work comes out of the kiln, the results are always a surprise. Creativity never ends.

Mystery Hole: Interactive Art Exhibit by Jason Shiga

Now through August 30, 2016 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Jason Shiga, California cartoonist best known as the creator of the interactive comic Meanwhile, visited AADL in June to create his most ambitious interactive comic yet! Jason's 150+ panel installation allows you to make choices that will affect the outcome of the story. The protagonist, Jimmy, encounters a mystery hole and hears someone calling from inside. Would you choose to help or walk away? Come visit the 3rd floor gallery and explore the many story paths.

Jason is known for incorporating puzzles, mazes, mathematics, and unconventional narrative techniques into his work.

AADL 20th Anniversary Exhibit

Now through August 30, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Local voters approved a millage to establish a new District Library for Ann Arbor in 1996.

Take a journey back through twenty years of the Ann Arbor District Library with this exhibit of text, panels and object highlighting the past two decades.

A lot has occurred in twenty years! State, local and national awards, new services, new technologies, new branches, author, celebrity and event highlights and more will be featured in this look at the past twenty years.

Anything Goes in A2

Now through July 28, 2016 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

This fourth annual exhibition at the Mallets Creek Library features thirty-five square paintings from the Painting Section members of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club (FWC) covering a large variety of styles and media.

The group started in 1929. The artists learn from each other at weekly paint gatherings in their homes. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 45 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, UM art galleries, banks, churches, libraries, and more.

The members of this group strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of and encouraging active participation in the visual arts.

Mixed Media Works by Sunanda Mallick

Now through July 14, 2016 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This grouping of work presents the artist’s strength and interest in using mixed media to create both realistic and abstract paintings. There are 22 pieces in the current exhibit that include birds, flowers, still life, nature and abstract paintings. Sunanda enjoys working in both realistic and abstract arts. For realistic paintings, she uses photographs of nature’s beauty and develops them into colorful art using mixed media and texture. In her abstract paintings, she often uses geometric shapes – circles, squares, rectangles, etc., and repeats them to bring added visual interest to the work. Her abstract art is always unpredictable and challenging. According to her, every color is her favorite color and she there is no color she does not like. Sunanda enjoys experimenting with different textures in her work. For creating texture, she uses molding paste, gesso, matte media, rice paper, tissue paper, wax paper and different objects. Her favorite painting medium is acrylic.

Originally from India, Sunanda came to the US in 1970. She studied fine arts at the American Academy of Arts in Chicago and graduated with a degree in advertising design from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. After working in advertising for several years, she decided to pursue her love for painting starting in 2003. She is a member of VAAL (Visual Art Association of Livonia), FAF (Farmington Art Foundation) and DSWPS (Detroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors). She had many solo shows in metro Detroit area. She had also been in many jury shows and has received many awards.

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